London (change)
Today 22°C / 15°C
Tomorrow 20°C / 13°C

blairs


Latest posts by blairs

Ideas for keeping mulch in place round trees - recycled stuff

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 14:58

In Washington DC they use small lawn-fences around trees, plants bulbs like Tulips or bedding like Pansies and mulch with Coir. Am sure you can buy decent looking fences like that for £1 or more for better quality ones.

Tree Lily Bulbs

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 13:09

I always thought that tree lilies were a marketing trick? They are just larger varieties of lily that takes years to grow large enough to grow tall enough to be 'tree' like?

Tree suggestions

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 09:34

How about:

Tibetan Cherry Trees give a wonderful reddish bark, cherry flowers in spring and summer and autumn foliage.

Katsura tree - grows slowly, difference looking foliage, golden leaves in autumn and will not damage the tarmac.

A Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar. Just fantastic and slow growing.

Birch and Rowan get too big too quickly. The Maple will not appreciate its shallow roots being underneath tarmac. So I suggest removing as much tarmac as possible.

Box Hedging

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 08:59

Buxus sempervirans. Most garden centres sell it. Gorws slowly and can be pruned to 20cm high.

Ideas for a brickweave driveway

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 18:55

Am a big fan of Elho pots and planters. Amazon sells them:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=node%3D305256011&field-keywords=elho&rh=n%3A305256011%2Ck%3Aelho

I have quite a few of them now and they really add colour.

Ideas for my manky lawn and old car port

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 16:47

I would level the whole thing or at least terrace it with a large patio area over most of the top. If you really want a dog toilet (not pleasant for anyone) then the bottom terrace would be used for that. It is a lot of work but not an insurmountable one and could be done quite quickly.

gladiolus

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 09:11

I leave mine in the ground. I added made sure the soil is free draining and it is in a raised bed, so the soil warms up quickly in spring.

Greenhouse cleaning

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 18:11

Sulphur candles work as you do seem to get less mould. I have tried to burn incense in my GH every few days, just to experiment, and while it is still dampish I see less mould. Wonder if I have stumbled onto something? Not too keen on the smell and it sticks to everything in there.

Sorry looking good heuchea

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 14:34

Why are there no leaves left on it? Did it dry out or get really frosted? If not then give the stem a tug to check the roots. If it is loose or comes away then check for vine weevil grubs. They do re-root well in spring.

growing fatsia japonica from cuttings

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 14:25

Air layering certainly works, here is a how to and other links:

http://www.growingsteady.com/2014/09/clone-me.html#comment-form

They do grow fast from seed, and there are a lot of flowering Fatsia around to get free fresh seed from.

Discussions started by blairs

ID seedling

Replies: 2    Views: 241
Last Post: 07/04/2015 at 12:04

Seedling/Weed ID

ID on mystery plant 
Replies: 9    Views: 410
Last Post: 03/03/2015 at 09:15

Freesia - how to get them to be more than an annual

Replies: 4    Views: 430
Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 23:22

Onion bulb gone soft

Replies: 1    Views: 352
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 01:01

ID this plant

Replies: 7    Views: 698
Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 19:40

Badly explained help!

Replies: 18    Views: 928
Last Post: 22/12/2013 at 23:42

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Replies: 2    Views: 1439
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 09:22

Who lives in a microclimate?

Replies: 11    Views: 844
Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

Propagating Japanese Cherry trees

How to Propagate Japanese Cherry trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 603
Last Post: 24/11/2013 at 14:45

Dicentra Care

How do you look after Dicentra? 
Replies: 6    Views: 939
Last Post: 23/09/2013 at 14:10

Agave Seed Germination

Agave seed germination 
Replies: 1    Views: 810
Last Post: 14/04/2013 at 21:46

Not GWM getting advertised discount @ Crocus

GWM says 20% discount and only get 10% 
Replies: 5    Views: 3462
Last Post: 21/10/2014 at 10:02

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination 
Replies: 3    Views: 1946
Last Post: 20/12/2012 at 16:20
13 threads returned