Latest posts by Verdun

only a few berries on my pyracantha

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 18:14


lack of berries, yes, could be because pruning at the wrong time.  Could also be birds.  Could also be lack of water if grown in a hot dry spot. 

A well trained/pruned pyracantha on a wall or fence is a joy to behold 

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 18:08

For the sake of balance Monty is great 

more than a few will miss him over the winter. 

Perenial Bee Attracting Plants

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 17:45

Pete ditto with agastaches......even today bees were on them as they have been all summer. Prob not going to be a permanent feature unless cuttings taken.  Have lots of different varieties of agastache and they are all loved by the bees.  I grow a few veronicastrums too and never noticed the bees on them so another reason to grow these beauties. Heleniums too have been a magnet for bees as have the salvias 

Spirea Snowmound

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 15:25

Prune immediately after flowering.   This will be late spring.  Take out one or two of the oldest branches out too to ground level.

Killing Ivy in Inaccessible Area

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 12:37

Thanks Edd...the old knee, back and arms are failing fast.   But I'll prob see the day out.......I think.   You have indeed reminded me of my frailties and am touched by your concern.  Can you give me a fiver Edd ? 

(Good to have you and your acerbic  wit back! )

Last edited: 25 October 2016 12:38:15

Small plug perennials

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 12:26

Everything should be labelled Gardening Direct for their attention.

frustrating indeed and this is poor service.

send an email asap and let us know how you get on 

Care for a new lawn in winter

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 07:41

Morning Edd

nice to see you

been good? 

Penstemon Garnet' (syn. 'Andenken an Friedrich Hahn')

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 21:43

Silverlight, if they are in containers overwinter in pots in  GH.  Haircut now.  Plant out in spring 


Posted: 24/10/2016 at 21:37

Oh yes it is raisingirl!!! 

Where it doesnt get too cold for too long montbretia IS that bad.  

The difference between montbretia and crocosmia is the difference between bramble and rose.  Would you plant a bramble? 

You are unlikely to buy montbretia in a gc but like everything else check the label and know what you are buying. 

Yes, aym ...PANIC....if you have Montbretia but I doubt you have.

stick to NAMED varieties of CROCOSMIAS and you will be fine.  

You should check everything that goes into your garden 

Killing Ivy in Inaccessible Area

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 20:46

You will will 

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