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Himalayan birch and ginkgo biloba advice

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 23:37

I am looking to buy a Himalayan birch multistemmed tree (betula jacquemontii) and a Ginkgo biloba tree. Both of the species I think would provide good focal points in my garden.

I can either buy a multi stemmed himalayan birch which is around 2.5m tall in a 35L pot (for £200) or two single stemmed specimens of the same height and grown in 15L pots. Which one do you think would be best? The other question was regarding prunning. I dont want any of these trees to grow more than 3m tall so I would need to prune them regularly.

Do the ginkgo and birch accept this sort of prunning? I suppose in a way it would be kind of like maintaining two giant bonsais....

I would be grateful for any advice you can offer.

Last edited: 19 August 2016 23:37:48

Sophora prostrata "little baby".

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 02:45

Thank you very much guys. They have both the sophora and the muhlenbeckia.

Sophora prostrata "little baby".

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 22:23

Hi all. The above is one of my favourite plants ever and I discovered it quite by chance in a long forgotten shop where I bought two pots. 2 years on and they have grown to be stunning specimens.

I have been looking to buy a couple of young plants in order to train as bonsais (these plants are perfect for it) however they seem to have deisappeared from our online shops. Have never seen it in my local garden centres for many years.

Anyone might happen to know where I may be able to get some? Any help would be very much appreciated.

PS: Muehlenbeckia Complexa (australian ivy is another one that I am struggling to find)

Help saving Britain's bees.

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 20:35

Currently our government is looking at stopping the ban which allows bee killing pesticides to be used on crops in Britain. If you feel passionate about this subject please go to to learn more and sign the petition against making such decision.


PS: I am not sure if this is posted before but just thought to raise awareness.

PSS: I am not sure if this kind of thread is allowed on this forum either so apologies in advance if it isn't.

Can I store gladioli bulbs until next year?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 23:12

Actually if you knew the Albanian postal service you would realise that they would definitely make it there.....but at the posties' garden rather than my parents'.

The only choice I have is to take them there by myself in August. Which I am assuming means that they can't be planted until next spring?

Can I store gladioli bulbs until next year?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 16:37

Thank you Blue Onion. Yes, I just purchased them.

My parents live in Albania (above Greece) and I dont think there are any problems taking them there.


Can I store gladioli bulbs until next year?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 14:21

I have some gladioli bulbs which have not been potted (bought from shop) and wanted to take some to my mother in August when I go over there (different country). Would I be able to leave these bulbs unpotted and store them until August? If yes, how do I do this?

A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 22:05

The three roses in this combination are stunning as well especially Peace which has very large flowers with custard yellow petals with a hint of pink on the edges. The pure orange rose unfortunately has a very por flower longevity especially in a vase.


The deep brown-orange colour of the "Hot Chocolate" rose in this one is truly amazing. The flowers also tend to stay in that semi-opened shape throughout. Flower longevity is slightly better than the orange rose above.


A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 21:55

This one is called "You are beautiful" from Fryer's roses. It truly lives up to its name and it is the best rose I have ever grown in respect to flower longevity both in the garden and in a vase. The flowers last for at least 2 weeks however after that the petals start to lose their colour becoming whitish and speckled with rust coloured spots.


I remember a few years ago I saw a rose called Osiria in a catalogue which had velvety petals that were white on the outside and dark red on the inside. The rose seems to have disappeared from the shops nowadays and the nearest one I could find resembling it was the "Raspberry Queen". Beautiful flowers (although not dark red) however they do not last very long compared to my other roses.



A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 21:40

Thank you very much everyone.

Sue: The rose is called Double Delight. Flower retention is very good both in the garden and in a vase.

Fairygirl: I posted this here because I wasnt sure where to post. I'm not sure if admin are able to move the thread to the right place?

Victoria: I went to a garden centre and bought a few plants that I liked and used my apple tree as the starting point. As I carried on planting it became obvious that the yellows and oranges were the dominant colour so I carried on buying plants of those colours.

Whereas the white/pink/purple garden was actually planned from scratch.

Orchid thank you. I have a nice collection of orchids in the house as well





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