Latest posts by Verdun

black flowers and grasses

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 12:18

I see faces too pp.  and hear voices 

Show me your rockeries!

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 12:14

Like it Singing gardener.........will be superb when plants take over 

Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 12:02

The real problem is that Monty....very good though he impulsive.  As indeed I am.  It means he does things on a whim and many copy him thinking he is right.  next season he is ripping it all out again and planting something else.  He can afford to do this but most can't.  I notice him too ....that huge bamboo squeezed into a pot looked and was wrong on so many counts.  Monty meeds to be aware people follow him so should think twice about his planting


Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 08:11

I think Monty moves large plants grown on elsewhere to plant out ...maybe for the cameras and prog.


Posted: 16/10/2015 at 21:59

Prune autumn or spring for both 3045.  However, if in a cold area best to leave pruning honeysickles to spring 

White foliage?

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 19:39

Agree totally about those two Hosta. Ceanothus as a variegated plant is awful.  Eventually persuaded a friend to remove a huge plant....almost had the name then..  the foliage looked chlorotic and the flowers were greeny blue.  

Guara corries gold.....actually more white than gold....and a tender variegated wallflower that is very white are excellent.  

Show me your rockeries!

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 19:33

Excellent pansy.  Very natural. Some hidden skills there.  Lovely 

Giant Hebe

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 19:30

Oooooo, mine is as big.  Pruned every year.  They do grow very large esp down here. They dont always respond to very hard pruning though so I would advise you trim it annually now Bejabo.

black flowers and grasses

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 18:32

Still feel terracotta pots with nothing but ophiopogon is prob best.  Yes, Steve, with white gravel too.  I used perlite but it gradually faded to dirty grey

Show me your rockeries!

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 18:29

I currently dont have a rockery or alpines.  Used to grow a few in stone troughs.  I love them but here in Cornwall it is a little too damp and warm over winter for these gems without overhead cover.   I will start again allowing for glass covers

rockeries mostly look AWFUL.  often a pile of different stones arranged without looking tiered or natural and filled with sprawling over- vigorous plants that aren't really alpines

a scree........grit dug in well and gravelled.....can look great.  Use of the same type of stone with varying depths so that some stone is almost completely buried whilst others are almost completely above soil is the way I will do it.  Choice of alpines must be made with regard to their size and needs.

librarians garden, sorry to poo poo your ambition but because you have concrete that looks like stones is not a good starting point. Preparation of soil, sunny aspect mostly with some stone creating shade for those that need it and selecting matching stone and gravel are very important 

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