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I've discovered something

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:29

I have a large woodland and park near my house. I would like some ferns to introduce themselves (there is a lot in the woodland) but that has not happened yet. I always get tree seedlings coming up...I plant them back in the woodland and around my town.It is nice to see some trees that you have grown when you walk/drive by, sad when they are removed.

The nicest things to self grow are Holly,  wild orchids (seem to grow from rhizomes), Pine and Yew seedlings.

Oops I'm in the dog house

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:14

Why did the spade break? If the soil is clay then use a fork to break it up, not a spade...I have lost 3 spades with my soil whilst the forks are all still going strong.

 

I am always getting in trouble for spending money on the 'stupid garden'! Too many plants, compost, mulch, feeds, tools, heater for greenhouse etc. Yet there are complaints when something does not look right - gardeners cannot win.

Acer

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:10

Double post.

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.

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