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Forest Pansy Tree - cercis canadensis

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:31

My more established ones are just breaking bud now. They are late openers. Bare root plants always take a while to leaf, so keep that in mind.

Montery Cypress Goldcrest

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 13:13

You have a good eye ImpHosta. I have non topiary Goldcrest in my garden - front and back. The ones in heavy shade have grown slowly whilst the ones in full sun have doubled in size, so sun exposure makes a difference in growth only. They do not like to dry out, so keep the pots well watered and the position that you have they will do fine.

Can you use wood logs as stepping stones

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:59

Log pavements used to be the norm for most of Europe and still are in remote parts of Russia, esp Siberia. I believe smaller branch logs were used to fill in gaps and then earth or sand used to compact it all in. The key is to have a very slight gradient to get rid of rain and maximise drainage.

Ornamental Bark

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 17:23
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Ornamental bark will not feed the soil. In fact as it rots it may reduce the level of nutrients available to the plant. You should only use it as mulch to help retain water.

Am not sure about that. Nitrogen for example leaches out with rain, mulch reduces and slows rain at soil level. If you use a general feed then any nutrients used by bark mulch decomposing is offset b what you are adding.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 17:20

Problem all over, eps near waterways. A lot of Giant Hogweed near me.

Propagator & condensation

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 16:07

I would say but it depends on what you are germinating as some seed needs high humidity.

Best Plants for Deep Troughs

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 12:38

I would go with Fargesia bamboo and use annuals for color.

Mahonia Bushes

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 12:37

Agree with Dave - most Mahonia prefer shade and in full sun look quite ugly, exactly as you describe. Cutting it down should revive it. Place it in shade this time and use the sunny spot for other plants.

Ornamental Bark

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:19

It is the same as standard bark. One thing is a lot of the red bark is dyed that colour and it fades/washes out very quickly. True red cedar should only silver and take a while to rot down.

fig tree

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:14

Fig trees can grow in the UK but are not very hardy. They like well draining and confined roots. In bad winters covering them is a very good idea.

Scratch the bark on a branch with your finger nail to see if it is green underneath. Green is good, you just have to wait.

You should also be able to see some sort of leaf emerging or wanting to emerge from a bud.

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