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Latest posts by blairs

Rampant strilezia (bird of paradise)

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 10:27

Strelizia reginae get to about 6ft and Strelizia nicolai get to 14ft plus. You have reginae and if you think it is too tall now then move before it gets taller.

begonia losing leaves

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 10:23

It could be sign of overwatering: Begonia's can tolerate wet conditions if it is also in a very warm place. Cool and wet equals rot, cold and wet equals dead. So keep it in a warm spot and leave it to almost dry out between waterings.

Lawn Feed

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:47

I have scorched my grass with lawn n feed, so I no longer use it. If you avoid putting lots in one spot then you avoid the scotching.

GW T&M Free Lavender offer.

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:43

Erm, if you look at the pic the 10-12cm includes the roots, so top growth is 5-6cm.

Lawn issues - please help!

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:31

Am with Dave - it sounds like Leatherjacket grubs eating the grass roots. You can buy a water in solution to kill them in future. You can catsh lots of them by soaking the lawn and then laying cardboard or the like on top overnight and the grubs will be hiding in between the next morning. You may find a lot of them, so be warned.

hedge recovery

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:22

It looks like Lonicera nitida to me, so it should come back quite quickly.

How long does bark mulch smell of pine trees

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 17:31

The play area bark smells stronger than the bog standard bark and there is little difference apart from the additional price of it saying child on it. The smell, which to me is more chemical than pine tree, goes quite quickly, but very strong for a few days.

Bird of paradise seeds

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 14:09

They are South African in origin. The larger white flowered varieties are used as ornamentals in warm parts of Portugal, Spain etc and get very large and tall. The smaller orange flowered one is more widely grown in the UK, inside, as they cannot stand our cold wet winters and anything but a very brief light frost.

No cold treatment is required!

GW T&M Free Lavender offer.

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 12:24

I agree with andythescientist. The 'free' ones I got  few years ago were micro-sized and went straight into the GH. Most survived winter and planted out and most a good size now, all flowered last summer. They cost £4.90 then, so lets hope the extra £1.10 means bigger plants!

Bird of paradise seeds

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 11:35

I put mine in damp soil and put it on top of the hot water cupboard and got 100% germination within a week, so warm damp soil is the way to go. No light needed. Easy seeds.

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