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Latest posts by Verdun

growing onions from seed

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 23:37
Always sowed from seed until this year cos I didn't have time, at the time! I sow seeds around Xmas in trays indoors. Potted on when large enough to and planted out under cloches in spring. Onions were bigger, grew without a check, unlike sets, and kept well. I will return this year to sowing seed. Light table??

Anyone know what plant this is?

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 11:48
Pot it up now and move to warmer spot for next few weeks and then indoors for winter. Next year it will be fantastic

Flowers for July?

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:32
Cannas, echinaceas, verbenas, caryopteris, etc etc. the Chelsea chop applied to osteospermums, marguerites, tender perennials, etc ensure my garden is full of colour and will be til the late autumn.

Aconitum (aka monkshood / wolfs bane)

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:26
I am a keen devotee of the Chelsea chop but with aconitums no. They need to be supported early in the year and then they are impressively tall colourful plants. I have never known them eaten by anything. My best are grown in partial shade in good moist soil. I think their natural inclination is to lose their lower leaves

Perennial Geraniums

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 19:10
Geraniums benefit by being cut back hard when full flowering peak is over. I find cutting back creates fresh new foliage with flowers now again appearing. They expend so much energy in flower production that they will tire, leaves will suffer and yellow etc. but this cutting back is the answer

Herbaceous Border

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 00:03
Mattbeer87, you don't say if the site s sunny or shady. Is soil heavy or light? The perennial lobela needs moisture or it will wilt badly. If its sunny and dry what about artimesia Powys castle with its silvery foliage and eryngiums? And caryopteris, etc., for silver blue border?

lawn brown ead and dying patches...

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 20:37
Sotongoeff, it's called lawn grub killer. Get it online . You can get size you need for your lawn area by return of post

Talkback: Controlling slugs and snails with copper

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 13:13
Quickse is right..the best slug control is the midnight patrol. Copper works well but it doesn't kill slugs and they will remain. I have found copper has to be joined up to be effective, I.e. a copper pipe needs to be touching at each end.

lawn brown ead and dying patches...

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 13:06
Not read all the posts but every year I use lawn grub killer. It controls chafer and other grubs in lawns and does it very well. My lawn developed yellow/brown stains that eventually died off and this is the time of year when damage is first caused. It may not be "green" but my lawn is important to me so no judgements on this from those who disagree with killing bugs on lawns. I use a cheap lawn feed every spring, water it in well immediately unless rain is due, and it says fine for the year


Posted: 22/08/2012 at 23:31
Cowslip2 I have taken to blue n red this year, not deliberate colour scheme just odd companion planting and that sounds good. Like blue m orange together too, salvia patens and orange echinacea, tiki torch

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They're bossing it now........

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Love your garden

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hardy geraniums pictures

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Is mahonia invasive?

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Blue foliage

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What's your acronym? A guessing game......

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Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

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Carpenteria californica shaping

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Rubbish mpc

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Follow up fox illumination pink

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