London (change)
Today 15°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 18°C / 12°C


Latest posts by Verdun

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 20:24

Hiya busy

Forgot all about  photos. Being a simple straw sucking yokel taking my camera with me is a bit alien to me...... Although I carry my phone everywhere  so I really have no excuse 

I made a slight error in plantIng one of my heleniums in that a miscanthus variegatus, which I love, has grown so tall in front of it.  It can be seen from another angle but I have to address this for next year. The grass beautifully contrasts with several dark foliaged perennials and is sited perfectly for those so a dilemma occurs for me ...something has to go elsewhere....hmmm! Maybe post a picture for some outside advice!  


Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:52

Point is missed Sue.  Let's not quibble about deaths.  Clearly there is something unsettling about composts now.  As gardeners our instincts, experiences and suspicions should not be dismissed because we cannot scientifically verify them.  "experts", I have come to realise, are often obsessive, single-minded academics lacking wisdom and ability.  I can remember the boxer Muhammad Ali tying up a group of academics with simple logic and conviction.  When he challenged them to explain themselves in simple everyday terms these academics were struck dumb.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:31

Yes, me too punkdoc .  Have to keep cheerful for others sometimes so can't afford to get too low.  Don't really have the answers but good to have you back.

Matty, good your dog is ok.  Can sense your relief.  

Foodbank today so busy but, as always, I guess I dominated the discussions.    Cadged some free buns tho 

Wet day but still,very warm, even hot.   

Been a hectic day sorting stuff, etc.

Lawns badly need cutting....looks like tomorrow will be suitable

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:21

Well, I have to agree totally with Blisters.  

The composts ....all of them....are variable in quality and mix.  No two bags seem quite the same.  Nothing has replaced peat or come close.  As a layman I've long felt occasionally the failure of plants.....whether cuttings or bigger due to the compost.

A few years ago I bought a few tons of compost from the council.  It was rubbish.  My veg patch produced stunted carrots,,lettuce seemed unable to last the pace and other crops and border plants suffered.  The quality of the compost was such that bits of wood, plastic and plant material were clearly seen.  I felt that knotweed, bindweed and other perennial weeds were likely not to be "neutralised" or safe for my needs and cluld infect my own garden.  I have never purchased this council compost since.  

I do believe peat is not in decline.....vested interests determine what we all do, say and behave.  WE do not know the truth of so warming is another example.  Like rabbits we all rush to get solar panels, ditch our plastic bags, and recycle. (despite the fact that much of our hard-worked recycling efforts ends up in landfill anyway.). Green energy will save the planet we all pay more whilst the few make profits.......yet there will be another lobby to say something  different tomorrow.  We have to do our bit scream the vociferous ones as they drive around the country without passengers.  It's increasingly difficult now to do anything without judgement yet those  judging are so hypocritical 

Zinc planter

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:00

Stephanie.....the adage is " fit for purpose".  Zinc planters are meant to last for years and yours therefore are not fit for purpose.  ??ou have a strong case to have money back or replacement.  You need to stand up and argue your case if the suppliers are difficult

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 12:41

Oh clueless, don't plant out much later than now.  Best kept in a pot though and repotted in early spring before plantIng out in late,spring.  Remember, heleniums like and need moisture so don't give them too dry a situation.  and watch out for early slugs n snails, another reason to pot on next spring.

(first year growing for me but have learned an awful lot about growing heleniums now  )

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 12:36

Hiya busy.  Yes I love the heleniums.  For a variety of reasons I refused to grow them......soil bit too dry, their foliage a bit dowdy, etc.....but this year I took the plunge. Moerheim beauty, sahins early flowerer, Chelsea, and, laterly, double trouble have been fantastic.  Moreheims and sahins are still in full flower and have been since mid summer and have made impressively large bushes.  Unsure whether to divide next March or leave them.  Intend to cut back in May though.  How do you treat yours?

Have a few more varieties on order too......they are "morish" 

cordyline problem

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 12:27

I think the variety determines how dry compost needs to be.  Down here cordylines thrive everywhere.  However, the GCs are full of new hybrids that I find resent too much damp.  Cannot recall its name but a pink one I grow in a pot just does not want water at all.  


Posted: 01/10/2013 at 12:23

Well, the voice has "simply" gone   Tina


Posted: 01/10/2013 at 11:12

Nice to have you back Tina.....

Lily, best to buy acteas/cimicifugas online.  My favourites are james compton and Brunette with white spikes but Pink Spike too is excellent with pink flowers.  Black negligee has almost black foliage.  They are greedy plants with lots of folkage to support so dig in plenty.....plenty.....of compost.

Discussions started by Verdun

Clocks go forward tonight

Replies: 21    Views: 322
Last Post: Yesterday at 20:16

Impressions of the posters here

Replies: 231    Views: 4430
Last Post: Yesterday at 22:31

Why am I so special,to,the forum?

Replies: 72    Views: 2299
Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 14:30

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

Replies: 9    Views: 291
Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 09:11

Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Replies: 26    Views: 734
Last Post: 20/09/2014 at 19:13

Verdict....your new plants this year

Replies: 42    Views: 1061
Last Post: 03/09/2014 at 19:16

Gaillardias ......who grows 'em?

Replies: 14    Views: 283
Last Post: 31/08/2014 at 19:00

It's my birthday

Replies: 252    Views: 4974
Last Post: 24/10/2014 at 17:21


Replies: 47    Views: 961
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:25

They're bossing it now........

Replies: 23    Views: 536
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 08:18

Love your garden

Replies: 27    Views: 651
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:56


Replies: 65    Views: 1399
Last Post: 16/08/2014 at 23:56

hardy geraniums pictures

Replies: 16    Views: 442
Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 00:44

Is mahonia invasive?

Replies: 20    Views: 521
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 12:44

Blue foliage

Replies: 21    Views: 712
Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 02:44
1 to 15 of 175 threads