Latest posts by Verdun

Help with box plant!

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 15:54

Oh!  For some reason your pictures have only just published....after my post 

Help with box plant!

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 15:53

I don't think your pruning did for them Allys.  They will respond to pruning very well but next spring now.

however, there is an issue, or two, with box.  There is a virus affecting them.  There is a treatment, apparently, that will be  mentioned I'm sure and part of it does involve cutting back very hard.  I grow only a couple of variegated box which are fine so this virus has not affected me.  Others on the forum, I believe, have attempted to recover their plants 

Drat those chains.....

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 15:47

had a number of plants to go out but waiting to find the "perfect" home for one of them.  When I did the rest in that "chain" could go in their designated spots.  Today....perfect blue sky and sun now....I planted out that chain.  (Must have been all that rain that cleared my brain )   Chuffed!  Perfect.  

Now,,however, I have a new chain but again cannot ...yet... locate a position for one of them 

one of the issues is colour.  I have a number of white perennials but, of course, they need to be isolated.  On their own most whites are fine but near each other one will make the other look drab.  

What "chains" do you have to hold up your planting? Or  don't you have such fastidious tendencies? 


Overwintering Convolvulus and young lavender.

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 11:19

Convolvulous cneorum is hardy for me..........but less so in most places.  I would protect your plant Teapot Taylor by placing a cloche, a sheet of glass or plastic over it to keep winter rain off.  Fleece it too under the glass if very cold.  Keep compost reasonably dry.  

If,you can get a cloche, make a cloche, keep lavendars under it too 

Impact of solar lights on wildlife ?

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 11:13

Nature adapts very well.  I don't think tiny solar lamps will destroy the environment 


Posted: 06/11/2015 at 11:11

Damp here too Dove

just watched the Rickshaw Challenge go by ....hope I make tv stardom. Sure a camera aimed my way.    disappointed I wasn't interviewed 



Planting aliums

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 11:04

I tend to plant about 6" deep And they are fine.  3" should be ok too KayL.  Gain an extra 1" in summer with a mulch but I think some of the imstructions re plants and bulbs are a little rigid

Tracking Down Plants

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 11:01

Shop around.  Crocus is never cheap. keep looking.  Amazon, ebay but jist a cursary look revealed cheaper minor atro rubra.  Agree rubra, rubrum....they are often interchangeable as is atropurpurea/um

don't grow any vincas now but when I did the blues, whites, reds, variegated, were easy to obtain.  Got most from friends, neighbours etc


Posted: 06/11/2015 at 07:30

Hello forkers

wet morning.  Wet last night. Wet forcast ......well I guess it's not cold

Red Robin (Photinia)

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 23:55


Thnk it prudent to say there have been lots of posts about Photinias.  As a hedge they could be a costly mistake. Photinias are fickle, problematic shrubs.  They can die suddenly, they constantly shed leaves at an alarming rate, they can respond to pruning or they cannot...."fickle".....and they can suddenly become ugly.  

I'm sure others will voice their opinions to help you decide.

I have grown a few different photinia the garden centres they look superb, don't they?  In my experience they rarely stay that way 

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