Latest posts by Verdun

Companion flowering plants to plant among heathers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 00:00

Been through the heather and conifer period.......loved what Adrian Bloom did.  Fantastic all year round colour etc.  However having a limited size garden and wamting to grow other things I limited myself to an area for heathers. They are on a slope amd set off shrubs behind them;  they add winter colour through foliage and flower;  they are low maintenance. My soil is neutral therefore precluding acid loving callunas, etc but if I had acid soil I would grow a lot more.

So, in my neutral soil I have grown pinks among my heathers......their blue foliage and summer flowers perfectly complement winter heathers.  E.g. Yellow foliage carneas look good with blue dianthus foliage.  Penstemons too can look good as individuals among heathers.  

I have to differ from Hostafan......sorry hosta.....but Adrian Bloom inspired me.  His island beds, his foliage contrasts........mixing purple foliaged shrubs with conifers and others......and his use of perennials was, still is, womderful for me.

 Roses are so popular but not for me.  They produce beautiful summer flowers, sometimes, but everybody grows them and mostly they grow them BADLY.  They are often grown without companion plants so provide scratchy ugly scenery for most of the autumn and winter months.  No, heathers are a classier option.  


Music in the Garden

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:51

Dire straits, fleetwood mac, etc but a,whole mixture on my memory the car.  Like John Denver too esp Calypso.  

Carly Simon's "you're so vain" is supposed to be about me according to those who like to tease.  Just because I had a habit (apocryphal) of looking at myself,in shop windows years back.     (mind you, I did run into the back of a lorry once when I may.....may....have been looking at a shop window as a drive my Healy sprite  with hood down. ) 

Music in the garden though is different.  Always see something to do once out there 

First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:25

Hyacinths suddenly opened up today....well first time noticed them today. 

Spring fever starting with sowings of lettuce,parsley and peas. 

Impatiens question

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:15

I would also take as many cuttimgs as you can......put them in a glass of water and they will root fast.

Why won't my Yakushimanum Rhododendrom flower!!!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:31


Its still a bit early for most Rhodos to flower yet.  However, if no buds, no flowers this year of course.

I would take it out of its it pot bound?  If so it prob dried out too much last summer, etc.  If not pot bound I would simply leave well alone ......I find feeding often sets plants back if it's not needed. 


Posted: 03/03/2014 at 08:16

Good morning everybody

Light bright start.  Showers too though

Dont know any builder who works for cake Dove......??ou did well there 

KEF if you must make up birthdays I have one coming up soon and another in September 

A few dry days and I will start veg sowing.    Peas in modules today or tomorrow though 



Carrots and turnips

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:38

Always grow good carrots.  No disease or carrot fly.

My a good sandy loam....perfect for carrots....but I ensure good stone free soil to a depth of 8" or more.  I incorporate fish blood and bone.  I thin twice.  I do not allow the ground to dry out during the growing season.  I cover with fleece.  I eat carrots all summer long......hence my niece's nickname for me, viz., "orange face"  Nothing better than carrots amd large chunks of cheese.  And a glass of gold top 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:29

Sorry folks.  It really is supposed to be good weather next weekend 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:28

Summer next weekend.    Already ordered new pair of sunglasses.    Reckon it will be 16 degrees or more     Reckon we will all be complaiNing of the heat 

Ha ha.....only joking. Another cold wet spell acoming 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:22

Hiya goddy.   Welcome back.  

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