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Latest posts by blairs

beech-tree/-beech-hedge-

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 10:38

Beech whips cost pennies, esp bare root. Beech is unlikely to grow from clippings as they are poor are putting out roots and dry out and die. Wait a few months and buy a hedge - at least you will know they will leaf in Spring.

planting-dahlia-from-seeds

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 10:35

Dahlia Imperialis is very easy from seed. They get to around 1 metre in their first year then rocket afterwards. If lucky you get flowers late in autumn - so more foliage/bamboo affect.

amelanchier

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:57

Does not help you now, but Amelanchier do fine in my clay soil. I just break up the area around it mix in soil and bark (to keep the soil around the roots light) and it has been growing away.

Bamboo

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:53

Phyllostachys is not clump forming! They are slow to run but will do.

Fargesia are clump forming and are the ones to go for for a border screen.

how-to-buy-good-shrubs-online

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:52

Am loving the plants from Coblands - there are also discount vouchers online for them. Well packaged and large shrubs and some unusual plants.

Crocus is also very good - would also be happy to recc. them.

I would avoid J Parkers, Thompson and Morgan, Van Meulan etc as their plants are 9cm pots.

robinia-peusdoacacia-frisia

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 16:02

They are ofter grafted, so if pruning back, do not cut back too much. I would be inclined to thin the canopy by removing some of the branches now and thin again next spring. That should not stress the Robinia Frisia too much.

gladioli

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 12:50

It sounds like caterpillar larave and eggs. I would not have cut them down. Over wintering depends on local conditions. It rarely gets to below 0 where I live and (excluding last Dec), winter is not too wet, so Gladioli can be left in well draining soil. If not I lift them then place in a box wrapped in newspaper till March and re pot.

Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace"

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:31

Are you sure it was Black lace and not any of the green ones like Sutherlands gold? My Black lace has never thrown up green leaves, only dark ones.

Talkback: Horseflies

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:20

Seems to be a good year for Horsefly. I have been bitten and so has all my family this year. Sore when they do!

 

Rowan shedding leaves

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:18

Is the ground dry/very wet (perhaps a high water table)? I have a few juvenile trees that suffered by the low rainfall until very recently, though I would have suspected that a 20+ year old tree would have roots deep enough to sail through.

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