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Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:31

It often gets called that BB2. The new growth can look a bit odd compared to mature leaves.You can give them  a good tidy up once they're established too. Just take off any rubbishy looking leaves to keep a nice shape. They'll discard quite a lot of lower ones anyway. If they're in a site where they're happy, they make really big plants.

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:24

Aye - you'll be lucky Steve...

Actually - May can sometimes be nice here...wouldn't come without good waterproofs and a few jumpers though....

What shrubs are these?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:21

Conifer for the first and cotoneaster for the second. 

I have to agree about the variegated conifers 

What's wrong with Rosemary?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:18

It doesn't look too happy at all Steve 

It looks as if it's excessive wet that's caused it. If it was me, I'd dig it out, take all the dead bits off, give it a haircut and put it in a pot of it's own with half grit and half poor soil or compost and keep it somewhere sheltered. Mine often got like that  (we get very high rainfall) and in open ground they just get swamped sometimes and then struggle. I always have them in pots now in the way I've described and they do so much better because of it although they can still get some discoloured leaves at this time of year.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 16:53

Mike - I really don't know what to say. I find it hard to believe your daughter could just be left high and dry like that, surely they must give her plenty of time to relocate? I hope you can get put in touch with some organisation that can give her support - local housing authority, Social Services and Citizen's Advice for a start. 

I admire your strong beliefs Mike, even though I'm a total atheist.  It must give you such a lot of comfort. Let us all be your shoulder for crying on - whenever you need it. x

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 16:27

The heavy rain over the winter may have caused a few problems too, leaching nutrition out of the soil.  I've had several Fatsias, in different gardens, and they do get a bit bleached if they get too much sun so they need a better, more moisture retentive soil if they're in that aspect, but they don't like sitting in wet ground either. The wind does give them a bit of a hiding as well. I planted one in the front border in this new garden last year but it's too exposed there, so I'll find a better location for it. They're great plants if you like a jungly look too.

will my new four tier plastic greenhouse work same as a glass one?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 13:06

I think you still have to take account of the weather filmbuffy. They just don't give the same protection as the real thing in more severe cold.

I made small holes in the back of mine and attached it with wire from the frame onto the fence after one disappeared across the garden last year! I didn't have too much bother with the giant snails I have here but they had quite a rough trek to get to the growhouse anyway as there's only fences and gravel around them for some distance! Perhaps the beer traps might be a better solution if you're plagued by slugs and snails.


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 12:56

My mother was very fond of a kaolin poultice for a chesty cough. I can still picture her heating up the tin in a pot of boiling water. No wonder we winced when she approached with it on the cloth as children....    Happy days 

Clearing up here so  I may get some outdoorsy stuff done anyway.

Panda - my ex partner always said hut and I say shed but I find myself saying hut quite often now!

will my new four tier plastic greenhouse work same as a glass one?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 12:49

They're not as substantial as a conventional greenhouse but are adequate for keeping the worst of the weather off things that aren't totally hardy. Just make sure you attach it securely to something- in an exposed location they take off ! Heaters would be a no no.

I grow tomatoes in mine as we just don't get consistent enough temperatures at night up here for them.


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:38

You have so much colour and variety in your garden Marion - it's  obvious how much pleasure it all gives you. The bluebells are gorgeous 

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