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Latest posts by blairs

Britain's National Bird

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 16:42

Everyone loves Robins...

friend or foe?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:37

Looks like a Vine Weevil - kill it and the grubs now.

Festuca glauca 'Blue Fescue Grass'

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:25

Agree with Verdun. They are hardy and I leave mine outside all year in the ground. 20C will be temperatures to germinate. Just acclimatise them to colder temperatures and they will do fine. I would leave them in the pot until they are much more mature otherwise you may confuse them with weeds. I have done such things in the past!

Clay soil, digging it out

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 22:12

I would not amend the clay soil as it is just grass but if drainage is an issue (sitting water for more than ten minutes after heavy rain) then I would look at the lowest point in the lawn, cutting the turf up, remove all the clay and backfill with grit/rubble, cover the top 6 inches with compost and relay the turf. That should help as a quick and reliable fix.

Joe Swift's piece on Friday 13th March

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 22:09

They did have lovely semi-mature clumps in the planters. I have it and have a mix of whispy growth (I should remove it as it will not form thick poles and removing it will allow growth into existing poles) and semi-mature poles. They tend to come up green then go yellow in full sun. I feed my bamboo with chicken pellets and water it in summer. They do shed a lot of leaves at this time of year for some weeks/months.

Joe Swift's piece on Friday 13th March

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 21:10

Sure, it is Phyllostachys Aurea aka Golden Bamboo.

Liatris Spicata

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 21:06

My purple and white Liatris corms flower in June or later. Full sun, free draining but damp soil and they are fine. Certainly do not need indoors to kick start them as they are fully hardy.

plastic greenhouse

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 20:20

I think that there is some confusion here. Those cheap plastic (vinyl) greenhouses are ok, but you are lucky if they last one year and they also leak heat.

Polycarbonate greenhouses are superior to horticultural glass in many ways as they are double glazed, retain heat and do not break. I have a wooden frame greenhouse with polycarbonate glazing and I do not need to screen the glass, I use less to heat and I have had many children's balls hit and bounce off of it with no damage.

compost or bark

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 20:04

Surely MPC will be a weed germination magnet? Bark I find works a treat at mulching. I dig it in every year and add more.

Distance to plant from young birch tree

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 14:08

Planting should be 12inches away. I am not sure that Sambucus Eva will work. Colours are a good contrast but it is deciduous and will quickly grow to 8ft losing a lot of leaf.

Try Leucothoe 'Scarletta' would be my choice or clipped Buxus.

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