Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 18:49

Hello forkers

Damp..wet here.  Not cold.  Just not too nice 

James....keep clueless gardener.  Its a a distinctive handle but doesn't mean anything really. Slug pellets are pretty useless in this rain.  I don't worry too much at this time of year about slugs.  

Chuffed today.....returned a printer and got Argos to price match for a new one.  They don't do price match but I guess I presented a good case for them to do that.  And got a £10 voucher too, plus £30 discount  plus a reduced extended warranty charge. Because I got the price reduced it fell into a cheaper price group. (manager could not understand that at first).  Extended warranty on expensive printer is always worth it I find.  So, £50 back all told.     Haggling always pays 

Halloween Fairy?  Annual meeting?.........oops!  Done it again.sorreeeeee


What to do...

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 16:27

If we knew the plant varieties we could suggest whether to divide or not and pot up.  In any case, this time of the year and into next  few weeks I divide many herbaceous perennials to plant out in spring.  Some large big cannas,big grasses etc........I simply dig up and use a bin liner with mpc.  Just wrap around the rootball and tie top.  Works well and large plants are then available to plant out later

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 16:20

I see st Michaels mount most every day.  

Great variety of pictures

Will be asking for advice too about cameras.  

Have to cut back on my cakes to start saving for a decent camera   Isn't life hard sometimes? 

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 15:56

They sound like festucas from your description.  They will be easy to lift and pot.  In spring,if festucas, pull them apart, cut foliage back and pot up these (small pieces) in mpc  in spring.  You will have much better foliage colour too from these new plants and they fill out quickly during the summer, Clarington.   I then like to plant as a group of 3

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 09:02

This is a brilliant it 

Im being inspired to contribute myself......


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 09:00

Hey James!   ....hmmmmm! You are prob right but then I'm still at school in my head.

MrsG, I always grow wallflowers on in my veg patch so those I plant out are individually quite impressive specimens.  Got about 50 more to plant out.  I replace tender perennials with the wallflowers for winter and tend to do this over the next few weeks.    Don't  be too despondent about your "measly 6".  They will add more growth in early spring 

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 08:50

Oh yes MrsGarden. Have I mentioned grasses before ?  


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 08:48


hope everyone is fit and well

Sunny here right now but chill in the air.  Survived the storm but really it wasn't too bad for us here.  My tall ornamental grasses for example, have not been affected at all...they are still standing tall and flowering

My niece's 20 th birthday today so I'm anticipating plenty of cake   She says she feels old........?  20?  Where has the time gone?  I was 20 once, I think! 

Might get few more wallflowers and bulbs in

Have good day folks

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 08:42

Morning Clarington

You dont say which varieties of ornamental grassss you are growing but the principle is the same...viz., move them in the spring and not in autumn.  However, I do just that myself albeit aware of the risk of them rotting.  On my light soil and mild climate I rarely lose any grasses doing this at this time but it certainly is a risk

If large may have to divide them but this is more harmful to them at this time of the year than simply moving them.  I would use mpc and use pots that generously contain them.  Cut top growth .....not too severely, say half way.......and I would not water at all.  So, yes, pot them up now with a view to planting out in the spring.

Good luck Clarington and enjoy your new house and garden 


Posted: 26/10/2013 at 08:11

Hello forkers

Cloudy but dry.  Calm....before the storm?  

Not sure whats happening this weekend yet but this morning a friend has collared me to sort out an area in her garden.  

Not  looking forward to storms tomorrow night....each forecast seems worse than the previous one.    Will check everywhere to batten down, protect and take inside anything that might blow.  


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