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Latest posts by blairs

What herbs do i need to bring in?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 20:53

Are you lot being conservative with bringing in Rosemary, Lavender etc? I know those to shrug off -20C.

Garden insect egg?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 18:43

Difficult to get perspective from photos as times!

Hardy umbrella tree

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 18:24

Schefflera rhododendrifolia is impressa.

There is a blog in the UK about hardy scheffies:

Hardy umbrella tree

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 18:00

I thought Crug farm sold it - have you tried their site? P&P tends to be very expensive.

Another hardy scheffie is Schefflera taiwana ( sells it.

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


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