Latest posts by Verdun

Which witch hazel?

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 14:34

Hello Cheerybeth

I grow just one...mollis pallida.  Flowers now starting to open.  It is delightfully fragrant but I cannot compare it to others. I have planted a couple elsewhere....Dianne and Arnold Promise, if I recall correctly....but I think my own has better scent

I suggest you go online and buy online.  

Anyone else still mowing??

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 12:46

Heck Nut.  I didn't know it was against the law to cut grass in mid winter. I will be breaking the law again in an hour or so .      Talk of winter scent what better than the smell of new mown grass whatever time of year? 

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 12:35

You are tempting me to Scotland Fairy.....magnificent views.  Nothing like that here.....mind you our sea views are pretty good too 

Daffodils are sprouting too early!

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 12:24

To be honest,,this autumn is much like usual here as far as plants, bulbs are concerned. Slightly warmer I guess because no cold weather so far.  I have busy lizzies still in flower on large plants.  Cannas still going strong.  However, this is per usual.  (Famous last doubt a frost will descent overnight now

Sun is poking through....must be 14 or 15 degrees in the garden which isn't bad. 

Actually, blue sky and brilliant sunshine to sunbathe 



Posted: 13/12/2015 at 09:03

Yes star gaze lily, Stacey of course.    if she is reading this I wish her all the best.  Need advice about chillies 

Leggy Privet

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 08:59

Annicola, privet is tough.  March is good time to cut as hard as you like.  Let the weather guide you.....i.e. When conditions suit you because the exact timing is not crucial.

by cutting it back hard though means you will lose flowers for this year.  

Disappearing lawn!

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 08:54

Chris, those leatherjackets wont be a problem now until next autumn.

ideal now to rotovate....if ground is not wet.  Spend the time over winter to level and firm the ground. The very best way to firm ground is with your heels.  Do you know the duck walk method Chris?   Raking and firming several times to get your ground as level as possible will pay dividends later.  A scattering of granular fertiliser a week or so before seed sowing in spring and you will have a nice summer lawn 


Posted: 13/12/2015 at 08:47

hello forkers 

dry and very mild.  Not even a breeze right now. grasses absolutely still. 

Minus 5 Fairy?  Amazing the difference in conditions across a pretty small country.  

anyone know how Tracey is?  last I heard she was fighting another round with cancer. Hope she is well 

Pruning summer flowering Jasmine

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 19:35

Ironic isn't it? Aaron Gardens must think any publicity is good publicity.   However, a bunch of us will buy greenhouse glass but NEVER from these guys. If they had paid to advertise here a purchase or two would have happened 

Anyone else still mowing??

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 19:20

Been cutting every week.  If dry tomorrow will cut it again

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