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Latest posts by Verdun

I need new secateurs

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:58

Always losing or,breaking secateurs so the cheap ones are a reluctant choice.

However, a decent left handed pair of felcworks tempting 

Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:56

Agree about the birds hostafan. 

When I've used pellets....very, very sparingly.....they have been placed under raised slate or stone hoping birds won't go for affected slugs

Never  totally convinced by pellets.....seen gardens coloured blue by them and still destroyed by sligs n snails 

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:13

Still have gazanias, bidens and pelargoniums flowering.  They haven't stopped 

Talkback: What to prune in winter

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:12

Yes Rose, you can cut it back as hard as you like.  In future years look to pruning shoots that come away from the wall and to shorten shoots to keep it relatively compact.  

Need tall plants for patio

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:06

Hello greyfingers, how about a camellia in a pot?  You can buy them now already about 3' high soon a pot would immediately be 5'

For,themsummer a couple of verbena bonariensis and miscanthus grasses will quickly grow to 5' by mid summer.  Calamagrostis Overdam and Karl Foerster start to grow earlier and will reach 5' by early summer.  Buddleia Davidii too will make a screen by mid summer.

In between I would plant permanent shrubs like holly, viburnum, mahonia, berberis Darwinii, 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:56

KEF, I have tried singing tip toe through the tulips when I am in my funniest mood but it's a hard pitch to reach.  however, I agree it's a real classic number that brings tears to my eyes when I sing it.    Ha ha "

Happy birthday GG.....have lovely day tomorrow.    Do I now get some cake cos you are my favourite person here 

Love to be there Fairygirl in that greenhouse ,   And another fantastic joke 

Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:50

In reality I think all hostas  are equally susceptible to slug damage. If slugs are there they will attack.

There are a couple of hosta experts here but I do grow pretty good hostas that remain largely undamaged through the season.  I simply would not grow hostas if they were damaged.  My way is to handpick at night.  However, I tend to understand the Valentines day pellet application as I too use pellets sparingly in early spring.....late winter.  In pots copper tape is very effective.  

Chicken manure - what should I do with it?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:30

Hiya clueless

No I'm fine.  Fairly sheltered I guess.  On a hill.  Sandy soil.  

But signs of damage everywhere around...Roads damaged, muddy water, changes along the coast, roads closed, no railway line linking Cornwall,  etc etc 

Hope you are ok too James 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:24

No,,fidget, I don't think deadheading affects hellebores at all.  I cut flower stems as soon as the colour starts to drain from,the flowers. ,I think this helps further flowers later though.  Also,the hellebores then look compact for the year and good foils for summer flowerers. 

Chicken manure - what should I do with it?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:18

Ah seaweed!  I used to get large amounts of seaweed and spread it over all parts of my garden.  There is a lot of opinion on using seaweed like this ....that it should be composted.  first etc.   Down here seaweed has been heavily applied to gardens as a routline.  It does a number of things......it is excellent as a soil conditioner, it is an excellent slug deterrent (partly because of its saltiness) and it helps sandy soils hold moisture and breaks up heavy soils.

I apply it in autumn and by spring it will have broken down and all the salt washed away.  

So, I would not compost it before using it....even at this time of year.  

Discussions started by Verdun

It's my birthday

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Roasting

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They're bossing it now........

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Love your garden

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grasses

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hardy geraniums pictures

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Is mahonia invasive?

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Blue foliage

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What's your acronym? A guessing game......

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Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

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Dahliettes.....?

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Carpenteria californica shaping

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Rubbish mpc

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JUST FOR MIKE

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Drat........

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