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Latest posts by Verdun

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 16:19

Down here escallonias are hardly ever out of flower.  I prune during the summer to encourage bushyness.  In colder areas I would prune in early spring.  I grow a nice white.....Iveyii.....and this is pruned in September.

What I love about winter in the garden

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 16:12

Dove, is Hazel Catkins a bit eccentric?  Is she one of your neighbours?  Why does she "dance in breeze"?  Bit cold for that isnt it? 

Not sure I actually love winter.  Prefer the warmer months.  Bit like Bob I tend to think about the shortest day and after that it's all about optimism 

Needed couple of items from garden centre everything 20% off which is nice.  A santolina  lemon fizz was in the clearance bay at £5 so asked for 20% off that too.  £4 then so got a couple more clearance plants plus the discount. ( surely if there is a discount it should also be on clearance lines....logical to me).   Loosened a few roots and repotted.  They will be superb next spring.  

Not much sun today after all but not a bad day......prob 9 degrees, dry and no wind 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 11:56

Excellent quality joke NewBoy2  

What did the sulking plant say.....leaf me alone.  

Whats the most musical plant.....a viola, of course.   

There's more.  But later you lucky people.  

My dog needs his lunch....he must think I'm barking mad. 

Pelargonium Querie

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 11:23

I always cut mine back in mid September.  It gives me a chance also to remove dead leaves and debris and any possible critters on the leaves.   I want leaves to regrow ASAP as they overwinter better then....I think.  Not cold winters here but keeping those leaves on in cold areas will help  protect them so keep the regrowth on.

If you can remove fleece when it's mild I would do so......recover during cold spells.

I keep one or two pelargoniums outside over the winter......mld part of Cornwall so not advisable generally.......but the danger is wet rather than cold.  


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 09:30

Hiya stacey,  Sounds like a lovely day ??ou had yesterday.  Those are the times we all remember   Prob esp your little one.  But, don't want your bug thanks 

Dove....I know ??ou wanted tyres on your convertible but I had a prang on the way in it and had to get it sorted.  Didn't have right paint colour so spread some oil and mud over the damage. 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 09:20

What did I say to my houseplant in the morning?

Aloe Vera 

............ok, ok. I'll get my coat 

new plot

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 09:11

Good point man of Kent.   If it is couch grass time spent now digging it out is time well spent.   If you burn burn it later you have some extra potash.  

Although I'm a no digging gardener, turning over the soil is very therapeutic and enables ??ou to know your soil


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 09:06

Hello forkers

Feels slightly warmer I think. Sun too.......well, sunny spells

Lily, yes, can you get me some milk ....not that skimmed stuff tho, gold top please.....and wholemeal loaf.   So kind of you.  Oh!  And a few donuts would be nice 

As an sign of any visitor last night. 

Cleared away the remains of bonfire yesterday......ash spread over gooseberries.....and the ground is now looking good in the veg patch.  Will spread some manure or compost over the top now in preparation for next spring.  


Need help. Something eating all my plants

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 23:47

For next year try earwig traps....e.g. Plastic cup stuffed with paper upside down on a cane.  They hide in there.  Earwigs prob worst pest of dahlias and their flowers


Posted: 23/11/2013 at 19:44

Often people say "you don't look any different" to which I repy "well, I must have been the oldest looking schoolboy then" 

It is funny though we recognise people years later.  Someone recognised me during the summer from my days at primary school.  Don't understand that unless my school uniform gave it away. It still fits    Or, maybe the catapault poking out of my pocket gave me away . 

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