Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 06/02/2016 at 11:08

Interesting info Clementine.  Always learning something.  ,thanks,

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 11:01

A 5 mile band of the heaviest slow moving rain I've seen for some time is wreaking havoc down here.  No sign of it easing either. And loads more forecast.  

In view of this I will be cutting the grass and fine tilthing the veg patch .....NOT 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 10:49

Peanuts.....from a drowning Cornwall ......just tip plants out and have a look.  Most of them will gain from potting up immediately. loosen any tight roots.  "On a roll" indeed 

I know you asked Tetley....she will kill me now......but cosmos is best pinched out to make bushy....avoiding their tendency to "bolt" .  I pinch ...take tips out...of cosmos several times 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 07:18

Tetley, impressive. You resisted the devil and........oh no!  You succumbed . Those iris have now tempted me too...hope you left some for me.  Esp after Blue Sapphire . No need to starve actually SAVED money by chopping those 3 litre  perennials 

peanuts, I divide a few lupins every year in summer.  No, lupins are perennials but, because they flower so profusely (they can do 3 flushes if fading spikes are removed quickly) they decline after 3 years or so. 

9cm perennials bought a week ago have already grown considerably.  I expect to repot in 2 or 3 weeks 

ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 21:33

yep.....onion couch indeed.  

for me a lovely well behaved plant 


Posted: 05/02/2016 at 19:39

My point Lyn.  That is exactly what will happen and every thread deemed to be too long will be replaced with  "by nora".  I think some have misunderstood to beliieve it is about arrogance on my part. We might just as well post a thead anonymously.  

I associate sweet peas with David, worries,,etc with KEF and the list goes on

I see no reason why orignal thread authors are not retained ....


ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 18:16

Not aware of any smell whatsoever Berghill and certainly not of onion....I think we are talking very different plants.    I suspect you have a form of allium

further on the spreading I have clumps that have been in place for 8 years plus.  They simply form larger well behaved clumps and I can see no real reason why they would....

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 17:14

Peas soaked in red lead and paraffin works a treat.....once suggested to me by an allotmenteer.  However, not for me now.  How unhealthy is that?

i find peas CAN be transplanted successfully.  I sow indoors and plant out when the seed has grown out. A simple seed tray to start them off.  It works.  A determined mouse will dig under a cloche then gobble all those peas.



ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 17:06

I have grown it for years Berghill.......never a problem. I regularly divide mine and the shoots are always almost white.  Perhaps you had a poor clone. It does benefit from division to keep it compact.  And it does not enjoy too much heat in summer so I plant accordingly.  I suspect if grown in too hot a situation it will stress....I can see it reverting under those conditions

invasive?  It spreads from clumps and at a surface level never deep.  Wonder if we are talking about the same plant 

I can only add I receive numerous requests for it during the spring.  Would not be without it. 

It is worth noting that many grasses can become invasive....pennisetums, except the tender (rubrum) type, will spread wide and deep.  For this reason I again divide every 2 years 


Posted: 05/02/2016 at 16:54

sorry Michael.....can't think what this could be.  I find them reliable trouble free shrubs that can take a year or so to settle in 

however, if mine I would move it elsewhere.  I have a feeling those roots have not done much....if you do move it you will have an idea of this.  I tend to think of mahonias as not liking it too alkaline, too dry or poor soil.  

Do you water or feed it?  

hopefully someone will pop up with an idea.

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