Latest posts by Verdun

Tidying Ornamental Grass

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 18:06

"clearing up" now does make it easier come spring and that's my own regime.  Not best practise in a cold wet winter garden though

The Supernatural

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 16:17

Like it Pansy.  Donut worry, I had the bun sen burner on to keep warm 

maybe daft but in my focus to tidy I cut down 3 salvia Amistad....loads of flowers still on too.  But shadowing a few hellebores so they can be mulched now.  all for the winter scene now



Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:37

Alex, they are best and more easily divided after 2 or 3 years but yes they look better for it too.  You will prob have several fans so select the best.  I cut the foliage back hard at the same time and new colourful juvenile foliage soon appears.

however, I would not do this now.  Wait until spring and use john innes compost.  

Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:33

Pittosporums can be kept small by annual pruning adadamant.  it's how I grow them.  Irene Patterson is a lovely pittosporum to consider.  If pruned in spring and then again in late summer pittosporums are easily kept in shape 

abelia confettii is a very attractive silvery/white small shrub?  Slow growing too.  White autumn flowers.



Tidying Ornamental Grass

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:13

Depends on how cold the winter gets I think.  I cut all grasses back now except those required for ornamental structure over winter, i.e. Miscanthus varieties. 

however, I have to say I would advise exactly as Punkdoc outlined. 


Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:11

Possibly a good thing they dried out rosemummy.  Too small to yield flowers anyway so no wasted energy. 

Rooting hormone powder

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:08

Nodlisab, this summer I have rooted plants for first time because i used rooting powder.  It does work for certain stubborn subjects 


Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:06

That's a tricky one Punkdoc.    Been down that road so many, many times and offen to the point of downright stupidity.  You could retaliate....satisfying though it is.....but where will it end?  Revenge is a dish best served cold and,,boy,,have I done this too......but unless it's the knockout blow it still serves little purpose.  Still worth a visit to  this guy though...... a calm but serious, considered, temper under control,  less is more warning. can't believe I've suggested such moderation  but it is the way to go.

another bout of cutting down heleniums, dahlias and asters earlier.....can see daffs and hellebores coming through now.

abelia kaleidoscope coming on Friday.  How can I not buy plants online?  Another mail from a supplier offering autumn discounts arrived today 

pleasant day with splashes of sunshine 

The Supernatural

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 12:45

I was simply having my usual lunch one early January day.  Unusually it was snowing and gale blowing.  Radio stopped working. Power off.  All went quiet except for the gale blowing.  

I KNEW....KNEW....something was wrong.  I had heard tales of an explosion during the first World War on towans behind me and several people were killed.  Ghosts,,apparitions, mysterious of a cyclist appearing from nowhere,,waving and then disappearing.  

I'm only saying this on this thread because others have had the courage to say their stories.  Yet I still feel uncomfortable and uneasy but here goes............




when I started to eat my lunch I suddenly realised I had 



......forgotten the cheese! 


Posted: 11/11/2015 at 08:12

How much are the fripperies Fairy?  Are they perennials?  

No, not sun earlier Dove....just lighter.  However blue sky patches now.  Hope the fresh air helps you feel better 

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