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Latest posts by Verdun

How do I renovate area under weed control fabric?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:50

Hate that weed fabric.  Most of us get rid of it eventually. in a garden that fabric should not be used except for path prep.

just as Dave says, dig in compost, manure ....dig in "life" back to your soil 


Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:18

Your good deed for the day Hosta. that elderly lady may be a millionairess who will remember you in her Will 

Any advice for a newbie's front garden?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 19:12

Clearly Nellie you have acid soil there...pieris Is growing well there.  

how about a camelia or two there In that North area?  Nandina domestica...sacred bamboo .....will provide a different shape.  Hydrangeas?  in theory blue should be excellent there.  I would also go for one of the paniculata types with white large flower heads turning lime green or pink according to variety.  Arum Lily will be fine there too.....lovely White spathes in spring.  Ferns too........easy and fascinating foliage.  I always try to incorporate a grass or two and one classy variety is hackonechloa a low yellow highly attractive grass with times of Orange in the leaves. With a bit of planning you could arrange a really attractive border there.

the path is a little you want to move it? 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:00

Sounds good to me Woody.  

it has been glorious again today....right now it's very warm.  Put in echinacea Hot  Papya, and, coincidentally a few white flowered perennials of different sorts.  Plus cut front and back lawns.  A White clematis Montana ...grandiflora looking beautiful now and a large choisya is full of scented white flowers filling sitting area of garden.  I know white isn't everybody's cup of tea but it's a "colour" I love.  White pear blossom, white azaleas, white argyranthemums, white anthemis, all strutting their stuff at the moment.

What age do shrubs start to flower ?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 17:50

Lots of reasons why shrubs flower at different times, ages, etc.  as I do, shrubs that are pinched back will be later in flowering.  The soil, the rate of growth and the amount of nutrient and water make a difference.  The climate too. for me, I prefer a year's extra wait as it means a sturdier plant usually

Monty and his Kniphofia

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:35

That really would be pretentious 

Non flowering azalea

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:32

They should grow well there peanuts.

perhaps, and likely, it is just settling down.  It may be a later flowering variety so still time.  I have some flowering.....some for 3 weeks now and others just starting to flower. 


Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:29

Jennifer best buy a fresh pack.  Frrtilisers, composts etc. are best bought fresh every year I think 


Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:27

Ultimately they will revert colour they want to be.......  I had brilliant blue hydrangeas given to me as cuttings but they gradually went purple red then pinky red.  Down here blue hydrangeas are everywhere as most of Cornwall inland is acidic .

repot with ericaceous soil....they should then remain blue.

Aeonium Zwartkop - getting bigger

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 12:39

Lizzy...propagating is easiest thing.  Take pieces from the stem and let them dry for few hours then stick into compost. they root fast and grow fast.

not a lot of care needed.  

I cut mine back 3 weeks ago....cuttings as above and new shoots appearing on my main plant. Liquid feed now and then.  Water sparingly.  If it looks too top heavy for it's pot you could pot on but use a heavy one......aeoniums get tall and can blow over......and a mixture of perlite and john Innes    Enjoy it.  Love the colour.

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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Ok...its nasty

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Doomed I tell you.......

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Is this an arrogance?

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