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magnolia tree dead?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 10:08

Do the nail check. Rub your finger nail on the trunk. If it is green underneath, then it is fine and should come back next year. If brown, then it is dead. Magnolia do suffer from branch die back when the roots are cut, so hopefully that is all.

Rapidly growing Acer in a small front garden

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 21:10

It looks like an acer palmatum atropurpureum to me Nutcutlet. Defo not Acer platanoides. Winter is the right time to prune as Charliebot has said. Just thin out the branches that prevent light coming in and try to picture the tree fully leaved and get a light shape out of it.

Begonia tuber storage

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 11:12

As Khakibos has said make sure that there are no pests in the roots/in the tuber itself. Vine weevil grubs love them and it is not fun finding dozens of grubs when going to pot them up in spring, trust me.


Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:55

"Bubble wrap with big bubbles is best." Exactly what I was going to say. It is to do with the heat transfer rate that I cannot quite remember.

greenhouse for Aeonium arboreum

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 12:06

I always try to keep my greenhouse above 5C and have a paraffin heater. It is a similar size to yours and also polycarbonate. A 60w heater will be fine. If it has a thermostat then that would save going out and switching it off and on.

greenhouse for Aeonium arboreum

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 09:32

Dry side in a greenhouse is fine. I would expect damage if the greenhouse falls below -2 and below so I would heat it or bring them inside on those nights.

Which type of Bamboo to plant?

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 09:27

As Salino has said, Fargesia Robusta 'Campbell' is a great looking bamboo. Fargesia 'Asian wonder' is similar but with reddish canes.

If you are willing to put down a barrier then try 'Phyllostachys Shanghai 3'. It is a collectors bamboo that grows huge and is more wind resistant that Fargesia. I think you will still get wind burn regardless of bamboo planted.

brunnera Betty Bowring

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:32

I have this and clay loam soil. It takes a few years to settle in and grow well. I found amending the soil with bark and compost helps a lot to decompact the soil and allow Brunnera to thrive.


It is not variegated Fairygirl, the only difference is the flower is white rather than the usual blue. The variegated form of Brunnera (jack frost) is just as hardy as the  bog standard one.

squash and pumpkins and tree dahlia

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:11

I just answered your tree dahlia question in the other, erm, question.

Tree Dahlia

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:10

You cut off all the stalks when the leaves get frosted. Water pours out of them, so watch out.

You lift the rhyzome (which tends to be large) and store dry over winter. You can heavily mulch them but the new growth takes longer to get large outside of a green house.

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