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Posted: 04/11/2014 at 17:34

I am in Essex and have a beautiful Callicarpa which is covered in berries at the moment. It's dark outside at the moment but will post a picture of the full shrub tomorrow. I have only got a close up pic. of some of the berries (below).

I love my bush which has grown a great deal this year. I bought one for my elderly neighbour next door as I thought my bush would berry better with another bush for pollination purposes, but I can't say it makes any difference. It is a low maintenance shrub which glows at this time of year and I wouldn't be without it. The berries persist for months and are often commented on - the bush is in my front garden in full sun.




Posted: 02/11/2014 at 18:50

I've thought about doing the same as you to show children at school where ginger comes from. I cam across the following article which answered most of my questions and hopefully yours too as it is on my ' things to do' list!

Hope it is helpful 

Infinity garden

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 14:11

Verdun makes a good point. It would be good to know the names of the shrubs as not all would be suitable for a move at this time of year and some have different preferences as to what their roots go into. An example being a camellia - not good to move now, better after flowering in spring...

Forest School

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 23:52

Hi Dane, like Nutcutlet I haven't heard of this type of school before and would like to know more. Thanks.

horticultural society

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 23:17

Table centre pieces made from a cut log with a hole drilled for a candle and decorted with holly etc Lots of different ideas ...


blue chrysanthemum

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 11:14

Yes, if you click on 'how to grow' at the bottom of the page on your link all the info comes up -


New house, blank garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 11:10

By laying the hose pipe on the ground you learn which shape would work, wouldn't work - can you walk around it easily, does its position means all the leaves from a nearby tree are going to foul it etc - check it out before you dig...

blue chrysanthemum

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 10:50

All the advice and more for growing on your plug plants is on  the link that nutcutlet has kindly posted. 

blue chrysanthemum

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 09:27

How big are your plugs and what type of plant are they?

New house, blank garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 09:12

Good advice above. You may have some nice surprises come spring in the form of snowdrops, crocus etc I'd check out your soil ph, have a good look around the area and see what other people have planted and what is doing well.

Lay an old hose pipe on the ground where you think you may like your pond and see what light/shade it gets - if its too awkward a site - too close/too far away from house etc.

Cut out pics from magazines of what you think you'd like over the winter and do all  your research - encourage wildlife by feeding the birds, hedgehogs etc to see what's in the area and keep a list of all you see. My wildlife list continues to grow having been in my house 19 years - I still get surprises!!

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