Latest posts by Verdun

Talkback: Can I reduce a large pampas grass?

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 08:03

Burning does not afect the plant itself.  

cut it all down, clear the site and dig.  


Posted: 17/11/2015 at 07:58

Very mild and it's dry as I ventured out on the towans at 6  15..

But Barney is coming later.  

Pampas Grass

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 21:07

Ooooooo, all exciting stuff Shrinking Violet 


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 19:30

Core blimey.  

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 19:28

We need not to be bullied though.  All chemicals are potentially unpleasant and we need to act responsibility. 

People need to use weedkillers at times....most of us have done.  We aren't suddenly bad guys if we use them or good guys if we don't.  Using glyphosate can dramatically help someone reclaim his/her garden.   often there is no practical option.

let's not force our (often newfound) opinions  (often hysterical) onto others.  ok?  

We can advise but not preach 


who cares who wins?

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 19:01

this week France play England at Wembley. first time the score doesn't matter.  It will be an opportunity to show we care for our neighbours across the channel.   I think the mood in the stadium will clearly demonstrate that.  for a brief time maybe europe will be as one. 

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:45

Gardening Australia is delightful.  See the presenter though.  All BEARD. his beard is bigger than he is but what a character.  The prog is laid back....aussie of course.....but, paradoxically, full of energy.  Love it 

stormy weather

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:40

Yep, Barney is on his way tomorrow.  We do get a few storms down here so looks like the start of them.  pretty powerful winds I think. 

Pampas Grass

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:36

Shrinking Violet, get someone to do it for you.  Pampas can be difficult and their foliage is sharp so not nice on face and hands.  However, it wont be too long a job so get the other jobs done too.

then a clean plate . Perhaps the hewvyweights can deliver you a few bags of dried manure or mushroom compost too to replenish the soil there. 

meanwhile think about the beautiful plants you want there instead 

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:29

Sorry Gertie, missed your post.  Yes aeonium schwarzkopf.  Should survive outside unless very cold this year.......there are a couple of hellebores there too, cut back, one white one reddish purple, so normally makes a nice late winter/spring scene.   It was a cutting taken year before last so 2 year old plant.  

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