Latest posts by Verdun

Onion update

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 09:00

Fidget, the Kelsea look great . 

Mine have been good too.....however had a couple that were bit soft.  Grew my carrots too close,to onions and the foliage was so tall it covered some of the onions.

So. I bought onion PLANTS in spring.  First time.  I always sow seed or buy sets.  Verdict is very good.  Large onions, no seed sowing and,pricking out.  Now to see how well they keep over winter.


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 08:48

Woody.....nearly the A word!

Morning everyone. 

Rain overnight but drier now.  Sun forecast for later.

Congrats to Chicky for 1000 posts on the forum.  No idea what my count is

Beginning to consider what plants to move and where.  Soon will start cutting hellebore leaves as well as other not so pristine summer foliage.  

Hope everyone has good healthy day

Pampas grass

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 23:24

Best to gently clear it out first ......beIng comscious of creatures living there.  Then  I would burn it if it's well away from thing else.  

I have removed fairly large,pampas grass but not huge ones.  I used pick axe, spade and fork.   Attacked it in chunks but, as said, it is a bit challenging.  I would start on it ASAP .

I,would not have a pampas grass's not really a garden plant.  It's leaves are sharp and it relentlessly encroaches onto surrounding ground.  

plants,shrubs etc named ann

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 23:11

....sorry Irena, meant to say welcome to the forum.  Nice to see you.

plants,shrubs etc named ann

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 23:09

I used to grow a lovely winter flowering heather called Ann Sparkes.  Beautiful orange foliage. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 23:07

Matty, white pinks?  White malva?  White Gaura (corries gold)?  Coronaria alba?  White Veronica? White liatris?  White scabious?  White honesty?  All white, all white, I'll stop now.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:56

Dahlias aren't really a regular hunting ground for me.  Sure there are some experts here.  However,  Why not check out one or two.  My favourites though are Honka, a simple single star shaped yellow, Twyings After Eight an almost black foliaged white single flowerer, Clair de lune another single creamy yellow, and the Bishop of Llandaff.  

I grow several in pots and in the ground.  For pots, for summer display, you dont need expensive ones.  I grow in pots prob 40 to 60 cm across and deep.  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:31

Haisie, why not browse the catalogues online and select what varieties you want.  As chicky says, grow "just for you".   You can choose style, colour, double, single, tall or short to fit in with exactly what ??ou want.  I often do that and when the small tubers arrive in early spring I pot them up ASAP.   Repot few weeks later, feeding well then. And plant our in early summer as fairly large plants

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:26

Stacey, did you contact Burncoose nurseries?  They had quite a few there few days back.  Good plants. Go on, spoil yourself. They do mail order.  

Chicky, well, you still are a top gardener anyway and a top person......crawl, crawl!

Photinia Red Robin - when to plant out?

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:19

Yes Jessica,   It's totally hardy and the soil is still warm to enable quick establishment. Dig a decent hole with plenty of compost mixed in and a handful of organic fertiliser.  A mychorrhizal ....of hand  unsure I have spelt that correctly......powder at the base of the planting hole helps rapid establishment 

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