Latest posts by Verdun

planting grasses

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:29

This is miscanthus  gold bar already 8 or 9' tall and prob 4 years old


planting grasses

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:26


couple of grasses to show will add 2' or so in a couple of weeks or so

....this miscanthus variegatus was divided last autumn and is about 5' 



Posted: 29/08/2015 at 20:32

True Philippa...trouble is few people do that.  Not only the danger but,,down here, It is a plant that's no longer wanted.  Fun n games to dig it out 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 18:16

Hope you are improving RB 


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 18:15

Not a plant for the garden methinks though esp with young children. 


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 18:13

Lily,........strictly the reference to mushroom compost was a joke but no matter. 

it all depends on its quality.

i have had many lorry loads of it direct from the (now extinct) farms and they have been excellent.  Used in autumn though.......the rain over winter will wash out any possible nasties to leave a friable highly productive mulch.  Come the spring I cultivate this into the top soil to create an escellent tilth.  no weeds for me Lily.  I apply 6" or so over veg patch, fruit and ornamental areas

Rescuing soil after years of membrane and stones?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 18:05

Raised beds are great for places that get overly wet, esp in winter or where an area is wanted for raising plants needing sharp drainage.....I will be planting an alpine bed soon but here simply mounding soil is sufficient.  A mound is aesthetically more pleasing, more natural looking than a square made from timber/whatever to house another (artitifical) flat bed.

a friend is pestering me for a raised bed...she has had her head turned by the hype of it all.  A lot of unnecessary work and expense that will leave her no better off

It's just that increasingly people think raised beds is the solution for all sorts of issues.....thinking they can raise super crops this way.  Raised beds dry out very fast.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 17:55

I resemble those remarks 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 17:52

Lawns cut,,heleniums deadheaded, salvia patens deadheaded.

salvia uliginosa now looking good

canna tropicacanna black has surprised me. From small tuber in spring it has grown almost 6' and about to flower.  It was planted with a view it would be 2 or 3' in its first year.  It will be moved to a better location in autumn......expecting great things from this plant next summer.  The leaves of Tropicanna Black are the best yet on my cannas....lustrous,,shiny, very large and almost black.  Will now look to obtain Tropicanna Gold

forget the bananas....why grow those easily wind- torn uglies when you can grow cannas?


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 17:01

'Fraid so Fairy........been like it all day. prob lack of donuts 

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