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Latest posts by Verdun

salvia - hotlips

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:23

Take a few cuttings but they are easy. I agree now is not the best time to move it (although I do move plants about myself right now ) 

House Spiders

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:44

Spiders in the garden are fine.  Not in the house and not nighttime.  

I read that article too Fishy.   It's so easy to believe there are monsters  lurking  everywhere. NConsidering those  sticky traps ....don't  want to kill them but don't  want them in the house.  I often go round with a hose and eradicate spiders then but I guess they return.  


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:28

Gosh!  Woody makes me gasp.  Enjoy it all Woody

Some light rain overnight but looking good now

Bit lazy right now.  Weeding to be done, etc but garden still looking full and colourful so just enjoy it as it is for now. 

Miscanthus gold bar, morning light and variegatus ready to flower....always something to herald the season 

Pot Mums, In or Out?

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 23:55

Funnily enough, at the garden centre recently a couple were carrying very large but perfectly compact, rounded, floriferous chrysanthemum to the checkout. There they asked if the plants would look the same every year.  "oh yes" was the reply.  I pointed out, as Bookertoo has, that no they won't and explained why.

Those wonderful mounds of flowers simply become  completely different ...leggy and unattractive.  Chrysanthemums a big no for me anyway.  

best evergreen climber

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 21:06

Evergreen isn't always the answer.  Excitement in early spring when new leaves emerge, etc. ?  Bare stems of climbers in winter can still look ok, even good


best evergreen climber

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 20:39

Oops! Read this wrong.  Thought you meant to cover the chopped tree.  

Pyracantha is evergreen amd berries and evergreen.  Foliage is a little vicious though so not suitable if children pass close by.

Honeysuckles. ....some are semi evergreen.  Lovely summer scent.   

best evergreen climber

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 20:34

Clematis montana is perfect for this....ok, not evergreen.  

I chopped down a Leylandii leaving a stem of about 8' . I put a tripod of galvanised rods and galvanised wire around it and planted Montana Elizabeth.  That was about 6 years ago.  In spring it looks superb.....full of flower.  Through until late autumn it is covered in foliage 

nipping out young plants

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:10

Anne, I always pinch out wallflowers.  

How do I get to the next stage from cuttings to fully grown plant

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:07

Fender, out of interest,,which variety of st johns wort do you have?  Did you take it from a tallish shrub or from a low spreading ground coverer?

Magnesium sulfate/Epsom Salts

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:04

Mrpp, no not every week.  Little late for now but worth doing.  Early spring, late spring and late summer is fine.  

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