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19/11/2013 at 19:15


19/11/2013 at 19:19
MrsGarden wrote (see)
Oh jim, you've got me chuckling now as I always wanted a silver birch tree. In fact only this year I went for a golden ash but its not put on that much growth since spring. I've emailed a few companies for actual height they supply. But may just plan a trip to local GC and go for whatever they have in stock at the right time as I seem to love everything! Hmmm as for 'looking after' for a year and 'repotting' sounds a bit scary but im not discounting it either.

, I know what you mean I'm terrible too, I want everything. I need at least six gardens. As you can see though the silver birch don't offer much screening in winter but right now they are golden and when the sun is setting they are a site to behold. On that note the Field Mapel is even more beautiful. You've got plenty of time to mull over what you want though. It is a great hobby isn't it?

19/11/2013 at 19:24
Certainly is.
19/11/2013 at 19:27
It was the 'polar bear' silver birch I nearly got in spring, chunkier branches than most.
19/11/2013 at 19:31

Oh, I forgot, i'm in love with Crabapples a the moment. Red Sentinel  is my current favourite and the garden centres have some lovely specimens at the moment.


This was last year obviously, though we have had snow today and it's now laden with crabs. Gorgeious. They hang for months too unlike some of the earlier ones.  

19/11/2013 at 19:39
Gonna have to reshape the lawn to make more room....
20/11/2013 at 19:37
popped in to GC and they have liquidambar trees in stock most of time bit more expensive than some online sites but at least I can see what im getting. OH not keen on removing old tree though....
20/11/2013 at 19:44

"Evereste" is a brilliant crab….blossom + crabs + autumn colour 

21/11/2013 at 09:06

 Yeah, I have Evereste too, it's only it's first year of fruiting but so far the Red Sentinel wins hands down. The apples are slightly smaller on the Evereste too but there is more of them. Red Lantern is a very nice tree too, both for crabs and flowers which both have a very strong scent. The crabs don't hang for very long though though. Same with John Downie. Jelly King has nice crabs and they're still hanging, and a good size, more of a pinky clolour than red. Golden Elf and Golden Hornet are lasting so far with Golden Elf having loads of smaller crabs. They are showing signs of dropping though.

MrsG Yeah, if you can see what you're getting then you can choose the best shaped tree.

21/11/2013 at 09:39

Evereste's strength is it's blossom. It's covered in white flowers and looks like a mountain top! But I get loads of crabs too, which feed my flock of blackbirds.

21/11/2013 at 10:59

Yeah, and it flowers for weeks and weeks. I still had the odd flower in June from it.

21/11/2013 at 15:08

I am greedy too, I have 3 !!!! 

21/11/2013 at 16:15
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

I am greedy too, I have 3 !!!! 

3 different crabs or 3 Everest? 

21/11/2013 at 17:16

3 Evereste

21/11/2013 at 17:20

That must be a virtual mountain range! 

21/11/2013 at 17:53


WW, wow, you do really like them. I was expecting this. Have you got a photo of yours. Mine isn't quite what I was expecting.

But mine is more like this

 This isn't Evereste, it's Carnival I just realised I haven't been out with the Camera for a few weeks. I'm neglecting my documenting. Have you got a photo of yours? But then I was expecting this for Red Lantern

 But got this:

 Okay, not so different but I want to show it off. I love it. Shame it doesn't hang for long and it makes lovely crabapple jelly. 


21/11/2013 at 18:09
MrsGarden wrote (see)
It was the 'polar bear' silver birch I nearly got in spring, chunkier branches than most.

Yes, that's a lovely tree, I like B. ermanii, I really wanted to go native so sacrificed some predictability for natural variation but some of mine are really not very white which is a shame but I suppose the duller ones make the whiter ones shine out more.

21/11/2013 at 19:16

Sorry, no pix.

21/11/2013 at 19:58

If anyone has troubles heating there greenhouse in the winter....I heat my greenhouse in the middle in of winter in Wisconsin with a natural gas heater. Watch my video and contact me on youtube

21/11/2013 at 20:03

   If you want to talk about greenhouse heating you need to start a fresh thread.

No one will find it here on a thread about something totally different.  

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