London (change)
Today 19°C / 16°C
Tomorrow 17°C / 12°C


Latest posts by Verdun

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:33

Dry and sunny with the forecast threat of showers

picked so many tomatoes......masses.  Beans too.  Deadheaded dahlias ....helps to lighten the load after the rain.  Slightly premature perhaps but I cut lobelia hadspen purple stems.    Been superb prob near 5'.  Hopefully fresh flowers will apear.  Opens a clearer view of rudbeckia goldsturm.....this just glows with those dark yellow flowers that have been a show now for several weeks with no sign of stopping.  Deadheaded anemone wild swan again as well as echinaceas

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:23

Sounds painful Bob 

Plant problems

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:22

The compost in those pots looks wet....

i think you are over watering cstonemw5.  

Your hydrangea?  What is black wrapping around it?  What variety is it?


Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:45

I use perlite for adding to compost for cuttings and seed sowing. Also for plants like aeoniums growing in pots for sharp drainage.  

Dont use vermiculite...prefer grit for top dressing.

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:40

Corms? Tubers?   

Technically, I don't know but I think of corms as being essentially self contained, individual "donut" like food storage units whereas tubers, for me, are those same food storage units but  are longer, more vigorous. 

Hmmm! Doesnt make much sense, does it?  I guess for me it's appearance. Dahlias are tubers, begonias are corms,,gladioli are corms, etc

what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:27

Loads granma........dahlias, heleniums, salvias of all sorts, verbenas of all sorts, kniphofias, acteas, asters, hydrangea paniculatas, agastaches, osteospermums, gauras, exhinaceas,, rudbeckias, buddleias, cannas, lobelias of all sorts, anemone wild swan, heucheras, tiarellas, grasses, veronicastrums, caryopteris, ceratostigma, sedums, eryngiums, lychnis coronaria, argyranthemums, anthemis, some astrantias, agapapamthus, homeysickles, jasmines,,aconitums, abutilons, potentillas, hypericums, heliotropes, hostas (when I let them), geraniums, runner beans (well,,they're flowers), campanulas, ...........thst's just my own garden and prob whole lot more like violas.  

Granma,,loads and loads. late summer is a time of plenty 

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:14

Morning granma

It's what I so sometimes granma, when I feel a little lazy   and take them into the greenhouse in their pots.  But I wont this year.  Although they have been superb,,healthy and pest free I still cut corners

a few points....bit early yet, isn't it?  should be a lot more flowers yet. A month or two of flowers at least.

ideally you should remove corms from their pots.......clean them, check them over for vine weevils, disease etc., and keep them dry and frost free

if you leave those corms they will set hard in their old, tired, worn out compost.  They are difficult to prise out then.  If you lift them you can replant in fresh clean compost for the best possible performance next year. 



Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:17

Tapping page increases size hosta.  Try pinching to reduce 

Bag lady

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 18:16

when finalising water preparations for my pond I added pptassium of permanganate. It turns the water purple as a side product.  

I noticed my hands turned purple........almost covered my face in my efforts to be a clown.  (Not the thing now but I aped a black and white minstrel). Joke over I tried to wash my hands.  Nothing worked......scrubbing, domestic chemicals, etc. all failed to remove the purple.  Took a few days to gradually disappear.  So glad I didnt cover my face 


Posted: 26/08/2015 at 18:10

Takes a lot of accepting Jo 

Discussions started by Verdun


Replies: 36    Views: 504
Last Post: Today at 01:38

Slugs knippimg.......

Replies: 21    Views: 416
Last Post: 28/08/2015 at 11:41

Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

Replies: 13    Views: 325
Last Post: 25/08/2015 at 15:56

An observation.....

Replies: 29    Views: 635
Last Post: 25/08/2015 at 20:35

Mildew free monardas

Replies: 9    Views: 234
Last Post: 25/08/2015 at 19:29

Boring, boring rosesN

Replies: 94    Views: 1970
Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 08:32

What will simply not thrive for you....

Replies: 50    Views: 1134
Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 16:11

look wot she did to me........

Replies: 11    Views: 332
Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 22:55

Echi what?

Replies: 15    Views: 482
Last Post: 11/08/2015 at 19:09

Such a shame......

Replies: 18    Views: 501
Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 09:37

Even you hard hearts......

Replies: 36    Views: 1000
Last Post: 06/08/2015 at 08:08

Ok...its nasty

Replies: 14    Views: 365
Last Post: 29/07/2015 at 07:34

Doomed I tell you.......

Replies: 38    Views: 1291
Last Post: 03/08/2015 at 11:10

Is this an arrogance?

Replies: 47    Views: 1601
Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 10:09 likee

Replies: 28    Views: 826
Last Post: 23/07/2015 at 10:18
1 to 15 of 235 threads