London (change)
Thu 11°C / 10°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 9°C


Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:10

Tracey....we all like you so relax 


Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:02

Ditto fairy.  I grow royal purple and  sambucus for their foliage only. 


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:29

Never use Growmore.   For me it's very caustic and any wildlife in the soil is destroyed by contact with it until dissolved. Organic fertilisers are slower acting, except dried blood, and far more gentle to the soil.

Use just prior to seed sowing, in early spring for plants and again in late/mid summer to re-energise plant performance until autumn. I've come to use less fertiliser now, organic or artificial, preferring to add compost/manure to soil.

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:22

I grow quite a few.  Have some in front of a lavendar hedge in my veg patch.  They flower majestically from late spring.  Yellow, white, blue pink and red ....ostentatious flowering but so eye catching.  A "hedge" of them is lovely. After flowerimg I lift and divide and pot up 

chilli peppers

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:17

They look wude Stacey.  Wouldn't want to eat those 

Very interesting thread 

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:13

Yes pot up ASAP.  Keep shoots buried except for tips.  They will grow fast so will need potting on again in few weeks.  Pot on again and again until in 2, ideally 3 litre, pots.  Then plant out in late spring for superb summer flowerimg from large plants.  Works for me.  

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:50

Adding colour to grassy bank

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:48

Hiya novice

I know you mentioned wild flowers but how about osteospermums there?  I,would weedkill the grass etc and plant out osteospermums .....spreading out the stems and pegging them down.  Perfect for them there.

I'm in Cornwall too and osteospermums thrive here.  Or Erigeron?  

Container drainage

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:43

For me polystyrene adds bulk for temporary plantIngs so less compost is used.  Also good for faster drainage 

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:40

Diablo doesn't look exactly alive right now.  For me it is a,very hardy non suckering shrub. I cut mine down hard Annually so mine looks dead at moment.  

Just wait  for a couple of weeks or so ...or even now look for signs of budding. 

Diablo is a bush I can't decideof I like it or not.  Brown leaves?  A hardy geranium, Ann folkard, foregrounds it and sets it off but purple cotinus is better.

Discussions started by Verdun

Any other dodos out there?

Replies: 9    Views: 271
Last Post: 15/11/2014 at 18:42

What's left for us to grow?

Replies: 20    Views: 506
Last Post: 10/11/2014 at 18:44

Meany or being careful !

Replies: 50    Views: 1475
Last Post: 08/11/2014 at 15:32

Clocks go forward tonight

Replies: 37    Views: 692
Last Post: 26/10/2014 at 12:43

Impressions of the posters here

Replies: 248    Views: 6073
Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 21:32

Why am I so special,to,the forum?

Replies: 72    Views: 2497
Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 14:30

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

Replies: 9    Views: 328
Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 09:11

Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Replies: 26    Views: 785
Last Post: 20/09/2014 at 19:13

Verdict....your new plants this year

Replies: 42    Views: 1186
Last Post: 03/09/2014 at 19:16

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

Replies: 14    Views: 330
Last Post: 31/08/2014 at 19:00

It's my birthday

Replies: 304    Views: 6635
Last Post: 26/11/2014 at 16:22


Replies: 47    Views: 1024
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:25

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

Replies: 23    Views: 590
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 08:18

Love your garden

Replies: 27    Views: 878
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:56


Replies: 65    Views: 1508
Last Post: 16/08/2014 at 23:56
1 to 15 of 178 threads