Latest posts by Verdun

daphne odora aureamarginata

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 12:01

April, check watering by all means

however, all daphnes are vulnerable to viruses.  They can look superb then, suddenly, just die.  

Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 11:58

got me pp 


Posted: 25/10/2015 at 11:55

Heart says Argentina but the Aussies will win Punkdoc     will be more open than yesterday's game.  England have fallen so far behind both of them 

Compost system for smallish garden - recommendations please

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 11:48

Agree with pansyface.....compost heaps should not really smell.  

I have 2 a small bought one.  The other a home made large one that makes much better compost.  I emptied smaller one this morning and used it on veg patch.

it is very difficult to properly heat a heap unless it is turned regularly and mixed now and then but I rarely do that.  The other downside is that rats can be encouraged unless a tight fitting lid is added.  And rats can and do home in on compost heaps....for the food and for the warmth.  

There is nothing wrong in not having a compost heap if your garden is small but if you can it's a good thing.  Remember IS work if you want a clean, effective compost bin 

I intend to add another heap but siting it is a poser.  

Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 11:38

Only teasing pp.  honestly 


Posted: 25/10/2015 at 11:36

What a wonderful day.  Blue sky, warm sun, no wind (well, that could change as I'm having kippers soon ).  Those of you having rain.....I'm sooooo envious 

still can't decide on some planting.........large plants to go in but got to get them right.  Emptied one compost bin and spread contents on veg patch. Dug up rest of huge canna clump and made a start there on some planting.  Canna Tropicanna Black moved and planted as well as a division potted up. Lopped a few branches back.  Prob take a nibble or two and cuppa outside



Posted: 25/10/2015 at 08:37

Pansyface, they will still face wind resistance in those pots.  As long as they are planted firmly they will be fine. Anyway, they should be cut back soon.  Pruned again in spring 

Manuring & Winter Digging

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 08:33

I'm assuming newboy's allotment has been pre worked by precious occupiers.  My soil is free draining so I take your point Dove.  However, I have prepared veg patches on heavy soil.  If conditions and soil are dry  I think rough digging is superfluous and unnecessary.  Better to spend time breaking up soil, incorporating manure and thoroughly clearing the site with the view that come spring all is ready 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 08:27

pp, but it's rubbish . Under all that bootpolish they are all pimply, spotty and white.  Besides do you really want to see blokes walk like those male dancers dance? 

Mahonia Caress is flowering

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 08:24

Fairy, the big mahonias have an architectural structure that I like......different entirely from Caress in almost every way.  Only the flowers are similar.  

I think some will lose Careless over winter....its foliage does suggest it's a little tender

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