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Huge fir tree dying! Help!!

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 09:15

Unless you've been on a very long holiday, it's a very short time  for a tree to go downhill so quickly. If someone's had a go at it - they'd have need a lot of whatever they used for it to happen that suddenly.

Are you sure you just haven't noticed it deteriorating? They can suffer from phytophthora, but you would have seen signs of rotting before now.

Whatever the reason - it's done anyway - as ppauper says. 

Layering Bulbs In Containers

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 09:10
plant pauper says:

Maybe I'm just not very good at it but I find with bulb layering there is a constant display of stuff going over.  

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 That's partly the reason I don't do it either ppauper. You need a lot of plants, and some very careful decisions for it to really succeed   

Shrubs for Planter

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 09:06

Just realised I put 5cm instead of 50cm  

The planting medium and proper aftercare are the secrets to maintaining something long term, as BL says.

There are certainly plenty of choices for the location. It largely depends how much time you want to spend looking after it  

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Posted: 22/08/2017 at 08:51

Oh p*ss off 

Layering Bulbs In Containers

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 07:44

I don't like the whole layering thing as I don't think you ever get a good dispaly from anything, but having said that - I'd leave the tulips and have them in separate pots if you want to grow them. As r'girl says, they don't tend to return year on year - you get a couple of years or so from them, so it can be a nuisance if you then have to take them out. Some are more reliable than others, but  it's only the red and yellow Apeldoorns which return, or the species tulips which are quite different. Many people treatthem as annuals and plant fresh every year.

The reticulata Irises are the same - they tend to diminish after a few years. There are plenty of narcissus of varying sizes, and flowering times, which you could layer up though - as well as the usual crocus and grape hyacinths if you like purples/lilacs. 

I also use plastic pot inserts for bulbs, as well as other planting, to give succession. It's the easiest way to get impact. 

If you like purples and whites, there are plenty of tulips to choose from, and I'd recommened you use a good online supplier like Peter Nyssen for them. If you choose carefully, you can get a longer season of colour by picking different types with different flowering times too.

Normal advice is to plant tulips later (November)  when it's colder to avoid tulip virus, but we can plant quite early up here without issue. September/October. You could experiment to see what works for you 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 07:28

Absolutely terrific DD. You thoroughly deserve your success  

Glad you had a chance to pop in, but the fact you haven't been able to do it very often is testament to how well you're doing. 

Cakes look fab too - any left for  a little fairy?    

Tree advice

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 07:25

I'd echo Amelanchier, Rowan (Sorbus - not  whitebeam though - the mountain ash)  or Silver Birch.

Rowans grow on clay up here Redwing  (they're our National tree really  ) so that isn't an issue.  Dry soil is though - they need some decent moisture to do their best.

The berries are very attractive at this time of year, and of great benefit to birds. Some of the local rowans here  have been glorious for weeks  

Amelanchiers also have beautiful berries in autumn.

Shrubs for Planter

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 07:14

Bear in mind that anything substantial in a container will need a lot of looking after. 

It would be better to build something more permanent - a proper raised bed, unless you mean 5cm is the height of the trough? It would need to be the same depth (ie across ) to give a decent enough base for a good sized shrub. 

Eleagnus would grow happily enough in a big container though, and grows relatively quickly, although nothing will be instant.

You could simply plant something like Privet, or Lonicera, and trim/prune accordingly. The yellow ones would also be brighter. Privet's not strictly evergreen, unless you get plenty of moisture, but will screen more than adequately over winter.

It'll grow a bit quicker too. 

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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 06:39

Morning all/afties Pat - that requires a bitmore than a pair of loppers!

Doc - is a diehard Forker LP  

I could never cope with two threads either - and I've always been on this one  

I didn't watch that prog although I'd seen trailers. Can't abide Miss Hart either. I assumed her mother was related to Tom Hart Dyke in some way though, given  that it's not a common name.  Is he her nephew then? 

Sad news for you Joyce. Hope all is ok with you though x

Off to take daughter for a shift at work in a moment or three. Can't she get shifts that start at 12 ? 

Gunnera Help

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 19:59

Has it been completely submerged? The crown shouldn't be underwater or it will rot.

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