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Latest posts by Verdun

Fuchsias! to prune or not to prune?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 12:40

Toady.....I agree with the doc. I prune mine every year too but not through force of habit.  Even with top growth on fuschias just look better and flower better if pruned hard every year.  Down here fuschias are everywhere as large, almost tree like, specimens but when too big they look ungainly and woody.  

They are so easy and quick to prune annually too and pruned fuschias fit in better with other plants in the border. 

Dare i or not???

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 07:46

Edd check out euporbia Polychroma.  This is a neat non invasive plant starting.....wonderful mounds of acid yellow/green flowers.  Ok, it doesn't fit your criteria of being free but I would hesitate to plant invasive stuff.  

From green to blue how about elymus magellanicus a glaucous evergreen grass.  More blue than green in sun and vice versa in shadier spots.  The pinks have a similar colour foliage in flowers from white to red to purple.  

If in doubt simply do not plant anything remotely invasive 


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 07:36

Further to the Phormium blackest, they are not the easiest  to associate in the garden. I remove all the oldest leaves leaving the young ones.  This creates a "tidy" grasslike plant.  I have a berberis nana atro in front of a white / yellow Phormium, Phormium sundowner beside artemisia Powys castle and Dazzler, a smaller very red one, at the front of the border but backed by a yellow yew.  Mounds of foliage ....rudbekias, astrantias, etc associate well too with the linear foliage of Phormiums 

Hope mrsG is enjoying her train ride.  Have a feeling she is causing disruption there though being so excited 


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 07:23

Used to put shrubs far too close together Blackest but now I do like 5 ' minimum and use perennials between them.  Once satisfied that the shrubs .....the permanent structure......are in the right place I used perennials in between.  Perennials can be changed, divided, etc.  Too many shrubs can suddenly merge into a sort of hedge spoiling shape and form...colour the border.

Your Phormium  should have  its roots loosened somewhat ....I divide mine every 2 or 3 years to keep its colourful juvenile leaves.  If you feel brave empty it from its pot and assess it.  Often they can be pulled apart esp when grown in the open ground and planted immediately.  

Happy birthday Tracey.    It's the modern custom thaf on your birthday you buy cream cakes for everyone 

Beautiful morning tempting to cut down daff foliage but,of course, I won't just yet

Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 23:00

Test your soil too. Maybe too alkaline there.  Raspberries don't like too much lime, maybe from builders cement. ??


Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 22:56

Well, when you choose your two check them out elsewhere on other sites to get full respective on them.  Don't rely on the selllers' hype. 

Kew Garden job cuts

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 22:52

Me too

Whats the secret to beautiful hanging baskets ?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:56

Don't do hanging baskets now.  Too much work....deadheading, feeding and watering.  Did pretty well though I think but I admire people who can produce those,stunning displays.  Managed a pink busy lizzie ball once from cuttings.  Quite nice ....possibly a Geoff Hamilton suggestion or was it Alan Titchmarsh ?

Best companion plant for Strawberry's?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:53

Just strawberries for me.  .........and Cornish clotted cream later 

Getting rid of it

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:50

Use cardboard or hardboard pieces to keep cacti safe and away from the gel.  A cloudy dry day is better than a hot sunny one too.  

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