Latest posts by Verdun

Leylandii Probelm

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:40

Agree totally about the cutting........always wider at the base.  Resolves a number of hedging issues.  Also about encouraging growth from low down, not cutting now and waiting until spring

Possibly Carl...if the browning isn't too could pull green shoots across the affected areas and discreetly tie them in.  I have done this successfully.  

BBC -entertainment or education?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:33


we ARE being educated on the telly.....

Eastenders shows us how real people they argue, cheat, backstab one another all the time!  

Not sure about an insect slot.....there are lots of wildlife documentaries on the telly aren't there?

I would like a serious garden prog though .....currently most of them tickle our senses almost flippantly or they go into depth about the meaning of a plant designer's show garden.  A programme dedicated to plant types would be great.   Not about those old thorny, diseased, roses......but hellebores, dicentras, salvias,,agastaches, heleniums, etc. etc.   

Progs about plants!  Edicational and entertaining 


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:09

Artemisia abrotanum is indeed the old plant found in our parents' and grandparents' gardens rachel.  

I started growing it again a few years back when I noticed it in my uncle's garden.  He, in turn, grew it for same reason.....nostalgia for that lemon/camphor/eucalyptus aromatic foliage.

replaced it couple years ago for something "brighter' but now I want it back again.  

planting grasses

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:01


it is addictive B3.........try for grasses that flower mid summer onwards like calamagrostis karl foerster...well behaved, not so,vigorous and delightful purple/grey feathery flowers.  

I must have 25 plus from small to tall.  Read up a little...some are invasive (none of those I have mentioned) but most are not.  Some evergreen, some with coloured foliage.  some to give great winter colour foliage.  Great contrast to most everything else.  Movement and sound too!!! 


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 10:54

Not really herbaceous....litres is volume not weight but the lead n feathers did stsrt it off.

sorry you fighting "fearsome creatures" though......the mind boggles 

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 09:41

Meomye, my plants now have just a few leaves at the very top.  Been like this now for 2 weeks.  Removing tops of stems too.  

So, yes.  Leaves and top stems off 

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 09:36

Still time for tomatoes to ripen if they are already beginning to colour.  Givimg away some tomatoes later......shame they dont really "keep"

best year for me for toms but blight has been an issue for many this year.

not an expert but for me a few basic principles have helped me id best conditions ....for me...for tomatoes.  Essentially to keep foliage dry, to regularly remove leaves, to keep good air flow, to spray with epsom salts in early stages, to spray with diluted milk and not to over water.  No chemicals, no fungicides.



Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:53

Jack, hydrangeas are usually very easy to grow but they need a couple of things....firstly moisture.  Water!  Lots of it for best growth.  The name itself, HYDR...angea tells you it likes water.  So, this may be your issue.

when you plant in comtainers do you use ordinary multi purpose compost?  This is not really adequate.  At your garden centre or DIY centre ask for JOHN INNES compost.  Slightly more expensive but it's what you need.

to possibly confuse you, the colour of your hydrangea is important too. If your hydrangea is pink or red then John Innes is fine.  If you have a blue hydrangea ask for John Innes ERICACEOUS compost.

dont go mad with feeding either.  Good compost and moisture and a little shade if possible Jack 


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:45

Morning Rachael

Southernwood, lad's love, boy's love,.....lots of names but artemisia.  And different varieties too of artemisia

I have a feeling you may have the green variety.....most are silver/grey.  This releases a lovely lemony type scent when the foliage is touched or brushed against

"Leggy" ?  8"?  

All artemisias can be cut back...hard or not so hard.  Ideally a month or so back but still fine now to do it.  Pop the cuttings into a pot and they will root for plants next year. 




Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:37

Hello forkers 

early walk across the towans .....lovely.  Quiet, slightly damp (Just the odd spot in the wind) and warm.  Couple of foxes, a few rabbits and a view of the sea and a happy Spike 

cant deny the autumn feel though esp now days are shortening


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