London (change)
Today 13°C / 11°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 9°C


Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 19:16

Agree with nut Vicky.  It's not good to keep dead stuff in the garden.  That pittosporum will be easy to dig up ....dig and pull.  Then you can decide what to plant in its place.  Pittosporum will not provide a support for too long....its dead branches become brittle quite quickly.  Not another pittosporum though.  The birds will still have their bird feeders won't they?  How about a hebe...salicifolia type...which is fast growing or a buddleia (although not evergreen it maintains a shape until pruned in spring )?

Not a happy Helleborus

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 18:57

I feel sadly superfluous....ha ha. 

Phasmid, warm welcome to the forum. ,the advice above is what I would have given.  Hellebores do look less than perfect at this time of the year for different reasons...diseased leaves, eaten leaves, battered leaves etc.

Its not crucial exactly when you cut off those leaves but anytime in Ocfober to early December I think is best.  In late wimter the huge flower buds will appear at soil level and continue to grow to about 2 to 4' feet when they finally flower in early spring.  For me they start in late December.  The flowers will appear then the leaves so flowers will be beautifully and "nakedly" displayed....!

If you cut those leaves off mark the crowns with short cane.  Remove all dead and dying leaves, clean the area and give a feed of organic fertilser and a mulch of compost or dried manure.

You may be surprised to see,what else comes up in your garden so just let each new season,come and go.

For me hellebores are addictive.  A wide range of colours ..... doubles and singles too.  Evergreen foliage and they get better every year.  Nice with bulbs too.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:19

Hey!  Just thought of this


Whats the the most miserable dessert?

Apple Grumble.    Good eh?  

Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:12

I say.....have you dared to offend me Stacey?  Dont you know who I my own mind?    Must say the chilli farm sounds intriguing.  

Only prob getting more plants and keeping in pots is where do I keep them(?).  Already got temporary shelf to put in conservatory, got GH .....albeit a small, hexagonal one.....and  will erect a small polytunel over spare part of veg patch to protect plants.  Fleece too to cover hardier stuff to keep off pests etc And all the tender perennials have gotten pretty big.  Will split some of them and pot up these. 

Will be ordering daffs, allium purple sensation, and lilies so the qqqqqqqqqqqquite exciting factor will continue

Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 10:27

Never had great success with standard fuschias......few years back I had one trained beautifully.  Then strong winds in the summer broke the stem. Frustrating.  Didn't think to support it....what a plonker when I look back!  Currently growing one with intention of it flowering next year. Gardenjeannie,  I think it's because fuschias grow so easily down here that they aren't valued so me, anyway.  Familiarity breeding contempt?  But they are beautiful plants.  

"decorative" plants are addictive.   You will want more and more and...................


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 08:44

Morning folks

Enjoyed gardenersworld too last night.  ESP re echinaceas, one of my favourites.  However, wanted to pick up some expert tips on growing them so,disappointed a little that didn't happen

Bit drizzly thus morn.  Expecting sun to appear though.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 00:08

Thanks 4thPanda.  Everything is relative though, isn't it?  


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:45

Thanks woody

Can I lay turf in September / October ???

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:24

I think so.  If ground has already been properly prepared this is ideal time.  There will be plenty of moisture in the next few weeks and cooler comditions suit grass establishment.  Soil is warm and right now weather conditions are perfect.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:21

Wot a day!  More haste less speed.

Filled up my diesel with unleaded petrol this morning.  Had so much to do and I grabbed the unleaded holstered gun with no thought at all.  Had to arrange recovery, a garage to drain £80 of fuel.  The AA were useless ....just intent on moving me onto their specialist fuel draining service.  I just needed recovery to a garage one mile away. Already made a complaint to them.  Cost me most of the day, a wad of money and more walking than I have done in ages.  Frustrating, infuriating wasteful day.

Weather has been perfect....plenty of warm when I got home I just sat in the garden and tried to relax.  However, then heard a friend of mine got news her niece had jumped off a cliff today.  My petrol issues were then put into perspective.

Tomorrow has to be a better day.................

Discussions started by Verdun

For Stacey and others absent at mo...

Replies: 3    Views: 98
Last Post: Today at 00:42

Preposterous question....

Replies: 81    Views: 1926
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 22:27

It's a big worry......

Replies: 47    Views: 1617
Last Post: 05/12/2014 at 12:09

Now then, now then....

Replies: 3    Views: 216
Last Post: 01/12/2014 at 12:14

Black Friday bargains

Replies: 67    Views: 2072
Last Post: 02/12/2014 at 21:34

Any other dodos out there?

Replies: 9    Views: 314
Last Post: 15/11/2014 at 18:42

What's left for us to grow?

Replies: 20    Views: 564
Last Post: 10/11/2014 at 18:44

Meany or being careful !

Replies: 50    Views: 1551
Last Post: 08/11/2014 at 15:32

Clocks go forward tonight

Replies: 37    Views: 756
Last Post: 26/10/2014 at 12:43

Impressions of the posters here

Replies: 248    Views: 6292
Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 21:32

Why am I so special,to,the forum?

Replies: 72    Views: 2615
Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 14:30

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

Replies: 9    Views: 370
Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 09:11

Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Replies: 26    Views: 826
Last Post: 20/09/2014 at 19:13

Verdict....your new plants this year

Replies: 42    Views: 1288
Last Post: 03/09/2014 at 19:16

Gaillardias ......who grows 'em?

Replies: 14    Views: 358
Last Post: 31/08/2014 at 19:00
1 to 15 of 183 threads