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Latest posts by blairs

Olive Tree problem

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 15:04

Where are you based? How thick is the main trunk? I had one at a window and the leaves greyed, dried out and fell off en-masse. They need a more humid atmosphere than a centrally heated house can offer and are better unless the temps are below 0C then put it outside.

Big Bold Purple Plants (for August 2014)

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 12:23

Sea Holly grows from perennial roots - so they flower in the first year. You should be able to order them online now for a few pounds for 2-3.

Big Bold Purple Plants (for August 2014)

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 11:26

Cardoon are huge and have the 'thistle' look.

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 10:42

You know you are getting old when...

You stop and pick up a coin from the ground and not just for 'good luck' but because it is money. Truth is it is difficult to buy anything for under £1 these days and almost nothing for under 10p.

Narcissus starting to grow

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 21:59

It would be nice to get early blooms Dove. I have had mine bloom in June, so Feb or March as usual would be good.

Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 13:04

Perhaps you should think of using noises in your garden to counteract the noise from the road. Bamboo does have a rustling sound, wooden wind chimes are more pleasant than traffic, there are various grasses that make rustle sounds etc.

Narcissus starting to grow

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 13:00

Given the mild weather and that it is now January, yes it is normal. Mine are showing and am not bothered by it as they are hardy bulbs.

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 10:06
Mike Allen wrote (see)

To be honest.  I totally abhor the cutting down of trees especially the so acclaimed xmas tree.  What awaste. 

Truly I ask you!.

They are grown for the purpose and are not native UK trees and support little wildlife. Most Christmas trees are grown in poor marginal ground, so are not taking up arable land. As evergreen trees they sequester carbon for most of the year and the majority of trees are recycled then it is quite a clean industry.

Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 09:15

I am focusing on landscaping this year. So fixing and adding to my current landscaping.

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 21:51
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

no probs sgl.

I've checked out both tree's and me thinks mine might be a dwarf albertas spruce it's looks similar to both but is quite compact, I won't lose sleep over it though, just happy to have a real tree  

They stay small and compact and are superior trees to Norwegian Spruce imho.

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