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looking for prunus!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:14

I have prunus cerasifera nigra - which is readily available and similar colour to what you are looking for.

Monkey puzzle tree

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 20:52

How long has the MPT been in the ground? They have a long-ish tap root that you would need to keep intact or it will die. If only been in the ground a few years then give it a try, getting all the tap root. You will need thick garden gloves and thick clothing.

They can grow in pots, nursery ones are because of the tap root issue. Have seen 30+ year old ones in large pots.

They are only slow growing for the first 10-15 years, after that they speed right (esp in  the ground) up as those with front gardens with a huge MPT taking it over will testify. 

Morello cherry

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 20:48

Mine is in clay soil and quite a windy site. Can limit the fruit as you lose flowers if windy but it still crops. I top feed with fish and bonemeal every year and water in summer...prob should prune one I would say plant it where you want it. Unless you have a large pot it is not going to like drying out.

Prunus Amanogawa

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:40

Gosh, 100 litres is fine. Sounds big but is not! As I said I use the pots from Asda that at 3 for £10.

Greenhouse heating

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 21:48

Should add that a thermostatically controlled fan heater is best - set to 5C with a view of the min temp in greenhouse going to 4C or so.

spring is coming

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 13:57

I have Cala lily out all the time. Has been ravaged by winds and slugs alas but no frost damage! They are half hardy so should be OK out now, after this weekends planned frosts. I suspect the frost will be light as we all have 12 hours sun light now.

Infant school garden

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 13:55

Will people be around to tend, water, remove pests etc during the 6 weeks of summer holiday? Something to think about as Peas if planted now will be cropable during summer holidays and lots of pests will have a field day with no one around, esp pea Moth.

Tree advice pls

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 11:09

I would go for some nice Eucalyptus. They grow fast, are evergreen and smell delightful.

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

But you'll spend much less time in the garden over the winter, so being overlooked won't be such an issue 

Most houses have some other houses facing onto them, so it is less about the garden and more about your house being overlooked. I have 1 house that overlooks mine and their kitchen window, although a good distance away looks into mine and I can see them, esp in winter when lights are on. I have planted a forest of Bamboo to filter them out.

Prunus Amanogawa

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 15:31

A pot will dwarf it to some degree. You can prune it and let lower branches take lead. A point of caution on that - it can look obvious where you have pruned for some years.

Convert grass to gravel/chippings

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 10:59

I would also not spray weedkiller if using weed suppressor. You will need it in a year or so as gravel makes a great germination spot for many seedlings.

Tiering - remove the lawn then dig down and level as to what you want it. For protecting each tier I use treated decking boards nailed to fence posts cut to size for a nice finish. Leave a gap to put rubble between the wood and soil as that slows rotting.

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