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Latest posts by blairs

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.

Need to screen my garden

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:25

I have put up Birch trees in an avenue to block out the only house that can look into mine. I built up the ground around it and also planted Portugese Laurel underneath it for evergreen cover. The latter will take time to grow tall but the Birch has grown 8ft in 3 years and filling out.

Need to screen my garden

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 14:46

"But always remember that with most councils you need to get planning permission for a fence over 6 feet high - and the trellis would make it over 6 feet."

You need planning permission for over 2 metres which is 6.6 feet, so the trellis may actually not need permission.


Need to screen my garden

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 13:48

I like that trellis as well but I would not appreciate at all if a neighbour put it up on our shared fence without my permission first. So always ask first.

mahonia X media charity

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:51

Oregon grape is not Mahonia X Media 'Charity' it is Mahonia aquifolium, a different species and not edible! Seed pod does go purple when ripe and it does produce viable seed but they have poor germination rates. Propagation via cuttings are a better source of new material.

Date palms

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:26

The key is protecting it in a sunny spot out of prevailing winds. Think south facing front garden with a wall on front and an evergreen hedge on either side, house behind. I have seen large CIDP in London and a few other places with that set up.


Posted: 11/03/2015 at 15:13

I am the biggest threat to everything in the garden as I am always moving or shifting plants.

Lupins should be the easiest out of all the perennials mentioned. They come back from root and self seed freely. They like full sun and well draining soil. Delphinium and Holyhock are also easy from bare roots though the latter tends to get rust for me.

Rudbeckia I struggle with. I have grown them from seed and I can see them come up the next year but they never seem to flower.

Kniphofia are a challenge for me. Apart from the evergreen Northiae mine seem to dieback and they are in a sunny south facing position with grit and protection. I have seen slugs attack the stalks have way up and me lose flowers that way .

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