Latest posts by Verdun

Brunnera macrophyla 'Jack Frost'.

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 10:37

......but not invasive like forget me nots.......still shocked Fairy!   You don't like blue flowers?   I grow scores of blue plants and love em all.

incidentally, does anyone actually grow a true blue perennial penstemon?  True Blue, Heavenly Blue, Sour Grapes, glabra  and others are all purple blue.  I grew a couple ....Eileen Grenfell rings a bell and another I forget....but they were exceedingly weak growers.  

The first frost

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 10:30

Yes Fairy I do.  I'm on display in the tropical dome next to a very rare canna. 

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 10:28

Dont plant out osteospermums now in the garden.  Many are relatively hardy....most are down here.....but best to over winter now in the greenhouse.

the toughest is Cannington Roy a nice sprawling pink.....thrives all year round here....and it responds well from cuttings.  Even now you can take cuttings of all osteos but protect inside.

primrosecottage,,when you want to plant out your wallflowers just move your potted osteospermums and keep them outside for a while lomger yet.  I think delaying putting plants in the gh to overwinter helps toughens them up

Fragrant plants

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 10:21

Oh blow . Long post just lost.  Quick precis then....

"small" scent?  Heliotropes, regal lilies (others too). Daffodil Cheerfulness (wonderful). Hyacinths, wallflowers, stocks, choc,cosmos, agastaches for their different aromatic foliage, ditto with salvias esp elegantissima...the pineapple sage.  Lippia Citriodora that gives off a very strong lemon fragrance when touched just as the pineapple sage does.  There is also an orange salvia.  Scented pelargoniums planted near window,,doors and pathways.  A small choisya called White Dazzler.

sweet box does not smell close up but it wafts around fhe garden in late winter as does hamamellis Pallida.  

I have some honeysuckles including 2 over an arch.....sumptuous for most of the well as jasmine.  

Lavendar of course....plant as a hedge or at least in a group of 3.  

Not too hot on annuals but nicotianas esp the white ones are highly scented

think I've missed some I had posted and lost but no reason not to have scent in the garden 

Jacobs Ladder

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 09:57

Oh yes hollie

 check out the variegated ones...Stairway to Heaven and Brise d'Anjou. (Bet I've spelt that wrong....I had better check).   Same blue flowers but on delightful foliage 

The first frost

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 09:52

Clearly in the minority but I thought it was a good summer. Tomatoes still ripening....only a very few left but they are ready and crop has been superb over a long period

cold this morning first thing.....well, coldish.... but already warm sunshine and total blue sky.  

I too hate the passing of summer but its holding on for a while longer yet 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 07:49

What's all this fuss about Strictly?  Over hyped.  Over acted.  Over emotional.  Overdone 


Brunnera macrophyla 'Jack Frost'.

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 07:45

Brunnera hadspen cream largely untouched by slugs etc.  I think brunneras are pretty tough and adaptable.  Beautiful plants in the spring with forget me not flowers.


Posted: 26/09/2015 at 07:41

Hello forkers 

beautiful sunny, quiet morning.  Colder first thing as I walked with Spike.  

Have good weekend everyone 

Deep borders

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 21:38

I itsy bitsy bit of grass is silly.  

Sketch some scale.....and be objective.  However lawns are something to own and feature

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