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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.

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.

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