Latest posts by Verdun

A List of Important Chemicals.

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 08:16

Very informative Mike 

Re magnesium I am a great believer in Epsom salts for all sorts of reasons.  As a routine spay on tomatoes, slightly chlorotic looking plants and as a boost to tired looking Rhodos, Camelias etc.  


Posted: 31/03/2014 at 08:10


looking bright and sunny right now.  Feels warm.  

Fasting KEF?  After brekkie I will fast until lunchtime.    As a student I tried to emulate a colleague by fasting one day a week.  I lasted maybe 3 weeks.  It was very difficult. 

Warm week to come I think 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 08:02


Apparently anemone Wild Swan is difficult to grow but not for me.   It is a new form of anemone that flowers early summer......can be late spring....onwards into autumn.  Lovely white flowers with blue backs .......making a very attractive plant.  

Cloudy /Dusty Conifer

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:34

Whitefly and aphid infestation

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:31


Can you use jeyes fluid?  Spray it everywhere.  ....not on plastic though. ,if not hot soapy water will help BJT be as thorough as possible.  It looks a good week to do it too...any plants could go outside. 

Not great aesthetically but grease cards will help control flying pests in GH too


Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:25

Max, I love that part when a new area of plantIng becomes available.  Maybe a special plant for you?  

Avatar Picture

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:22

Will look forward to that Mikey.  I guess I need to sort out a decent picture too 

Cloudy /Dusty Conifer

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:19

Ha ha Ryan.  Persuasion is my business 

I can recommend a beautiful bright  yellow flower that is so easy and flowers throughout the year.  Unaffected by flood or drought.  Taraxicum Officionale is its "proper" name ....can't remember it's common one though   

Gravel beds

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:57

Hiya Angela

I simply hate that weed fabric.   It provides conditions for stale dead soil.  No air, no birds can feed there and plants don't really like it. Organic mulches cannot be applied either.  Moving and dividing plants is a nightmare and weeds will still establish on top of the weed fabric.  Looks awful too over time.

I would remove that wretched fabric ASAP.

Do you also need that gravel?  Could you dig it in or apply an organic mulch.  A good application of organic fertiliser too will make a big difference to growth this spring.  

Best April Fool Gags

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:47

And being asked to get a tin of elbow grease 

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