Latest posts by Verdun

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: Today at 08:53

Thanks Busy......

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: Today at 08:41

It is so sad that an individual like Monty can be so regularly criticised.  Yep!  He is on the telly;  ok he put himself there.  How many of us could maintain our confidence and composure in the face of such persistent routine attacks? Surely enough is enough.   Whatever happened to the notion that we gardeners are a happy tolerant bunch? 

Just consider.....some demand an hour prog, some prefer the half hour, some don't like the dog moments, some don't like his "style", he is "pretentious" ,  the wheel barrow moments, the weather feature ( 5 minutes??), some pry into his private life, some comment he looks ill, etc., etc.,  one recent comment "can't stand the man".....WHAT?   Let's have a new target....the newsreaders perhaps 

We have had hour long garden progs recently...what many of us ASKED for....and clearly Monty has tried to satisfy us as best he can

Last edited: 26 October 2016 08:42:50


Posted: Today at 08:25

All my cannas have large rhizomes ....kept in the ground, potted or just left "bare root".  There is enough moisture in them to overwinter so no need to water at all. 

Only if new bought or tiny rhizomes would any water be needed to stop them dehydrating too much 

Aeonium problem

Posted: Yesterday at 22:31

For sure stops them getting leggy, the cut pieces will easily root to quickly form new plants and the main plants will branch out.  Do it about March time.  Once you have an aeonium you should never then be without them......brave?  It's what those who grow them do 

Aeonium problem

Posted: Yesterday at 21:36

No, I had realised it was because the room was heated.  

To be honest I find aeoniums are best left to tick over .....I have a couple that are pretty big and one will be dug up, potted, put in gh and left to itself.  It should be fine as yours is likely to be.  In spring I will cut the stems back by half to create more branching. 

Aeonium problem

Posted: Yesterday at 21:05

i keep them on the cool side, well lit and dryish over the winter.  So, it's been hot and wet there....??  Is there no unheated but frost free reasonably light position for it? 

Aeonium problem

Posted: Yesterday at 19:30


sounds like it hasn't been watered. ....???  It will still need watering right now. 

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: Yesterday at 18:16

only a few berries on my pyracantha

Posted: Yesterday at 18:14


lack of berries, yes, could be because pruning at the wrong time.  Could also be birds.  Could also be lack of water if grown in a hot dry spot. 

A well trained/pruned pyracantha on a wall or fence is a joy to behold 

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: Yesterday at 18:08

For the sake of balance Monty is great 

more than a few will miss him over the winter. 

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