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Latest posts by blairs

The mystery of the closed greenhouse

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:31

Certainly mice as everyone else has said. Try and clear the greenhouse as much as possible to avoid hiding places and block entry points with those cheap metal brillo pads (mice do not chew them). [confession, my greenhouse is very messy with bubble wrap all over the place and a shelf unit leaning alarmingly to the right]

PS, keep a look out for vine weevil and slugs - I have found a few over the past few weeks in the greenhouse at dusk.

My grass seed is growing (help please)

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:26

I wonder if the Roundup is killing any new growth. You really did not have to kill off all the grass just to level the lawn. I would buy sand to level the lawn then lay turf. Seed grown grass is fine only for gardens with very little traffic walking on it.

mystery indoor tree

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:19

European florists tend to sell some rare-ish plants suchs as Norfolk Island pine, Pseudopanax ferox etc. Even if you get a Danish name, you should be able to find a site with the Danish name and brackets its Latin name, and from that you can easily get the English name. I have done that a few times around Europe and Asia.


Jacobs Ladder & Japanese Camellia

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:20

The Camilla leaves look rather like Portuguese laurel, but maybe as they are so young. I find Camilla cuttings very slow to grow for the first few years, keeping it in a pot will help give it boost by allowing you to put them in a greenhouse over winter to speed up rooting and growth.

poorly plant eek!

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 20:15

Mine dropped a lots of leaves last year (to the point of 'is it dead') and next doors (literally through the fence) kept growing and looking good. This year mine has lots of new shiny red leaves and theirs is losing lots of leaves. Literally 30cm apart. By summer both will be fine.


Posted: 17/04/2014 at 18:59

Could be lack of water and drying winds. Is it planted too close to a wall?

mystery tree

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:07

Looks like Elm to me - the in laws have some and those seed pod things get everywhere.

poorly plant eek!

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:21

They naturally lose some leaves during spring, can look quite alarming at times and is a question quite commonly asked.

Can anyone identify this tree?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 21:59

Yes, Cherry, possibly wild Cherry. You can take cuttings quite easily. Best is to cut off a branch close to the trunk and stick that in the ground where you want it - do that in Oct/Nov and it should root by April and grow away.

I rooted some 3 years ago and gave them to next door. They are now 6ft plus and thickening out now.

New lawn from scratch

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 21:55

I have 2 kids and the drive way is used a lot more than the lawn. They can cycle, scoot and play more on paving than lawn. I would actually say decking the area would be better than lawn as you can sit out and your son can play safely in an enclosed space, so that is something to really think about.

I have changed my patio area a few times, lifting slabs laid on sand. I just forked up the sand to decompact it and then laid turf on top, quick and easy and cheap and it takes quickly. I find grass seed can take a while to thicken up and can't be used until it grows or you end up with bare patches.

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