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Latest posts by Verdun

Bugblaster spray

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 13:03

It looks increasingly like we are all going to make difficult choices.....whether to tolerate pest plagues or lose plants. Spraying has to be a last resort but there will be times when you accept you will lose a treasured plant.  It's a choker if you decide to allow the pest to destroy it.  

I believe nature CAN restore a balance ....often a mass of ladybirds follows an aphid infestation, for example.  However, it doesnt always work out that way.  We can help nature, ourselves and our plants by controlling pests and diseases.  We do it all the time when we visit the doctor, go to,the chemist or prevent ants entering our homes...??

A friend.....well, someone I know.....constantly does two things.  Firstly he tries to cadge for free my organic. ( and they are slug pellets, no artificial fertilisers and no pesticides) vegetables.  Secondly he "gardens for wildlife" amd constantly preaches this at me.  His garden is a mess, a tip.  He cuts nothing down and allows every weed to flourish to the annoyance of his neighbours.

So, none of should feel guilty of we want to grow our plants to look good.  No ome should feel he or she MUST avoid all chemicals because it's the "right thing to do".  I grow responsibly.  I listen to the dire warnings from those intent on saying we are destroying the planet.  At the end of the day I eat healthy home grown, non-sprayed fruit amd veg, have lovely plants in my garden and enjoy good health being in my local environment of "controlled" growing.

If I need to spray to protect a plant I will do so........I suspect most of you do the same

Wow!  Let off steam there!

Winter protection

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 12:52

All sounds exciting.....even more sure now for ??ou to build your greenhouse. 

Pelargomiums need to be on dry side over winter. Bubble wrap is fine for insulating greenhouse glass but not to put around creates condensation, not good for freezing tempearures.  Fleece for plants

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:33

Lovely pics guys.

I too like alstroemerias.    For me they have a period of dormancy after flowering in mid to late summer creating a large bare patch in height of summer.  I now plant late summer heleniums, frikartii monch. Cannas, etc to disguise this otherwise bald spot.  I grow the princess varieties that flower for 6 months in stunning colours but they do suddenly stop........


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:28

Morning everybody

Cooler today.  Fresher.  Had some rain.  Sunny too.  Plants look that much "cleaner" too

Listening to local radio and there's a gardening question and answer but the "expert" is awful.  He doesn't know and blusters about irrelevant stuff.  Not a patch on you guys on the forum!   ( can I have some cake now?)

Whatever you're doing folks have a happy day

Winter protection

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:24

Morning james

Many of the plants you mention wont need bubble wrap protection.  You said "geraniums" you mean the hardy outdoor spreading plants of the indoor, upright ones that are really pelargoniums?

I would go for the greenhouse, sounds perfect and, against a wall, will help to retain some warmth in the winter.  You wont regret having a greenhouse.

Fleece is very useful.  Cheap too.  In very cold comditions you can cover plants in greenhouse or outside with fleece to give an extra couple of degrees of,protection.

Go on, james......get your greenhouse


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:16

Morning raymond

I grew a fairly large bed of pinks once and the scent from them was wonderful.  Love the foliage colour too.  I agree it's wise to renew every 3 years.  Still grow quite a number of them but as individuals dotted about and some of them are absolute stunners. Although totally hardy I would overwinter such young plants......even under a sheet of glass or against a sheltered wall if you dont want to use your greenhouse

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 23:27

Got some big clumps of lucifer.....brilliant colour but not the longest flowering.  Gave some to friend of mine few years back and she now has huuuuuuuuge clumps.

Dahlia Honka will be out tomorrow....for those of you who don't know it, check it out.  The most charming single simple dahlia out there.....beautiful butter yellow.  .  I have blue Veronica to one side and purple salvia Amistad to other with bonariensis hovering above so that will be my "star" of the moment

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 22:03

Notorious for getting these things wrong...the old eyesight ain't wot it was

The yellow grass looks like Bowles golden grass.  The leopard grass is miscanthus zebrinus or gold Bar....they are similar but the latter is smaller and more compact.  I would suggest it was zebrinus.  Gerbera the pink flower....hardy for me here.  Can't see the blue plant very clearly

Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 20:02

Hiya keen. Yep a scruffy I am.  My car is a tip, my clothes are never co-ordInated, and tools are just thrown onto the garage bench.  But, my garden is tidy...ish.  Odd isn't it?


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 19:55 to prune it like that every year anyway. I would move it in Ocfober

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