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Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:28

A lot of companies send out packets of seeds with no instructions. They expect you to look on the internet.

My Tithonia packet says ''needs light to germinate''...nothing for a week. I put it in the airing cupboard for 2 days and full germination in full darkness! Some seeds say difficult to germinate and all come up within days whilst 'easy' seeds can confound and never grow!

problems with bamboo

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 15:15

They do go yellow now in spring as they produce new growth and it has been windy. I would keep them well watered and fed.

Mini Greenhouse - door open or closed?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:49

Obviously zip it up during the day if it is windy or it can blow over/away regardless of how heavy the pots inside it are.

Mini Greenhouse - door open or closed?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:45

I take it they are all very small? Otherwise they are all hardy and can go out now.

help with ornamental tree choice

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 22:08

I also like Choisya. Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl' has to my eye a slightly more attractive 'tropical' look to its leaves and is also evergreen. Not sure if it has a scent like ternatta though.

I have 2 winter box (Sarcococca confusa and Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'). The latter has a pleasant scent in winter. Both are evergreen and look pleasant and very low maintainance.

Conifers perishing?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 21:54

It would not be acidic/ericaceous soil if it had lime in it (such as spent mushroom compost). I would ditch the limestone and use something else as drainage. The browning can just be wind burn, lack/too much water or frost damage. A lot of confiers have browned new growth from the late frosts earlier in April. Depending on type of conifer I would be tempted to prune it off. New growth might just hide it though.

Talkback: Trees for small gardens

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 21:47

Rowans get big quite quickly. My whip (50cm) this time last year grew to 8ft by autumn last year. I expect it to branch out this year.

Eucatlyptus do grow too large too quickly - 5 years to 20-30ft. The problem is it does grow too quickly and the roots are shallow and in strong winds have a tendancy to fall over. Not good in a small garden as you pick up the damage of a heavy 20ft tree.

Paulowina is a good choice as they grow quickly but you cut them down and they regrow to 6ft every year with large leaves.

House plant ID Please

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 13:55

It is a South African plant called Senecio - not sure which type of Senecio though. They can take light frost if the soil is dry but no hard frosts.

Border edging

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 15:08

Use log roll again but back it with cheaper wood such as old pallet wood or wood from the likes of B&Q etc. That way you only ever need to change the cheap wood at the back every 5-10 years and the logs stay looking good.

Trachycarpus fortunei (Windmill palm)

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 11:45

Can you post a pic? They do get those brown tips and patches even before emerging after damp weather and it has been damp for over a year now.

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