London (change)
Today 25°C / 17°C
Tomorrow 24°C / 16°C


Latest posts by Verdun

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:48

An easy, evergreen shrub with sweetly scented flowers in January through to March?  Sarcoccoca.  The scent wafts through the air beautifully    And honeysuckle too.  

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:08

When you get a "sensible" car, when you like sprouts and when an "old " person  ??ou meet is your own age.

Rosemary Bush

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 19:16

KEF, I almost suggested that but I think Tomsk wants to keep it.  There are now some lovely dark blue flowered varieties that kick those old varieties into touch.

Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:30

I think I would simply add phosphorous and potash early in the spring.  During the growing season I would spray with seaweed or tomato feed.  

Rosemary Bush

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:18

What plants did you I tend to plant there Tomsk?  Deep cultivation would not be good idea.  I grow geranium Orion satisfactorily at bare base of a rosemary.  

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:11

Doesn't apply to me.  Can still run the 100 metres in 30 seconds 


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:07

Yes, pull flowered stems immediately after flowering to encourage further flowers.  I grow just one variety of the Princess series...after growing a few different ones.  It flowers for 6 months without let up.

Janebal, yes pot up those little roots ASAP.  For me, I would pot on a couple of times before plantImg out in the garden so that a good size vigorous specimen not eaten by slugs, snails etc., is already established.,   Good soil but not cold waterlogged.

Placing alstromerias is important.  They flower for months but then go dormant often in mid or late summer leaving a gap in the border.  So I plant behind a dahlia, agastache, actea, etc so,that the gap is not seen.  



Posted: 07/01/2014 at 17:57

Been a cracker of a day here.  Storms!  What storms? 

Beginning to get the urge to garden......  Planning a few adjustments to plantIng

towans woody......twang!

Thanks KEF, yes spike and I enjoyed walk/run to the beach after my stint at the foodbank.  Still enough light......hey!  the days are getting longer now.  



Caring for Skimmia japonica

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 16:46

....and add another variety too to encourage pollination.  Ideally a hermaphrodite form with flowers and berries.  Not too much direct sun and not too alkaline 

Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 16:44

Get some winter heathers in there.....carnea and darleyensis varieties.  They come in a variety of foliage colours and flower in mid winter to late put in at last 3 varieties of the same or, ideally, 5 or more, to make a glorious evergreen undulating carpet.  Add a conifer like Taxus aurea or Standishii.  .  Can you add a couple of helleborus orientallis and helleborus corsicus?  And dig in some mushroom compost at planting time.  Add a "grass" like carex buchanii an evergreen foxy red upright then fountain like appearance.  Get a euphorbia like rubra......purple black foliage and yellow flowers in spring....or a variegated variety in there.  

Discussions started by Verdun


Replies: 47    Views: 763
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:25

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

Replies: 23    Views: 381
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 08:18

Love your garden

Replies: 27    Views: 449
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:56


Replies: 41    Views: 570
Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 22:17

hardy geraniums pictures

Replies: 16    Views: 292
Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 00:44

Is mahonia invasive?

Replies: 20    Views: 342
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 12:44

Blue foliage

Replies: 21    Views: 482
Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 02:44

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

Replies: 70    Views: 1310
Last Post: 30/05/2014 at 09:47

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

Replies: 66    Views: 2038
Last Post: 30/05/2014 at 21:53


Replies: 10    Views: 294
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 13:15

Carpenteria californica shaping

Replies: 5    Views: 218
Last Post: 20/05/2014 at 23:51

Rubbish mpc

Replies: 11    Views: 311
Last Post: 16/05/2014 at 12:47


Replies: 221    Views: 6847
Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 20:06


Replies: 4    Views: 267
Last Post: 12/05/2014 at 20:57

Follow up fox illumination pink

Replies: 6    Views: 362
Last Post: 26/04/2014 at 12:21
1 to 15 of 167 threads