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Latest posts by Verdun

Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 08:41


Yes, Erica carnea  and darleyensis varieties will thrive in alkaline soils. ,these winter flowering heathers are lime tolerant.  Surprised at how high your ph reading is though.

If planting these heathers you add mychorrizal fungi to the planting holes and mix in some ericaceous compost (not necessary but it's what I would do) I'm sure they will do well.  

I love a carnea variety called Foxhollow.  It has clear yellow foliage with red/orange new growth tips.  Vivelli has red flowers and dark foliage.  Ann Sparkes has orange foliage.  Lots of lovely varieties to,choose from.  Darleyensis and Mediterranea varieties are taller and help to create nice contrasting mounds

Unwelcome rabbits

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 23:29

You just need to find where they get in and fence it off.  The tiniest gap is enough.  In my experience where they run to to escape you is where they get in.  Can they get in through or under the gate?


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 23:26

Sad time fidget.  Best wishes

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:48

An easy, evergreen shrub with sweetly scented flowers in January through to March?  Sarcoccoca.  The scent wafts through the air beautifully    And honeysuckle too.  

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:08

When you get a "sensible" car, when you like sprouts and when an "old " person  ??ou meet is your own age.

Rosemary Bush

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 19:16

KEF, I almost suggested that but I think Tomsk wants to keep it.  There are now some lovely dark blue flowered varieties that kick those old varieties into touch.

Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:30

I think I would simply add phosphorous and potash early in the spring.  During the growing season I would spray with seaweed or tomato feed.  

Rosemary Bush

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:18

What plants did you I tend to plant there Tomsk?  Deep cultivation would not be good idea.  I grow geranium Orion satisfactorily at bare base of a rosemary.  

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:11

Doesn't apply to me.  Can still run the 100 metres in 30 seconds 


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:07

Yes, pull flowered stems immediately after flowering to encourage further flowers.  I grow just one variety of the Princess series...after growing a few different ones.  It flowers for 6 months without let up.

Janebal, yes pot up those little roots ASAP.  For me, I would pot on a couple of times before plantImg out in the garden so that a good size vigorous specimen not eaten by slugs, snails etc., is already established.,   Good soil but not cold waterlogged.

Placing alstromerias is important.  They flower for months but then go dormant often in mid or late summer leaving a gap in the border.  So I plant behind a dahlia, agastache, actea, etc so,that the gap is not seen.  


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