Latest posts by Verdun

Flowering and scenting your garden now

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 16:08

hamamellis pallida mollis is looking good right now for me.  Sarcoccoca and lonicera Winter Beauty too all putting out scent to die for.    The odd hyacinth also sparking the olfactory senses.......I nose you know!  

Come on folks!  Wot you got to tempt me right now? 

Whats the best Honeysuckle

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 15:57

I have 2 on each side of an arch.  serotina has mid summer scented flowers.  A yellow flowered...Graham Thomas......has richly scented flowers that seem to come before serotina and outlast it too well into autumn

Nice scented entrance to a seated spring scented spot.  

Dry garden

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 15:41

Lin, can your sister get hold of any compost,,manure etc?  Digging in plenty of compost will dramatically make a difference.

a narrow border is often more difficult than a wider one so try for as wide as possible

ok.....get rid of that bamboo for q start...she hates it.  I hate it 

how much sun does the garden get?  If its sunny and warm check out lavendar, buddleias, hypericum hidcote, hebes, pittosporum. (Pittosporum garnettii will obscure that oil tank) phormiums, santolinas, eunymous emerald n gold, cotinus Grace, senecio (nice silver grey evergreen with yellow flowers), caryopteris, cerastostigma, hollies, veronicas, hardy salvias, grasses like stipa tennuissima, sedum autumn joy, ........I could go on and on.  

look for shape,,winter colour, and scent

if your garden is in dry shade there are just as many plants you can select. 

Pruning problems young espaliered apples

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 11:31

No, its not that crucial.  just that re cutting later would have been a good option 


Posted: 11/02/2016 at 18:50

Yawning? that's my pretty face KEF.......actually thought it was a horrified look 


Posted: 11/02/2016 at 17:25


ah! you're just tea  sing me aint you Tetley? 

Tubs and containers

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 17:19

Firstly Gwynnydd, decide what you want in each container.....if you want to grow an azalea, camellia, pieris etc then use ericaceous john innes soil

any long term plants use john Innes and dried manure

for summer bedding use mpc but mix in some sieved garden soil 

Advice on New Border Planting

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 16:40

Salvia, two things..   Have you done a ph test?  Could you post a picture?

your conditions are, on the face of it, similar to mine.....good sandy loam and lots of open to the sun space.

.........get a salvia in there of course ! 

Hello fellow gardeners :)

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 16:35



Posted: 11/02/2016 at 16:33

Hazel, we all know it IS your garden really 

the other day I washed the dirtiest car.  What a tip. needed vacuuming too .  Not my car of course 

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