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Dahlia tubers

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 18:48

trillium2cv  is correct. Buy the firmest tubers as they will be the most prone to grow well. Storing them in a pot with compost is perfect, as they will get some moisture.

What plant or weed is this ?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:34

DItto or prob a Willowherb.

Moving a sorbus tree

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:32

How long has the Sorbus (Rowan?Ash?) been in the ground? Roots will be a major issue the longer it has been there. If you really want to keep the Sorbus (they can be weeds) then I would transplant the Sorbus now before leaf growth and sap rising. If you transplant it from one hole to another and apply feed I doubt it will harm it, assuming you are not destroying lots of mature roots.

Black squirrels

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:05

They are Canadian and another disease bearing invasive species. England as pretty much lost its red squirrel population over the past 60 years and these new introductions do not help.

Babyplants.co.uk

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:19

Out of stock may not be a red flag given it is January and they may not want to sell plants at this time - tender or just not big enough. Not replying to an email is not good though if it is one man and he is propagating and protecting etc then perhaps a phone call might help?

Unknown garden friend or foe

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 19:53

Sounds like an Australian Flatworm.

Moving Bamboo

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:29

Certianly looks like a grass, prob miscanthus. I do not think gigantea produces seed though, so it will be another cultivator.

Japanese Maple

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 13:29

Acer palmatum do not need acidic soil, they prefer pH neutral to slightly acidic. Now is the correct time to prune back as the sap is low.

Choosing Acers

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 10:22

I have killed more than my fair share of Acers Yviestevie but Katsura is the one that I has always done well for me. Leaves go a wonderful sunset yellow in autumn - which is what Katsura means in Japanese.

Choosing Acers

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 10:12

Try Sambucus 'black lace'. It is looks like a red Acer palmatum dissectum and is wind tolerant and very hardy.

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