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Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:53

Hello white heather,

Dont think I've said hello.  Warm welcome to you 

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:50

And the lupin aphid is especially damaging...and large.  A chemical or soap spray before the spikes form is effective though

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:13

Talking of hostas got some coming tomorrow.  Jealous? 


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:10

Tracey....we all like you so relax 


Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:02

Ditto fairy.  I grow royal purple and  sambucus for their foliage only. 


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:29

Never use Growmore.   For me it's very caustic and any wildlife in the soil is destroyed by contact with it until dissolved. Organic fertilisers are slower acting, except dried blood, and far more gentle to the soil.

Use just prior to seed sowing, in early spring for plants and again in late/mid summer to re-energise plant performance until autumn. I've come to use less fertiliser now, organic or artificial, preferring to add compost/manure to soil.

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:22

I grow quite a few.  Have some in front of a lavendar hedge in my veg patch.  They flower majestically from late spring.  Yellow, white, blue pink and red ....ostentatious flowering but so eye catching.  A "hedge" of them is lovely. After flowerimg I lift and divide and pot up 

chilli peppers

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:17

They look wude Stacey.  Wouldn't want to eat those 

Very interesting thread 

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:13

Yes pot up ASAP.  Keep shoots buried except for tips.  They will grow fast so will need potting on again in few weeks.  Pot on again and again until in 2, ideally 3 litre, pots.  Then plant out in late spring for superb summer flowerimg from large plants.  Works for me.  

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:50

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Serious reminder folks....

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Last Post: 25/03/2015 at 19:45

Smog going to get us?

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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

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Last Post: 15/03/2015 at 21:06

Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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Last Post: 14/03/2015 at 10:17

How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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