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Posted: 04/03/2014 at 12:27

I have seen plants insulated with shredded paper - it was hardy banana pseudostems covered with drain pipes and stuffed with shredded paper. A lid was placed to keep the paper dry. If it gets wet then the plant will rot.

I bubble wrap when needed - not really needed it this winter!

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 20:55
landgirl100 wrote (see)

Might no.4 be a Weigela, mine is just coming into leaf.

Yes - that is it. I have Weigela and always forget the name. I knew it was something in my garden.

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:04

Agree with the above but no #4 as I have the same shrub but do not have Lilac. It looks more like Spirea.

Planting Nerines

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:34

I potted mine in a terracotta pot as soon as I got them last spring. They have just died back after flowering all winter and some are showing new growth points. Outside all summer and autumn. I bring them inside in winter to see those pink flowers and they would be wrecked by winds and they are hardier dry than wet. Plant them relatively close together as that helps repel water and the competition seems to help flowering.

Horticultural grade Coir

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 08:53

IKEA is possibly the cheapest place to source it. Amazon and ebay sell it but when you add in postage it gets expensive. I used coir last year for tropical seeds and it is light and useful. For hardy and half hardy seeds I would stick with compost mixed with grit and Perlite.

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 21:14

I meant thread scissors, those small ones with sharp points.

ID this plant

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 19:40

It is Dracena sanderiana, often used in aquariums and also called ''Lucky bamboo

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 17:17

I always remove all brown fronds as they can get in the way of emerging ones in early spring. They can also deflect water away from the rhizome. I use an old pair of scissors.

Boundary hedging

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 23:33

As Bookertoo has said Yew takes time to grow large and after removing the Laurel you need to amend the soil to improve and feed it. Lots of top soil, manure and compost.

Het Loo and Versailles use Hornbeam to offset and protect their Buxus parterre.

Garlic Planting

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:40

Mine are out all year as they are hardy. Mine are in raised beds, so the ground is well draining. Can you improve drainage before planting?

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