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Latest posts by Verdun

Rhododendron dead ...or not?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 09:03

Virago, before the leaves dropped did they look like rolled up cigars?  Rolled up tight and then rapid leaf drop?  Are the dead leaves in a tightly rolled-up state?  

If so this is likely to be phytophthora and overwatering is a contributory factor.  It's been cold, we've had a winter and early spring of heavy rain and the roots can't cope esp if plant is in shade.  Sequestrene won't make a difference to this.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:57

Try some roses chicky.  ( envious, can't grow roses here)


Regale lilies for their scent. Runner beans. 

Phoenix Canariensis help

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:50

Over watering is fatal to canariensis. They grow widely outside down here but mine were in too much damp shade. 


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:47

For heaven's sake folks.......decisions, decisions.  I don't want to draw attention to my knighthood.......I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT MY HUMBLE BUT WELL DESERVED ROYAL RECOGNITION.  

(I intend to put some stickers for my windscreen.....baron Verdun, sir's difficult )

Oops! Dishes to do

Weed or not?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:42

Lily of,the valley.....weed?  Yes I think it is. Tried for years to get it going but now I want rid of it.


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:36

Pulmonarias and brunneras will happily grow there.  Hellebores are a must

Have you thought of liriope?  Evergreen dark green grasslike foliage with purple blue spikes of flowers in autumn.  There are variegated forms and a new white variety....white FOLIAGE.  

A couple of box or similar rounded topiary shrubs would add shape.  A white hydangea would sit happily there.  White arum lily too.  Three yellow grasses..acorus Ogon (not really a grass but looks like one) is evergreen, Bowles golden grass is pure yellow loveliness and hackonochloa is superb albeit deciduous. 

There are loads of plants ...try geranium phaem.  In the summer plant a few busy lizzies to give a splash of colour all summer.  To keep the white theme use white new guinea types 


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:25

I think you are right fairygirl. I know I deserve a knighthood....I care so much for me that it should be more widely recognised.

Have lovely day Fairygirl......( sir Verdun!  Sounds right doesn't it?)


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:16

Beautiful sunny morn here. Hope everyone enjoys their day

Two big events today

The queen is visiting st ives

Im visiting my local supermarket

....wonder who will get most cheers. 

Verbena B

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 00:21

Artjak, Fairygirl waved her  magic wand.

Its pretty cold here tonight.  Nothing like mid May.  Must be 5 degrees.  Hope it doesn't get any colder....all my tender perennials, runner beans etc are outside now

Absolutely gutted - feel cheated

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 00:16

Yep, you should contact the GC ......get fresh supply and ask for couple free bags as compensation.   It's what I do.  Good luck red dahlia

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