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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.

Persicaria Red Dragon

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 18:56

It grows well here in Fife, too well. It is as Verdun has said very easy to propagate - I literally just put them in the ground or root in a vase of water and the roots pop out in 2 weeks. It has not got to 5ft here though...it has a habit of snapping in winds for me. Caterpillars seem to like the leaves as well. I just leave it outside - perhaps it is hardier than you think Jeannie? Unless you live in Cairngorm or some other really cold place?

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 10:09

Firebricks - those used inside electric central heating heaters are very heavy for their size and you will not be pinching a pot with 2 of those in it. Widely available

Also remove any care/description labels from the plant. Apparently a plant is most likely to be stolen if you keep the label on it.

Banana leaves turning yellow

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 08:58

I would also not pot up now as it will not grow enough between now and winter and overpotting invites rot if overwatered.

Banana leaves turning yellow

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 08:57

The bottom leaves naturally die back to form the pseudo-stem. The advice on feed is fine but the sunlight levels are rapidly diminishing and you need to be careful not to overwater in winter (yellowing is also a sign of too much water) or you will rot the banana.

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