Latest posts by Verdun

What is this plant please

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 13:27

Anne, it's not really a plant for the average garden.  Down here anyway it is a bit of a nuisance.  I once cleared a pretty large area of it.  If you don't like it....I don't.....then dig it up and plant something else.  Your are does want to "take over" 

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:27

Sanjy, I used to grow hollyhocks too.....talll and impressive. yes rust did for mine too.  You can grow the annual varieties that are, apparently, rust resistant.

i will grow more veronicastrums 3 or 4 but another 3 will be on my shopping list 

eucomis seems popular right now but for me thet are over rated.  They grow too tall here and tend to flop so, after a few years, they will be jettisoned 

Aliens have landed

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:16

Wot did I get?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:14

Sorry .  Aym started it. 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:13

Thanks herbaceous........the delphiniums are looking so good and would like another week or three if poss.

sun is shining ...maybe "they" got it wrong 

My squirrels LOVE spicy food!

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:01

I use copper tape.  I have 20 or more hostas without slug damage.  It is not a total protection ...slugs or snails in the compost would be unaffected.....but it certainly is not a myth.  A friend of mine has a treasured old violet that struggled to survive slug attacks.  I bent a copper pipe around it 2 years ago and it is very effective.  Copper tape is cheap.  If it works for you then great.  If not what have you lost!  grit, sand, egg shells and similar do not generally traps have some element of control but who wants drowning slugs on display? 

However, thanks for the info, the helpful herpetologist, re the bufo bufo.  learned something 

Aliens have landed

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:48

This is a wildlife discussion isn't it??? 

Grass ID please

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:43

Aym, there are hundreds of available carex varieties available.  They mostly all have "tiny bits in the blades".   There are some rubbish carex and some favourite carex are Testacea (unique foliage colour all year round) Comans Bronze (lovely movement in slightest breeze)  Buchannii and Evergold.


When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:36

Cat, I would cut the whole plant back ....if you say it is 3' high then cut to 2'.

why are you using secateurs?  Use shears.  Trim the whole hedge neatly to 2' top and sides and remember to slightly angle the aides so bottom is wider than the top 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:32

Had a walk around fhe damage (delphiniums still standing) and not really stormy.  Forecast is saying rough today so not counting my chickens!  Don't have any chickens   So storm is elsewhere or its main force is yet to come 

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