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Dierama/agapanthus plants: plant now or leave til spring?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 08:33

Agapanthus Bridal Bouquet is white flowering (as the name suggests) and the leaves get damaged in frost. I had them in a cold greenhouse and the late frosts in spring zapped a lot of the leaves putting the plants back by months this year, so I would say a frost free greenhouse rather than cold, if possible. Otherwise if a hard frost is forecast I suggest bringing them indoors/garage till the hard frosts stop.

Moving a Yew

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 08:28

Love your garden Pootler, looks great. Now is a good time to move evergreens though early spring is also good.

My experience is Yew likes well draining soil. They make a good hedge as long as they are away from salt spray from roads (sure way to brown any evergreen). They can do full shade but prefer full sun. I moved some Yew in pots (I was thinking of loose topiary) into the ground a few weeks back. They are much greener and happier looking already as they were bronzing due to lack of water and nutrients. Some bone meal and leaf mulch and they should be happy to move now.

Anyone know what this is

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 08:19

It is honey fungus.

It's not all doom and gloom though, there's several different species / strains of Honey Fungus and only a couple of them are virulent pathogens, the others are harmless decay fungi that only feed on already-dead wood. Since this is on an old stump going by the picture, it's more likely to be one of those harmless strains than one of the pathogenic ones that attack living shrubs/trees.

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 16:05

@Charlie November - quite right, they sell scare stories, that is all.

Can anyone identify this plant please?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 08:51

It is Fascicularia bicolor, hardy in well draining soil. If it has survived 4 winters so far than I would leave it totally alone as it seems happy where it is TBH.

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 12:53

The Daily Express runs the coldest winter every year now:

 

November 27th 2012

The express

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/358 ... ars-on-way

October 10th 2011

The express

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/276516 ... ni-ice-age

November 2nd 2011

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/281196 ... it-Britain   There is nothing in the long term forecast to suggest anything very cold - bog standard winter, at least one hopes for. Best to prepare for the worst and be happy when it is mild.

Green privet versus rubbish dump

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 07:56

They do not sound like the sort of people that will ever be your friends. I would put up a fence at the area to protect the hedge. Good fences good neighbours make.

banana palm

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 20:20

Do you know what type of banana it is?

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 21:49

I would not put glass or anything damaging under pots for the sole reason is that it might be you who forgets what is under there and you badly cut your own hand.

I used to have problems with teenagers using my old garden as a cut through (it was not fenced or hedges). Shouting at them did not work, a fence did not work (they lifted up the wires), so I put anti-vandal paint all over it, took one look, tried and it covered them in glue like stuff and they never came back. You could put that under a pot but as per my original paragraph - it could be you lifting that pot and that sticky paint all over you...

Hedge choices

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 10:29

Reading your quesiton made me think of a Yew hedge as it is evergreen and easy to care for. I also thought of Beech as it is a grand hedge.

I screen my garden with red Berberis mixed with Rowans - so 3 Berberis then a Rowan all aorund the garden in that pattern. Flows into each other in summer, Berberis being evergreen, Rowan deciduous.

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