Latest posts by Verdun

Cosmos from container to border

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:37

Meomye, does it smell of chcolate?  maroon red flowers?  That's  choc cosmos a tender perennial.  Otherwise grow your plant as it is until the frosts and then discard loyalty for annuals ! 

if you want large cosmos next year sow early and pinch out regularly as well as potting on often.  Plant out from a 3 litre pot in early summer and pinch back again.  You will have large self supporting plants that will flower until autumn

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:31

It's about enjoyment Primrosecottage......sounds like you've got it right 

I neeeeed Rhubarb

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:26

Plant pauper just ask for a piece and dig down deep to sever it.  Give it plenty of good stuff .......manure, compost and water it well. Taste also comes from a well grown, well fed plant not just the variety.  Over the years I think Stockbridge Arrow is the best.

sugar plant pauper?  Sugar?  Raw is good.  Cooked without sugar is great.  Microwaved with creamed porridge is better. 


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:20

Hosta, love it but its not easiest to overwinter or grow.  It's stems are brittle so I experiment a little with it to produce sturdier growth.  And propagation is harder than with other patens type.  But a better blue anywhere else?

pulled up 3 tomato plants...all fruit has ripened.  4 plants remaining with a week's worth or less but can't complain about the crop this year.  looking like a tomato now . And checked my ripening onions....they all look firm with golden honey,skins.  Should keep well over winter.  Summer has been good for them too.

Although I enjoy growing ornamentals there is nothing to beat growing stuff to eat 

very warm....too hot in the gh.  Spike is basking in the sun on the drive.  I might sunbathe too but talking of "moon" .........there is a  blood  moon in the early hours....about 3 30.  Prob wont wake up but I've  recorded it 


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 10:35

Needs acid soil though folks.......

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 10:19

You never know what colours you may get plant pauper.  One of the nicest I have is a seedling quite different from others in the garden.  Gardening needn't cost the earth 


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 10:17

Yes please plant pauper "royalties" always welcome   Ha ha 

It seems its lighter and brighter everywhere this a curtain has been lifted.    Looking good for the week ahead too 

salvia guanjuato has decided to flower over past few days........this clump got damaged in summer so delighted to see it.  The most beautiful large gentian blue flowers...check it out folks.  May post a picture later 



Osteopernum ?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 10:08

Hedge cutting and tidying this morning included checking a large white flowered hardy  here osteospermum...variety of ecklonis for rooted pieces. Sure enough, 3 nice rooted plants were found and potted up.  I find all the "hardy" vwrieties will this every summer. 

just check your plants folks...plants for free and ensures you have them next your if you frost destroys your established clumps 

in for a cuppa...very warm out there 

Choisa cuttings

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 08:20

Never had a problem propagating choisyas.  


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 08:18

Morning folks 

very light and bright this morning...compared to last week.....Dove, you should have come this week.  Took Spike at 6 30 in full sunshine to the beach.  20 degrees forecast today. 

knocked the dew off the grass so I can mow later.  

Still reeling from, I mean the rugby.  No discipline and England paid the price for it.  But Wales will beat the Aussies and so will we so we will still qualify

enjoy the day everyone.  

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