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Latest posts by Verdun

New Fruit Bushes

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:39

Lucy, I would keep them outside but in much bigger pots.  9cm is far, far too small for those raspberries even over winter.    They will be making root growth even now so give them something larger.  

Cordon Advice

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 18:31

Ideal Gemma.  

Hang out the washing

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 13:10

Have a simple clothes line alongside top path.  It is not really an eyesore esp if I colour-co-ordinate the arrangement of undies 

hate those rotary clothes airers.  They really have no advantage over a clothes line. I grow plants to look as good as possible but accept readily the need to be practical too.  Clothes line does not spoil the garden for me


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:49

Hiya Sue

you don't say if your briza is an annual or perennial but if perennial treat it and the others by cutting back in spring.  

Growing plants in sterile medium

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:46

Sterile is fine for seed sowing but not for growing plants too well I think.  Vermiculite has issues too...dust for example from it can affect breathing.  

How about an orchid as birthday present?  not too much to do apart from watering?

Cordon Advice

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:39

I grow west to east Gemma but I really don't think its too important.  No doubt someone will say technically why not but I think you will be fine East to west.

I've tried growing veg in different maximise sunlight....but not noticed any difference.  Plants are pretty long as you have chosen your apples/pears to cross pollinate well and if you prune accordingly you will get good crops

When to move Salvia Amistad

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:30

WillDB, I think cuttings will still take now if your plant is still vibrant.  They really are easy and responsive.  A few taken now and left on a warm windowsill will prob be fine.  

Giant Echium (echium pininana)

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:24

These echiums grow like weeds down here.  15' and more.  Not really a garden plant in its second year.  So Glynn, expect them to grow fast next spring if you don't get too cold there.  And to flower 


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 08:56

Morning folks.  Nice n sunny so far 


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 08:37

Swiss sue.  You don't menation what varieties of pennisetum you have.....some are extremely tender......pennesitum rubrum varieties need to be over wintered indoors at a min of 4degrees.

Agree with WillDB,  cut back most grasses in spring.  Here, where it's mild, I can get away with cutting them back in autumn and they are fine.  I also cut back tenuissima hard and divide them In spring.  

Discussions started by Verdun

Any other dodos out there?

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What's left for us to grow?

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Meany or being careful !

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Clocks go forward tonight

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Impressions of the posters here

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Why am I so special,to,the forum?

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Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

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Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

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Verdict....your new plants this year

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Gaillardias ......who grows 'em?

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It's my birthday

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

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Love your garden

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