Latest posts by Verdun

I'm with Morrisons

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 16:22

Well, I confess to reading your post, Northern Lass, a couple of times.  And it was well worth the read.

at last, someone who KNOWS what they are talking about.  Thank you Northern Lass

There is an awful lot of misinformation, hype and platitudes about this issue. I cannot pretend I know myself.   One way or another it will be sorted but it wont be in a way to suit everyone.  Sadly I think the poorest will pay heavily.  


Bargain time of year!

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:57

And will delight you for years Daisy 

Buddleia Companions

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:55

Take a look at the new smaller choisya White Dazzler Stewart.  And mahonia Soft Caress with yellw flowers in autumn.  Look at the smaller pittosporums like Tom Thumb.  And santolinas.  Hebes too come in various foliage colours but Autumn Glory is a lovely purple flowered evergreen.  Euonymous Emerald n Gold is a beauty all year round.  Sarcoccoca is a neat evergreen with highly scented late winter flowers that fill the garden with womderful perfume. purple and variegated euphorbias too.  Lupins are evergreen.  Hellebores for winter and spring flowers in a wide range of colours

I agree with Fairy too that deciduous shrubs and perennials can be effective in winter,,their woody structure adding form and suddenly opening up in spring to promise flowers later.  planting all evergreens can be boring....fresh new growth on deciduous plants is exciting.

i grow echinaceas, sedums,,agastaches and baptisias around a buddleia Buzz and right now the colour is brilliant.   Bees and butterflies galore.  And all sun and reasonable drainage.

If your soil is a little heavier consider heleniums for summer colour around your buddleia.  

I'm with Morrisons

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:40

Of course having very little money is a "good enough excuse" to support supermarkets selling discounted foodstuffs.  Where in planet reality do you live?  Your comment is why I simply cannot bite my tongue.

don't worry the low paid will soon pay a lot more for their foodstuffs.  I see them already in the foodbanks...........count to ten Verdun 

Black spot

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:33

Lulu,,don't get me started again .....I'm already on the naughty step 

i grow just one rose in an area renowned for clean air....thus black spot.  

Someone on the forum...forgive me for forgetting who.....referred to neem oil, a new thing for me.  on reading up on it it does seem to be effective against various diseases and pests.  So I am using neem oil on my (very important) rose and so far it is in excellent disease free health.

Lulu, because it's something you are so fond of remove all affected don't say what type of rose....and I would cut back the stems. clear away all debris around the plant and soil and spray with a fungicide.  Mulch with a good thickness of something......mpc mixed with dried manure perhaps......and remove any new affected leaves when you see them.  after rain you prob need to spray fungicide again.  In any case dont spray if rain is imminent and expect fungicide to work.  hope you enjoy your rose for many years to come 

Pruning the bottle brush

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:20

Would have said pretty much as Claudia did.....viz.  thst it is a "tricky" one.

i treat this pretty much as I do a broom......i.e.  Buy when young and lightly tip back as soon as flowers are going over. As small plants, even before they flower, I pinch them back.  Then the plant is kept just that much smaller.

here it is a fast growing plant and if it is left too long pruning is difficult. I have successfully cut back into old wood but for me the flowering is never as good . An expendable plant for me esp when hard pruning becomes necessary.

Photos from ipad

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:09

Duh! Trying to work out your penultimate sentence Top Bird.  

I'm left handed but can write equally well with my right and do most everything with both hands.  Been a great advantage in sports when I suddenly changed hands to serve etc.  

why would the (superiorly gifted) left handers want to claim they are right handed?  (with the hoi polloi) 

Bargain time of year!

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:55

Oh, meant to say.  Called in at local B & M store and thet surprisingly have quite a range of plants...mostly small but cheap

picked up helenium ruby tuesday and white salvia for £1.  Pots were dry and worth haggling for. Now potted up for plants for next year.  By next spring they will fill 3 litre pots

O Verdun, Oracle of All the Grasses, hear me!

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:38

B3 I can never resist a debate....or agitate for one.  All harmless though 

Grasses can be addictive though....coloured foliage from red to white to yellow to blue to olive to.......

and, some are evergreen some not.  Some very tall some short.  Some invasive some well behaved.  Some for acid soils some for alkaline. Some like moisture some like it dry. They add another dimension to the garden though.  Right now I have several grasses at their peak from a 9' plus gigantea to a scirpus cernuus (a delightful fibre optic looking plant) Wouldn't be without them 

Photos from ipad

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:28

Or Lyn you can turn your ipad around with fhe on/off button on the right 

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