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Pruning Large Woody Lavender

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 19:12

If there are several growth points on the plants, then bury the Lavender in a large pot/trough. Over the next few months it will form roots and you will have several Lavender plants to try again.

Plants and snow and the Hardiness rating

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 10:31

Snow only insulates if it is the dry powdery stuff. The UK tends to be too warm for that, so we get wet snow/slush. That is very bad for plants as it has freezing water and ice around it. Given the forecast is minus temps in some places for 2-3 days, fleece should suffice.

tropical garden scheme

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:23

I have seen that site a few times. It has been off my bookmarks so it has been good to re-visit the site and have bookmarked on my new laptop.

Christmas from the garden

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 20:50

I do like your stairs Lily.

I got to the collect stuff from garden and local countryside like Holly, pine cones, red berries, wreath shaped foam and lovely smelling foliage stage. I just need time and energy to complete the project. I hope it is before Christmas unlike last year.

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 15:25

babsagain - sounds like Hedychium, which is called hardy Ginger. B+Q does not sell edible ginger. Leaving them in a warm place without light is not a good idea. Hardy Ginger will die back and throw up new shoots naturally.

 

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 17:09

@panseyface - never tried them, just grew them tbh!

@philippa smith2 - I agree but the effort/reward return of investment with cooking ginger is not worth it!

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 13:57

I am with Welshonion, it is just not worth it as you need very hot and humid conditions. Eddoes (Alocasia), Passion fruit, Sharon fruit and Lemon grass are easier and more rewarding to edible exotics to buy.

Removing a concrete fence post set in concrete base

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 18:56

If you are due frost tonight then soak the concrete with cold water.. First light tomorrow pour over boiling water. That should produce cracks that more easily split when hit with a hammer.

Only other thing I can think of is to plum the post and then add postcrete to hold it in place? Might need a lot of it though!

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:16

" I placed the pot in the north facing window"

They need a south facing window and 100% not a north facing one. That is the reason the plant looks awful as it is desperate for light and is now etiolated. They need light and as much light as possible.

Problem

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 20:11

I would be tempted to improve drainage in the bed by forking it over. If it is minor surface crumbling of the bricks due to most bricks getting frosted I would be tempted to just render over them, paint them white or gray and add some nice wood to the top of the bricks to make it look contemporary.

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