Latest posts by Verdun

Fruit tree pruning - Spring or Winter, where are we?

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 12:26


I realised this morning how harsh and discouraging I was last night....didnt mean to be but a glass of rum maybe didnt help 

you clearly understand your espalier pruning.  Of course, aiming ultimately for regular summer pruning.  Oops!  Did I say £20?   Ha ha.....think I will lose that but all in a good cause 

the hackers!  Know what you mean and the damage such enthusiastic people can do

I will google that project sounds absolutely wonderful.  Good luck to you and all involved in it 

Where do you buy your plants online

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 12:19

Hogweed, Paddocks does that....

plants siddenly become must haves 

Similarly, bit more expensive though, is Hillview Garden Plants


Posted: 10/03/2017 at 12:17

Hey, that Poldark guy is only 5' 2" tall in his high heels...oops! Hope I havent spoiled any fantasies! And he wears a wig.  Oops! Done it again.  Sorreeee 

Rhododendron leaves turning brown

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 12:14

in case you did overmulch remove some of it asap.

keep an eye on it Graham.  Phytophthora means its a goner.  Otherwise don't overwater 

Don't be tempted......

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 12:10


oxalis triangularis  purpurea or purpureum. 

caught my eye maybe 15 years ago and convinced the gc manager to order stocks in.  He too thought it was a lovely plant but didnt know it

it is attractive.  Small typical oxalis leaves but purple are a delicate pink to white.  I think I bought 2, maybe 3.  

It does seed and pop up in places around the garden despite being planted for only a few months.  

Tender?  It is difficult for me to be objective because plants do survive down here that prob don't elsewhere but I think it is hardy enough.  

Similarly I grew a euphorbia....purple leaves again and attractive but it behaves the same way...spreads by seed.  I will have to look this one up 

Fruit tree pruning - Spring or Winter, where are we?

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 09:15

A follow up thought in the light of day Liri

I have no doubt you will recover these are driven to do it, arent you?  Patience and careful pruning esp,if only 3 years since they were last maintained.

when you do, I will happily send you £20 towards your Community Project 


Posted: 10/03/2017 at 09:11

Hey!  Aym.  What's wrong with my physique?  I'll have you know I receive admiring glances and compliments every day.  When I'm shaving, looking in my car rear view mirror and pausing at shop windows! 

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 09:06

Ha ha aym.   Aimed at me I think.    No myth or I'm seeing things.  (now and then I see a cornish pixie st vottom,of my garden tho) Mine is currently planted without companion plants, except for a white spotted hellebore so would have liked to have set the scene a bit first.    Still undecided even though I have the plants.   You are a tease aym 

First butterfly of the year!

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 08:58

Behind where I live groups of butterfly hunters often gather.  Ok, that's nice.  Apparently there are lots of rare butterflies out there 

But, how RUDE they were though. Usually they seem quiet, gentle and friendly people but I was taken aback by a reply when I asked who they were.  I hesitate to publish the word they used esp on this family friendly forum but I will.  They muttered ....







Still in a state of shock and I will avoid these people in future! 

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 08:47

Morning chatterboxes 

looking good there logan.  Proof that spring is well and tuly here ...yippee 

getting some cement mix to do some repairs later.  Misty and overcast but warm.  Should be pleasant today.  

Have to get my camera out too......

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