Latest posts by Verdun

Root Trainers

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 13:10

I have experimented with root trainers and tall pots for sweet peas and hellebores.  I found no difference at all.  Repotting was far better...i.e. Not allowing plants to become root-bound.  

There is a tendency to leave plants in root training pots thinking they will be fine  for longer without planting out.  Why is it deemed better to use taller but narrower root trainers instead of growing on into 1 litre pots? Plants in the latter, for me, are much better 

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 17:57

Love yew but for such a low hedge???

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 17:35

Me too.  Baggesons gold is superb.  Unique colour.  

Euonymous microphylla is nice. 

I have lavendar edging my veg patch.......looks good now but wonderful in summer 

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 17:32

Interesting pansy........I have heard befor that David Austin customer service is not the best. My own experience is an example.  

My first snowdrop :-)

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 17:20

Few here too.

friend phoned today asking for advice about snowdrops.  She intended buying bulbs/corms.  I advised her to wait and buy in the I will myself.  But, have you seen the price of some of these bulbs?  Need to remortgage to buy some of them 

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 17:16

No, I don't think they are Sam

I am not a lover or grower of roses here but planted plenty

earlier this year I purchased a David Austin Olivia Austin rose direct from the growers. It is advertised as having a strong scent but it seems to have none at all.  I contacted David Austin but without satisfaction........unusual for me.  Mine was part of a batch bought by a friend.....none of them seem special. I paid almost £20 If I recall correctly. .....bit pricey to say the least.

I would shop around for price and then gauge reviews.  Look through catalogues and compare.  Choose the variety you want and compare prices.

buy bare root now....much better value than potted plants and usually bigger (root systems) 



The best onions from seed.....

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 16:33

Ah yes!  You have a brand spanking new propagator don't you?  


Posted: 06/01/2016 at 16:30

Get well soon KEF.  We need you to keep us under control 

repotting fig

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 16:28

Yum yum.  Nothing quite like a warm freshly picked fig in summer 


Posted: 06/01/2016 at 16:25

Wot you after David ? 

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