Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 27/01/2016 at 08:52

My greenhouse is the hexagonal type....great for height but limited for space.  Nice to look at and associates well in the garden.  Another hexagonal would suit me 

As many have said, the bigger the better.  Same with garden ponds 


Posted: 27/01/2016 at 08:45

How to improve the Trowel?

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 08:36

For me a one piece strong steel handle and blade.  The blade to be long too.  A tool I can lever with without bending.  Had one specially made for me years ago ...was unbreakable and fantastic until I broke it last year.  Go through trowels regularly.  Yet to find a strong trowel to purchase   Would pay a lot more for it if available 


Posted: 27/01/2016 at 08:30

Dove, Dove, Dove.   You fail to understand.  Everest is there to be conquered.  Food is there to be consumed    Besides, have to get my money's worth 

just had word Anemone Ruffled Swan has been dispatched for delivery tomorrow. It looks like good planting weather tomorrow too 


Posted: 27/01/2016 at 08:12

Morning folks 

hey Hosta....respect to your OH.  Like his style 

welcome back Punkdoc.......remember spring is just around the corner 

wet overnight but dry this morning, so far.  Forecast is for it to be dry by mid morning so I have hopes it will be dry all through from now.

have to watch my food intake today to make room for an "all you can eat" later.  Well, won't cut back just have earlier brekkie and lunch.    (Boy!  Can I eat?  I think I make an impression when in full flow )

hope all not well and worried have good day 

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 08:02

Lou....ALL hostas are susceptible to slugs n snails.  

I have been surprised at what slugs etc will eat....even the toughest plants can be attacked, e.g. Berberis, but you only have to check out phormiums which have the toughest leaves yet snails will devour.

for me it is HOW you grow hostas and WHERE. I grow maybe 20 varieties as a guess and all look good right through to September.  My regime includes torch and salt at night plus sparingly used pellets.  In pots copper bands are effective too.  Birds, toads and hedgehogs play a great role. 

Slightly early walk to the beach across sandy dunes revealed a profileration of slugs and snails.  This mild winter perhaps has encouraged breeding???

Paralysed but excited

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 22:10

Tempting you mean? 

Paralysed but excited

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 22:01

LG, better I think to get a sheet of plastic over a framework of bricks or wood to protect your perennials 

Pyracantha on house wall

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 17:32

My advice is no around the door.  Pyracantha is a just about the most vicious shrub you can plant around a door way.  

Against a wall it can look superb.  Trained and pruned annually  and away from people it is excellent.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 16:34

Chitting and soaking, for me, are not necessary.    

However, Rosie, if it works for you continue with it 

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