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Latest posts by Verdun

Best moisture loving fern?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:12

Primrose cottage,

ferns far better in the ground so that's good you want to do that.  

My way is to lay the fern on its side and use a saw or bread knife.......dedicated now to dividing plants ......and cut in half or in thirds..   use common sense to not be too greedy. plant out and water really well and keep watering until growth appears.


Leather Jackets

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 19:45


this was a perennial problem for me over the years.....well, for most everybody else too.  I used to use a leather jacket killer in September and it solved the problem.  Now,,however this product is banned.  Probably for the best if the scaremongers   are correct.

this year, September, I will use nematodes.  Apparently they are successful 

to rectify the damage already caused  simply lightly rake the affected areas and scatter fresh grass seed.  Keep area moist until germination.  

Planter/climber advice - how to hide messy brickwork?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 17:22

The real issue with pyracantha is its viciousness.  Very spiny and,,when established, will grow fast.  Regular pruning to keep against the wall is important.  Not nice if used often by people there.

Best moisture loving fern?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 17:19

Most of them love moisture Justin.  Check out what takes your fancy and see if it is happy in moist soils.  

Ferns are pretty adaptable actually.  Shade is most important factor for most of them too

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:33

Oh heck!  Didn't think that out properly did I?  

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:16

Happy birthday miss fishy.  

Growing carrots in a container

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:12

Yes should be fine.  A good free draining mix with organic fertiliser and sifted compost and remember to keep soil moisture level even as possible.  Not to let it dry out, etc.  Carrots will split with uneven watering.

15" deep?  You can grow most carrots there

(once grew what I called "crowbar carrots" ........made deep holes filled with sifted soil, compost and fertiliser.  About 9" apart I think.  The carrots were huge and, surprisingly delicious.  Used to go out when people around to pull up a carrot and say "oh dear another tiny one".  )


Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:06

Having a healthy donut....lunch after a busy morning.  Couple of hot. Chillis arrived few mins back and already potted up.  Supposed to be fast growing but I've looked twice  and can't see any chillis yet 

buddleia buzz magenta duly planted at last.  garden peas growing away now.  Daily checks on runner beans for signs of growth 

now for another carrot 


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 11:58

Inspiring pictures folks . Wouldn't the world be a far better place if people treated people like gardeners treated their plants? 


Posted: 09/04/2015 at 08:06

Dove, enjoy your play in the garden.  Sounds like you deserve it 

thanks for your kind offer Lesley.......I'm determined though to get my Buzz planted today

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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

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

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

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Oh eck!

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

I love the Royals......

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

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Best herbaceous foliage

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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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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