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Container grown Acer

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:15

On siting - make sure it is not in a windy spot - they hate it!  

Not sure about the best pot - but my gut feel would say terracotta - more stable, looks better, stops the roots cooking in the summer.  Good luck with it, they are lovely little trees !  I have a couple of big ones, and a whole set i am nurturing from baby plants from an offer a few years ago.  I was advised (nursery lady at hampton court flower show) to only pot them on a pot size at a time, as they try to put on enough root growth every year to fill their pot - and if the new pot is much bigger than the old, they sometimes wear themselves out with the effort


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 09:40

Andy - you'll need another GH for all those baskets.  Hope GH's go up, pond's get deeper, hedges get longer and veg patches get fluffier.  Gorgeous here today, will be gardening all day - bliss!  Magnolia starting to flower here, so we will now be on tenterhooks just in case a frost ruins the display over the next few weeks

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 18:26

Love PiNK from the bottom up - might stand half a chance of remembering it now Mrs G you are a genius


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 18:19

Allium - I thought GW was sad too

Two stepover pears planted, hostas potted up, daffs in the ground, and lots of time spent furtling for new shoots - happy times 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 14:26

Hey Fairy - your bulbs are up !!


Your favourite pergola rose

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:03

Not got any photos of it in bloom - and it looks a bit drab at the moment!  Remind me again in June


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:29

Panda - once the flowers are over the japanese quince responds well to a good bit of hacking.  Ours was a tree when we arrived here, but it was in the way of ladder access to our chimney (don't ask, long story) so OH felled it.  It has come back beautifully as a multi stemmed shrub.

the prunings take well as cuttings too (someone in Flooded Gardens might like one)

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:21

Thanks for this thread - always up for learning the science in bite size chunks !

A question - what does seaweed extract do on the NPK front?  And things like tomato feed are high in K - but do they have any of the N or P too?


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:13

He made me laugh - did she sell it to the Army and Navy stores ??? ....... Coat, got ...


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:06

Morning all

what are you planting Lily?  Hope project GH is proceeding up in Tracey-land

I will be planting a couple of flowering pots of tete a tete - have some gaps i want to fill and will never get the placing right if i wait for bulbs in autumn.  And some lovely pulmonarias -opal and trevi fountain - company for some i bought last year that are doing really well.  Then some weeding  & tidying - bit of a mammoth job that needs tackling a bit at the time.

hope Punkdoc is out of the kennel now 

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Anyone know a good one? 
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