Latest posts by Verdun

Why I resort to online purchases....

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:02

Thank you Mr Edd. I am but a simple cornish yokel! 

Why I resort to online purchases....

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 17:09

last week my local gc ordered some plants for me.  He is a newly recruited plant manager there with all the associated keeness and determination.  "I can get those for you" ....he said...."10 days or so and I have a couple of suppliers too in case"

called on him today.  No joy with his orders.  "Currently unavailable" he said. "This is why I buy online" I replied

so I have ordered online....again.  Expect plants early next week.  If I ordered a couple of days ago they would have been delivered by tomorrow  (they avoid possible weekend delays)

my local gc is one of a national chain, has a "click and collect" service that sounds superb but actually is poor.  I often remind the manager I try to buy locally but online through the (good guys) is a far better option for me.

Gripe over .....even have a little rain to refresh the garden plants are coming 

VERY large plant nurseries

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 16:57

It's the small nurseries I like.  Quite a few dotted around down here.  The enthusiasm of the growers, the little gems sometimes you find there and the scarcity of visitors means you can wander around to your heart's content.

(I guess I may have been considered like this once.  For 5 years or so I raised and sold plants from my own stock of sometimes unusual or at least better (varieties) than the usual garden centre plants offerings)


Posted: 11/06/2015 at 12:37

Thundery showers possible this afternoon.  Could be a lot of rain.  But its looking far from that right now.....

Mulching in summer

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 12:34

Ideally mulch in early spring but mulching is great at any time 


Talkback: Fragrant plants

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 12:31

Currently "sniffing" heliotrope....the shrubby perennial Chatsworth.  Grow it in pots strategically placed around paths,,doors, etc and grow it in the garden.  The cherry pie is intoxicating.

lilium regale soon is womderful too as will be philadelphus in a week or two.

lippia citriodora and pineapple sage release their fragrances when touched or brushed against.


SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 10:56

Oops! Replied to wrong posf.  Forget that Kaz.

salix flamingo does not need acid soil...thought you were talking about Pieris.  But it is better in the ground.  It gets big....very big.  Mine is now 6' tall and more across from being cut back hard in March.  It will get to double that by autumn again.

in a pot though it still needs a decent compost....i.e. John innes.  

I pinch out the growing points throughout the summer to encourage more and more young bright pink shoots.   Same advice re the watering....not every day 

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 10:51

Yes that is normal.  They eventually turn green.

two things....dont water every day.  A good watering now and then is good.  And, is it in ericaceous compost?  Pieris need ericaceous soil.  Ideally ericaceous john innes for lomg term health

Mulching in summer

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 10:48

Hi Mr Mr Mustard 

never too late to mulch.  ideally mulch after rain or after you have watered your plants...obviously previously removed weeds.

whenever I plant something I water then mulch.


Posted: 11/06/2015 at 07:26

Hello forkers.  

Change in weather..........cloudy but very warm.  Humid. Possibility of odd showers.  Minimum of 16 degrees tonight.  

Agree about scent in the garden.....I try to have scent all year round.

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