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Latest posts by Verdun

Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:54

We can all go to zoomer from now on.  Sorted!

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:48

I think clean pots are important in the greenhouse but for outdoor use I no longer bother. I agree that trays need to be clean too and jeyes is very good for that.

One of the worst jobs is spraying/cleaning the greenhouse in autumn....always end up getting jeyes in my face and on my clothes.  Actually, just thought, I won't wear my suit  next time I do it................


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:42

Hey ignore Fairygirl.   She truly believes she has magic powers...we just humour her

Addict, love your philosophy and your obvious passion for growing.  I guess I share that,passion too but have likes and dislikes and DO throw plants away that I dont like. Grow most things except,roses.  Not good area for them down here. ...if I can't grow things well I discard them

A lot of keen gardeners here 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:34

Nice photography matt.

The clematis is that.  Will think about plantIng that myself.

Dont know why penstemons aren't grown more widely....evergreen and summer long flowers

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:27

Mrs garden

Yes it,is indeed lysmachia firecracker.

Can I offer a word of caution?  This is an invasive plant.  I has this few years ago ...loved purple foliage and planted it.  In first season it showed tendencies to run but in the second year it was rampant.  

So, accept it will run, grow it In a pot or take it back

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:48

Tim am sure the ceanothus will just succombe to weight of jasmine.  It will break down anyway as ceanothus wood gets quite brittle when dead.  You will get your wish and your light back.....not too long

Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:43

Did he do the job for the lolly?  

Browning on conifers

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:40

Sarah, it cold be due to a number of reasons but your conifer won't recover from that.  Best take it out I think.  Domt plant another conifer there though.

What's happended to my lawn?

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:37

The last picture didn't help me really.

 I think a lower cut.....not drastic but next notch down.....will help as woody said.  For me, I would do that then feed well ( dont overdose....think I would use a summer liquid lawn feed) .  Cut weekly and then in 2 weeks lower height again. ...not drastic just another level down

Let us know how you get on.  I would also feed again in 4 weeks


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:28

In acid comditions hydrangeas want to be blue.  In alkaline they want to be red. ,if you want blue hydranges there are "bluing" compounds you can use. The old traditional way was to scatter iron filings around them.

Laney John, I,think the very best advice is to test your soil.  If its acid go buy a good blue variety.  If its alkaline buy a good red variety.  Whites are unaffected.  Often blue varieties treated with gluing agents simply get bit purplish and red varieties grown on acid soil do,the same.  Get the variety for your comditions and then grow superb specimens

I have moved hydrangea too without problems but I think Criss's hydrangea might be too big for,that

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