Latest posts by Verdun

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 19:01

Sometimes I'm teased a little about being Monty, his dad, or his son, etc.  well. When I posted my pics earlier I almost included one of my own dog....golden lab called spike. he was in the background watching me.  He does much as Nigel does.  

Look. I like Monty more and more and Nigel. I have just watched a recording of Beachgrove too, such a happy programme.  We can criticise our politicians, etc but let's enjoy all our tv presenters.  They enjoy what we enjoy.  And we have had plenty of tv progs....and presenters....over past fortnight.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 18:11

Salino you won't regret getting Honka. Sometimes a different coloured form is offered....

Gigantea can be difficult ....and, to look its best, needs good positioning.  Mind you, whenpeople come here they usually ask how to grow it

Onion update

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:24

This Year I bought in onion plants instead of sowing my own seed or buying sets.  So far, they look very good.  Think they will make bigger onions than sets.  The real test will be in September when they're harvested and then how they keep over winter.  Anybody use plants this year?

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:18

We learn all the time in gardenIng bob.  

I ought to mention. Stipa gigantea as a "star" too.  It's been impressive for 8 weeks now.  It's has some heavy rain on it but it still looks fabulous.  Put it in the right spot and it shows it's gratitude by lording it over everything else.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:02

Hello bob

Gemeral Sikorski looks great there. Brilliant colour .....must get that.  Your peppers are impressive too.....mine are much smaller although almost ready to eat.

Artemisia abrotanum / Southernwood

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 16:58

It's a very old fashioned shrub.  I had a plant from cuttings from my uncle years ago and he had cuttings from his father, etc

I no longer grow it but cuttings given to a friend of mine have produced large bushes in her garden.  I agree, scent is wonderful.  You have prompted me to grow it again.  

It seems out-dated. It doesnt look much.  The scent is only available when brushed against or touched.  No bright flower colour.  just not "desirable" I guess.    But.....I want it now!


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 16:49

Touch wood......looks like best crop this year.  Sungold, trying it instead of gardeners delight, is producing well but can't decide if taste is " better" than GD.  Shirley ripening well and loads of them.  Think I've learned a lot this year ...Italophile's tips been helpful.  (I think he promised me a fiver if I mentioned him)

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 16:09

Fairygirl, I,like your dads pot getting pride of place...nice touch.

Do you  have room for viburnum mariesi?  White flowers on tiered ...almost espalier like ....branches.  Classy, I think.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 16:04

Raining here now after nice day.  Plants are enjoying it, ESP those I put in earlier.

Thats a shame punkdoc.  Hopefully with a bit of sunshine your garden will recover

Flower Magic from Miracle-Gro

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 14:03

Hiya liz

Yes I know about this product but not used it myself.  When did you apply it?  Did you water?

I think it's a product to use in the spring...if you used it recently the,hot, dry weather would have made germination difficult.

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