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Latest posts by Verdun

Stainless Steel

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:43

Stainless steel every time.  However, be aware.  I bought a stainless steel spade and it always bent.  Took it back for heftier one.  

I'm 6' too so I look for long handles. It may look odd but before you buy helenskyblues fo through the actions of digging.  Check balance and comfort as well as strength.  

However, very few tools escape my clumsy energies.  I break everything....most recently a heavy duty personally made trowel that lasted me for years.  one crowbar levering too many 

you dont clean tools do you Buttercup? 


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:36

Like tomatoes....hate ketchup. Aren't we funny Gardengirl?

Vine Weevil

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:35

Losing their lustre, browning, etc., but the "pull test" is a sure fire indicator pp.

 for me primulas and similar, fuschias and tender fuschias are always vulnerable.  With polyanthus I dig up in mid winter and inspect the roots.  If ok I replant.  If not I clean them up and replant.  They .....the polyanthus......hardly notice it 

Over wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:30

Have a conservatory full of them Lyn.  Habit really but they lack structure and gush with flowers.  But, people like 'em so........

prob go for different cool comservstory plants instead so prob be picking your brains later folks.  Indoor stuff not my strength 


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:27

Night Pat 


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:26

Will be giving away cannas ...........i have them in the garden and in large pots.  diging up a wide patch of 3 each 9' make way for Tropicanna Black there.  Pretoria has been flowering since mid summer and still making a show but grow it if only for the foliage folks 

dont need motivation to dig them up but will leaving it for a couple of weeks or longer if still flowering 



Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:12

Dont say that Jo.  Grass is starting to yellow, slightly, but rain free suits me.  Very little over past weeks.  

Wishing all the poorly ones well 

Over wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:09

Yes bring them in if its that cold

think I would go for the shed with window.  Can You fleece them Talitha?  Cut them back removing long stems.   Keep on dry side but don't let them dry out too much.  

Vine Weevil

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:04

Grow a few heucheras....understand their needs and susceptibilities and they will be superb.  I dont do well with the yellow varieties though .......need to grow them in more shade.

weevil treatment is usually essential but I too think heavier soils are less prone to the grubs.  i divide them regularly and check for signs of weevils......the leaves are a giveaway.  


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:57

It is unbelievably warm sky, sun and no wind.  Expected a cloudy day so this is fantastic.    If you got rain folks sorry to rub it in 

Feel sorry for customer services....ALMOST.  Phone company over charged me again By not applying my discounts.  Harder this time.....they would not concede anything.  Anyway eventually got discounts re-instated.  Have the feeling the powers on high are intent on squeezing even more from us.  Not having it

thanks Runny but I will be outside if it stays like this.....catch up on fhe rugby later.




Discussions started by Verdun

Sad day......

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Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

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who cares who wins?

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Just a suggestion...

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Don't be scaredy cat.....

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Drat those chains.....

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Wot's it all about.....?

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"Experts" we go again

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Best late flowering clematis?

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What new plants will you be trying?

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White foliage?

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Is this really cruel?

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Taking life for granted......

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Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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