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Latest posts by blairs

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.

Moving a tree in a pot

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:13

I have Katsura (Cercidiphyllum Japonicum). They take a pruning in autumn, so can be any size you need. I have had mine for 10 years and it is still only 8ft with a thin canopy. They do need good drainage, so make sure the new home has lots of added grit.

The price of compost

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 17:32
Gold1locks wrote (see)

Just finished my last bag of Westlands (good stuff) and bought 3 bags of Asda MP 70 litres for £10 9as I was in the store anyway. It is rubbish for seeds, clumping and woolly, a clearly visible mix of different coloured stuff ranging from dark brown to almost white shreddings. No way you could sprinkle a fine layer to cover small seeds.It will be fine for what I plan to use it for - bedding plants in pots that I will top up with liquied fertiliser. For the extra £1 I'll go back to Westland

Have the same experience of Asda compost - it also dries out easily, too easily, OK for filling in pots, raised beds etc.

Homebase is a good compost and always on 4 for 3.

Builders Bag

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:41

Why does she want them in a builders bag? It sounds rather inelegant and I think they will burst in a few years, esp after a wet cold winter. If you had the builders bag (the 1 ton ones?) then use pallet wood to make a planter around it - it will look less naff and will last.

What's eating my seedlings?!

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:38

Yip slugs. I did find my first vine weevil of the year in my coldframe though

Can daffodils drown?

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:25

Bulbs rarely do well in heavy soil and north facing is not going to help either. I have heavy soil and always add in grit and compost to keep the bulbs well drained. Part of the leaves only will be the poor light - they will be several weeks behind those in full sun, so there is hope. Not convinced they will do well in heavy soil that floods and in north facing situ long term.

To answer the question in general, bulbs like daffodils can survive flooding in winter but only for a few days.

Patio advice - replacing concrete

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:19

Am not the biggest fan of decking but it would be the easiest and cheapest option. Laying slabs or tiles might be difficult if it is not level or odd shaped. Decking covers a multitude of sins. Nice decking in a small area would not cost more than a few hindred pounds and would be a nice place to sit and walk out to.

Cherry tree.

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 21:14

Nothing on mine yet - I would not worry until mid-May as lots of plants are 2-4 weeks behind with the late frosts and poor weather.

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