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Acer

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:09

They need a sheltered spot - I wonder if the leaves are suffering wind burn. If the soil is damp and the leaves browning and look dry then it sounds like wind damage.

They need well draining soil. There are a large variety of Acers and all prefer but do not need acidic soil as KEF has said. If the pot is waterlogged then you tend to also get branch dieback, though wind damage can also induce that.

I would check drainage and make sure your Acer is in a sheltered spot. It should put out new leaves in early spring.

Lost,stolen or strayed?

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 08:41

Every forum has a churn. Ideally you have a mix of very experienced, experienced. middling and newbies. I have not detected any animosity here, sure we may have different POV but that is healthy.

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?

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