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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.

Moving a tree in a pot

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 21:57

My only advice is to prune in winter (after the lovely leaves have fallen) to your own preference and shape.

My 2 Katsura where the first ones to leaf this year.

Splitting 2 Amelanchiers

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:37

I would also wait till autumn but would also be nosey to see how easy the trees are to pull apart. 2 years after bare-root makes me think that they could be splt quite easily with minumum damage...they are tough trees.

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