Latest posts by Verdun

What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 17:00

From a cloudy but humid morning it has gotten hot again.....very hot   Had a quick dip in the sea 

excellent news Frank   Pleased for you.   

despite the temp I moved helenium Double Trouble standing at over 120 cm ....watered well and will do so again when cooler. Cut back a delphnium magic fountains despite a lot of flowers on has been superb, stocky, bushy and pretty much self supporting.  Light blue flowers for weeks now but I think it will send up more flowers before September.   Planted another large salvia Amistad next to Double Trouble and pennisetum Villosums are flowering in large pots so they were planted too.  Lawns need cutting but what the heck!  Tomorrow will do 

helped someone out for a few mins and I was rewarded with a large cornish pasty! 

"big dopey reeds sticking up" .....I am intrigued PP 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 22:46

C'est la vie 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 22:38

Well, you have done........?? 

I praised it.  Not "enamoured" but enjoy it 

Think about it now.........

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 22:34

Yes, they do work wakeshine 

I had doubts myself at first but have used them for 3 or 4 years.  My lawn was devastated every year by leatherjackets in autumn but not now 

timing and how to apply is important.  Crane flies are early and about now it seems but late August/September is best time to use nematodes.  Watering them in well is essential too.

Gooseberry No Fruit

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 22:18

Bigger fruit though Logan . Getting rid of the old branches is pretty effective on its own 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 22:16

Just watched today's prog and  I enjoyed It.   Well done Charlie and the brothers 

Water feature was great and I would soften it with planting.  The team is friendly and skilled.  The clients obviously were happy.     What's not to like?

an area of lawn is always good for me and it nicely softened the decking and patio;  a natural green carpet....lovely.   Astroturf??? What? 

I am more of a plants person....higher maintenance though....but I appreciate the need for a relatively high ratio of landscaping In this garden.

currently I can watch this prog, Love your Garden, BG, GW and Gardening Australia.   Let's not knock it 

Gooseberry No Fruit

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 18:37

Arthur, yes pruning...or not pruning..... could be a cause.  You prob bought your bushes as 2 or 3 year old plants making them 5 or 6 years old and ready for pruning.    Bullfinches in winter another possible reason for lack of fruit 

ideally, grow bushes on a short leg.......keeps bushes clean from fungal spores splashed from the soil.  I remove all branches near the ground.  I remove all very old wood, all inward growing wood and reduce all stems to a few buds to produce fruiting spurs.  Late winter, January time, for me 

for bullfinches stretch a fine net over the bushes supported by canes....use pots, cane tops or jars to stop netting slipping down the canes.  

Hope this helps...It works for me 

Oh dearie me!

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 18:19

whilst cutting a delicious strawberry n cream tart my hand slipped and it resulted in a larger slice than I intended.  

however, I don't think anyone noticed as the offending piece was removed ....and eaten by yours truly.....and the remaining pieces were re assembled in a slightly smaller circle.  Thought this was quite clever 

Hopefully, It should mean a share of the smaller tart for me too 

anyone else had such a worrying mishap in the kitchen? 

Think about it now.........

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 18:08

ok, only mid July but like it or not autumn is only a few weeks away.  A few weeks away from the dreaded cranefly 

in second half of August order nematodes to prevent leatherjackets destroying your lawn. 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 18:03

Gardening is all about individual experiences and often about opinion.....of course, mine is always correct 

I spray/ water my acer diss. purp during hot and dry weather but never in direct overhead sun.  I have experiented and sure in my own mind that foliage can be damaged by spraying in direct sun.  I have noticed this too with hostas for example.  Those minute droplets of water DO intensify the sun's far as I am concerned 

auntyRach......half and half?  Let us know how it works out.  However, one side will be facing,the sun and one not??? 

if in doubt don't do it.  Where is the advantage?  

My lawn is looking green still Busy........I water it occasionally but we get heavy overnjght mists from the sea too that helps.  However, it's less than 150 sq yards so easier to keep green than your much larger space. 

a respite from the sun right now.....not necessarily the heat it has become misty.  Sun returned  as I write this.  

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