Latest posts by Verdun

White grubs

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 17:37

Not hot on my grubs .....wonder if its cockchafer grub?  

Storm names!

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 16:55

Thinking about the names for storms and how they might identify us without giving away too much . We then have to nominate another with equal dishonesty 

storm Verdun would come roaring from nothing, out of the blue, to ruffle more than a few feathers but always with the sun shining. 

Storm HappyMarion would be the most gentle breeze 


Posted: 02/03/2016 at 16:35

Blue sky and sunshine here.  Feels lovely and warm....looking outside being inside . Will be cold tonight . I guess not as cold as some places.  

Names for storms?  Cue for a thread 

Fushia wanted but what kind?

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 13:35

Cream in Cornwall is very thick way is it softer and lighter.  Never heard of Cornish Clotted Cream?     Devon tries.....give credit to the poor compete with our cream but fails miserably. 

Re fuschias, on the dunes/towans leading to the beach, fuschias are tree like. Never pruned obviously .  Rare for a hardy fuschia to be killed here 


Posted: 02/03/2016 at 13:25

Funny though Culdrose some 12 miles away 100 mph gusts this morning

I will try to avoid going there later or I will, indeed, be blown away  

Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:58

Yes you could do that.  

there are other considerations like sun and shade, cold winds, etc., that determine how well plants like pieris will grow.  

Decide what your soil is....acid or alkaline, light or heavy, etc.....and your local conditions...sun or shade, warm or cold...and research the plants that like what you have.  Then your planting will look good 

Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:30

Yes and "neutral" has lime . A nut allergy in humans is not about the amount.  Just a small amount is potentially fatal.  Same with lime for pieris.    Lime will be washed around the soil 


Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:25

well, looks like Jake was pretty benign here.........yes, a bit windy but already less than it was; yes some rain but just an odd isolated shower.  And its bright.  The sun is pushing through now and then.  Cold?  Yes wind is chilly 

if Jake has passed local weather forecast said....I am happy with that.

however, elsewhere locally damage has occurred, the odd power cut etc.  Has the Bay protected us here again?  Storm?  What storm?   Ha ha

...oooooo what's that?   A sudden strong, very strong wind now....looks and feels dangerous......heck!   Help! .....something is c.....................










Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:15

Somapop, look it isn't really spring yet...ok I know it is according to the new shoots wont be seen yet.  Give it a few weeks in ericaceous (at least it wont then be the alkalinity) in a pot and see how it goes. 

That "bumf" ?   If you grew picea in a sandy limey soil it would struggle and die. 

If you want something blue in that spot check out juniperus blue star or look at eucalyptus gunnii pruned annually or even a blue grass like elymus magellanicus.  plants growing in suitable comditions look happy and really is not worth growing stuff where not suited. 


Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 11:56

Nut, this is an expensive "conifer" .......worth trying to salvage.  It is a real beauty when grown well and a lovely addition to the garden.   I agree with normal conifer browning I would get rid but if the damage is caused by environmental factors as suggested a change to suitable conditions could help it recover.

if it produced new shoots I would lightly prune back too.  

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