Latest posts by Verdun

How to have a garden with spring and Summer interest?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 22:03

I plant spring flowered plants next to summer ones...not always but I try

hellebores,,for example.  when in full flower they occupy a larger space; when flowers cut back plants like heleniums,,lobelias, geum totally tangerine,,aster frikartii monch take over.  primroses for example can thrive and be seen in spring and are covered in summer.  Rudbeckias too.  Don't forget bulbs....lilies,,daffs, tulips, hyacinths,,snowdrops all provide fill in colour before late summer stuff takes over 

I also grow specimen size wallflowers and stocks to provide foliage in winter and flowers in spring. these are replaced by summer perennials like dahlias and other tender plants.  

Once you understand how plants grow, how big, etc., you can associate them to provide maximum colour and form.

since your garden is small be practical.....decide which plants give value and which do not snd take up too much space. 

Thompson & Morgan - damaged plants received

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 21:42

got a refund from them recently but,,boy, did it take some perseverance.  They ignored emails including one with photos. finally a siccessful phone call to them....they just did not amswer phone calls .....and giving an ultimatum got their attention..

i told them their customer care dept was bad and needed to be overhauled.  I was told it would be ??? 

Thompson & Morgan - damaged plants received

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:48

Chloe,  Crocus use same suppliers of plants that B&Q do......but charge more.  

I think many believe Crocus grow their own 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:41

Turkey is the open door to europe....once Turkey is  in, and a quick deal is probable now, we are exposed to millions more from outside Europe.  

For me our safety is the main consideration.....I am far from a frightened person but I am scared for people I care about.  Control of our borders is the same as locking our own front doors.......would you leave your doors unlocked overnight? 

Even if we struggled economically......we won't.......we would be safe 


Thompson & Morgan - damaged plants received

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:48

Not pot luck Belinda.    Choose your favourite from a large range.  check out the supplier first....maybe ask on the forum....

Inspiring or what?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:44

watching bbc1 about invictus games.  

so inspirational and so humbling 


Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:40

Depends on the varieties too not just colour.  I grow  bud Buzz Ivory, a dwarf white, and it was covered in butterflies...posted a picture.  Buzz Ivory has a scent but many buddleias don't.....poss a reason  

difficult though....too many caterpillars mean damaged plants. I control caterpillars on certain plants but plenty of butterflies (and bees) here too 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:31

We need politicians to do the unthinkable. .....whichever side they are on they need to be honest, frank and open  with us.

 There ARE problems ahead.  It will not be easy either way.  Life will be very different either way. voting to stay in EU does not mean things will stay the same. 

if politicians could argue their case but also admit to the problems associated with it we could make an imformed assessment.  Just as we decide on everything in life we need to know full facts, good and bad, about Europe.

friends will become enemies, families will be split and tempers will fray...every one of us is facing a difficult decision.  



Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:15

Could be potassium deficiency Bf 206 would help 

tomato fertiliser would help.  Don't overdo it though.  Once a week.

raspberries like it on tbe acid side too ...they suffer on alkaline soils, in my experience, and they are surface rooting ao I would also do 2 further things.  A spray or two with epsom salts.  A mulch with ericaceous john innes but I would scrape some of the soil away first.

hope this helps 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:05

Ha ha Pansy....didnt expect that.    Turkish delight is very morish......

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