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Latest posts by blairs

Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 15:30

There is an outdoor adaptor that is designed for temporary garden electricity:

You should check that you have an RDC to be safe.

Armoured cable doesn't always need to be buried. If it can be securely attached to a wall then that is fine for example - a wooden fence is not OK.

Tree ID

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 21:07
landgirl100 wrote (see)

You could flavour an awful lot of stews with a tree that size!

Not with Laurel! It is not Bay.

It is not the best placed on a shared border but if the neighbours find no fault then who is complaining?

No compost reviews at B&Q

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 20:16

Think I tried Verve a few years ago - have not raced to get more.

hedging distance

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:35

For Pyrus and the pleached look then 1 per metre.

azalea wind damage

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 08:46

I have rooted them from just putting the branch into the ground and leaving it. As long at the soil is moist then you have every chance of rooting it. People keep saying that Azalea and Rhoddies are difficult to root, but that is not my experience.

SPECIAL OFFER Sarcococca confusa

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 21:38

Sounds fine for it!

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Posted: 16/01/2014 at 20:37

Agree with Salino - boring and not that aromatic. Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’ is a far superior plant in both looks and scent. Both sucker but very slowly. Both do best is deep shade as per the above.

exotic looking plant ideas please

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:56

Have a look at Steve's garden - looks similar to what you have and want

exotic looking plant ideas please

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 12:32

"then there is a large raised bed to be used for succulents, any ideas please"

Agave americana are hardy but only in free draining soil - think 80% grit and perlite to loose soil. Agave americana marginata and Agave americana medio-picta alba and Agave americana medio-picta aurea look great. I have them.

exotic looking plant ideas please

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 12:23

Some of the above but Pseudopanax is not that hardy (-5 at most) so I would not plant in County Durham. The one with the large leaf look is Tetrapanax 'T-Rex' which has leaves over 1 metre. It is hardy, though deciduous after -3C. It bounced back in spring. Fully hardy where you live.

Rheum, Gunnera manicata, giant butterbur are all jungle giants.
Look out for Fatsia taiwania (polycarpa 'needham form'). Far more elegant than bog standard Fatsia. Fatsia moseri is the larger leaf variety, so adds to the exotic look quickly over the species one.

The hardy schefflera are also worthy of any garden and add to the look. Schefflera taiwana rhoddidenrioflora is half-hardy in shelter, possibly lower.

Cordylines are also a necessary.

Bananas - musa basjoo is hardy if protected. Ensete's are hardy if you overwinter frost free.

Trachycarpus winsan and Trachycarpus wagnerianus are the hardiest of the palms.

I agree on Ferns - Dicksonia Antarctica have massive fronds.

Begonia like imperialis, dahlia imperialis etc are all good.

Basically grouping hardy, half hardy and sub-tropical specimen plants will give the look and not the hassle.

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