Latest posts by Verdun

Can I plant Anna's Red hellebores now?

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 09:19

Aym280, have to disagree with you.   hellebores enjoy lime so no to making it more acidic. One of the very best materials you can use when planting and mulching hellebores is mushroom compost 

Plants for around a pond

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 21:51

Deschampsia cespitosa is a favourite of mine.  From mid summer to autumn billowing flowers will look good near a pool.  Carex testacea is an evergreen "grass" with a unique olive colour. Because the pond is small you need to use plants that won't get too tall.  Astrantias and astilbes look good near water and associate well with grasses.  Primulas also look good near water. White  Arum lily if you have space is excellent in and near water as is lobelia ...Queen Victoria, Tanya, Hadspen Purple.  Yes, hostas too.  Not a grass but grasslike is libertia.  Olive leaves with touches of red, evergreen with dainty white flowers.  Really showy Esp next to heuchera Obsidion 

Should I accept this?

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 20:13

I had a similar response to a mumber of dianthus I bought from a well known grower.  I wont name them here .  my response was strong and determined including "not fit for purpose".  Took a further exchange of mail but I had a refund.

Sparkles, if you gemunely feel,your plant is ok then accept otherwise request a return postage label.  

This is an awful response.....ARE YOU LISTENING SUTTONS?  Time to re-assess your response here . A lot of gardening folk watching 

Moving a Rhododedron

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 18:42

Good point Punkdoc......esp in containers so many azaleas/rhodos are "drowned" by over mulching.  

Moving a Rhododedron

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 16:13

Yes, for sure, Ann.  Good time now as long as ground is not frozen or waterlogged 

Inspiration needed.

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 16:10

Lonicera Baggesons Gold Kc


Posted: 16/02/2016 at 16:08

NO to builders sand.  Use sharp sand or perlite 

Small and narrow space - need ideas!

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 07:40

Lou, yews can be cut back as hard as you like. relatively slow growing too.  

Small and narrow space - need ideas!

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 22:19

Welcome, welcome Greta Greta 

as many may know here I am very fond of Taxus Standishii.  A very colourful, classy, bombproof erect yew.  This will grow there.

will some sun you could check out Aster Frikartii too.  Lavendar blue flowers from mid summer through to autumn.  hardy geraniums like Orion, Elke, Rozanne too.  clematis like Nelly Moser will look good on the fence.  Phormiums like Sundown will provide evergreen colourful foliage.  dahlias will add quick summer colour.  Verbena Bonariensis will,give you colour up to 7' on strong thin stems all summer....a real fwvourite.  

If your soil has reasonable moisture you can plant astrantias and heleniums as well as astilbes and tall grasses like calamagrostis Karl Foerster which will flower wll summer.

lots of things you can plant to quickly transform that spot Greta 

I had a moment of weaknesss at the garden centre...

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 20:18

smilie with a halo Runny.....could be my new avatar 

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Nice gesture but maybe more?

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£3 99 or 39p?

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Galega! Villain or welcome guest?

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Just to tease Ladybird

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