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Latest posts by Verdun

32 today, what are you doing to keep cool,,,

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 19:45

More like 23 here. Just west Cornwall I think.  Just brought in load blueberries and taken agastache cuttings

Which evergreen shrubs to plant in front of large conifer hedge?

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 18:52

Sarah, sarcoccoca ...sweet box....will grow very well there.  Scent in late winter from an evergreen compact shrub is wonderful.  Choisyas too....both green and yellow forms...provide scent in spring for quite a long time.  these are lovely shiny leaved compact shrubs with bay scented foliage.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 18:46

First Here.  How nice.  

Weather has been good. ,I've been busy. I've even posted a new thread. 

Are we all counting down doves last days?  Did you know she's retiring soon?  I detect  she's looking forward to it.

Will cut lawns now......very satisfying work


What's happened to my Marguerite?

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 18:37

They are short lived plants......they often survive winters but best regarded as something to flower profusely in summer with cuttings to,provide new plants next year.


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 18:34

Does that,mean after tomorrow you only have 52 days to work dove?  

Sorry if you do leave keen....we were getting some education there from you.  

Veronicastrums.....who's growing them

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 18:30

Yes nut, I think a bit of moisture is required.  They look classy and subtle ESP over low mounds or sprawling geraniums


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 18:28

Get rid of it.  Try digging it out......there will be long runners so clear ground thoroughly.  If not too much of it digging should work

Failing that.....if bamboo is lodged under paving or similar then spraying with high strength glyphosate and doing so with persistence is an alternative



Posted: 01/08/2013 at 18:19

Well, not quite so simple.  Some varieties grow fresh flowers very quickly and some don't.  I have jumble hole already flowering again on 3' stems.  Cut back as soon as floweriing is over, per stem. I water well then.  I'm expecting flowers again on Roma and hadspen Blood at least.  

Even if they don't re flower the plant is restored to a nice mound and the sooner you cut back the more likely it is to flower again

Divided astrantias......after 3 years......have more vigour than they did previously and more floriferous.


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 14:42

Not hot here but nice and warm.  

Been to foodbank today......had a channel 4 tv crew here. Might see me on tv.  But, as always now, it was very busy.


What Now?

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 14:28

Plant aster frikartii monch....get a couple in at least.  

Chrysanthemums will be available soon......instant colour too.  Leucanthemum broadway lights is lovely perennial that will flower for ages yet.  ( pale yellow before unfurling to cream then white). Echinaceas like white swan and Verbena homestead purple ......beautiful, rich purple on low growing plants.

Caryopteris and ceratostigma are small blue flowered shrubs .....maybe fit in front of your cottage garden.  Great bee magnets.  

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