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Latest posts by Verdun

Autumn colour

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 19:13

....and that's why I don't get the autumn colours.......but at least it's warmer here 


Perennials planting time

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 19:01

Diana, gold flame is a yellow shrub in early spring, for me at any rate, and then makes a orange mound.  I remove  would be flowers by clipping a couple of times during the season.  It makes a superb foliage shrub that grows almost anywhere.  It quickly forms a medium size shrub.   There are other yellow spireas too.  Try euphorbia Polychroma .....this is a fantastic looking plant throughout spring and early summer making a mound of sulphur yellow flowers and is so easy and reliable.  Get Anchusa Lodden royalist in alongside or behind for a (corny) brilliant yellow and blue association.  You will get some good comments..... I guarantee it

Large Bergenia

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 18:46

 bergenias are pretty adaptable but better in good  light I think.  I would divide now but not much later and get them into groups of 3 or 5.  And get some compost in the hole too.

Autumn colour

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 18:42

Brilliant colours there Brum.  Can't hope to grow those here.  Grow 2 dissectum purpureum varieties very well though


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 18:38

Hee hee hee, (schoolboy) snigger, snigger snigger. 

Preparing bed for onions

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 18:36

I do it differently.  I do incorporate plenty of compost, manure etc into the onion bed.  I do it about now.  In early spring I consolidate the soil and add organic fertiliser like fish blood and bone.  When I plant out sets or onion plants they then go into firm well raked soil.  I get good size onions


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 18:17

Intended to buy some new hostas earlier in the year so will now seek out some recent introductions.  There are some nice small varieties now too.

Agree with Mattbomsai1 about leaving divided clumps unpotted  over winter.  I do that too. 


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 16:38

Oooooooooo. Must type in naked ladies then 

And ladies in the bath 

Need a rub down with a stinging nettle now..........


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 16:35

to get jammed-in plants out of pots I cut around the rim with long serrated knife and  as deep as possible. Then levering with a trowel and lifting at same time. Offen have pot upside down. Never had to break a pot yet.  With things like hostas a knife down the middle too helps.  I split mine  every two years if only to enrich the compost in the pot. A divided hosta planted In fresh compost ...for me...produces a bigger and better plant than one not divided.   


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 16:26

Can't access my pms, they are not in any order, can't edit posts and it's raining.  Brum, did you send the rain?

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