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Which Nerine is this?

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 20:55

Looks like Nerine Alba (alba meaning white). I keep my bog standard bowdenii in terracotta pots near my house and they do fine. Flowering in their pink glory at the moment, if battered somewhat with the past winds!

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 09:44

You have to be a member of the RHS to send them a sample to ID.  Technically sending them a Schedule 9 plant is illegal as it includes 'activities that disturb the vegetation and underlying soil.' A bit cyclical if you want to ID them I know!

It is not an offence to have Schedule 9 plant species growing on your land and there is no legal requirement to control them. Remember that garden favourites like Rhododendrons, Azalea, False Acacia, Gunnera and Virginia Creeper are on the list.

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Advice/RHS-Advisory-Service/How-to-send-samples-for-identification-and-examina

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 08:55

Lot of mis-information on Knotweed on here.

There are no notifiable plants in the UK - The Plant Health Act 1967 legislates for 'problem plants'

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 states that it is an offence to "plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild" any plant listed in Schedule nine, Part II of the Act. That list includes Japanese Knotweed. You can grow it in your garden but cannot grow it outside of a garden nor put any cuttings into the council recycling etc.

Japanese Knotweed is not difficult to eradiacate if you control it. Assiduously removing shoots kills it. Some people are lazy and let it grow and spread.

If you have Japanese Knotweed then do not send it to the RHS or anyone else. Contact your local authority and ask them for advice.

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 16:25

There is no such thing as a notifiable plant. Human diseases, yes, plants no.

Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:04

'Soft Caress' is the best for pots as it is soft,  all the others are all rigid and liable to cut you. My 'Charity' makes me bleed every year and that is in the ground so it will be worse in a pot.

I actually do not think that Mahonia has a pleasant smell - rather harsh honeyish scent.

Planting an azalea

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 10:11

I have Orange King - very hardy. Plant now. Pick a spot with good winter drainage but dampish in summer or with some shade.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 20:42

I also say not to wrap pots and never wrap any part of a plant as that is a one way ticket to rot. I pin bubble wrap to the wooden surround in my GH with tacks. It helps stop any condensation from dripping on the plants as it tends to build up behind the bubblewrap.

Does anyone recognise these

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 19:10
Berghill wrote (see)

Peat based ones are the worse for Vine weevil grubs.

Be careful with Provado, it still kills bees.

There is a difference between Provado insecticide and Provado Vine Weevil solutions.

Planting an azalea

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 14:43

There are non-hardy Azalea. Is it flowering now? Azalea indica are the non-hardy ones, though I have one outside for over 2 years now with little issue, though it does not flower outside after the first frosts. Azalea japonica tend to be hardy.

Advice needed please

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 14:11
Alex 4 wrote (see)
Sarcococca hookeriana var.digyna sounds like a good one - what do you think?

Thanks for that.

I have that in a pot. It suckers slowly, so manageable. They do best in shade, so why waste it in a sunny spot?

I would plant a nice coloured Phormium - pink, yellow or the like. It will brighten up the spot, is evergreen and reasonably different.

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