Latest posts by Verdun

New Pond; old water tank

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:41

Pokhim, avoid Vigorous reeds.  They will over run your tank.

once built a wildlife pond for a friend only to see an enthusiastic "expert" plant the wrong sort of iris and reed in it.  Coincidentally I was there yesterday and it was so overgrown I almost walked into it.  All "scale" was lost

One dwarf water lily only for me there......again, to echo your white hydrangeas, I would plant a white lily.     queen Victoria lobelia in a pot in the corner would look good.  Red foliage all summer with scarlet flowers.  

get some of the tank in the ground and try to raise some soil and planting around it.  Take your time to get it right...have a few ideas;  have a plan that has been edited a few times 

Olive tree

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:31

See Pete's post above....he lives in Essex ?

go for it Pokhim 

Can you plant honeysuckle in shade

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:29

Yes but don't squeaze plants in wakeshine.  so many people push plants imto tiny gaps and expect them to thrive.  

I once cleared a garden whose owner planted trees, shrubs and perennials in every possible space.  So everything grew tall, weedy and thin looked awful.  I removed a mass of them to thin out and prune hard back.  The garden now has fewer plants but lush, healthy and floriferous.

if you want a full handsome honeysickle give it a space of at least 6'.  Worth it to think about the scent (I now get from my honeysuvckles right now) from your vigorously growing honeysuckle

you could train it up your conifer but it will struggle and look pathetic.

Applying Nemaslug

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:20

Sheps, must admit this is a strange one.  Yes, you will see slugs on your lawn but that's because they love grass,,esp wet grass and be attracted to crawl over it.  Unless your lawn is muddy I don't think slugs are coming from your lawn.  You may be right and I am sure others will now agree with you but I have never noticed this. 

anyway, the important point is the size of the watering can rose.  No, don't use a sprayer.  You need to google "watering can rose for nematodes".  You need large or coarse rose. You will waste your money if you use a regular rose 

Loads of tomatoes but very slow in ripening

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:12

Been picking tomatoes for 2 or 3 weeks now. 

I remove lower leaves regularly and now, with a bumper crop to come, most of the leaves have been removed.  This allows sunlight onto the fruit speeding up the ripening process.

a few years back I decided too to NOT shade the gh glass.  

You should not need to be thinking about bringing fruit indoors for artificial ripenjng just yet. 

Can you plant honeysuckle in shade

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:03

Yes, an awful place for it.  It will struggle badly there.  Can you give it some space?

do you want that conifer?  Can you remove it?  then enrich the soil, erect some (galvanised) wires and your honeysuckle will thank you over and over again 

sorry Wakeshine 

Don't miss it folks!

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 11:55

So good I posted twice 

Don't miss it folks!

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 11:54

on tv tonight....can hardly contain my excitement.......


shed of the year.

Olive tree

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 11:49

Pokhim, hey!  Looking good there 

we grow olives down here, everywhere.  The local town features them throughout.  Totally, totally hardy.

very good drainage and as warm a spot as possible.

i would go for as big a pot as possible to then grow a cascading perennial with it.  Something like a lithodora, arabis, convolvulous maritima, campanula, etc., but a hardy osteospermum....white to echo your hydrangeas ......would be my choice


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 11:40

Philippa, you have done nothing wrong.  If we start worrying about everything we do or say or write we would become zombies.  

anyway,  more serious stuff.  The girls here have mocked my hair and demanded a photo.  So here goes......

and I havent changed a bit.

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