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Latest posts by blairs

Perlite or Vermiculite

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 12:29

I buy Perlite from Amazon warehouse (£14) with free P&P for 100L

Tree Fern Survival

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 22:32

If a Dicksonia then with this mild weather I am not protecting mine at all and they are pushing out fronds. I only wrap if a hard frost is forecast.

Wet and freezing is not good, but neither is dry and dessicated. In Oz they grow in forests that freeze and are very damp (but you cannot compare a few hours of -10 then 15C) with -3 then 0C in the UK.

I also do not use straw but use Eucalyptus and other tough leaves like broken up Laurel to insulate and keep the crown damp.

Perlite or Vermiculite

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 22:22

Perlite helps drainage, so good for plants that need sharp drainage. Vermiculite keeps the water, so is not as good for succulents etc.

beech hedging / what can i grow undrneath

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:18

I put primrose under my hedge and it works a treat - still got flowers now.

Tree Fern Survival

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:16

Here is a recent debate on exactly this on another forum:

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=21689

I would not wrap them until the weather is forecast below freezing and keep the crown damp as it is a fern.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 21:39

I feel better as I got to do lots of gardening today. The rain did not commence here until late on.

Greenhouse Spares

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 20:59

Ebay would be on my search list.

Ideas for this hedge to hide house!

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 20:57

Eucalyptus is light like Birch but evergreen, they grow fast and are a good light screen, smell lovely in winter. Do have a snapping problem in strong winds due to that rapid growth though!

Adult vine weevil

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 20:54

Not caught any this year, but I found  few at my kitchen window last winter. Double glazing has enough ventilation to allow them to enter. They do like some house plants and will lay eggs if it suits them in house plants.

Ideas for this hedge to hide house!

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 12:47

Loquat has been growing here for years - so took -13C in 2010. Seeds germinate pretty readily and grow quickly.

Aucuba japonica is also a good evergreen but slow growing.

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