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Latest posts by Verdun

fragrant flowers

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 23:07

Don't forget lilies esp Regale in June/July.  the scent is breathtaking. 

Sweet pea advice

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 21:53

Not an expert on sweet peas but I pinch out the tops.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 21:46

Well said Runnybeake ....same to you too

fragrant flowers

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 21:42

Heliotrope is a fav of mine. grown from seed as an annual or grow the perennial Chatsworth and take cuttings  from it.  The cherry pie bush will fill the garden or add fragrance around doors or pathways

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 17:44

Yes Edd, except new year resolutions are academic only do lists are actually completed

Very Frustrating

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 16:15

Gardening Addict

your compost?  Is it mpc ericaceous?  John Innes ...soil based...ericaceous is better in pots

skimmias hate strong sun and alkaline soil.  Perhaps you have been watering with tap water too?

for me skimmias prefer being in the ground....some moisture, some shade, neutral to acid soil and not overly exposed to strong winds.  Currently I do not grow them...removed to plant more perennials.....but that's the way I grew them.  For a friend I have them planted in conditions I have described and they look good.

rather than looking at "ferrous" treatments I think it better to look at growing conditions.  


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 15:15

At care home today they had horse racing on the tele.  All the residents were on the edge of their seats yelling, jumping up n down and willing their horses to win.  (Ok, not true about the residents' responses but the image was in my head and had to chuckle )

been warm today but now rain is about.

regarding the flower count ...on the other thread.....I have most of my pelargoniums in flower.  They were,as always, cut hard back in September.  Prob in excess of 50 varieties in flower.  (Only counts as one, viz., pelargonium, flower I guess)


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 15:06

Weeds will colonise everywhere.....even on those (infamous) lamdscape fabric mulches!  

not all mulches are weed free.....most mpc's comtain weeds, garden compost does too.  Fresh seaweed is weed free.

A great believer in mulching, as opposed to digging, athough not so much this year. In veg patch hoeing is the answer but in herbaceous borders hand weeding is still best way.  

Bumpie, like your laid back style though.  Go with the flow and take it eeeeeeeeesy 

Plants online

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 14:59

drooping hypericum

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 14:50

Possibly calycinum ........ground hugging after an initial upward growth. Erica, does your variety look like it wants to spread rather than form a Woody shrub? 

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Slugs knippimg.......

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Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

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An observation.....

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Mildew free monardas

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Boring, boring rosesN

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What will simply not thrive for you....

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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Ok...its nasty

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Doomed I tell you.......

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Is this an arrogance?

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