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Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 13:56

Or even cut the whole thing down to the ground.  It will almost certainly send up new shoots and will take up to 10 years to get that large again.

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 13:50

Certainly would, Dove!

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 13:27

Looks like a Yucca but may be a cordyline or phormium.  No matter which, maintenance is easy - none!  Well, you should to remove dead leaves from the bottom.

Unfortunately there is no way to control their size other than by removal and replacement.  If you trim the leaves shorter they will look awful and slowly die back from the point where you cut the tips off, so avoid that at all costs.

Sometimes they throw off side shoots or suckers appear close to the base and these can be rooted and used to replace the mother plant when it is removed.

No Strawvberries this year

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 11:01

Agree - if runners have good roots and are planted before about September then they will usually give a small crop following June but if planted much later you usually need to wait a year.

Aluminium greenhouse with asbestos panels - restoration job!

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:53

Sorry, didn't check the delivery charge Bob.  I used them when I built my conservatory so had a large amount of stuff.  I just typed 4mm twinwall into and lots popped-up there with reasonable delivery charges, so if you can't find it locally try there.

help! patio issue

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:44

As Fairygirl and Dave said, it'll be fine.  What sort of patio are you laying (eg slabs/paviours or a plain sheet of concrete)?  If the latter, you will need to add some gravel or similar to give it more structural strength, but if bedding slabs onto a hardcore bed, you can just mix a mortar.

clematis recommendation please

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 23:19

Boulevard types (aka 'top to bottom') are a good choice for that situation.  Some here:


Aluminium greenhouse with asbestos panels - restoration job!

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 20:00

4mm twinwall polycarbonate sheet, Bob.  Very strong, long-lasting and easy to cut.

C & A Building Plastics are one of the cheapest suppliers of polycarb sheet:


lycanthrope infestation

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 19:30

They look like loose pieces of the outer bark which do flake off naturally.  However, if they have all appeared in a short space of time, I suspect a woodpecker or one of several other possible birds has been searching under any loose flakes for insects by levering them off.  There doesn't seem to be any damage.  

any tips

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 20:18

You must try one - easiest is roasting, just slice, a touch of seasoning and bung in the oven for 45 minutes or so - no proper cooking skills required and you won't believe how tasty they are!  If you like soup you can do exactly the same then liquidise them.

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