Latest posts by Verdun

Foxgloves and lupins

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 19:12

Hmm! was about to post pics of mine but Christine's display is superb.  


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 18:31

Topbird, more to the story than that.  

How many people died from a cut made worse by soil or compost material?  


choices....grow them or not. 


advice on a plant

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:32

I have a couple of these.  They are quite easy to look after in my experience.

Best in the ground though .......a large pot is needed, heavy compost (john innes) good regular feeding and watering.  I have one growing in a good soil spot and this is the better one requiring little attention.  The other is in a much drier spot and needs extra watering at times....the leaves will tell you if the plant is a little dry. 

Good companion plants imclude blue geraniums, aster frikartii monch or purple foliage     shrubs or a red/brown sedge like carex testacea

Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:20

Thanks maxine 

Foxgloves and lupins

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:16

Green fingerd will

I grow pretty good several right now putting on nice show

for me, the best thing to do is to remove the flowered spikes before they actually go over...i.e. As soon as the spike starts to fade remove it to a spike or shoot lower down. 

Good drainage and second year plants perform best for me.  Decent soil but not too rich...its the flowers you want not lush foliage.

keep an eye out for snails....they seem to attack early and again after flowering. And a spray or two for aphids before they flower.

my soil is neutral and I find a couple of sprays of epsom salts in spring helps the plants remain healthy.

not done this but I think buying good named varieties will produce the better plants you are after.  I intend to do just this.


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 13:48

Hiya Matty.  Welcome back.  Thats fantastic news.  Fighting fit and a new dog to keep you fit...what better?  

ID this plant

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:44

Can't see it garden geek 

Echium (Candicans ‘Pride of Madeira’)

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:43

They grow fast and very tall down here G Smithers.  Quite a common site.

Coincidentally, a friend of mine has been given some seedlings and wants me to plant them.  I will look for a spot in full  sun, well drained and allow space for a possible 15' specimen next year.  she has almost 6 acres so space is unlimited.  The site has a view of St Michael's Mount so a mild situation.  I have seen echiums far in excess of 15' so not a plant outside your front door G Smithers 



Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:34

trevor, should we warn people about the danger of eating rhubarb leaves too?  highly toxic plants are everwhere....probably most plants carry some threat

we did debate aconitum some months ago with mixed views.  You prob under estimate how much people are aware.  

I grow 3 varieties of aconitum.....they are beautiful plants, they are grown well away from pathways and from being touched.  I often inform visitors that aconitum is poisonous if eaten but I would not be without them.

far more dangerous, as far as I am concerned, are yuccas,,pyracantha, brambles, etc. I learned recently of someone who actually lost an eye bending down onto his yucca.  I caught my face on a pyracantha thorn and how many of us have risked our eyesight on those lomg bramble runners?



Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:21

Hmmm!   dry but no sun.  Sunny on south coast though apparently....only 10 miles away.  Ah well! ,that's cornwall for you...always sun somewhere 

saw some coleus plants reduced to £1 each but called out manager and got them for 20p for 4.  Potted up now and already looking so much better. But, where to put them?  I dont squeeze plants in so I guess pots on  a pathway!  


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