Latest posts by Verdun

Green manure vs. planting bulbs

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 16:39

Hello Hanna and welcome 

green manure is not suitable for that area.  Green manure has to be dug in meaning possible diseuption to tree roots etc.

use manure as a mulch....get your bulbs planted first though, asap., then apply your mulch 

True geraniums

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 13:13

No prob Lisa.  It is better planted out. it will be just fine.  Now is good 

True geraniums

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 12:47

Yes, Lisa, better in the ground if you can but hardy plant 

Maintenance only anyone?

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 12:46 the concept of your OH cooking "waaaaaaaaay" too much food.  I am veey skilled ar consuming quantities of food   Wonder why I'm not fat ! 


Posted: 05/10/2015 at 08:46

People are being so naive......charging for plastic bags does not mean they will be disposed of responsibly.  

I recycle, do not drop litter and use plastic bags.....for putting kitchen rubbish in before adding to the bin.  Those plastic bags choking wildlife etc ....along with fish nets used indiscriminately.......will still be thrown out.  Better to concentrate on fining people who act this way. 

Just as the experts told us to buy diesels a while back we naively swallow the hype.  The experts have told us how the winter will unfold, again.  Had to smile about that.  This info pushed news about serious issues into the background.  

Currently the Council are proposing to look into our bins.....with cash prizes for best recyclers.  Looking further into our bins ! 

Right, off to the recycling centre......

Mystery shrub

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 08:29

Non invasive paper pauper?  Hmmm!  Down here it is quite an aggressive plant 


Posted: 05/10/2015 at 07:24

Hello Forkers

Darker morning.  Dry after some rain last night.  Prob won't see any sun today.  prob will see rain.  


Taking life for granted......

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 22:28

On top of a local guy murdered down here recently, today I learned of 2 friends, albeit not seen recently, who have been diagnosed with MS and Parkinsons respectively.  

Sometimea it hits us in life, doesn't it?, how precarious life actually is.  I find myself saying often enough that we need to take each day as it comes and to the max but how many of us actually live that way?

the guy with MS is about 45.  The guy with Parkinsons about 62 

a lady I met recently at the GC in a wheelchair because of diabetis.....her cheerfulness was humbling.  She really does live for a day at a time. 

Rows vs Clusters

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 21:46

For me it depends on the plants....Monty recently planted 3 heleniums together.  Why?  Heleniums will make sizeable clumps in their first year and increasingly large year on year.  3 heleniums will make a huge clump.  In this large space over winter what else can grow there?  

i plant in groups and in singles.  For example a salvia will make a large plant on its own.  Dahlias too.....if I grew 3 dahlias together they would look odd.  On average my dahlias right now are 5 to 6' and as much across.  Grasses too.  

Cosmos, my only concession to annuals in the garden, I grow as 3 or 5. I will grow some of the smaller echinaceas in 3's but not the larger ones....some grew 5' plus this year and 3 or 4' across.  Rudbeckias I grow as groups of 5.  Some of the shrubby verbenas too as a group.  The shorter grasses like fescues or stipa tennuissimas are grown as groups.  So, it depends on fhe plants and whether they can make an impact on their own.

i also vary plant heights......some taller ones will grow in the FRONT of the border, not very tall though.  To have a change of height like this adds variety.  A tall upright perennial can look superb in the middle of the border esp if seen from both sides.  

Lavendar looks odd as single plants...a hedge or a group of 3 looks better. heathers too as a group. tiarellas better in 3's. 

Most perennials grow enough in 2 years to be divided and then replanted as a group...hostas for example.  

irish yew - standishii variant

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 21:30

Lee,  often the estimates of how plants are supposed to grow make me smile.  

Standishii grows much, much quicker than 1 metre in 20 years.....that is a very silly statement you read.  .  I have 3 in the garden all about 2 to 3 metres tall.  I trim them annually now.  It's very different to aurea and other yews.  Colour is unique.  A beautiful conifer.  

Anyway yews are easy to prune without dieback incl cutting into old wood.

Yews have a reputation for slow growth but in reality they are not slow.....6" a year once established.

Standishii is simply a classier form of yew.

i agree about not cutting the bottoms off the pots.  

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