Latest posts by Verdun

Cordyline regrowth

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 13:48
Poppy, very quickly is the answer.
I cut a tall cordy hard back every few years. Two years, maybe 3, I cut a single stemmed, 15' specimen back to the ground. It sprouted the next growing spring from an autumn cut. It is now 7' plus with 3 selected shoots.
You can do this, i.e.., select how many and where you want your shoots by rubbing out those not required.


Posted: 18/07/2015 at 13:39
Queen of the world smilies as currently on basic editor again. Go on dance to your heart's content......actually may join you. Just back to find 2 huge choc and nut bars on doorstep,with the post. .......this is where a greedy smilie should be. Whatever the reason I defo deserved it.....another greedy smilie.

Problem Phormium

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 13:31
Nerene, I see phormiums everywhere looking awful
They need to be kept young by division every 3 years and by annual removal of old and ugly leaves to leave only young and emerging leaves. Do this in spring and summer. Remove all dead stuff too. You will quickly reclaim your lovely foliage plant
Hope you havent already dug up your phormium

Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 09:37
If it is blight there is not a lot to be done.
Blight was very much on the cards this week and think it may well be a problem now for outdoor toms and for indoor ones if insufficient ventilation

Help with my very narrow, long garden?

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 09:34
I actually had an orange variety of pineapple sage. I must get it again. I think there may be others??


Posted: 18/07/2015 at 09:30
Hello folks.
Site playing up for me too.
Took opportunity to check my phone bill and Talk Talk have sneakily added an extra. Anyway for it removed and a credit for "inconvenience".......pays to talk !
Beautiful morning. Took Spike earlier to beach and it was glorious
Blackbird has taken pretty much the last of my blueberries now........

Help with my very narrow, long garden?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 23:46


just enjoy doing your garden. ,get ideas then make something you like.  Get in plants you really like but agree with you about scent.  

Potted plants for scent.......heliotrope,,cherry pie,,for example. I have these everywhere and the scent all summer is wonderful. some Regale lilies for June /July scent.  2 plants I have too in pots....lemon citriodora. put it where you sit for wonderful lemon scent. And salvia elegans, the pineapple sage. touch it,,brush against it and the strongest pineapple scent envelopes you. in a shady corner put in sarcoccoca,....the scent from this evergreen small bush in winter will fill your garden. You gotta get scent in there 

Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 21:59

Strangethingie, yes I think it is blight.  not entirely sure but stems look like it.


Help with my very narrow, long garden?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 19:50

Terrrible idea Katherine......but I like you 

( it would merely create even narrower planting pockets)

Help with my very narrow, long garden?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 19:12

No "pretty" shed for me.  No boring straight path for me.  

A meandering path creates wider pockets for planting and gives a shady location as well as a sunny one.

the narrower a garden the more important are curves 

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