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Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 08:11

@LorraineP - The leaves on yours look very small. Mine has huge leaves (which somewhat hides the cream coloured flowers) but I like the jungle effect.

They are root hardy in well draining spots in the UK (ie all top growth will normally die off). Caveat they need heat to grow fast so may not flower. Best in pots and either cut down and stored like that in a frost free place or left to grow in a sunny spot.

Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 11:59
punkdoc wrote (see)

Not an expert, but i do grow a few Acers. they need: semi-shade, not exposed to cold winds, and a slightly acid, woodsy soil [ leaf mould, ericaceous compost and some John innes No. 3 ]. Dont let them dry out, but dont drown them. Given that lot, they should thrive and act as a constant reminder of your dad.

Agree with that - moist well draining soil is key.

Morning glory

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:24

I should add that if you are growing them up trees or other plants that they can be difficult to pull off the dead Morning Glory in winter as they twine so much.

Morning glory

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:23

Sun and warmth and they will flower. The mild winter has allowed the Morning Glory that I had last year to self seed madly (they are invasive in many parts of the world, never normally for me). Flowering from July till frosts is normal.

Busy Lizzies

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:21

My local Tesco is selling Busy Lizzies cheaply (the old fashioned ones, not guinea hybrids). Sainsbury has also been selling them.

Lavendar keeps dying in our garden

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:19

Unglazed terracotta pots in full sun, watering in summer and I cannot see you having problems. I have Hidcote and other English varieties and never had a problem - mine is in clay soil with some added grit and they grow away (is on a south facing slope). Do not bring them inside as that dries them out.

Bamboo

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 17:55

If it were me then I would add a bamboo barrier (and make sure the neighbour sees it going in) and keep the bamboo. Giving into bullying neighbours (they are bullying you) is opening up to host of future problems. Best stand the ground, keep the plants that you like and ignore the whinge next door with daft ideas on Bamboo and believing any tripe that you read online.

Bamboo

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 13:41

Bamboo barrier works, even for quite rampant Bamboo. It sounds like you have quite a well behaved bamboo that has sent out long rhizomes due to their maturity and the mild winter-spring. I would put in a good bamboo barrier and that is all. Case closed. 6 inches is not much btw - I have seen them grow 12ft away. Bamboo and Japanese Knotweed analogy is rubbish, even some of the most rampant bamboo, Sasa japonica, is nothing like Japanese Knotweed.

There is no right to light.

Is mahonia invasive?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:52
Potsandpansies wrote (see)

There are several species of mahonia, Mahonia media and Mahonia japonica both form an upright shrub, and are the varieties most commonly used in gardens. Mahonia aquifolium is a shorter, spreading shrub which does send up shoots all around, and can be a bit more troublesome. Also called Oregon Grape.

Spot on!

Mahonia japonica is what most of us have - the US Mahonia (a decent evergreen shrub but Holly Osmanthus gives the same foliage effect with more elan) is a different species and is the invasive one.

Weeds covered all over my slate chippings

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:45

Membrane only stops/slows weeds coming up and not those that self-seed in between. Stones and slate provide heat and dampness that is ideal for seed growth. As you have lots of seedlings it sounds like self-seeders to me and membrane will do nowt for that. They prick out easily and do it now before they flower and send more seed out. A lot of seedling will come out just by raking over the slate.

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