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Latest posts by Verdun

Berberis Darwinii flower - yellow or orange!?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:35

Yes you are Nut.  I saw you spying on me through your binoculars as I watched you through my telescope 

Buying plants on-line

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:33

Annie, check out Paddocks Plants.  Not a huge range but some quality stuff and some otherwise hard to find at very reasonable prices.  And they are such pleasant people to deal with

Berberis Darwinii flower - yellow or orange!?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:30

Mine are orange....

planted mine few years ago and now every neighbour has one .  I have a neighbour ....very nice but what a copycat.   I'm sure she spies on me with binoculars cos she seems to put in plants I have.  When I cut the grass she immediately does the same thing.  Always popping in asking for cuttings so now I say they won't take from cuttings.  I know, I know, I know but she drives me crackers at times 

Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:25

Yellow honka is delightful.  Currently in 2  5 litre pots (divided last autumn) and pushing up lots of new shoots.

Health and Safety

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:22

Thanks Berghill.  I tend, arrogantly, not to consider safety too much ...always in too much of a hurry.......but I will take heed of your warning 

Acer Palmatum 'Little Princess'

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:19

Green Finger Beats, I would put it into a bigger pot.  Not too big though ...not huge

as already said I too would use a john Innes ericaceous compost and keep it well watered.  Does your acer flop without the cane?  If not I would remove it.  If it does flop loosen or use new tie.

Senetti and potentilla advice

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:12

Morning Sam

senetti  are really an in between plant I think between wallflowers and perennials.  Best in spring and they hate hotter weather...I.e. The summer.  They need to be watered well because in my experience they fill their pots ...over fill...and will suffer without regular top ups.  Just dead head and enjoy them for next few weeks.

i have experimented with senetti to see if they will flower again in summer.  They did but as very dumpy and not as attractive.  For me they are temporary short term plants for the cooler part of spring.

potentillas are easy enough from cuttings ......for me they vary success wise.  Take some now and insert around the rim of small pot.  Again try soft wood cuttings in summer


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:02

Well, expected some light rain this inning but it's lovely here now.  Ground is generally getting a little dry now 

planted out agastache black adder from 5 litre pot I had propagated 2 years ago.  Sited between taxus  standishii and helichrysum.  Had to pot  on plants again into larger pots, divided canna Durban and potted/planted.

can resist admiring my hostas Liberty and Autumn Frost  every time I pass.

Acer Palmatum 'Little Princess'

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:55

Greenfinger Beats

post a picture  but if it still needs a support I would check to see if it's too tight.  It may not need a support now.

check out the painted Japanese ferns to go with it.  Beautiful grey/blue leaves and many have red stems and red veins in those leaves.

Weed/plant identification and removal advice

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 07:50

Need to be sure before you apply weedkiller.  I'm the most impulsive guy and yesterday went around with a weedkiller spray to spot kill dandelions.  However, I almost missed new shoots almost hidden by a pair of dandelions......remnants of clematis Belle Etoile that I thought I had transplanted. Delighted to see it and a free plant.  Weedkillers not for careless use 

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Last Post: 20/05/2015 at 19:34

Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 18:26

Oh no.....not again...

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 11:45

Oh eck!

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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 21:56

I love the Royals......

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Last Post: 05/05/2015 at 07:46

Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Last Post: 04/05/2015 at 09:48

Best herbaceous foliage

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Last Post: 28/04/2015 at 18:31

Am I grumpy cos.....

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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 10:16

Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 20:13

Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 19:04

a good turn needs to be considered......

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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Serious reminder folks....

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Last Post: 25/03/2015 at 19:45

Smog going to get us?

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