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Latest posts by Verdun

what is attacking my geraniums & pansies

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 20:33

Yes caterpillars on geraniums. ,may be those also on your pansies cos this is their time.  Spotted a lot on my stocks......grown to overwinter amd flower early spring.


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 17:14

Liriodendron,, nice handiwork ....looking good 

Been lovely day here.     Hot sunshine 

Couldnt resist another astrantia of billions.  Had a voucher and it was burning a hole in my pocket. 

Donuts  offered to me I see.....such lovely people here.    



Posted: 28/08/2014 at 08:59


bit late now, but pears and apples (not tip bearers) are pruned in mid to late August.  

If growth is required then winter prune  but for fruit production summer pruning is needed.  I have an espalier pear that is laden with fruit ......needs to be picked ASAP. 

So AEE I would not prune yours yet ...for fruit ......unless branches are crossing or you are still training for,shape.  If you are happy with that wait until next August .....hopefully you will have fruit then


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 08:52

Lily, you forgot my donut 

dog lovers

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 08:49

Interesting and informative thread ....appreciate Steve's information.

My lab had his teeth cleaned last year .....age 10.......but he was distressed by it.  Overnight he coughed, constantly dribbled and looked uncomfortable.  Took him to vet again and it seems a "block" of some sort was put Imto his mouth to keep it open and this caused the problem.  Fine next day though 

Pretty but tough plants to secure boundary

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 08:37

With postmen, you need to confront and explain to every one of them on your round.

I had a couple of issues that are now resolved .....however, it took a few reminders.

Most berberis are not too aggressive as boundaries  but a couple of vsrieties are a little too vicious.  

On a local public garden walkway a couple of extremely vicious yuccas have been planted.  Currently they are 4' or so high with erect and near horizontal needle point stems ......very dangerous and a serious situation destined to happen. The gardener said " they look good there". 

So, trespasser-deterring plants need to be consent with care 


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 08:21

Morning KEF 


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 08:09

Morning everyone 

Thoughts with those worrying about their families and not in good health right now

After overnight rain it's looking bright and sunny here

Not what it looks like

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 23:30

Hee hee hee    So mischievous me 

Pretty but tough plants to secure boundary

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 23:28

Fairygirl, you pinched my suggestion.  Berberis Darwinii would be my choice 

Daek evergreen indestructible foliage, orange flowers in spring and those blue berries.   Doesn't have to be a hedge ....a couple at strategic points.  

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