Latest posts by Verdun

Pruning dogwood

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 21:37

Hey Hazel, sorry.  Didn't mean to upset you 

People do prune every year and some prefer, as you do, to have bigger plants.. That's fine 

Pruning dogwood

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 20:31

Denno, not pruning dogwoods every year spoils the quality of those red stems.

prune annually for best quality, vigorous wood 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 19:05

Hosta, my weight was 13st 9lbs or so at college.  delighted to be same size as my boxing hero, Floyd Patterson.   there, that's dated me 

Runny ...humngeous appetite.  You calling me gweedy? 

Plants resistant to slugs

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:44

Clearly slugs locally have different tastes......sedums grow well for me but slugs love em.  And many others suggested as resistant or enjoyed by slugs differ from my own experiences.  Soil types...heavy ones prob have higher slug a role too.

in my own garden I know when and which plants are particularly vulnerable.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:40

6 1" and 14 stone Hosta.when last checked.  Have a feeling I might have added 6 or 7 lbs over the winter.  

Town or Country

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:35

West Cornwall. 10 mins from beach....2 mins from towans.  Sheltered from strong sea winds.

A medium size walled gaden, sandy loam, sunny and warm.  Grow lots of tender stuff. Decent size front lawn and one at the back.  Veg and fruit and grow  wide range of ornamentals incl. salvias, cannas, agastaches, foliage and grasses. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:28

Yes Hosta.......storm tonight and tomorrow 

 but then looking good 

the amount of food I eat I should weigh a ton .  Not thin but  Pounds creeping up, as they always do over winter, but spring and summer salad and busyness usually correct it.

mild today with some mizzle 

Palm Tree Care

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 16:08

Skimmias would fit the bill Dave.  Or an Abelia....some lovely small varieties like Confettii and a lovely yellow foliage one (I have but temporarily amnesia has taken hold).  Ok, not evergreen but hamamellis...the witch hazels...are worth checking out.  Magical spider looking flowers with great scent in late winter.  Or Mahonia Soft Caress, or hydrangeas...white in shade is superb.  What about a hellebore?  Or two?  2' high with loads of late winter and spring flowers.  Or......I'll let others add their choices 

Gardening Book

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 16:00

Alex, you cant really best the Readers Digest for reference works.

for inspiration and for relaxation check out the Christopher Lloyd books..."The Well Tempered Gardener" , "The Adventurous Gardener" and others.  Good advice in a narrative style as only Mr Lloyd can do 

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 14:43

For foliage quality cut back very hard.  The flowers are nicer on this variety than others but this is a plant best grown for its foliage. 

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