Latest posts by Verdun

Cotinus grace pruning

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:05

Prune hard in spring if you want best foliage.  If you want the flowers don't prune or take out a few stems to the base.

for best density and colour prune hard in spring and then pinch out growing tips 2 or 3 times in summer 

Can You Suggest a Front Garden Tree or Bush

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 14:22

Holly is superb as a specimen.  Not nice as a hedge though....prickly?  Shapeless (as a hedge it loses its form).  The cut leaves will brown.  and those fallen leaves?  hollies constantly drop theie leaves so an ongoing nuisance.  


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 14:01

Hiya Runny.  more horrific sounding than ever about your son.  Hope he claims full compensation from the dogs' owners.  Make sure,,of course, that he gets full counselling and therapy.  It will help him get it all out of his system.  Blokes find it hard to talk but he needs to do that as often as he can.  Keep strong too Runny.  I guess you will be his rock for a while. 


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 12:42

talking about IS isn't talking politics.  What does it take ?

talking about IS is talking about our very lives.  If politicians see or hear us talking about this then maybe, maybe, they will actually do something quickly.

there has been nothing like IS.

IS is here with the most terrible weapons and intentions.  

how many terrorists are here in this country? Prob hundreds but nobody really knows.

sorry folks.....we are such a complacent lot in europe 


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 08:10

Not really a fan of Andrew Neil but his attack on IS last night was impressive.  

Whatever it costs, whatever protocols are infringed, we need to unite with Russia, Iran, everybody, to send in troops and destroy IS now.   i don't think we have seen anything yet to compare with what they will do

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 08:00

Hmmmm!  Not sure Dove.  Making me think.  Cold today but soil was pretty warm last week.  

I have found vine weevil issues increasingly less over the years.   Killing grubs and adults and checking purchased potted plants.  And adding garden soil to mpc in pots, using john innes, etc helps too.


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 07:36

Pat, it's gotten cold.  Suddenly.  My mankini is mothballed.  The aussie sun is enticing.  Hope you are well 

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 07:34

nematodes will not make a difference to weevils NOW.  Only Provado will kill weevils at this time of year. 

The only real issue I have is with heucheras so localised doses of Provado are used and with great effect.  

I used nematodes on my grass this autumn for leatherjackets for first time.  Used to use lawn grub killer but this too is banned. 

Trouble is we don't really know the truth about chemicals....well, most things I guess.....and gardeners are finding it increasingly difficult to grow their crops when chemicals are withdrawn.  Bordeaux mixture, for example, for peach leaf curl is no longer available yet we can go out and buy the ingredients to make our own!  Puzzling 


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 07:24

Morning folks

what a shake up this morning.  Wet,,cold and very windy.   short walk only but don't think Spike minded too much. It has felt cold since yesterday afternoon. catching up with you Fairy 

mid cornwall eastwards looks set to get lowest temps.    But, milder again on Momday 

Thyme and sedum - plant them out now?

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 00:28

Language Steve....remember we are now being monitored 

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