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Plant identification

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 17:01

Have one on my wishlist too - been admiring one in a neighbours front garden for a couple of years.  Tricky colour to fit with other stuff though so will probably have to put it on its own.

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 16:49

Personally, it's the amount of hard standing (block paving, concrete, slabbing etc.) which I see as problematic.  None of those allow surface water to be absorbed into the ground so aggravating surface flooding which is becoming more and more of a problem in urban areas.

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 14:26

You could break the pot and remove the pieces then create a little raised bed (to the same height as the top of the soil in the pot) around the tree.  The problem is that the tree roots have grown through the holes in the bottom of the pot and blocked them, so the pot no longer has any drainage.  As the roots grow more, they will eventually strangle themselves at the point they pass through the holes in the pot.  Leaving it like that will likely kill the tree.  I strongly recommend sacrificing the pot and then either building the raised bed around it, or digging the whole thing out and planting it in the garden at the proper level.


Posted: 23/11/2013 at 11:34

Good mornin' all and especially to Pottie Pam for recommending the 'Slime' which I've just used to repair the puncture in my wheelbarrow tyre - worked a treat so can now shift the 36 x 70 litre bags of compost which have been sitting on my drive all week!  After shifting that lot it's a day of shredding and planting out the last of the bulbs until it gets dark (so not long then at this time of the year!)

Cabbage white butter flys

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 18:44

Use netting with holes no larger than 7mm and double check that there are no tears or gaps otherwise the butterflies will squeeze through - I've seen them fly all around my nets 'inspecting' the quality of my workmanship!

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 18:40

No problem in repotting into a slightly larger pot right now.  What you don't want to do (with any plant) is to re-pot it into a much larger pot at this time of year as the chances are all of that new extra compost will stay wet and cause the roots to rot before they start growing again in Spring.


Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:20

I think you're right Daintiness - that would explain the leaf colour too.


Posted: 21/11/2013 at 22:18

Hi zebrina,  That looks more like some form of laurel to me.  Must say the leaves don't look all that healthy if it is a laurel.

mystery plant

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 00:15

It's not Fat Hen, but looks as though it could well be related.  The way the flowers grow on long stems coming from leaf-stem joints makes me think that.  Large group.

planting Hawthorh from cuttings

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 23:09

From my experience, hawthorn cuttings don't take very well - I had less than 1 in 5 root.  It is normally propagated from seed and now is the ideal time to collect the haws and sow them - they need the cold period in the soil to help them germinate.

I think the best chance of rooting cuttings would be to take 6 or 7 times as many as you need in Autumn from strong new semi-ripe (part woody, part green stem) growth.

Young 'whips' are very cheap to buy and will give you a hedge in much less time - probably at least 2 years quicker than growing from seed or cuttings.

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