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Help identify

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 23:43

my cousin in Toronto Canada sent me these photos to see if I could identify this shrub she saw at a garden she recently visited, Ive no idea what it is, just wondered if anyone on here could help

Need to screen my garden

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 00:05

I had a similar issue, i sourced 4 old galvanised water tanks, planted them up with very vigorous bamboos, within a year they were 12ft tall and last year they filled out giving me a lovely screen that moves with the wind, i keep it topped at about the 12ft so they don't get out of control. it was cheap and quick, they are thirsty so you've got to keep them well watered and fed with lawn feed

perennial red salvia leaf

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 00:03

Is it one of the mexican salvias? similar to salvia hot lips?


What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 23:48

they are fairly robust, i cut off all the old leaves to the ground in January, it seems a bit harsh but youll be rewarded when the flower spike appears closely followed by all the new leaves.

What tree is this?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:58

its not a fushia, looks more like escallonia


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 01:19

if your running mains water to a greenhouse the pipe will need to be sunk in a trench at least a foot deep from your supply or house to the greenhouse, Ive previously done this a few times, is the concrete foundation a full base poured slab of concrete? or is it just a foundation slab around the outside edge to sit the greenhouse walls on? if its a full slab id be tempted to bring the pipe up just outside the greenhouse and sink a concrete fencepost into the ground then attach the pipe and tap to that, concreting the post in is best so its secure. be aware that you should get your plumber to allow a valve in the pipe to enable you to drain the pipe of all water before the first frosts to stop the pipe/tap from freezing and fracturing.

If its just a foundation slab around the outside which forms a base for the greenhouse to sit on you should be able to dig out enought of a hole under the foundation to continue the pipe into the greenhouse before then fixing a postinto the ground in the greenhouse (as per outside) 


Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:59

Ive heard that if you have a coal fire and spread the sweepings when you have your chimney swept around the base of the rose the acidity in the soot kills off the black spot fungus, ive never tried it as my roses dont get black spot but might be worth a go if you can get your hands on some coal soot


update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 22:44

I bought a 12ft x 8ft secondhand greenhouse a year ago and like you i wanted the extra height so as not to bang my head on my hanging baskets as i had done in a previous greenhouse id owed. so i added a row of breezeblocks on edge, the greenhouse came with an aluminium base which i drilled holes in every 18inches and used 100mm self tapping screws and rawlplugs as in the photo previously posted.It doesnt move, even in 60mph winds.

I had the same thoughts about the step, especially as id raised it up by 150mm on the block and a further 100mm on the aluminium base but cutting any of the base bars would weaken the structure so much that the when you added the glass the weight would cause the sides either side of the door to splay outwards, this may be lessened by the screws along the base but i wouldnt trust it in a gale.

As per previous comments, its the base that holds the whole structure together, it may only be thin strips but i promise you cutting it will be a disaster waiting to happen and a waste of £500 not to mind how you'd feel if it injured a loved one if they were inside.

I built a step outside mine and laid a slab path down the centre of the GH raised up so as to lessen the step.

Finally...  sliding doors need to have both top and bottom runners, if you were to remove the bottom runner your doors would buckle, the glass would get damaged/ broken

If this is really going to bother you that much you'd need to get a tig welder in to rebuild the whole door section and to fit a hinged door.

Ive built 4 greenhouses and dismantled 3  so i have experience with these structures.

its your call but i know what i would do 

Another "Guess the plant" Thread

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 23:58

almost 100% that the large one is the Viburnum Tinus as previously suggested and id agree that the one at the back looks most like a hebe but which sort im not sure


Posted: 03/04/2013 at 23:32

My lupins are up and have a few dozen leaves already on each plant. I am in bournemouth though and near the sea so we are a bit warmer.

i grow a dozen or so in a bed and they struggle to make it past the first year, however if the do they do great, this year it looks like ill have to replace 4 of the 12 as theres no sign of them.

To keep the slugs off i use copper rings, i dont like using pellets as i feed lots of wild birds in the garden. you just need to make sure none of the leaves hang down over the edge of the copper ring or it gives the sulgs/snails a way in.

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