Latest posts by Verdun

pergola - wisteria or clematis?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:26

Would not plant a wisteria on a on a sunny clematis for me.

Wisteria is lovely for a short time only.  Ok. Can look sensational after several years but for couple of weeks amd then looks drab, boring and, dare I say it (yes I will) looks ugly for the rest of the year.  A cottage not far from me.....Wisteria actually a pair of cottages completely emgulfed by a single aged wisteria.  Fantastic in flower......awful out of flower 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:17

Well David....did you have real,Cornish ice cream topped,with Cornish clotted cream? And a double scooper?  

jersey plant direct

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 18:42

Jersey plants a big no from me

For good suppliers check out the "good guys" thread.  

Hostas are shooting for new acquisitions, albeit still indoors, have full leaves.  

Ive argued for a long time now that buying "bargain" packs of perennial plugs is not always a good idea.  Often you end up with varieties you don't want, yet get too many of them, in sizes that are unlikely to grow or flower this year, and you have the frustration of trying to nurture the blooming things   Far, far better to choose exactly what you want in sizes that will perform for you this season.   


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 18:33

Been hot here today.  A day for salads and ice creams.  Wonderful day

Expecting a few plants by courier on Tuesday.....posting tomorrow.

 Saw a guy watering his garden today....what???


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 18:27

20 degrees ....beautiful all day.  People eating ice creams, strolling in t shirts and sun red faces.  


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:26

It is almost HOT......niece is sunbathing.......what storms????

Cut grass....womderful cut grass smell, daffodils and hyacinths sending out wafts of perfume and everything is shining......oops! That's the end of my nose 

And a week of it to come...maybe more 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:19

Steady on Lisa.  Impressive stuff 

dahlia tubers in ground through winter question.

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:11

Hi sam

There is no " cut off point" as such........last year one or two dahlias were,very late in showing growth. This year some are shooting and others aren't.

However, I assume your dahlias in pots were,left outside too.  It's a difficult winter to say if dahlias will survive because of the non stop rain.  I'm in a very mild area where pelargoniums and gazanias are still,flowering but dahlias with their tubers buried may have rotted this year.  I dont know yet.   So, I would say mid April we should see dahlias shooting.  I left begonia corms outside in pots and will check on those later.

Although its been a wet winter it hasn't been cold so maybe these things will be fine.

(just checked my begonia corms and they are solid and not rotten so hopefully dahlias.....both yours and mine....will be ok too)


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 08:46

If its become a riddle ............

Sun is now bursting through 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 08:33

Morning everyone.

Misty morn but warm.  Sun should break at any mo.  quiet, no wind. 

Just checked plants under polythene polytunnel and everything,looks good. 

So tempting to do so much in the garden but "slowly, slowly catchee monkey"......sorry not often I get a chance to use that phrase 

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