Latest posts by Verdun

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 08:24

Remember.....all done in a day!  One day?   Often the budgets are tiny. 

When we plan, plant and re design our own gardens, we know it will take months at least for them to grow and fill out

saw a recording of a prog last was excellent  I will not be criticising this well-intended programme 

Runner bamboo - how to stop it

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 07:41

Bamboos DO go deep.  If its roots stayed in top few inches bamboo would not be the thug it is.  I have already described a neighbour's bamboo that has emerged in the pavement after growing under a wall.  If you have a running bamboo...the sort most people will cause huge problems sooner or later.  

Just dont plant bamboo unless you are 100% certain it is a clump former . If yours are producing "runners" they are not clumpers

Planting ideas

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 07:32

Geraniums, yes, would do well there.  Ann Folkhard would scramble around there beautifully.  How about white gauras?  these too have a casual airy feel and look and  will flower for months.  Dwarf buddleia Buzz too....Ivory and Magenta;  flower for a long time on bushes 5' high.  Sedums like Posties Pride, Autumn Joy....there are a some lovely new varieties out now.  A sanguisorba like Pink Tanna will give tall colourful movement there.  Penstemons too.  Veronicas and hardy salvias for vertical colour over a long period

Nepeta would look good scrambling over the edges

Depends on what you want there Denno.....colour?  cool foliage?  Grasses? 

Can you suggest a plant?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 22:06

You sell plants Hortum?  Considering Phantom PG.......

Is horse Manure Killing our plants ?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:59

Not the holes Redwing...fhe plants are suffering from the manure.  Those holes are prob snails 

Runner bamboo - how to stop it

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:54

The warning is clear....don't plant bamboo unless you are sure it is a clump former.   Difficult if not impossible to eradicate a running bamboo 

a neighbour has a bamboo in his garden...runners are now surfacing through the pavement having travelled several metres including under a wall.

tracing a runner is not will have taken many detours en route.

because a bamboo has been " well behaved for several years" it doesnt mean it hasn't spread underground.  

Plant Recommendation please

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 16:21

taxus Standishii for me........tough and manageable and colourful all year round.  Will grow much faster than the "books" say....30 cm a year.  Unusually for a conifer it can be pruned as hard as you like.  A pillar of class 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 16:16

Nice Dewdrops.  Looks excellent value 

you can apply glyphosate even if rain is likely.  Cover the sprayed weed with glass or plastic or a cloche etc.  frustrating when it rains too soon for the chemical to take effect...this overcomes that problem 

what can i do to this >?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 16:12

agree it should be hard pruned but I would do it now. i would feed it.....still several weeks of growing time....and a rich mulch enriched with dried manure.  Add fish blood and bone too.  I would remove any flower buds that form in autumn too 

Conifers have gone - What next?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 16:08


A silver birch and a cotInus Grace in front.  All the privacy you want in spring to autumn and the structure to obscure any direct view.  The colour in summer to autumn will be superb.  If you can add a tall blue perennial to the scene so much the better....e.g. Agastache Black Adder,,Bonariensis or salvia Amistad 

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