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fig tree

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 21:22

They can be late to leaf...where is your tree situated and do you protect it in winter and restrict its roots?

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:48
KEF wrote (see)

Variegated ?   I want one, Blairs please tell me more. My 2nd fav plant in the garden.

 

KEF wrote (see)

Variegated ?   I want one, Blairs please tell me more. My 2nd fav plant in the garden.

Hi kef, there are 3 different types of variegated Fatsia japonica - 'variegata' which has white variegation, 'spiders web' which has a lot of white variegation and does look like a spiders web and, my favourite, 'Annelise', which is yellow variegated (and the variegation starts on the leaf stems). There is also the large leaf Fatsia japonica 'Moseri'.

The Fatsia polycarpa comes in 3 varieties, 'Edward Needham form', 'giant leaf form' and the species.

You also have the Fatshedera (a cross with hedera/ivy and Fatsia) which comes in variegated and standard.

All are hardy in the UK.

Begonias

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:05

Yes they will reflower, as Lyn has said. The problem if they survive frosts is that they tend to be get lanky, infested with insects and generally look bad. I would suggest if yours are lanky to cut them down to encourage bushy growth.

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 18:39

Much more expensive but far more beautiful is the Fatsia taiwania aka polycarpa 'needham form'. There are also varios varieties of Fatsia (I have collected them all)

What shrubs are these?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 16:37
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Variegated conifers look sad to me blairs. Sorry

 

I tend to agree, variegated palms can look even worse IMHO (and they tend to be worth a lot)

What shrubs are these?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 15:51
nutcutlet wrote (see)

The first is a rather sad looking conifer.

I think it is Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Fleckellwood, which is variegated.

What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 15:46

As soon as I saw the headline I thought 'slugs and snails'. Other possible is caterpillars but they seem to leave well alone.

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 09:21

Agree with the above, new growth is susceptible to a number of things but quickly grows back. Wind dessicated new growth on mine this year.

Tulips nets

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 15:47

I do not lift my Tulips and I would leave them until the leaves naturally fall off (which can be June/July), so I would not agree that it is near time to lift, if anything I would say it is not time at all as they need this time to grow energy for next spring. Those fruit nets are a good idea though.

Gardening with the enemy

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:37

Honestly Victoria, that is disgusting. I actually feel sick thinking about spitting and phlegm.

My enemy is lack of use oddly enough. From Oct-Apr I rarely see any neighbour in their garden, never mind using it, and most have young children. They seem mystified by the weed growth, pest problems etc in the meantime and expect their garden to look like a brochure with no maintenance or effort.  I'll say nothing about so many of them using lawn companies and not ever even cutting the grass by themselves.

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