Latest posts by Verdun

Resurrected Eight

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 19:00

Sorry girls...could smell those teacakes...just one or two and I'll leave you to it 

agree with LB about Standishii.  I have 3 large ones and I can plant most anything near them and they thrive.  The best upright conifer but for something special check out J. Coppershine. Beautiful copper orange new growth, yellow in summer and green and white in winter 

....just one more teacake before I go 

Conditions for Camiliers

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 18:54

I knew thst before I got it Lyn but I love it 

10 x 10 must look superb 


Posted: 10/03/2017 at 18:42

Saw it aym......brilliant 

Conditions for Camiliers

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 18:40

Agree with Obelixx who has covered most everything well 

 use a john innes soil compost though Keith......don't use mpc ericaceous. 

Not sure about the boxes though.....nice containers for me. 

oh!  Avoid white camellias unless you can provide good protection from strong winds.  I grow a nice white here but it is very sheltered. 


Posted: 10/03/2017 at 18:32

I would love it aym    You could take the summer off to help me 

would incorporate a few log cabins for paying visitors too above my vinery.  Got it all sussed 

done right it would not need the upkeep possibly anticipated. 

The ornamental part though would be the high maintenance bit  but the most enjoyable 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 17:58

Not much time for gardening today but at times it has been very pleasant indeed.  Did get some freesia bulbs potted..........should see them, smell them, in about 6 weeks.  Will get more tomorrow.

replaced an old Bowles Mauve....well, a couple of years old and that's old for them I think....with another grown from a cutting last spring. oh! Planted out a few potted lillies too 


Posted: 10/03/2017 at 17:52

Well, no comment yet so far aym 

Choosing position for Acer Dissectum in container.

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 12:56

Careful Michelle.  Offen building a wall or fence can itself create a frost how.  

main things are shelter from strong winds esp biting easterlies.  Protection from the strongest sun, esp mid day and afternoon sun. Acers' new growth in spring is particularly susceptible......once this growth hardens a little after a few weeks they are more resilient.  

Agree with Fairy about creating an environment in your garden.......planting taller perennials or shrubs on the most exposed sides helps a great deal.  Not so easy though in practice.  I have tried a few times with the dissectums esp here and they struggled.  Finally, I chose the ideal spot and then planted around it for extra cossetting.  Lovely thing and worth the extra planning 

I'm too near the coast to grow acers to top notch standard....further inland in Cornwall huge acers  thrive.  Many on the forum too produce wonderful specimens 

Is this fair?

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 12:38

Blimey gone and dun it agin.   The tears are falling from my eyes.  brilliant 

Salvia horminum (Clary sage)

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 12:34

Kitty, I don't think they will.  They will have cross pollinated I'm sure.  Sorry 

I know it will cost you but if you really want blocks of colour you need to buy fresh colour identified seed.

You never know, you might be lucky but it would mean a season of disappointment for you if it didn't happen that way.

go on kitty, spoil yourself.  Buy fresh and know for sure what you will have.  

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