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Latest posts by blairs

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 17:42

I always thought Mahonia charity was very hardy Obelixx, but Belgium is much colder than most of the UK, unless you live up a mountain. Certainly does fine where I live. I have Mahonia soft caress, in fact 3 of them Verdun. Love the foliage and the feel of it. Like Coryline, some winter sun and a sheltered site then they are hardy. I'll post a pic if it helps?

Coarse Sand!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:19

Builders sand can contain a lot of salt and other things plants do not need, hence horticulture sand exists. I would buy cheap grit/chippings for drainage. If you have clay soil, adding sand can actually worsen drainage around roots.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:16

Mine grow in improved clay soil, so it is always damp. They need constant moistness and fresh bulbs if you are buying them. They do not need overly deep containers - the ones I have in a trough do fine in about 1ft of soil.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 12:42

What variety?

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 11:27

I am finding the comments here at best childish and worst bullying. If you cannot be helpful to the OP then you are best to message each other with mindless comments.

investing in a heated propagator.

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 10:20

I also germinate seeds in those re-useable sandwich bags. Just add compost and perlite and dampen and place on top of the central heating unit. Works for Musa and the like as they need temperature difference to germinate.

Gardening clobber...

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 09:43

I also have torn but perfectly fitting garden jeans. The holes can let in cold wind though! I also have a battered navy Barbour jacket and green wellies with wood stain on them. I must look like a badly dressed scarecrow to the neighbours

investing in a heated propagator.

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 18:24

If you have a hot water cupboard then you already have a propagator for many seeds. A propagator is useful when seeds need light to germinate.

Removing a branch from a six foot high Magnolia

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 18:22

Now, from experience.

Unidentified plant!!!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 23:25

Aeonium. Personally I would cut it back to say 8 inches and try and get it to branch out. The top growth should also reroot.

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