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What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:00

Am getting rid of my Buxus hedge around the front garden. It is on a slope and the top half of the hedge suffers from drying out and bronzing. The bottom half is now double in size as it gets the shade and is verdant green but can get stood on by the kids. It is also too small for what I want. I plan to replace with a Beech hedge.

Calla Lilies

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 22:00

Certainly Calla Lily. Digging them up should get rid of them. 

Calla Lilies

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 13:56

They are not that hardy, so exposing them to frosts will kill them. Are you sure they are Calla Lilly?

moving to scotland

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 23:07

Depends where you live in Fife. The Coast from Arbroath down to North Berwick is very mild and the sunniest, driest part of Scotland.

Fast growing hedging

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 15:28

Bare root hedging is available now, you should be able to get whips for a few pence each by buying a large quantity. Beech, Hornbean and Blackthorn mix would cover what you want. For a few more pounds you could look at Laurel. For fast growth add lots of feed into the planting area.

Canna Lily

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:39

My experience is you can dry store them if the rhizome is big. If you grew from seed this year then store in slightly damp soil or they will tend to die They are bog plants in warmer climates.

I leave them to be lightly frosted basically to minimise the time they are stored for. You remove all of this years growth, being careful not to cut down next years growth, though it will continue to grow.

I just store them in the garage.

Talkback: Dealing with vine weevil

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:32

As per Verdun.

I went out and killed around 10 per night (!) at dusk Jul-Aug. The adults tend to come out when it is getting dark and feed on leaves. You get to know what leaves they prefer. I also top dress with grit on all pots, so there is no exposed soil. I also used Provado.

I have checked all my pots over the weekedn and have no grubs now .

Importing tropical plants

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 19:06

You can bring in seeds and cuttings. Anything with soil needs a license from Thailand. You can buy Musa and Ensete in the UK cheaply.

Propagation of Fatsia Japonica and Agapanthus

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 16:18

Fatsia japonica seeds need to be fresh to germinate. They need 20C for a few weeks and light, so surface sow. I find a large batch of seed results in only a few seed...mainly as I tend to forget my own advice and leave the seeds lying for weeks or longer. They grow quickly.

They are hardy outside in most of the UK as long as they have drainage and a sheltered spot. They do better on the ground than in pots and they get bigger faster. Vine weevil grubs can really go for Fatsia's thick roots in pots. Not fun when you see a dropping plant give it a tug and the whole plant comes out sans roots.

Flowers appear when they like and on any sized plant. I have seen them on quite small plants, perhaps a sign of stress as I would expect them not to flower until 3+ years old.

Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 21:53

I do not use the local libraries but I would be willing to pay to use it if it did. I am apathetic if they close or not. I do not think that I have taken many books out since university.

I do wonder how often books are loaned these days and I suspect such numbers has fallen dramatically hence libraries are used for anything but reading these days: as free internet cafes, social centres, club rooms etc. Am sure libraries are busy, but just rarely with reading.

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