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Latest posts by blairs

sowing artichoke seed

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:06

You start them off inside now in a sunny window and then acclimatise them to the outside. You can start them off outside, but they take longer to germinate and grow.

christmas tree growing

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 09:54

Soaking the seeds in a fertiliser does help germination. I use Nitrozyme and it does increase germination and produce strong seedlings after placing in the fridge for 6 weeks or so. If you think about it birds are supposed to eat them, poop them out and they are sitting in poop fertiliser in the cold and damp for months.

christmas tree growing

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:53

You soak them for 24 hours then place them in a zip bag with damp soil and leave in the fridge for 6 weeks. You can then germinate them. Alternatively stick the seeds in a pot and leave out all winter.

Spring Plant id

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 22:04

Looks like Muscari and Snowdrops.

Asian Garden Design Help With Advice

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 20:50

Using lots of evergreen plants will give the effect - lots of different Bamboo's, hardy Palm trees, Fatsia japonica, Aucuba japonica, Mahonia japonica, Kerria, Skimmia, Phormiums, Miscanthus etc.

Would you should do is go to http://www.houzz.co.uk/photos/garden - then look up tropical style gardens and the site allows you to create a scrapbok of photos. You can then show that to a reasonable landscaper to create. That will save some time. It will not be cheap as you are buying a lot of plants, hard landscaping, raised beds and man hours etc. 

Poultry manure pellets

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 13:14

Chicken pellets are good for green growth. I always through in a handful of it when I plant such plants...so trees, palms, grasses, Cordylines, shrubs etc. You can top dress with it as well.

My Acer is growing in to a T

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 20:28

Some Acers do have this habit and it is a matter of taste as to if it looks good or not. Just prune the offending branch now at the point it joins the main trunk.

J Parkers

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:30

Verdun is correct - their bulbs are good but other plants can be hit or miss. I have had more good than bad. The one time I complained I attached photos to prove that they had died and told them I want a refund or replacement. They can't argue with a photo.

A lovely place to work (the area)

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:55

Where I used to work had lots and lots of manicured Beech hedging and formal planted avenues of trees. Was a pleasure to walk around it. What I did like was the giant Hogweed which grew near the river - it contrasted with everything else. An other invasive but good looking plant.

Lawn treatment

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 11:33

April sounds more sensible to me as well for weed and feed.

I spent several hours yesterday scarifying the lawns, raking up the debris (4 black bags full). Lots of moss this year. I use Westland weed and feed and the lawn did look better for a while last summer but I did have a lot (the 4 bags) of moss and thatch....and I scarify every year.

I'll try another weed and feed this year, see if it is any better and top dressing.

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