Latest posts by Verdun

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 08:36

miscanthus varieties like Variegatus and white leaves......Zebrinus and Flamingo will grow in a pot.  I do this with divided plants and they grow 5' during the summer. keep moisture content up though.  

miscanthus is a more densely foliaged plant than gigantea

calamagrostis too........Overdam (has variegated leaves) and Karl foerster are good attractive varieties that flower from early summer to 5' 


Penstemon & salvia

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 23:13

Yea, agree with that. 

hot lips is quite a tough plant.  You can cut it back as hard as you like.  

Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 21:24

I dont think Buzz does self seed Jimmy 


Posted: 21/03/2015 at 21:22

Yes Wonky Legs, I think  we are a pretty good bunch here.  A kindly group too I think 

Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 20:42

Hopeless gardener

Go for the Buzz varieties.  I have Ivory Bizzybee and it was a bee magnet last year, produced great white flowers and was a compact plant.  Today I ordered Buzz Magenta on line. 

I would not be attracted to buying three varieties because they're on offer.  Get a variety you, white or a 2 or 3 litre potted plant and enjoy a 4 or 5' full flowering shrub this summer.

for me, the Buzz varieties....half usual Buddleia davidii .......need slightly better soil than the usual full size plants but are really very accommodating

A "nice scented Christmas" shrub?  Sarcoccoca is an evergreen with delicious scent during late winter that fills the garden

Azalea looking battered and bruised after winter.

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 20:34


can you post a picture?

your azalea may be a deciduous one......I have a couple looking decidedly sorry for themselves but actually now showing new buds and shoots. soon they will be splendid. perhaps your plants are already renewing.

careful you dont overdo the mulching/topping up.  Those wood chippings may not be acidic so will ruin your plants.  Not all wood chippings are the same.  you could top up with ericaceous compost or acid pine chippings but not too much.  

Ideas for metal trough

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 20:27

Check out suppliers like Ice Alpines.  Let,their pictures persuade you but in your trough you can plant some real gems there.  

I currently have very few alpines but have done in the past.  I have some old sinks that  now look like old stone troughs and my intention is to plant them up with alpines.  None of those spreading varieties but the cushion gems.

provide excellent drainage and decide on varieties according to suppliers' advice and you will have an eye catching display.  put your strawberries sone where else SarSpud


Posted: 21/03/2015 at 20:13

The Emgland game was amazing.  Yet all 3 games were amazing too today.  Irelamd deserved to win because they were more disciplined.  England made too many mistakes but have the ability to win the World Cup this year.....if they can control their waywardness.

ordered a couple more plants add to my burgeoning stock  in (large) pots waiting to be planted soon.  May have to revert to selling plants again!


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 20:03

Who are these people making such unemotional,decisions about the most emotional situations?  They are supposed to represent us, be us and not against us.   Too many pompous, arrogant, unfeeling and robotic people are in positions of such power.  They need to be challenged.  

I feel for granma, Lyn, Gemma and others 



Posted: 21/03/2015 at 19:53

Hiya wonky legs.  Warm welcome. 

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