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Latest posts by Verdun

Computer replacement

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 08:38
Come on Mike. You won't leave us now. If you do it will be because you choose to. Don't always agree with you.......I'm argumentative with anyone and anything....but always read your posts.
The computer? Wouldn't.....couldn't ...be without it. So useful, so convenient and such a fantastic communication tool. I can't spend hours on it ....I would be bored....but, esp with the iPad, has replaced reading the newspaper at brekkie for example.
Sorting out business stuff can be done in minutes on the computer. Arranging meetings, deliveries, purchases, emails, photos, etc etc
I would certainly miss not having my computer
Mike, get yours fixed pronto.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 08:30
Morning everybody......nice and sunny. In for good day I think
Most of my echinaceas are about to open despite being cut back as are varieties of leucanthemum. A quiet walk around the garden shows what is good, will be good or not so good. It's when impulse drives me to "tinker" but I must resist ......!
At last runner beans are all near the tops of the frame.......they are so late for me this year but I'm sure a little foraging will reveal small beans
Hope today will be good for all of you. (smilie)

Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 08:16
Morning JPSterckx
Not convinced by the sacrificial lettuce theory. It simply attracts more slugs that will then move on to other plants
More slugs and snails this year than ever before, I think, but a combination of (limited) pellets and hand picking is effective.
Certain plants are more attractive than others ar certain times of the year....my .heleniums, for example. Delphiniums very early in fhe spring, lupins the same, echinaceas. Tender salvias are susceptible during June down here. I hand pick in the early stages until now they have grown enough to ward off any odd attack. So far, I have several hostas in the ground and in pots not attacked by the critters.
Dahlias were vulnerable but now they should be fine

Gardening

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 16:21
Dry or wet you need to remove the weeds by hand....sooner the better. Your plants will amaze you by putting on so much growth.
I would thoroughly clear an area then feed and water. Then move onto another patch.

Winter / Next Spring Bedding

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 16:16
I think there is something in that Bob,,viz., plants from seed or cuttimgs do seem to adapt better to local conditions. I sound shrubs bought from Bressinghams years back often struggled whereas the cuttimgs from them thrived.

Blueberry

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 14:14
Well said Bob
The reason most of us grow blueberries in containers s because our soils are not acidic enough. Ideally, blueberries like it more acidic than Rhodos, etc.
Watering too is important for blueberries....they must not dry out.

Winter / Next Spring Bedding

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 14:08
The only "bedding" I do is for stocks and wallflowers. I too prefer a permanent system.
Stocks and wallflowers replace tender Summer plants and they are always large specimens to make an impact.
I will post pics soon of my main "helebore" bed. Now it is, seemingy, full of summer plants. Will wait just couple of weeks to post pics when "summer bedding" via permanent planting of heleniums, dahlias, and a host of others will be in full flower. Much easier than annual planting, much cheaper and more of an impact. Winter plants like hellebores, dicentras, Camelias, etc simply provide a foil for summer stuff.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 13:22
Rain early but very nice now.
See if this posts.......

Suggestions for filling a small south facing border

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 14:10

Santolinas......silver grey mounded evergreens.  Prune back in spring to maintain the tactile foliage.  I would also plant verbena homestead purple.....cascading purple flowers all summer.  For a burst of colour and some height add geum totally Tamgerine.....easy evergreen and long eye catching flowers.  You like blue Moominrhubarh?  Plant either or both of caryopteris or ceratostigma.  Easy shrubs ....the ceratostigma (wilmottianum) starts to flower now and goes on until autumn when it often has reddish autmn foliage.  For a purplish blue check out penstemon Sour Grapes....this is an evergreen perennial with flowers all summer. Check out aster Frikartii Monch......lavendar blue flowers for months.  Finally to comtrast with purple verbena plant a white osteospermum....superb large white flowers all summer long.

Perennials planting time

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 13:38

Looking good there Supernoodle ..  Like it a lot ......planted achillea terracotta recently too.  Easy to dIvide too.

 

Discussions started by Verdun

a good turn needs to be considered......

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Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Coleonema

Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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Dilemma........wot to choose?

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For Stacey and others absent at mo...

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Preposterous question....

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It's a big worry......

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