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Mystery plant

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 15:34

@gingagibbs - you can move plants within the EU. I have brought plants back from many travels within the EU - you can also bring seeds and cuttings back from outside the EU.

@ Anthony Jenkins - a heated greenhouse/conservatory is fine for the Jacaranda and Echium (it does kind of look like one before the flower forms though I am not sold that it is Echium). Echium wildpretii might be grown outside as long as it does not get below -5C in you locale and in well drained, sheltered spot - they get big, certainly some Echium like Pininata can grow and flower in the UK (10ft by 4ft!).

Jacaranda, unless you have a huge greenhouse then it will not get to flowering stage in mainland GB as you will need to prune it to overwinter it inside

The Banana - only a few Ensete can withstand an unheated greenhouse, even with protection and even they lose their leaves. Hopefully you got an Ensete - post a picture and we can ID. Most other Musa needs indoors over winter.

 

Collecting Nasturtium seeds

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 10:10

They can self seed but given this years long spring, I got none that did and none survived. So if you want some free ones next year you need to collect the seeds.

What does everyone think

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 21:24

Are you looking for praise or honest opinion? (apart from the fact that there is flowing water there is nothing that I personally would have in my garden)

Collecting Nasturtium seeds

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 21:21

Fallen ones and ones that come off in your hand should germinate. You just let them dry in a paper bag til spring. You can normally tell when the seeds are ripe just by the size of the seed pod.

Silver birch groups

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:34

Depends on what the look you are going for. if you want a cluster of white bark Birch then 1 metre apart and they will grow into each other. Otherwise I would say 3-4 meters apart.

Beech Hedge is not too happy ...

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:32

It has been very dry since April-have you kept it watered over the summer growing season? Early autumning is an issue across a lot of the UK this year due to the lack of rain.

Can a fir tree recover?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 10:23

Was that was the area next to the Leylandii that has gone brown? it will be old leaves that have not fallen as they were sheltered. Shake them off or use a storng hose on the branches to shake them off. Some Abie (Fir) do shoot from the trunk where light levels have improved but they might not either!

Bargain of the year

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 10:17
archiepem wrote (see)
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 this bench found  flt tipped . with out the rug and cat .

That looks like an old sofa - so the wood will need to be protected and the joints watched for damage being outside. You do not want to fall on your bum come spring.

Shrubs for the front garden wall

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:30
waterbutts wrote (see)

Hello Haisie,

Your planting scheme will be OK short term but you have a lot of big plants for a small area there! The Portuguese laurel grows into a small tree and yews grow pretty quickly and are enormous when they are fully grown.

Enjoy them while they are babies but be ready to say goodbye to them in the not too distant future!

You can of course prune both - Yew makes a damn good hedge plant and Portugese Laural is also a compact hedge plant.

frost in the east coast greenhouse

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 16:51

Ideal heating is an electric fan heater with set to come on at 7C with a view of the greenhouse staying at 5C. I have no leky near my greenhouse (25m from house and no outside supply) so use a paraffin heater (you can get covered ones that do not soot the whole place if the wick is too big - mine is by a German company Biogreen)

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