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Latest posts by Verdun

It's my birthday

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:57

Ooooo,,thank you Fairy......still open for donuts 

no.....23 now 


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:55

Got a few bags of garden produce....tomatoes and beetroot take to the foodbank later.

 For Cameron to impose even further cuts to Welfare whilst queues at the foodbanks are increasing rapidly is cruel.  Can't deny some of the claimants there are taking the mickey but most are not.  You have to be there to appreciate the desperation.......they are there for FOOD.  It's hard to see such a situation that has now become NORMAL in a country that is rich.  That's as contentious as I get today so relax folks

Hanging baskets

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:39

Hanging baskets can look superb.  I had a few but with the necessary daily attention...watering, dead heading and other fiddly tasks.....I now dont grow them.  Planting them up initially too was not enjoyable for me. taking them down when windy meant a lot of hassle.


Garden programmes on the web

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:32

Morning kleipieper, 

just to say this is a very interesting and enjoyable thread.  Always pop in to read so thanks 


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:30

Tads, thought so.  Seen this before.  

further thought you top dress heavily?  Rhodos do not like thick heavy mulches...those roots need to breathe.

but, mostly, ease off with the water 


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:24

Hello forkers 

looks like we in the west will be blessed with the weather today. heavy rain and strong winds hitting south coast and east Cornwall but expected to be dry here.  

Darker morning but a lovely walk to the beach earlier.  Warm, dry and peaceful af about 6 30

dentist check up soon......should be ok.  Dentist is only one able to stop me talking 

Have good day folks 

Slightly tender plants in beds - mulching help

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:12

Supernoodle, just have a go.  It's not just temperature. not an annual  tender perennial and best treated as an annual. As I said I have overwintered but whenever I have growth is so slow and late.

fleece on the ground?  When its wet it can make things worse during icy weather.  upturned pots and fleece stretched over keep fleece above foliage is effective


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 23:55

My thought was over watering.  Tads, have you been generous with the watering? Is compost wet? 

Second thought....vine weevil.  Perhaps an application of vine weevil killer

Gigantic Knautia Macedonica (Scabious) invasion

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 23:50

Atoll, my first thought was did you enrich the soil for your rose?  Perhaps also wnere the scabious is planted too?

rich soil will produce bigger plants.  A couple of years ago I made a new border from an old pond.  Lots of organic matter.  Everything grew...and I mean grew.  Plants still grow much bjgger there.

this spring I prepared a site for a rose and enriched the whole site.  Same thing....very tall rose and very tall surrounding plants.

knautia macedonica doesnt normally grow that tall.  It is in the same family as scabious...I think.....but is a much more vigorous plant.  4' maximum for me though.

Atoll, try giving your plants the chelsea chop.....cut by half or one third and you will have a sturdier and shorter plant.  

How to plant Crocosmia

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 21:12

Quickly........potted up and your plant will be bigger and better than if you didnt Hefty.  

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let's remember our birthdays folks 
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A REAL SCARE.......a body

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Anyone growing Colocasia Black Coral?

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3 new garden progs this week.......

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Compassion yes....but get real folksThe

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The best onions from seed.....

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