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Latest posts by Verdun

Plants with balls

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:39

Hmmm!  Dwarf hebes?  Depends where you are Tingly but hardy for me here.

sarcoccoca can be shaped into a ball and produce flowers at this time of year.  

Santolinas will produce grey mounds for most of the year and then produce yellow flowers in summer.  

If on acid soil many dwarf rhododendrons/azaleas are naturally rounded and flower in spring.

without flowering there are dwarf euonymous varieties.  Check out conifers like blue star which has striking blue foliage all year round and easily kept to small mound.  Alternate with yellow bushes or purple Berbersis atro nana.  No flowers there but what colour.  Pittosporum Tom Thumb is a purple black dwarf shrub.......very hardy for me

How to remove HUGE shrub

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:29

Ah!  Busy has just beaten me to it....yes, leave some trunk for leverage.  I have dug out MASSIVE shrubs and trees including sycamores,,Laylandii, etc.  All by HAND, swearing, cursing,grunting and manic power.

the hardest part sometimes has  been removing it from the soil even though it ihas been dug up.  You could, if it's so big, clear away the soil and when plant is separated from the soil, burn it.  However, these things are often easier than anticipated.  ........and the satisfaction when you've won the battle!  

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:20

Garden lady a handful of ericaceous compost in the planting hole is not going to make a difference to your soil.  What do you want to plant and where?

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 11:15

Knew a local guy who supplied "organic" veg.   However, he used artificial fertilisers, slug pellets and the like.  Who checks ?  Who really knows? 

I garden as organically as possible, esp in veg and fruit patches and I think it all tastes pretty good.  However, a lot of organic produce I buy is not great tasting


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 11:04

Lyn yes, it is a sad post.  Just wish you well that's all.  

Algae removal

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 11:02

Most fungicides or a bleach spray?  Then worth a repaint in spring?


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 11:00

Wot you like Bekkie?  And that's  my joke. . Bought Wellington boots this morning and actually said "bootiful" at the till.  Another truly amazing joke I thought . The cashier just grimaced ......she got no sole! 

just a filling to repair in a couple of weeks

quick snack and I'm off again.  Sun is out now....hopefully for the rest of the day.  Getting restless now to plant stuff 


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 07:34

Good morning everybody 

Feels relatively mild here..... 5 degrees?   Early walk with dog soon

dentist appointment then.......check up so hoping all is ok 


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 23:32

Hiya Runnybeak. Thanks for asking.  Mum is tinier by the day.  More frail. Eats nothing and drinks very little.  She smiles a lot.  Sleeps a lot.  Dont think she is in any pain though.  I try to see her every day if I can.  Sad thing old age 

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