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Posted: 18/02/2016 at 08:01

Ta muchly Dove  

and now I must go...

This chap needs hair.......

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 08:00

How about one of little blue fescues  Tetley - he has a look of a granddad, so it would look like he was a 'silver surfer'  

Dreadlocks chicky - brilliant!

Moving a Rhododedron

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 07:57

Yes - but you can prune them!

I've done it frequently.  Scotland would be drowning under a sea of the damn things if we didn't 


Posted: 18/02/2016 at 07:55

Morning/afties all. Chilly and sparkly here but dry - hurray - not dreich chicky! You're almost one of us..... 

Hope everyone enjoys their walk and I've waved the wand to keep the hail, rain and sleet away 

Denzel was waiting on the fence this morning. He's a delight and makes me laugh when I see him sitting hopefully on the fence  

Glad you got a bit of extra kip Pat. You've had a busy washday! Nothing to beat it hanging outside though 

Off for a quick look round while I finish my cuppa and head off. Have  super day everyone - stay warm and dry.

Inspiration needed.

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 21:30

You're better with  slightly smaller specimens. They'll establish more quickly than bigger ones - 3 feet (90/100 cm) is ideal. Prepare the ground well - remove all weeds and add compost and well rotted manure to the area, with a sprinkling of bone meal. Plant firmly and water in well. Mulch with more compost or bark. Don't let them get dried out -  water if there are long dry spells or cold drying winds.

The bare root season finishes in March so if you get them now you can heel them in to some spare ground until you have the area ready. I planted my Hornbeam at about 12 - 15 inch intervals. Keep it about a foot or 18 inches away from your fence to allow it to grow out as well as up. 

I've used Hopes Grove nursery (online) several times and always found them good.

Plants for around a pond

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 21:17

You don't need to move the water round - a wildlife pond will balance itself with a few oxygenators. Elodea crispa is the most common one and readily available but there are others too. You won't need much for a small pond. If you want wildlife in it - make sure you have good access. A sloping edge will let creatures in and out safely, and birds and insects will be able to drink and bathe 

Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 19:03

Heatwave summer Verd - you don't know you're born.....   

I realised they were small - but thought I'd err on the cautious side.  

I'd move them just now too - they possibly haven't been in long either.  I  move stuff when I shouldn't, but even in summer we get a lot of rain, so it isn't usually too difficult.


Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:01

They're not overly keen on full sun either Sue. A sheltered spot - west facing- is the ideal site. 

You run the risk of losing any flowers if you move them now. As long as they're in suitable soil and don't get dried out, they'll be fine where they are for a couple of months. Once they've flowered you can move them then. Get a good rootball when you lift them, be generous with compost etc in the new planting hole, and make sure they get well watered till established, and also in late summer when they form the new buds for the following year. 

Plants for around a pond

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:55

Lyn - I must think on a different wavelength!  

You're right of course - and you'd then have wee Johnny's mother knocking on the door complaining and threatening to sue....

I have a Libertia (as Verdun mentioned) and a dark Phormium beside mine - it's a small area too. Little ferns are useful too.  


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 12:51

Brilliant isn't it Hosta? 

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