Latest posts by Verdun

Pittosporum 'Limelight'

Posted: Yesterday at 18:05


yes you can.  I grow different pittosporums to a height of 8 or 9'  and keep them clipped to that.

pittosporums will grow into trees quite rapidly and can get out of hand.  a friend of mine locally has them at well over 30' I guess...then they are difficult to control. 

Looks good there though about a compromise, say another 4 to 6' ? ,

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: Yesterday at 15:55

Whizzed around with the mower again and started ripping out some of the still in flower perennials. Prob looks a bit mad but I want other stuff in there to see how they look 

gardeners dictionary nanny beach?  Ha ha.  My sanguisorba Lilac Squirrel is still in flower and this is the centrepiece for new planting there....astilbe Shogun, knip Creamsickle and phlox Nora Leigh, sanguisorba Tanna there too plus a group of Tulbaghia.  Dictionary closed now 

Last edited: 30 September 2016 15:55:54

Enough is enough

Posted: Yesterday at 15:43

Oh dear!  Not  you too fidget 

it is not fair is it?  Me bathing...nay the sun and you getting wet 

Last edited: 30 September 2016 15:44:54


Posted: Yesterday at 15:40


I have stocks and wallflowers growing in veg patch to plant out later.  I remove all flowers until they have made large plants then they flower from late autumn to spring 

Last edited: 30 September 2016 15:41:01

Wet lawn- any tips?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:37

Helen, I have a spot for my dog and any other dog visiting here... " up the top" meant the dogs would do their poo there.  Can you allocate a small green spot somewhere discreetly out of sight? 

Enough is enough

Posted: Yesterday at 15:32 got hailstones?  Dearie, dearie me   If I could swap the lovely, warm, dry sunny, quiet, wonderful, gorgeous weather here for yours then I would.........










would not   Tee hee hee

Planting a holly bush

Posted: Yesterday at 12:28


the "ice method".......not for me 

sliding to the edge of the hole, etc makes sense so do it that way.  Make sure roots are loosened and teased out.   This is essential  

 Pluses?  It will make an immediste impact . You seem to be doing all the right things, viz., a generous hole, plenty of compost and pipes for water.

despite the pipes you still need to soak the area after planting and keep the tree moist for the next 12 months.  A good thick mulch after planting too 

enjoy your holly 

Enough is enough

Posted: Yesterday at 12:16


I enjoy the new hour long GW.  

I think it has changed a little and has become "comfortable".  The dogs, I agree, are not gardening but they make for a relaxed relationship between GW and the viewers.

I may watch GW tonight or watch fhe recording...whichever, I look forward to it 

Wet lawn- any tips?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:09

Helen, you will need to address the drainage issue there...a new lawn will simply replicate what you already have.

lawns make a garden as far as I am concerned but perhaps you should consider growing plants there instead.  There are many things you can grow in damp, sunless areas to give you flower, foliage and interest all year round 

New Purchase conflicting advice

Posted: Yesterday at 08:55

Morning Milly and welcome 

acid soil is best for your acer but neutral is fine.  Increasingly, I am doubting some of the advice on the internet;  conflicting advice is confusing 

for a pot I would use a john innes soil based ericaceous soil

i would not use a liquid feed ..I prefer to use an organic granular feed like fish blood and bone in spring.

a good well balanced container wide at top as bottom help with stability.

shelter from coldest winds and draughts is important esp in spring when new growth is starting. 

Last edited: 30 September 2016 08:57:03

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