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Black squirrels

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:05

They are Canadian and another disease bearing invasive species. England as pretty much lost its red squirrel population over the past 60 years and these new introductions do not help.

Babyplants.co.uk

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:19

Out of stock may not be a red flag given it is January and they may not want to sell plants at this time - tender or just not big enough. Not replying to an email is not good though if it is one man and he is propagating and protecting etc then perhaps a phone call might help?

Unknown garden friend or foe

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 19:53

Sounds like an Australian Flatworm.

Moving Bamboo

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:29

Certianly looks like a grass, prob miscanthus. I do not think gigantea produces seed though, so it will be another cultivator.

Japanese Maple

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 13:29

Acer palmatum do not need acidic soil, they prefer pH neutral to slightly acidic. Now is the correct time to prune back as the sap is low.

Choosing Acers

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 10:22

I have killed more than my fair share of Acers Yviestevie but Katsura is the one that I has always done well for me. Leaves go a wonderful sunset yellow in autumn - which is what Katsura means in Japanese.

Choosing Acers

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 10:12

Try Sambucus 'black lace'. It is looks like a red Acer palmatum dissectum and is wind tolerant and very hardy.

Choosing Acers

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 09:19

I have Acers and clay soil. They need moist soil, so as long as you improve the soil before planting - mixing in compost, bark and the like to make it loose then they will be fine. They do fine in full sun as long as the roots are damp.

It is wind damage that causes most problems for Acers, so pick a sheltered spot.

As to cultivator then what you like is what you should but. I would say Atropupureum is a strong type and one that I would recommend.

If I was to add an Acer then I would go for 'Bi Ho' which has an interesting trunk and stem in winter.

What tree is this

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 08:13

Dave is right, they can take -5C at best. I cover mine with fleece and it is in a sheltered spot, so is fine. If it is just wind damage (it may well be though I do not like the grey colour in the pic) then it will regrow.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 20:05

Edd, the problem with that link is that is has over 1130 comments and now you have to navigate lots of pages to read the newest. I think a new topic is required for 2015.

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