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Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Easter Radbud

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:48

Cercis "Forest Pansy" is classed as a small tree or a large shrub. They have them growing like shrubs in borders at the Eden Project. They take 20 - 50 years to reach full size. They can grow to over 8 metres, but I would imagine that you could keep it pruned. I bought one 3 years ago and it is not as tall as me.

Newbie Novice

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:42

When they've grown big enough to handle and have their first real leaves, not just the seedling ones, you pot them on into fresh compost in little pots, or saved yoghurt pots with holes for drainage in the bottom. If they are only a week old they are probably still too young. When you pot them on you hold them very gently by the leaves, not touching the stems, and using a pencil or a plastic plant label ease the seedling carefully out and drop it into a hole in the compost in the new pot having made the hole with a pencil. Push the compost carefully around the seedling and water it. Then when there is no more risk of frost you can plant them in the garden.

As for how many to sow (you sow a seed and plant a plant), it depends how many there are in the packet. A dahlia seed is a reasonable size, you can sow each one individually into modules or about an inch apart in trays. Some seeds, like petunias and lobelia are really tiny, much harder to sow.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:39

You sound like a hedgehog!

The smileys keep wanting to go to the wrong end of the sentence.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:35

Wow! Buds on your peonies! Mine are still little red shoots and I am so much further south than you. Shows how England is protected by the Gulf Stream.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:30


SweetPea, I'm wondering if you have seen mature sweetpea plants growing. They are tall. These are photos I took at Anne Hathaway's cottage, Stratford upon Avon.



Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:16

That's great Tracey. Let's hope the weather stays fine to put the glass in. I love my greenhouse. Just in time to sow your seeds.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:17

Hello Blackest

blackest wrote (see)

 ok here is another that i cant identify , first strange plant relocated to the meadow next door

I think that could be yellow allysum.

Funny old day today, cold, wet, sudden gusts of strong wind, hailstorm, sunny periods, so I took OH out to lunch.

Cherry tree

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 08:13

Stella is a good one and you can get it on a dwarf rooting stock if you don't want it too big. Then it may be possible to net it if birds are a problem.

Which trees would you plant?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 08:05

I first thought of copper beech, it would hide the house and be beautiful, but it would probably be bigger than you want eventually and spread out too much. Silver birch grows tall but lets light through, but being light and airy may not hide the house in winter. Do you mind about winter? Some of the normal small trees for gardens, like crab apples probably wouldn't be tall enough. Maples are lovely and there is a variety.

can someone tell me what flowers are called?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 07:58

Ha Ha, , but computers aren't my strong point!

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