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Latest posts by blairs

Garden insect egg?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 17:50

How big are they? They look too big to be slug and snail eggs, which are small and you can squish them easily.

Plants Online

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 20:07

Sell some plants via ebay first. You need to check that you have the right quality of plants and the right plants that sell to have a sucessful business.

Greenhouse Thermometer

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 10:31
nutcutlet wrote (see)
I've retired, no need to get in the car and slide up the lane.

Greenhouse Thermometer

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 20:54

It gets rubbish reviews, so I woiuld not buy that thermometer. If you have electricity in the GH then just set the heater thermostat to come on at 3C or whatever. That way you do not need to worry about it. If you are really worried then accuweather or the metoffice give you free alerts.

New borders

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 20:49

I need to lift all the tender stuff - Canna, Dahlia imperalis, Musam Ensete, Hedychiums as soon as. Replace with Bamboo (currently have 5 speciemen size in pots). Plan is to add privacy and create wind breaks after adding in lots of top soil and compost. I will be mulching everything as well.

I also need to construct the greenhouse. It is wooden and partly built in the garage. I need to prep the ground first and have had no time, esp as it is now dark after work.

Tree fern in winter

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 07:53

Personally with Tree Ferns I wrap with fleece when it is forecast to be minus temperatures only. An old duvet over the frowns when it is forecasr below -5C is all that is needed to keep the fronds from browning - I am not as mild as coastal Devon but milder than a lot of the UK.


You have quite a mix of plants next to each other, am guessing in pots as they have different needs:

Phormium - well draining but damp soil, sun to part shadeTrachycarpus - Very well draining soil, full sun
Bamboo - moist soil, sun to semi-shade
Acer japonica - moist well draining soil, out of the wind, semi-shade
Dicksonia antartica - damp soil, semi-shade
Heuchera - damp soil, semi-shade


Tree fern in winter

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:39

Straw can actually cause the crown to rot, so if you do not fancy remocing it ever few weeks I suggest not to, esp if it has overhead protection. In Devon you should be able to keep the fronds evergreen, so I would NOT break and pull the fronds inwards - which you can do in more inclemant areas.

I would suggest putting a few fallen leaves in the crown though, tough ones like Euctalyptus etc that take time to rot down as that will protect it and is exactly what happens in Oz.

Tree fern in winter

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 16:54

Do you have a place with over head evergreen cover? Some large conifers or the like? Seaside Devon should be fine if the crown is kept dryish and the roots dampish without any cover unless it gets a sustained below -5C. It should actually stay evergreen.


Posted: 31/10/2013 at 10:47

Do not use plastic bags as that will keep condensation and that allows mould to form and that is not good as it rots the tubers. An open crate, cardwood box or even an old fashioned paper bag is best. Take off all the soil as the soil is wet and at this tume of year it takes weeks to dry out with the humidity and cold weather.

Wintering Agapanthus

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 14:39
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

always being ready to whip it back under cover if late frosts threaten.

Like this spring! Mine got zapped by March's late hard frost but are on the mend now.

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