Latest posts by Verdun

Salvia officinalis

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 12:02

Kitty, you can cut it back as hard as you like.. 

Couple of things

it is really tough and resilient.

if you don't cut it it will produce delightful blue flowers.  Cut it and you won't.

I would repot or take it out of the pot and tease some soil away from bottom, sides and  top.  I would then fill in with fresh compost...I would use john innes number 2 mixed witb perlite 


Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:54

Good you know the "drill" Fishy. 

Determined in my old age to hang on to my teeth so not worried by lack of free lollies now 

Bad Day

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:49

Ha ha....prob did in my haste 

early bite to eat but planted out one of my new heucherellas...golden zebra.  Stunning plant between 2 astilbes with copper red leaves 

Is my Canna ok?

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:43

difficult to tell this early......changeable weather, pests on new growth,,etc.  

Prob know for sure in a few weeks 

thanks though rabw....always good to be kept on our toes 


Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:40

Hey!  fishy, whatever happened to those lolly pops?  Ironic isn't it?  Dentists giving away sweets to rot teeth.   Drumming up business! 

Can you talk to the manager of the Practice?  Say you are concerned

hope Mrs F is well 

Bad Day

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:13

Sophie, "scoffing toast and juice"???  This is why you don't have enough time.  Greedy Sophie 

Lyn is always (crawl, crawl, crawl) .....we never have enough time these days, gardening or not. 

I have an energy gene, I think, where I MUST get everything done like yesterday .  Never rest until I get things done.......

dog at 6 am, hosed to keep nematodes damp, watered gh crops and the seemingly thousands of pots outside  yet to be planted, watered  and fed  conservatory plants,  liquid fed back lawn and all before brekkie.  Jobs I had in my mind by that time.. 

some other work for a couple of hours, declined an offer of a cuppa. then potted on plants outgrown their pots, Negotiated an insurance deal and sorted out electricity supplier.  Sat down to read what you guys are gossiping about and the postie has brought me a parcel of plants. 

There is an urgency now to get things sunshine does it I think.  But mid summer is only 6 weeks away folks 

ok Sophie, time to get cracking 


Posted: 04/05/2016 at 10:55

She did not allow enough time Fishy.....can you change your dentist?   Dentists, in my experience, will ask if it feels numb before they start.

Havent had a filling for a year or two but if it is going to be a small one or I am in a hurry,  I ask NOT to have anaesthetic.  Not because I am brave....well, of course I am....but because my mouth is not numb for an hour or so afterwards. 

All sounds fishy to me Fishy.......sorreeeeee 


Temporary gap-fillers

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 09:41

Lupins ...foliage now, flowers in 3 weeks or so,,then the summer stuff comes. 

I grew senettii for this well.  Expensive for gap fillers though

the answer really is to grow wallflowers.  They flower for a long time, provide evergreen foliage and when your cosmos or anything else is ready dig them up. 

Lilies are ideal too....lovely fresh foliage almost architectural in a small way and then the flowers 


Small triangular garden design. Advice required for hosting please.

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 07:46

Decide to be without grass Danny then you can concentrate totally on patio 

Advice needed

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 07:40

Renata, get those plants outside they will not it indoors.

weather is now much warmer so put them in as warm and sheltered a spot as possible for a couple of days

Astilbes need to be in the good MOIST soil. 

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