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Posted: 25/08/2013 at 21:26

A heater for winter, a solar powered light (assuming no electricity in greenhouse), a water source (or guttering around the greenhouse and a tank to collect that rainfall), a cloth for keeping the glass clean.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:13

I would put a hedge of Hornbeam. They can be pruned to be very thin and keep their leaves mostly through the winter.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:12

I root the in water, very easy.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 09:54

Large Allium bulbs have a habit of dividing in twain to produce 2 flowering plants, so bigger can be good to get more plants!


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 07:35

You prune the old wood - it is brown-yellow in colour and normally has flowers.fruit on it. Cut them to the ground after fruiting. New growth (and next years fruit)  are the green stems. You leave them.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 21:02

Hornbeam is good for 'evergreen' cover and for thin hedges and you can mix that with other hedging plants. If you wait a few months then you can get all these hedge plants for pence each bare root.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:42

Hawthorn - no one is going to go through that, it is cheap, easy to grow and grows fast. You can mix in evergreens with it.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 13:02

I normally root them in water. I think a wet tissue in a bag works fine - have used that coming back from holiday many a time!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 16:13
Diddydoit wrote (see)

I grow a lot of cordylines from seed,and they are very easy to grow.But as blairs says they do need good drainage and do take upto10 years to look at thier best.They do look good in the boarder at 3 yrs.I tried rapping the leaves one winter,but because they could not breath they just rotted off,but did sprout the following spring.


Diddydoit wrote (see)

I agrre with you blairs.I have all of mine in pot and have not intension's of planting them in the ground.It makesit so much easyier to bring the inside.

Are you going to try and grow them inside or cut off the foliage and keep them in hibernation? The latter works better with Ensete as they naturally have a winter 'hibernation' in Ethiopia and mountains of Nepal/India/China etc.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 11:16

I think it was the lime from the farm: you just have to see the affect of salt spray from winter roads that brown Yew.

I have a Yew in my clay soil, though I improved the drainage somewhat and it was in a pot for years before - it was not getting enough water and nutrients in the pot. It turned dark green from almost yellow within weeks.


I would be tempted to add an ericacious liqduid feed and a high nitrogen feed.

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