Latest posts by Verdun

Red Prince Weigela

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 17:06

I would not grow any weigela in pots.  I really think yours would struggle to flower in a container.  Much more suitable in the ground.  

I had to look up this variety....tempted already....and it is supposed to be a more compact form.  Just removing flowered stems after flowering will keep it under control 

Buying online

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 17:01

I will check out those sites Redwing 

Valerie, agree about the quality counting 


Posted: 08/02/2016 at 16:04

Don't forget ....when it's your birthday Hazel treat everyone here to a donut 

Acacia dealbata

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 15:49

Mimosa is a little tender, dislikes cold wet spots Silverlight.  You say your pots are damp???  How damp is damp? Winter damp can be pretty wet to acacia.

i grow one....well, I planted and check now and then for a friend. it is in a mild sheltered spot....St Michaels Mount is clearly visible from there so near the coast.  A newly planted acacia?  I would have preferred to have delayed planting until the spring.  A summer's growth would have hardened it a little to the conditions 

My feeling is, because we have not had any prolonged very cold weather, the foliage has been burned by cold winds so I would wait a while to see signs of new growth and then prune back to these points.


Posted: 08/02/2016 at 15:37

Hiya Supernoodle.   Good to see you again 

winds are easing.  It has been a sunny day, dry and (relatively) warm.  Shettered here in the garden but the noise of the wind overhead announces now and then 

Buying online

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 15:32


I wholeheartedly recommend buying plants online.  The Good Guys thread needs to be updated I think but some good suppliers there.

I buy loads of plants...95% on line.

the advantages of buying online......wider choice of plants (Garden centres stock only well known or common varieties); better prices even including postage charges but you do need to check and compare sizes and prices.  Online suppliers are geared up these days to providing almost immediate delivery

I buy varieties that are pretty new.  Many new varieties are so much better than the older ones.  New varieties are appearing all the time now.  

I suggest if there are certain plants you are interested in you post on the forum and we can help you choose or make suggestions 

Plant care

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 12:31


Posted: 08/02/2016 at 12:30

Top wind speed recorded today was 81 mph so far.  Our one and only train line is closed because of a fallen tree on the track. An articulated (very clever ) lorry has blown over, and loads of debris everywhere.  Sunny right now and dry but those pesky winds are not abating.  

Plant care

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 12:16

Jekyl, I am talking about the PANICULATA ...the PG's......hydrangeas.  The description said Butterfly a variety of paniculata. 

Paniculatas are pruned hard as you like or less according to how big you want your flowers to be.  Your macrophyllas just need old flower heads removed as you say.  Cut to the ground and you will lose the flowers this year 

......the good guys

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 12:06

Can also recommend Perfect Plants, Rectory Gardens and, once again, brilliant service from Paddocks 

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