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Latest posts by Verdun

I'm with Morrisons

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 16:07

In a year prices will rocket. Farmers receive a generous subsidy.   My local...wealthy...farmer merely gives me a wink when this is discussed .

I want the farmers to make a profit too but many of you are a little naive at times 

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 13:16

Yes Susan, yes I do 


Posted: 14/08/2015 at 13:05

Wot did I say?  

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 13:04

Yvie, for heaven's sake....willpower.!  

(There is a lack of common sense though about buying plants......I've even been tempted by plants I already have.  I have enough beautiful and flowering plants in 3 litre or larger pots to stock a decent size border and still get more???.  If I smoked...I don't.....I guess I would be an addict so perhaps not such a bad affliction )

some silly people out there in the sea.....been several rescues over past couple of weeks.  People don't appreciate the sheer power and unpredictability of the sea )


Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:55

Always up for the task Susan.  Not too keen taking orders though.   Always got me into trouble .  Hmm! Think I got it right though. i will see her again later to collect my plants.

weatherman said it will be a scorcher tomorrow.  "Weather" that's true or not we will see 

What will simply not thrive for you....

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:50

Victoria, a mixed blessing perhaps. those jap anemones run riot when comditions suit them.  I think you will find a little added moisture now and then can make a difference if you really want to grow them 

Grass seeding sandy soil

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:47

Nelly, the roller is not the way to go.  It merely rides with the hollows and mounds.

you need to re rake and re firm....walk on it with your heels.  Rake again.  Heel walk again.  I do this numerous times as this is the most important part of preparing a decent lawn.  It can be arduous but I get huge satisfaction creating that level tilth.

if you are getting top soil keep it on the surface and incorporate it when you rake.


Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:41

I think you are right Yvie......when I shave in the mornings the shaver cannot obscure my reflected beauty 

with all that rain yesterday all my grasses are standing tall and elegant.  I guess most roses in flower, esp the doubles, are looking sorry for themselves right now.  So get out there and deadhead asap but watch for those brambles 


Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:34


nice, bright and calm here with sun pushing out more by the minute 

a fine weekend in the offing 

just had a phone call from a local nursery.....they have mamaged to get me a couple more Rudbeckias I was too but superb quality.

I think I have persuaded her to stock more agastaches and others ....the echibeckias are tempting her too. She needs someone to run another nursery she is opening up........????


Yellowing leaves and leaf tips

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:26


I think the problem is it's in a pot.

I grow Fascination, Alba, Erika, and they like good regular moisture and good root run.   I posted a picture 3 weeks or so back and it grows 5' plus.  As far as Im aware veronicastrums ( fantastic structural and flowering plants)  are robust, healthy and problem free.

although it does enjoy good moisture the humidity, etc. and being in that small pot probably caused your issues.

get it into the ground,,in good well fed, moisture retentive soil

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Against all logic.......

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Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

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An observation.....

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Mildew free monardas

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Boring, boring rosesN

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What will simply not thrive for you....

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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