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Latest posts by Verdun

Hello :)

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 14:07

Welcome susan

Hope ??ou enjoy the charms of the forum


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 14:06

Woody...don't delay.  Wild swan really is a dream.  And you took the words.....strawberries ....out of my mouth.   Simply strawberries and Cornish cream plus Cornish ice cream

Gilly I got those strawberries and free cream too from tresco yesterday.....cream not Cornish though........


Happy birthday to birthday girl Fairygirl.  


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 14:00

Brilliant LeadFarmer.  Imagine not growing,lupins!

Summer has arrived

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:54

Fidget, no not read that book ...will do though. ,thanks

KEF, penstemon garnet is good reliable old fashioned variety.  For something a little different look at Husker's Red......purple foliage and delicate.  

Another agastache opening..raspberry summer.  Everything's quick now

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:47

Where have the ladybirds gone?  They're all down here


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:45

Nice garden busy l.  

Keen we have to persuade plants to grow where we want them sometimes, even fool them a little.  It's not until you grow many of the plants that you really get to know them a s how you can treat them.  The books dont always get it right.  Love chris Loyds books too....lovely narrative style, wit, mischief and knowledge.  Charming man and charming books.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 08:56

Good morning everyone.

Cloudy but warm and heat is on the way.

Got plants coming today .......this supplier is very good so I'm hoping the flowers will be well protected and can go Imto garden and "say something".

Digitalis illumination pink has been floweriing for weeks now and no sign of flagging.  Impressive so them in a group of 3.  The anemone wild swan too has been flowering for ages.  It's a delightful plant.  Got Berry Smoothy Heuchera in front of it....maybe corny but they look good together

my agastaches are coming into full bloom.....will post pics of them in couple of weeks and see if I can persuade you all to grow them......

Summer has arrived

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 08:41


Maybe a thread about colours in the garden as an artist sees them.  Both complementary and comtrasting?   Orange and blue is nice for me.  Yellow and white?  Blue and red?  Blue n pink?  Blue on silver and grey?  Yellow and purple?  

Colours in the garden different from those used in a painting?


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 08:34

Morning keen

Nice post.  

Thanks for warning about Fairygirl.   She doesnt scare me....not at all.   ......erm!  I think Fairygirl is a very nice person, kindness  personified in fact.  Fffffffffantastic fffffairy

How long do Lupins live?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 00:04

I foumd that young lupins cannot take cold weather as well as those older plants. It's strange but lupins growing for more than a year can happily cops with cold weather whereas young plants will suffer.  A little,protection is necessary.

Lupins can grow for a few years .....5 or 6....but they lose vigour and appeal.  Currently I have 4 large clumps of yellow, white and blue providing quite a spectacle.  They stand in front of a lavendar hedge bordering,my veg patch.  When flowering is over I dig them up to allow lavendar hedge to spill out instead.  The dug up lupins split and potted.

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