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Latest posts by Verdun

Potted plants for winter?

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 14:19

Over the weekend I bought pieris Flaming Silver amd a beautiful glazed pot as a gift for someone.  The plant has green and white leaves, brilliant red new growth and white flowers.   Luckily ...out of has its flowers opening now along with red leaves.  It will provide interest all year round.  (acid compost, of course) 

Identify please.

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 08:31

Saponaria grows wild on the Towans behind me leading to the beach.  Lovely in the wild but wouldn't want it in my garden 


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 08:25

Do you like chillis then Stacey???

Growing vegetables in the driveway with cars

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 12:39

No, not for me.  The idea of growing our own veg is for it to be as healthy and chemical free as possible.

The concept of car exhausts.....fumes will remain in the veg .....and edible crops sounds bad 

runner beans, healthy plants, few beans!

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 12:35

Still sounds like underwatering . ,,a good drenching is better than daily waterings.  Spraying helps beans to set too.  


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 12:32

Hey!  Sun coming out 


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 10:32

Hope you don't get,the big Busy.  

And you get your shower crisis sorted ASAP Dove.  ,.....always something out of the blue isn't there?  

Signs of rain easing and brighter weather .......spike desperately waiting for his walk but I would  rather go when it's a little drier 

Everything in  the garden seems to be standing up well to the heavy rain and wind.......

My mum currently in hospital ....unsure if another infection or deterioration in her thinking.  Bit deflating as she was linking me to my dad's behaviour years back.  An "unreal" situation that many here seem to understand.  Will be seeing her later.  Not sure what to expect really 

Hope everyone has good day 



Posted: 25/08/2014 at 08:49

This has to be the most inspirational thread on the forum.  Brilliant Marion.  Thanks 


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 08:36

Pouring down with rain here.....not pleasant.  Typical bank holiday I guess.

Small front bit taking up grass, planting conifers

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:14

Kill off the grass first

Avoid conifers like most piceas that need acid soil ...unless you have have acid soil

Heathers  make a good foreground to conifers........many varieties have splendid foliage colours 

Blue dwarf conifers ...juniperus blue star......dwarf cryptomerias like marina provide a second tier.  Juniperus sulphur spray is a silvery/grey mounded variety.  Taxus Coppershine provides coppery orange leaves. 

Comifers in low mounds, tall marrow columns, cones and arching shapes in all sorts of evergreen colours .  Many provide aromattoo foliage too.

For cold difficult situations go for varieties of Taxus and juniper.  

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