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Tree advice

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:23

Viburnum x bodnantense "dawn" and "Charles Lamont" are terrific suggestions. I have both., and they are two of my favourites. They flower October to march, and fragrant. Great for cheering you up as you leave the house on a dark winter day.

Tree advice

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 20:34

Some pointers to help you choose:

A tree that is fast growing won't conveniently stop growing at 2 metres. It will need regular pruning, which defeats the object of choosing a tree, as its natural shape will be lost. Better to think of getting a shrub like an elaeagnus, such as a variegated variety. They trend to grow to 2 metres and spread as much. They can be pruned. you could choose a magnolia such as stellata, lovely but slow growing. 

A Japanese  Acer wont like full sun and wind. Both will disfigure the leaves. And a Japanese Acer will be slow growing.

Which geranium is this?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 12:11

Never done it, Nutcutlet. I goggled some sites one or two recommend it, both stem and root cuttings, including one specifically naming Ann Folkard, which has similar structure to Roseanne, but only if bottom heat is applied to keep the temperature above 22 C. 

Here's the link:

I have a couple of bottom heat propagators somewhere - I'll dust them down in Autumn and give it a shot. 


Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 06:52

Perhaps my language was a bit strong, and a bit emotive, but my reaction was to do with using such a plant for a two week exhibition. I don't like the way Chelsea has developed. some exhibits get more and more extravagant by the year, and some rather ridiculous,but then I am a boring traditionalist. I imagined this plant being used as a wow element, only  to be moved again when the show finishes.  They used to argue something similar to justify zoos,high minded arguments about saving the rescued   baby tiger from misery in the wild, educational arguments etc. I know there are arguments for and against. It just doesnt fit with my gardening philosophy and I told it as I felt it.

Which geranium is this?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 05:00

Woodgreen boy, you are right. That,s the one I meant! Got mixed up. I got Orion firstAnd Roseanne later. Its roseanne that I haver two of. I also have the other two you mention. Psilostenum is easy to divide. Ann folkard has very similar flower colour but lovely yellow green leaves. Like Roseanne it does not divide easily. I have had mine for 8 years and have not yet seen a separate crown confidently split off. 

Loopyloo on the old BBC site once told me she had managed to divide  her Roseanne so I wait in hope. What's your experience?

Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 22:15

The link makes sobering reading. Very low survival rate of uprooted plants unless 1 cubic metre of rootball is extracted with it. Plants take 3 to 4 years to die.

But they live long enough to put on a good show for Chelsea 

Which geranium is this?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 20:36

Just had a look. Lovely soft pale blue. Does it flower till autumn, and is it easily divided? Its now on my radar!


Posted: 20/05/2013 at 20:31

Just beneath the flower truss you should see some buds. Once the flower is finished the buds should fatten up. Help them by removing the flower at that point to stop energy going into seed production. If the buds don't develop then it suggests something serious like vine weevil grubs. If you have any vine weevil killer you might want to treat it now just in case. Or you might lift it out of its pot for a quick inspection for grubs, drainage etc..

Which geranium is this?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 19:20

Orion is a very special one. It flowers from June till October, non stop!! I have two. Unfortunately it  is not easily divided, otherwise I'd have a lot more. 


Posted: 20/05/2013 at 18:28

When rotted down they are fine for use in the garden. There is always a question of whether industrial chemicals have been used as preservatives but I'd expect it would still be OK.

Fresh wood chips absorb nutrients (mainly nitrogen, I think) from the soil as they rot down. I'd suggest  finding  a corner of the garden somewhere out of sight and stack it there, possibly covered over, to let it rot down. It might take two or three years but it should eventually make good stuff for mulching / digging in.

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