Latest posts by Verdun

Paralysed but excited

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:52

LG, sketch out your beds.  select plants that will co-exist and enhance one another......colour wise, shape wise,,height wise,,foliage wise, texture wise.  when you have something down...almost can sketch again.  Jot down plants you can remember and definitely want then your thinking will get imaginative.  

this is exactly what I do and the final sketches are often far removed from the first one.    I try to transplant a big established plant in a new area adds a tad of maturity.  I will go through half a dozen sketches until it feels right.

Plant stuff you know or think you know will thrive.  buy quality plants and don't settle for less 

It's all fun LG and, no matter how well you have planned, you will move stuff around sooner or later.

in the next 2 or 3 weeks the gc's will have loads of herbaceous perennials in 9cm pots.    Grab some....they are bursting to grow fast.  Pot them up and do so again 3 or more times so that by mid spring you will have large garden size plants for the summer.


Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:36

Next summer you will be "delighted you succumbed to temptation" Hazel.  Full of brilliant colour I'm sure 



Posted: 21/01/2016 at 16:32

It is surprising how adaptable plants are or can be Lou.  apart from fundamental factors like acidity I find I can experiment with an element of logic.  Many plants, for example, require shade to grow well but often a good moisture retentive soil will enable them to grow in partial or even full sun.  I often break the rules now and they do well. 

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 16:25

You got it Snow...Danny Clarke.  Thought he was excellent 


Posted: 21/01/2016 at 14:02

Tee hee hee 

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 13:08

We forget that presenters are ordinary folk with the same insecurities, problems and health worries we all do.

we have a right to our favourites though.  Charlie Dimmock was always a must watch but on a recently shown tv series she was excellent. 

A West Indian, I think, ...forget his name and name of programme....was presenter of  a make over show last summer.  He was excellent too.  Got his hands dirty and knew his stuff.  



Posted: 21/01/2016 at 12:00

Snow......but I am weak. 


besides Tetley has promised me rose tinted specs. excited about that 

I'm not gullible just easily persuaded 

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 08:03

Ooooooooo!   Aaaaaaagh!  Eeeeeeeeek!  Heeeeeeeck!  SNOW.  

I've got what it takes!  

if available I,would like to see Adrian Bloom given a regular spot.  A team of Andy Sturgeon and Adrian Bloom would be fascinating 

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 07:23

But FIVE presenters for half hour prog? 


Posted: 21/01/2016 at 07:20

Russian to conclusions again Hosta 

morning folks 

that mini cold spell didn't last long....damp today. ,

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