Latest posts by Verdun

Soil mixes for summer baskets.

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:46

Gave up hanging  baskets couple years back...not enough patience

however, I would use john Innes....doesnt matter which but add food clusters.    Usually mpc for annuals but hanging baskets need more weight and water holding capacity.  don't rate water gel crystals.  

Whatever you use madpenquin you cannot avoid watering at least daily in summer, rain or not.  


Christmas songs with plant names in the title

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:35

Yule never walk alone 

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:33

The ying tong song v good for me.  The pure class and beauty of vocals and beat  

Celine dionne is fine.  Dire straits Too.    

Not a fan of Cliff or Sam Smith.  Liked his first record until I realised she was a he.....and his james bond song is awful.

Is it ok to use fallen pine needles as mulch

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:24

Hmm, partially agree with Tetley.  A dedicated acid bed.....blueberries as already suggested, cranberries, azaleas, kalmias,,pieris, andromedas, rhodos, loads more perennials too....would benefit from pine needle mulch.  


Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:15

Ooooooo,,Runny can you give me any tips?    you sound formidable . Don't ask, don't get.  My niece has got the haggling bug now.  At 22 she is pretty good.

better dig out last year's xmas cards to re send    Wonder if I still have the stamps on those envelopes 

wet,,windy and feeling cold now.  Supposed to clear up in an hour or so. Cold tonight I think.    

Using Fleece to Protect Outside Fuchsia's

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 12:35

dont know,this variety Mark ...if it is small enough can you pot it up and keep in gh? 


Posted: 03/12/2015 at 12:32

Have a nice cuppa Tetley 

we will know in April and I am confident.  

Is it ok to use fallen pine needles as mulch

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 08:57

I would prefer to mulch hellebores with mushroom compost maureen that's all 

Green flowers

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 08:55

That's meeeee 


Posted: 03/12/2015 at 08:54

Andrew, my feeling is come the spring and a further spray or two your hebes will grow out of their current plight.  I don't think it is more than a foliage issue.  Let us know 

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