Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:25

well, looks like Jake was pretty benign here.........yes, a bit windy but already less than it was; yes some rain but just an odd isolated shower.  And its bright.  The sun is pushing through now and then.  Cold?  Yes wind is chilly 

if Jake has passed local weather forecast said....I am happy with that.

however, elsewhere locally damage has occurred, the odd power cut etc.  Has the Bay protected us here again?  Storm?  What storm?   Ha ha

...oooooo what's that?   A sudden strong, very strong wind now....looks and feels dangerous......heck!   Help! .....something is c.....................










Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:15

Somapop, look it isn't really spring yet...ok I know it is according to the new shoots wont be seen yet.  Give it a few weeks in ericaceous (at least it wont then be the alkalinity) in a pot and see how it goes. 

That "bumf" ?   If you grew picea in a sandy limey soil it would struggle and die. 

If you want something blue in that spot check out juniperus blue star or look at eucalyptus gunnii pruned annually or even a blue grass like elymus magellanicus.  plants growing in suitable comditions look happy and really is not worth growing stuff where not suited. 


Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 11:56

Nut, this is an expensive "conifer" .......worth trying to salvage.  It is a real beauty when grown well and a lovely addition to the garden.   I agree with normal conifer browning I would get rid but if the damage is caused by environmental factors as suggested a change to suitable conditions could help it recover.

if it produced new shoots I would lightly prune back too.  

Fushia wanted but what kind?

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 09:39

Huh!  Devon?  You put cream first then jam does that work? .

If it wasn't for Cornwall chunky old Devon would fall off fhe map 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 08:41

Howdy folks

Sunny, dry, windy and cold this morning.........not too long a walk earlier.  Spike has aged quite a lot lately....stiff with arthritis and old age (almost 13).  The realisation has hit me that he wont go on for too much longer.  The most precious wonderful old boy. 

Storm Jake is on his way ...already making his presence felt in Scillies so full impact prob in next hour. 

Geranium rozanne

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 08:04


far too soon to assume Rozanne is dead.  It prob isn't.  I bet you will report new shoots before too long so let us know 

Personal Profiles.

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 07:59

Ha ha Hortico. thank you. 

pleased you have posted as you did this morning.  such a knowledgeable person on the forum is invaluable and I will look to your replies to questions on diseases, pests, viruses,,etc., perhaps with info about what we should be aware or concerned about 

Rampant bamboo

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 07:52

Spot on Fairy.

there must be a reason why so many of us advise STRONGLY not to grow bamboo lovegardens.  Unless you know for sure what sort of bamboo you have do NOT plant it.

It is very irresponsible for people to recommend bamboos willy nilly. It is not a simple matter to simply dig up bamboo if starts to pop up everywhere.  It is a losing battle with consequences

on the forum today another invasive plant...rhus causing problems yet there are those singing its praises.    

If you must grow bamboo go to a speciaist grower and enquire fully.  Do your own research. 

Fushia wanted but what kind?

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 07:42


you will see those fuschias growing everywhere down here in Cornwall.  12' and the rest 

varieties of magellanica are very hardy down here.  Tricolour has small red flowers and small variegated leaves.  Cut back every yesr or let it grow and grow 

Stag's Horn Sumach tree

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 07:34


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