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Houseplant ID?

Posted: 12/09/2017 at 20:01

looks like a Christmas cactus

new border ideas

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 14:40

or what about Hydrangea Quercifolia - the oak leaved hydrangea. Its leaves go a fabulous red colour in Autumn. I am salivating over one on the crocus website..........

also how about some Euphorbias for that fabulous zingy green they provide in spring? I have euphorbia mellifera because I love its scent in the spring and its tree-like structure, but there are other ones that are better lookers, including a few with red or red-tinted foliage. Best in sun otherwise not fussy plants.

Plants & Flowerbeads

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 14:29

Hi there

As Borderline says, the Acer should be fine in a bit of shade. It and your other plants might be struggling due to your soil. Did you add compost to the soil after creating your beds? I completely get what you are aiming to do with low maintenance shrubs and stones. Some of us love spending a lot of time tending our beloved gardens, some of us don't!

If you are planning to plant shrubs/ small trees it will be important to feed the soil with some compost to get them off to a good start. Once they have got established, they shouldn't need much fussing but they will grow so inevitably some maintenance will be involved, even if it's just a light prune every year.

Plants can cost a lot of money and I would echo Kitty's advice and go to a GOOD garden nursery or centre where you can look at different plants and get some advice before you buy. A knowledgeable garden centre employee should be able to tell you about how big things will get, what sort of conditions the plants need etc. They should also be able to tell you about things that are not currently in season (so unlikely to be in stock at garden centres) - this just simply means they are not flowering or fruiting or displaying lovely foliage at the moment - but that you would  probably be able to order.

Having said all that you might want to consider googling "Chusan palm". This is fully hardy. I have one in my garden.  It was here when I arrived  and has probably only grown four foot in the last 18 years. I reckon it might be about 50 years old and the trunk is probably only 8 foot now. Does need quite a bit of space for the leaves though. Fatsia Japonica might give you the jungly look you are after. Or perhaps you could consider large grasses, including bamboo? (definitely get some professional advice on the latter, as some varieties of bamboo can be really invasive).

Good luck!


What is this yellow flower?

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 13:43

could be Tigridia or Tiger Flower?

Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:15

just installed ad blocker. Happy days - listening to GQT on the iPlayer whilst browsing this forum so really don't want Coke jingle interrupting, thanks

Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:04

good point lamweedy but hopefully won't affect the berries as I'd only spray the leaves. I took about 200 sawfly caterpillar off my gooseberry bush last summer. Sadly only noticed them when they had munched most of the leaves. No fruit for my gooseberry jam! The plant has survived but I want jam this year!

Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:56

the coke advert is driving me nuts. Every time I go on a new page or refresh it serenades me.

Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:27

Top tip Bee! I think I've also heard that it keeps off mossies? My gooseberries were massacred by sawfly last year so  I'll definitely be giving that a go.

Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 12:22

I grow lots of fritillaries and lilies and I hate these pests. I agree with Tim, pesticides are easier but will kill everything. Vigilance will pay off and they are active at the moment. I recently caught several amorous pairs of lily beetles and dispatched them immediately (at least they died happy). It's also worth checking for their eggs on the underside of lily leaves. A long line of orangey-red eggs that you can scrape off cackling with glee.

What to do with my camellia!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 09:58

Hi Bee G

Is it growing close to a tree, or other large shrubs? I had a camellia growing in a border with some rather unattractive, overgrown "car park shrubs". For years it stayed the same size as it was when I bought it (tiny!). I decided to renovate the border and it was the only plant left. Once its large neighbours had been dispensed with it grew rapidly and flowered the next spring, so it obviously didn't like the competition for water, light and food. I'm going to have to prune it quite severely this year as it is growing into quite a large tree. I have another growing very happily under a tree in the back garden, but it is planted a few metres from the tree trunk and flowers very early, before the tree comes into leaf. I make sure it is watered regularly.  It's a pink one called Debbie, I think. I wish I could claim to have planned it that way but it is just a happy accident - I tend to buy plants and then think about where they can go! - so if you know the variety, might be worth googling to see when it flowers, some flower earlier than others. If it is quite small, it should be fine in a large pot in a sheltered position where it gets some sun (avoid morning sun as the flowers will scorch if it has been frosty overnight). Use good soil based compost and perhaps mix in some ericaceous as they supposedly like more acid soils.  Mine are fine in London clay. Definitely worth trying to grow it somewhere else as they are such lovely plants.


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