Latest posts by Verdun

What Lithodora is this?

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 18:54

I've found this plant to be a variable one.....from pale blue to mid blue.  All the standard variety though.  In my neutral soil with added ericaceous they do very well flower now.

Dont really like the variety with white escapes me.  


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 17:44

David, sorry about your sister's death.  Thoughts are with ??ou.

Back from seeing my mum in hospital.  Improving all the time.  Six of us visiting much to the displeasure of the senior nurse there.  



Posted: 05/04/2014 at 09:37

Damp morning.    Disappointing but warm 

Bought a clematis grandiflora to replace a dying jasmine but now jasmine seems to showing signs of life.  So need to pot on the clematis into 3 litre pot for time being.  

Been expecting some losses in the  garden because of unprecedented rain over the winter but most everything looks good ....just an Acer lost.

Visiting my mum in hospital later so not lot of time for gardening etc.   (hey!  Folks have been dropping goodies to me lately.  Do I give indications that I enjoy tasty morsels? )

Hope everyone has good weekend 

Camera Corner

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 09:30

Great pictures folks.  Enjoy this thread.....pure relaxation

Dont know who Orchard Lady but someone changed their name recently.  Maybe this person is on the run and needs to change his/her name 

Talkback: Growing camellias

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 09:26

Pippa, forget the picture on the label.  They are usually misleading.  Does your variety have a name?  Buy a named variety and you know exactly what colour you will get.  

So, no I don't think your camelia will suddenly change from its current colour as it ages.  Sorry. 


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 00:55

Too right Orchard Lady.  My bro is a tad arrogant and needs to know his place   Ha ha 

Fragrant shrub

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 00:52

Check out choisya .....womderful glossy evergreen bay like aromatic leaves and fantastic scented white flowers in spring and early summed.  Natural mound forming and easily kept in shape.  A yellow leaved a real eye catcher but shyer at flowering. 

For a sunny position I cant think of a better scented shrub

Black...good or yuck?

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 00:48

Hostafan, yes I do use that combination too.  Love Bowles golden grass ESP when flowering.  I have groups of them and the yellow flowers are a sheer delight.

Another combination I tried was ophiopogon in front of a white pink...mrs Simkins.  Both it's blue foliage and white flowers set off the black grass.  Actually it looked quite classy....will do it again I think


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 00:39

Hiya folks

My mum has made an amazing recovery it seems.  5 am yesterday at the hospital,her speech was slurred, no feeling in arm or leg etc yet now she seems well.  No signs of damage now.  Spoke with the docs today and they are suggesting a new medicine to help prevent future strokes.  

Everyone is impressed with her recovery and health comsidering she is 192 years old......well 92 (my little joke).  Although you folks have missed my super jokes on the forum lately I applied them over past 2 days at the hospital to all and  sundry.  Think they loved them all 

My younger brother decided to inform the hospital personnel that he is next of kin but I've established the correct hierarchy here.  He does nothing amd then appears out of the woodwork to suggest he is the main  man.  He isnt.....I am   (grievance aired)

Was going to remove a dead jasmine today but on closer inspection it looks alive.  Had a clematis Grandiflora as a replacement so will have to wait a while longer yet.  Ditto with a Carpenteria Californica.  Have removed all dead stuff and have hopes it will be fine now.  This is a lovely shrub in summer

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 14:29

So jealous Punkdoc. ,had meconopsis baileyii flowering for short while once but comditions and climate here just not suitable.

Salvia patens Cambridge has similar true blue though

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