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Latest posts by Verdun

Lonicera Nitida

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 08:31
I think nitida is good as low hedge. I grow nitida Baggesons Gold that I keep to a comical shape but it is more,vigorous than the straight nitida. It is a"woody" plant and a bit thin but if it is regularly trimmed and pinched back it prob would,make a nice topiary feature. Certainly though it can be kept in check. Wouldn't buy a lot of,them though.

What's special about gardening In your county?

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 08:23
Sounds fantastic there Thaiger

What's special about gardening In your county?

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 18:00
Gardening in a mild climate here in Cornwall enables us to grow tender plants. Salt laden winds can be a problem without protection and we don't get those lovely autumn colours you guys up north get but we have a long flowering season and few winter losses. Can't grow roses though here and too many "emItts" in summer but we local yokels are smarter than the English think we are!

Trees and shrubs for peat?

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 09:16
Azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, pieris,. Lithodora is a lovely blue flowering mound summer long. And what about ferns? I grow a lovely Japanese painted fern, Ursulas Red, that has silvery leaves with red veins. Perfect for bit of shade. Lovely in front of dwarf pieris

Hurry up and start spring for goodness' sake!

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 19:07
Steve, you need to move to Cornwall. Spring has been here for some time but now everything is moving. I agree, if ground isn't too wet you can move your plants now.

A boost to winter.....

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 09:22
It's quite exciting, isnt it bunnysgarden? I have had 2 very good seedlings that were different from those I had so its worth watching for them. Greenjude. May be wise to get that wo default hellebore into the ground. They dont like to stay in pots for too long, I find.

Help with creating new border

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 09:16
When removing turf I find it best to trench it in. Slice turf off, say 2 or 3 inches thick, and place it UPSIDE DOWN, grass facing down, in bottom of trench. I make a trench at least 12 inches deep. If you have compost, organic fertiliser, etc., mix it with the soil when you refill your trench. This buried grass will NOT grow again. Have you tested your soil to see if it's acid or alkaline? A PH tester is a cheap and simple way to find out. Sorry.....dont like landscape's difficult to replant, prevents birds accessing the soil and is AWFUL and makes for a dead garden. Finally, plant and THEN mulch with living organic matter.

Moving a Curry plant

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 08:55
Get new plant or take cuttings. Many garden centres now sell them as "herbs" in 9 cm pots. They grow quickly when you pot them on and they are cheap. Cuttings best in summer, I find. Not so good right now. Hottest, driest position possible. I would not move it....they are short lived, get very woody and you will find yourself in same position in few weeks or months time. No,fresh new plant now and you will have a beautiful silver fragrant dome in mid summer. But......don't plant outside just yet. Pot on and leave in greenhouse for few weeks. (I would take cuttings from my new plant in summer......these make much better plants than cuttings from old plants, if you can get any cutting material)

A boost to winter.....

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 20:07
Prob 40 varieties but it would be exciting to try and cross some of the best ones

Stored home made liquid seaweed feed...

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 08:15
Lyn, I think salt in raw seaweed kills slugs. However, a seaweed spray does deter them to an extent. I tried foliar feeding one border with seaweed spray last year and the results were very pleasing. Maybe the smell, maybe the ingredients but it seems to work against slugs n snails. Hey zoomer just read your post ...same as mine a bit. I would use it on compost heap

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Why am I so special,to,the forum?

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

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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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