Latest posts by Verdun

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 14:50

Happy birthday Gemma 

Anyone had health problems after pruning Buddleia?

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 11:24

No problems with buddleias but beware other shrubs in the immediate area when pruning.  

I once pruned a continus royal purple and began sneezing,,itching eyes and coughing.  the culprit was a fremontodendron Californica just behind it.  A beautiful shrub but beware

My alstromeira keep growing

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 23:46

Well, it will at some point or exhaust itself NGCARDS.  

Its clear when Alstroemerias stop flowering amd I help the process by pulling out the final flowering stems.  

Vine weevils

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 21:41

I would remove cyclamen and heucheras and wash soil off and pests.  Repot in fresh compost.  In spring use nematodes or vibe weevil killer

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 19:56

Yes please blairs.  Would love that . My only reservation is the suspicion that it may be a shy flowerer?  Does it flower well for you?

My alstromeira keep growing

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 19:49

Regardless of cutting back alstroemerias have their dormant period


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 17:21

Ha ha.  Well aspirin is reputed to be a wonder drug.......

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 17:14

Right, I have ordered soft caress and a geranium hocus pocus, since I don't have this geranium and it looks interesting.  Just where they will go exactly isn't certain but I will associate Soft Caress with a blue caryopteris but agastache blue boa is fast becoming my preferred choice now. or maybe Imperata Red Baron or maybe..........heck!  Decisions, decisions 

hocus  pocus is easier.....prob with anemone Wild  Swan

Moving gooseberries

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 17:06

ordered my neem oil Bee witched.  Exactly as I intend to use a preventative and not when fruit is about.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 17:00

I'm going to treat some hellebores with neem oil and others with aspirin.  Will poke labels relevant to their treatment.  Interesting to compare.  

My philosophy is that the healthier a plant is the more resilient it is to disease, virus and pest.  So I try to grow as ideally as possible 

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Think about it now.........

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Caution! Virus

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Fowl treatment or wot?((

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Why did Chris do that?

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My first

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The green of spring

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Ok, not gardening but womderful

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why did we worry?

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