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deodarus - how much can go

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 18:51

My mother has a lovely mature Deodarus tree. It is taking a real battering (since my mother lives on a high ridge) from the wind, and she fears it will blow down on to the roof of the house. She wants to keep the tree, so I am wondering if it can have a proportion of the top cut down to minimize the risk. If it can be topped, how much can go whilst still maximizing it's chances of survival. It is taller than a fairly high, two story building.

Also, she is hoping that a nearby Monkey-Puzzle will be OK, since it doesn't sway so much. Any advise regarding either tree would be very welcome.

azalea wind damage

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 11:08

That's great! It is good to know it can be done. Thanks

azalea wind damage

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 01:38

Thanks for that, it is certainly worth a go, and there is nothing to loose by trying.

azalea wind damage

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 21:42

Thanks for that Dave. It still has healthy leaves on so is not deciduous, but it has flower buds on it too. Would you recommend just cutting these out? I know it is all a longs shot for any of them to root, but it is of sentimental value.

azalea wind damage

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:00

It isn't the time of year for any sort of cuttings as far as I am aware, but I've had a lovely red Azalea torn in two by a falling tree, and I want to know if I can use any of the material for cuttings. I have a heated propagator, a window ledge, big pots if necessary. What stands the best chance, small leaf, nodal, semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings? I would really like some of these to take in case the original dies.

I want to hide the houses at the end of the garden

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:34

Try a 'Kiftsgate' rose growing up  trees and fences. I started some off from seed a few years back and I can confirm what everybody says about them, that they are very tough and enthusiastic, high-climbers. With luck, they won't just draw attention away from the houses but will swallow them altogether, covering them with a thick blanket of beautifully scented, copious clusters of white roses. Good luck.

Need a rose recommendation

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 21:30

You might look for Gardeners Glory. It is quite new, but looks and smells delicious!




Posted: 17/12/2012 at 22:38

I thought I would have a go at growing Jacaranda as bonsai specimens. I got the seed to germinate easily and had about 20 little plants which did well over the summer. I knew they were Mediterranean plants, so they would have to stay indoors overwinter. The autumn began badly for them, with a bad attack of greenfly in the room where they were so I put them outside for a brief period, and sprayed them with a low dose of mild detergent. After a few fairly mild days of wind and rain the greenfly had gone, so I brought them indoors again. Ah, but they seem to have got the message that winter had started already, and all withered and wilted - or at least I am hoping that was the cause. Basically, never having been to the Mediterranean, I don't even know if Jacaranda should die down for the winter, and even if they should, whether they should do so after such brief, early autumn exposure to the elements. The other horrible possibility is (of course) that they might be super sensitive to detergent. I've never had a plant die from the concentration or brand that I used before, but the leaves did seem very fine, fern-like and sensitive. Could somebody who knows these plants put me out of my misery and tell me if I have killed the poor things off??

Static-electrical winowing

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 15:40

No, no Frank I wasn't upset! The emoticon I put at the end isn't the best one I have ever used. It's supposed to indicate "surprise", in my case the surpirse was, as you so rightly predicted, I really did find chaff in both my keyboard and mouse. I think we have just unearthed one of the drawbacks of combining gardening with computers. If there was an emoticon on offer to depict laughing I would have to use it now. Dinah.

Static-electrical winowing

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 00:25

There is definately somthing to be said in favour of more traditional methods. You're too right about the chaff in the keyboard, and stuck in the roller of the mouse!

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