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Black Friday bargains

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 21:28

Stores are experts at making money. The iPads on sale are the original ones, now 2 years and 2 version ago. The stores create the false impression that you are getting a bargain and create competition. People love to compete, in fact the fighting on the news yesterday will have boosted sales rather than lower them.

My favourite nursery tends to have a sale in January, so I will save my pennies for some specimen plants.

Nandina domestica

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 21:25

David is right, cut it to the ground to rejuvenate. I personally like the standard affect of older Nandinia.

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 21:19

I dislike January as people take all their lighting down. I think it really lifts the winter blues and literally makes light in darkness. My daughter just loves lights around trees (aged 3) and it is always great when she says 'oh I love those trees, its so pretty'.

Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 11:08

If I won the lottery and could afford it, then yes!

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:00

Am getting rid of my Buxus hedge around the front garden. It is on a slope and the top half of the hedge suffers from drying out and bronzing. The bottom half is now double in size as it gets the shade and is verdant green but can get stood on by the kids. It is also too small for what I want. I plan to replace with a Beech hedge.

Calla Lilies

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 22:00

Certainly Calla Lily. Digging them up should get rid of them. 

Calla Lilies

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 13:56

They are not that hardy, so exposing them to frosts will kill them. Are you sure they are Calla Lilly?

moving to scotland

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 23:07

Depends where you live in Fife. The Coast from Arbroath down to North Berwick is very mild and the sunniest, driest part of Scotland.

Fast growing hedging

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 15:28

Bare root hedging is available now, you should be able to get whips for a few pence each by buying a large quantity. Beech, Hornbean and Blackthorn mix would cover what you want. For a few more pounds you could look at Laurel. For fast growth add lots of feed into the planting area.

Canna Lily

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:39

My experience is you can dry store them if the rhizome is big. If you grew from seed this year then store in slightly damp soil or they will tend to die They are bog plants in warmer climates.

I leave them to be lightly frosted basically to minimise the time they are stored for. You remove all of this years growth, being careful not to cut down next years growth, though it will continue to grow.

I just store them in the garage.

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