Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 29/04/2016 at 18:02

My, Caroline are toooooo keen

for the very best cosmos have patience.  The sequence of regular pinching back and frequent potting on will produce fantastic cosmos.  Don't let them flower at all for a few weeks and you will be pleased with yourself.

in summer my cosmos are 4' plus tall, big and bushy and self supporting and flowering then well into autumn.   


Posted: 29/04/2016 at 14:24

(Don't tell Sue but I don't let mine flower )

Salvias...what am i doing wrong?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 14:23

Caradonna is best divided 1634 Racine and, yes, it is as tough as old boots 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:16

Oooooo, no sun this morning and a little rain ....pleased cos needed that.

sun is now out and looking good so hoping to do something in the garden 

popped into nursery earlier......took advantage of 10% discount off.  A couple (more) restios interest me.  Have tectorium (dwarf form) 

havent seen many slugs or snails so far...only those hiding under pots....but will have to start my night vigils soon 


Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:07

Looks like I need to take advice from you then Sue 

i have a couple of pretty big ones but I cut them back every year to produce bushy plants as well as giving me cuttings for more plants 

Is my Canna ok?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:05

Have to worry sometimes or they wont grow and you will have wasted your money landlubber 

I don't  "worry" but I do care that anything I have will thrive 

Salvias...what am i doing wrong?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:01

Sanjy, It won't want much water over winter....just don't let it dry out totally.

take your cuttings as early as poss to create a decent size plant to over winter.

Yes, the blues are best.  blue varieties of salvia are many....patens varieties,,cacalifolia, microphylla blue note, micro violin music, guanjuato, uliginosa,,guaranitica, Amistad although this is really purple and more.  plus the hardy ones 

Have them all...tee hee hee 


Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:54

impressive sue 

it will get its colouring back outside...Swarzkopf? 

I have a few outside ...happy out there over winter.....but no sign of flowering .

Late vegetable bed

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:13

Lettuce can be grown in pots until ready to plant out.  Beetroot too and spring onions.  The short round rooted carrots too can be grown in pots for a while.  Onion sets in pots.  Parsley, chives, beans and peas

i agree with Green Magpie about roses growing there esp if it grows well...not fun if you catch your eye.  Having said that I do grow a rose in the corner of my veg patch but mine is bigger.  You mentioned roses in the plural Lou......not a lot of space? 

Also agree about the size of your raised bed.....2 would be better.  8' is too wide to access without walking on it 


Salvias...what am i doing wrong?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:05

Prob the wet Busy 

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