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Latest posts by blairs

Plagues of caterpillars each year on our geraniums

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 16:14

You can spray for caterpillars, though I find going out in sunny days and at dusk and collecting them works wonders. I normally squish them or through them over to next doors veg plot 

Bamboo query

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 16:11

Bamboo should like wet and mild, mine put on new growth in winter, sending out shoots. They do naturally lose leaves now. I am wondering if air circulation is too poor in your car port, causing mould? So I would leave the leaves and stalks and let the wind and nature take its course.

Pruning wise, I only thin out stalks but some people do cut Bamboo when they have reached their desired height - it is up to you if you think 4ft is the right height. Those pruned stalks do not grow taller, only new ones will.

starter garden japanise style help please

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 20:47

'Diane' asked the question quite a lot...


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 10:33

I would say that it is not too late to move self grown trees now. If 2 years old then the root system will not be too extensive and if you dig and not pull them out then they have a very high chance of growing on. G

What (elusive) plant do you crave?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:11

Variegated daphniphyllum ( Daphniphyllum himalaense ssp. macropodum)


Is it box blight or not ????

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:11

A pic of the area would really help.

Dreaded vine weevil

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 14:54

Is the emerging growth limp or crispy? Crispy makes me think it has had wind damage over vine weevil grub root damage.

north facing veg patch

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 21:42

My neighbours garden is north facing (mine is south facing) and they get little sun late Oct- early Mar but come June/July there garden can get sun longer than me due to fencing etc.

need a small tree

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 12:09

Amelanchier is ideal for what you want.

Am a growing fan of Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'. Black trunk and branches with red leaves and pink flowers.

indoor palm

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 16:33

They do not like over watering or as Dove has mentioned above, the atmosphere to be too dry. An east or north facing bathroom is best for them - not direct sun. They come from rainforest floors, where light is indirect.

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Not GWM getting advertised discount @ Crocus

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