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Not What I Thought!

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 08:31

This is Davidia involucrata, the Handkerchief Tree. It's a georgeous tree but it does take a while before you can enjoy it's flowers ( which look like small handkerchiefs), about ten years!!

If you want to keep the tree it would be advisable to move it from that spot because it will eventually reach to 12 m/ 38 ft. You can, of course, keep it at the height it is now, but in that case you'll hardly get any flowers at all. If you wish to move it, you can do so after the leaves have fallen but make sure that there's a rootball of about 50 cm in diameter, otherwise the roots might possibly dry out.


Should my honeysuckle look like this

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 16:30

Nutcutlet and Silver Surfer are right, it is a Salix species. Most likely it's Salix caprea, also known as Goat  Willow. They can grow up to 9m (28ft) and need a lot of water, as most willow do. In the Netherlands they are ripped out of the garden as soon as people know what it is as it has an infamous reputation of growing it's roots in the drainage system which can and will be destroyed when the tree grows bigger.

Help to plant new sloping borders

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 15:26

They started with small plants ( in 3 liter pots) in 2001 and in about 5 years the weedproof fabric underneath had been covered completely. I noticed that Nutcutlet recommended the variegated Euonymus', and IMO they would look very good together with the Cotoneaster if planted in large drifts.    

Is this a Weed?

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 16:45

Yes, PeterE17 is right, it is Pentaglottis sempervirens.

Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 11:09

Could be Scilla litardierei, in that case. According to Anna Pavord it flowers in late April and since we've had such a cold Spring it could well be that it flowered later than it normally does or should do.

I think they're lovely and having seen these, I'm going to order some for my own garden, as well as the Prospero ( love the name). Thanks for showing them, Norman D!

Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:56

Ah, I missed that Nutcutlet, thanks for letting me know. I'll have another look in the book then.

Help to plant new sloping borders

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:41





 This is an example of what you could do with the sloping sunny borders. It's a photo of a part of a Dutch garden which was built when the dikes needed reinforcing. It's a lot of hard work building it but, when established, it hardly needs any care at all. Some clipping and watering, that's it. Lots of beautiful alpines have been incorporated while building this terraced part, and before that, the slope itself was planted with Cotoneaster dammeri.  

Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:28

This beauty is called Prospero autumnale, it's synonym is Scilla autumnalis.

Please help ID these trees.

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 10:42

First tree could be Morus alba, a White Mulberry Tree. The second one, I think could be Aronia melanocarpa, Black Chokeberry. Third photo is not clear enough. I think the fourth one could be Ailanthus altissima, a Tree of Heaven, judging from the leaves. 




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