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Electricity Pole

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 16:40

It depends on what you plant, if it's trees then look at the spread of the tree to give you an indication as to how far from the pole you need to plant. Conifers tend to spread less than other trees, but can become problematic especially leyllandii, but they will grow very fast. Native trees are best for wildlife, , but I'd place any tree at 20 ft. You seem to have the space so a small copse of native trees will bring more benefits than conifers.

Plant ID help please

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 16:19

First two are euonymous, third is pyracantha, fourth looks like artemesia, for some reason it won't allow me to enlarge, so there may be other suggestions for number 4.

Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 16:15

I'd keep it in a cold frame or cool GH overwinter. They need to develop a deep root system before going into the ground, and 2 yr old plants will survive better in the ground than 1 yr old cuttings. I'd also pot it on to a deeper pot 10-12 inches deep at the optimum. That will give it the best chance.

plant id

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 16:09

Helianthus I think someone else will confirm or otherwise identify.

Electricity Pole

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:04

Angela, people are suggesting numerous things including painting the pole. It's a criminal offence to interfere with the electricity supply, and that includes the poles, painting is included in that offence. Planting trees near the pole that may grow to interfere with the supply only leaves open the likelihood that the supply company will just cut them down. If your'e going to plant anything in front of the pole it needs to be sufficiently far away as to not interfere with the supply. 

Overwintering Potted Buxus

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 10:55

Best thing you can do is to bury the pots in the soil overwinter. This stops the roots freezing in the pots during winter. Weather forecasts for winter are predicting  a prolonged cold spell next January and February, so if you have some spare ground or space in your borders, I'd get them in there by the end of October early November at the latest.


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 10:50

Once the flowers have formed seeds I usually put them on the ground for the birds. As for the stems I add them to the compost bin. If you don't have a compost bin pop them in the green recycling waste. Sunflowers are annuals so they won't come back next year.

How do I get to the next stage from cuttings to fully grown plant

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 13:39

Fender, hypericum or st johns wort spread bey extending their root systems, so you won't need to pinch that out, just leave it in the pot for the rest of this year, as for the others as Verdun has said, leave them in a cold frame over winter or sheltered spot, the others, next spring prune to just above the new growth. they'll take 2  years to produce decent sized plants, so be patient.

Electricity Pole

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 09:40

Angela, you have a problem which I'm afraid you will not be able to solve. The electricity companies will remove any vegetation growing up an electricity pole no matter what it is, for safety reasons. All you can do is create a screen in front of it with some trees, but they have to be far enough away as to not interfere with the live wires.

Golden Bamboo advice

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:46

They can grow to nearly 5 metres and spread up to 2 metres, so eventually you'll need very big pots, usually weighted with a very heavy base as wind can topple them easily in small pots. To be honest they aren't plants for a novice gardener. If the conditions are right they can grow very quickly and that can mean trying to repot a huge plant, which isn't easy at all.

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