Latest posts by Verdun

Fushia wanted but what kind?

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 09:39

Huh!  Devon?  You put cream first then jam does that work? .

If it wasn't for Cornwall chunky old Devon would fall off fhe map 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 08:41

Howdy folks

Sunny, dry, windy and cold this morning.........not too long a walk earlier.  Spike has aged quite a lot lately....stiff with arthritis and old age (almost 13).  The realisation has hit me that he wont go on for too much longer.  The most precious wonderful old boy. 

Storm Jake is on his way ...already making his presence felt in Scillies so full impact prob in next hour. 

Geranium rozanne

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 08:04


far too soon to assume Rozanne is dead.  It prob isn't.  I bet you will report new shoots before too long so let us know 

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Posted: 02/03/2016 at 07:59

Ha ha Hortico. thank you. 

pleased you have posted as you did this morning.  such a knowledgeable person on the forum is invaluable and I will look to your replies to questions on diseases, pests, viruses,,etc., perhaps with info about what we should be aware or concerned about 

Rampant bamboo

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 07:52

Spot on Fairy.

there must be a reason why so many of us advise STRONGLY not to grow bamboo lovegardens.  Unless you know for sure what sort of bamboo you have do NOT plant it.

It is very irresponsible for people to recommend bamboos willy nilly. It is not a simple matter to simply dig up bamboo if starts to pop up everywhere.  It is a losing battle with consequences

on the forum today another invasive plant...rhus causing problems yet there are those singing its praises.    

If you must grow bamboo go to a speciaist grower and enquire fully.  Do your own research. 

Fushia wanted but what kind?

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 07:42


you will see those fuschias growing everywhere down here in Cornwall.  12' and the rest 

varieties of magellanica are very hardy down here.  Tricolour has small red flowers and small variegated leaves.  Cut back every yesr or let it grow and grow 

Stag's Horn Sumach tree

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 07:34



Posted: 02/03/2016 at 07:33


this is a naturally suckering tree anyway but cutting it back simply makes it go haywire as you have now discovered.

every shoot you see needs to be sprayed with strong stength glyphosate but not in the lawn.  In the lawn a combination of lawn weedkiller and mowing....I would use secateurs or scissors to cut every shoot seen to ground level and do this as often as you can.

this is definitely not a plant for the garden.  Never be tempted even by its brilliant red/yellow/ orange leaves in autumn 

Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 18:37

Pieris needs acid soil too.  It's the lime in the soil....lime tends to permeate throughout any acid compost. adding ericaceous compost is not enough.

a ph test will determine if your soil is acid or alkaline. cheap enough test kit but essential to know what soil you have somapop 

you could plunge an acid lover in the soil if in a pot though 

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Posted: 01/03/2016 at 18:21

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