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Latest posts by blairs

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.

What does this mean?

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 19:18

For Sweetpeas you can sow a few seeds in one pot to get a thicket of them to grow, so it sounds like that is what they are selling. Given that there is 5 plants in each plug (to get 30 plants) I would guess 30-40cm distance between plugs. Train them up a post.

Should I plant conifers now (Mid Jan) or wait for it to warm up

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 16:38

I was wondering if a Blue Spruce or a lime or yellow colours conifer would pick up the area.

Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora - poorly!

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 15:28

You will find that it either comes back and regrows of rot sets in and it slowly dies. I do find Kalanchoe quite tough plants.

Moving Bamboo

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 20:00

Yes Salino, quite right. I never opened that photo - it certainly looks like Miscathus giganteus, at least as it looks in winter!

Moving Bamboo

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 18:12

My problem with bamboo in pots is the smallest gust of wind and even large pots fall down. Not much fun picking up a soaking wet bamboo in gale force winds.

Moving Bamboo

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 13:48

The potted bamboo looks like Pseudosasa japonica, which is invasive and best in a large pot. It is confused with Indocalamus tessallatus which behaves itself, so it is worth double checking if you have a label or receipt.

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