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Latest posts by Verdun

pesky hypericum removal advice needed

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 16:51

Amanda this hypericum is indeed a pest.  

Glyphosate weedkillers will effectively control and kill this hypericum but its now a little late to use it.  Use it in spring when growth is underway again.  Then again during the summer.

when you dig this stuff be aware of the spreading is not sufficient to dig up the plant as you see it.   dig over the area as much as possible and aim to pull every strand of root you see.  Then spray in spring 

Yew tree planting

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 16:46

Hiya Cornerhouse4

sorry Fleurisa but you are incorrect.

Yews will do very well in all sorts of soil.  Mushroom compost is ideal mixed with your soil.  Mushroom compost is excelllent soil conditioner.  Low in nutrients but don't let that concern you.  This feeds the SOIL creating a good product to grow your yews in.  As long as your soil doesnt get waterlogged your yews will thrive.

i grow several yews and mushroom compost has often been used within the planting mix and as a mulch 

Green manure vs. planting bulbs

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 16:39

Hello Hanna and welcome 

green manure is not suitable for that area.  Green manure has to be dug in meaning possible diseuption to tree roots etc.

use manure as a mulch....get your bulbs planted first though, asap., then apply your mulch 

True geraniums

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 13:13

No prob Lisa.  It is better planted out. it will be just fine.  Now is good 

True geraniums

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 12:47

Yes, Lisa, better in the ground if you can but hardy plant 

Maintenance only anyone?

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 12:46 the concept of your OH cooking "waaaaaaaaay" too much food.  I am veey skilled ar consuming quantities of food   Wonder why I'm not fat ! 


Posted: 05/10/2015 at 08:46

People are being so naive......charging for plastic bags does not mean they will be disposed of responsibly.  

I recycle, do not drop litter and use plastic bags.....for putting kitchen rubbish in before adding to the bin.  Those plastic bags choking wildlife etc ....along with fish nets used indiscriminately.......will still be thrown out.  Better to concentrate on fining people who act this way. 

Just as the experts told us to buy diesels a while back we naively swallow the hype.  The experts have told us how the winter will unfold, again.  Had to smile about that.  This info pushed news about serious issues into the background.  

Currently the Council are proposing to look into our bins.....with cash prizes for best recyclers.  Looking further into our bins ! 

Right, off to the recycling centre......

Mystery shrub

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 08:29

Non invasive paper pauper?  Hmmm!  Down here it is quite an aggressive plant 


Posted: 05/10/2015 at 07:24

Hello Forkers

Darker morning.  Dry after some rain last night.  Prob won't see any sun today.  prob will see rain.  


Taking life for granted......

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 22:28

On top of a local guy murdered down here recently, today I learned of 2 friends, albeit not seen recently, who have been diagnosed with MS and Parkinsons respectively.  

Sometimea it hits us in life, doesn't it?, how precarious life actually is.  I find myself saying often enough that we need to take each day as it comes and to the max but how many of us actually live that way?

the guy with MS is about 45.  The guy with Parkinsons about 62 

a lady I met recently at the GC in a wheelchair because of diabetis.....her cheerfulness was humbling.  She really does live for a day at a time. 

Discussions started by Verdun

Sad day......

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Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

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who cares who wins?

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Just a suggestion...

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Don't be scaredy cat.....

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Drat those chains.....

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Wot's it all about.....?

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"Experts" we go again

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Best late flowering clematis?

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What new plants will you be trying?

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White foliage?

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Is this really cruel?

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Taking life for granted......

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Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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