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Latest posts by blairs

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.


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 15:25

There are very early flowering Daffodil varieties which flower at Christmas if it is mild or as late as Feb if cold.

What's best for a thick fast hedge

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 19:44

Kudzu is a problem in warm parts of the USA. As far as I am aware the UK is too cold for it to be rampant, yet.

Variegated Osmanthus, Privet or Eunonymous comes to mind, esp if in a raised bed. Photonia red robin if planted in the ground would work but I find it too loose to give any privacy.

Realistically I think you are looking at a conifer hedge or Beech. Bare root Beech should be very cheap at this time of year.

Need to replace what I think is box

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 11:14

It is not Box (I can't remember the name of what it is). Personally I would leave it where it is and hope that spring will help it regrow after a general feed. If you really want rid then I would keep to the yellow colour as it works well already.

Pruning Large Woody Lavender

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 19:12

If there are several growth points on the plants, then bury the Lavender in a large pot/trough. Over the next few months it will form roots and you will have several Lavender plants to try again.

Plants and snow and the Hardiness rating

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 10:31

Snow only insulates if it is the dry powdery stuff. The UK tends to be too warm for that, so we get wet snow/slush. That is very bad for plants as it has freezing water and ice around it. Given the forecast is minus temps in some places for 2-3 days, fleece should suffice.

tropical garden scheme

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:23

I have seen that site a few times. It has been off my bookmarks so it has been good to re-visit the site and have bookmarked on my new laptop.

Christmas from the garden

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 20:50

I do like your stairs Lily.

I got to the collect stuff from garden and local countryside like Holly, pine cones, red berries, wreath shaped foam and lovely smelling foliage stage. I just need time and energy to complete the project. I hope it is before Christmas unlike last year.

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 15:25

babsagain - sounds like Hedychium, which is called hardy Ginger. B+Q does not sell edible ginger. Leaving them in a warm place without light is not a good idea. Hardy Ginger will die back and throw up new shoots naturally.


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