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Does anyone recognise this cactus like plant?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 16:30

Yip, a Bromeliad. Can go outside during summer in the UK then back inside before any frosts.

Yet another possible weed?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 16:29

Could be anything as that is still baby leaves. It might, might, be Bittercress.

Plant suggestions for carpark border

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:04

English Lavender mixed with Rosemary would work in that situation. The latter is very easy to propagate in water.

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 21:24

How old is the tree? There are 2 phases, juvenile and adult. Adult look symmetrical and umbrella like, juvenile (my fav) is less symmetrical like and shrub like.

You can prune Monkey Puzzle trees, you are advised not too (unless it is dying back and gone brown) as it affects the symmetry of the tree and it then looks lopsided. You can remove lower branches to make room (they will naturally fall off in time). Some people remove the growing points at the end of the branched to limit growth.

If you take the leader out to keep the tree small does work in keeping it smaller as long as it has not reached adult phase but even then I think it is only a matter of time that you think it looks odd and take it out anyway.

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 21:09

I asked about water as tubers are 95% water, hence they are not frost hardy. I have grown similar small Dahlia (Bishop of Llandaff) from seed and they had small thich roots rather than tubers in their first year - they were difficult to overwinter and restart. I did notice that the seedlings with most water had the thickest roots/tubers.

Anyone had success with growing clover ?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 23:42

You can have the ones in my borders and lawn...

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 23:42

Have you kept them well watered?

Fatsia J

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 22:18

Agree with FG, now is a good time. Is the Fatsia outside already? It would be careful in putting it outside now if it has been inside for years.

hydranga

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 10:43

They do still need watered as newly planted and it has been dry.

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Posted: 27/09/2013 at 10:40

The perennials are likely to be bare roots - so look 'dead' but will grow next year.

Lavender are not likely to grow much until next spring.

 

Climbers also only put on growth after a period of settling in the ground. Clematis really do take 2-3 years to take off.

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