Latest posts by Verdun

Removing Topsoil

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 13:07

I would do as greenfingers Steve suggests.....distributing it over fhe rest of the garden.

Rainbowfish, do you have a veg pstch? ,1.5 tonnes is not a huge load. Make a sort of natural raised bed Surprising how it disappears when spread out.  I often move soil this way 

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 13:01

Well SFord we do live in the best country in the world 


Posted: 26/11/2015 at 12:56

Hi Kathy, 

yes, seaweed is excellent in any form.  As a tonic or as a regular feed.  

may check out a few varieties 

10ft of boring bareness

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 12:35

Sycamores have brittle branches.  Hydrangea P is heavy.......!! And it will reach those branches.

it doesn't "twine" as such my experience.  It just "welds" its increasingly thick stems/branches around anything.  I speak from experience....luckily not in my garden...where the framework is failing.  


10ft of boring bareness

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:52

Nut, just watch that hydrangea throttle the life out of any a thick python around its prey 


Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:49

Kathy, stop showing these flowers.  You are tempting me towards a group of plants I don't,,well I am beginning to like them 

i think the secret to growing day lilies, for me anyway, is to grow them hard.....they make too much foliage compared to flowers.  and to deadhead DAILY, a task I find boring.  Might try a couple tho Ksthy....

10ft of boring bareness

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:43

Hydrangea petiolaris is Not a great plant for your neighbour's wall Jo and it will need support.  Very vigorous too.  Growing up a sycamore?  Have you seen the size of the stems after a few years?  They are very thick and inflexible and look awful in the dormant season. 

Pittosporum Tobira would do well there Jo...evergreen and highly scented. pittosporum garnet too ....scented flowers, evergreen and grey foliage.

a variety of free standing plants....holly like Golden King would look and do well there. Lonicera purpusi...I grow a variety called Winter evergreen, highly scented  from now for several weeks and grows quickly and vigorously.

growing free standing plants leaves your neighbour happy his wall is not attacked

What are best shrubs for driveway, which will not scratch car!!

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:31

Eleagnus though WILL scratch your car Maureen.  Quite sharp in fact.  Check it out

depends on what height you want your hedge to be....lonicera nitida Baggesons Gold is suoerb. I grow a few as specimen shrubs topiarised (?).  They grow quickly with density and attractive colour.

pittosporums make good hedges......a choice of foliage colour from black to almost white.  Garnettii is excellent with grey vwriegated leaves

for a low hedge comsider santolinas.  Silver grey soft foliage to about 3'.  For a little scent artemisia abrotanum....wormwood, boy's love.  This is a green, old fashioned, aromatic bushy evergreen to about 5' becoming more popular again 


Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:21

Combination of wet and with many fatal to aeoniums.  Kept dry over winter but not in the dark, and they should survive.

i took cuttings in late summer and these are now growing plants...kept in gh.....and will make sizeable garden plants next year. 

cornwall is a long county with large differences in temperature over that length.  Here in far west it is pretty mild.  

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 07:22

Pauline, not too warm indoors but, yes, overwinter in gh though.

aeoniums do get leggy...its what they do. ,

mild here and often they survive outdoors....mine are still outside and looking good.

keep it cool and dry over winter.  In spring cut half way back, approx, and it will bush out. cut the cuttings into .2 or 3" pieces and pot up into mpc and perlite.

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