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Latest posts by blairs

Moving small trees and shrubs

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 17:27

Agree with all the above. I have moved Magnolia a few times and the worst that does is set it back a little next season and you may not get flowers in spring.

I would notice a 5ft shrub leaving my garden, so if you have sold your home, the new people will also notice, thought tbh unless there is a pic of it, it will be difficult to prove.

Washing fleece

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 17:19

Do not bother to wash it. Shake off mud. I have left out thick garden fleece and the wet and sunlight degenerates it. Some mud is not going to stop it working.


Posted: 04/12/2014 at 09:08

Looks like your GH is in a sheltered spot near 2 fences, so it should be fine in winds.

I would place a non porous membrane on the floor then add slabs to the bottom of the GH. This will help reduce moisture in the GH and dreaded botrytis which can kill more than frosts can. I would also recommend an autovent for the window.

Begonia tubers

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 08:58

If you do not want to let it grow them keep them in darkness. A sunny location will just invite the begonia to grow. I store mine in my garage and water them slightly if they start to go soft.

Is it too late to plant a cherry blossom?

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 21:33

Now is a good time to plant a tree. I would add in a handful of feed into the planting hole.

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 21:28

Stores are experts at making money. The iPads on sale are the original ones, now 2 years and 2 version ago. The stores create the false impression that you are getting a bargain and create competition. People love to compete, in fact the fighting on the news yesterday will have boosted sales rather than lower them.

My favourite nursery tends to have a sale in January, so I will save my pennies for some specimen plants.

Nandina domestica

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 21:25

David is right, cut it to the ground to rejuvenate. I personally like the standard affect of older Nandinia.

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 21:19

I dislike January as people take all their lighting down. I think it really lifts the winter blues and literally makes light in darkness. My daughter just loves lights around trees (aged 3) and it is always great when she says 'oh I love those trees, its so pretty'.

Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 11:08

If I won the lottery and could afford it, then yes!

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:00

Am getting rid of my Buxus hedge around the front garden. It is on a slope and the top half of the hedge suffers from drying out and bronzing. The bottom half is now double in size as it gets the shade and is verdant green but can get stood on by the kids. It is also too small for what I want. I plan to replace with a Beech hedge.

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