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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.


Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 17:09

@panseyface - never tried them, just grew them tbh!

@philippa smith2 - I agree but the effort/reward return of investment with cooking ginger is not worth it!

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 13:57

I am with Welshonion, it is just not worth it as you need very hot and humid conditions. Eddoes (Alocasia), Passion fruit, Sharon fruit and Lemon grass are easier and more rewarding to edible exotics to buy.

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