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Plant ID please

Posted: Today at 05:55

Mediterranean beauty for a sunny well drained spot. Beautiful plant, up to about 1ft high and 3ft across.


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Poison Ivy?

Posted: Today at 05:53

Toxicodendron radicans, poison ivy, native to Asia and North America. Where are you that you are overrun with it? 


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Using Bamboo for Screening

Posted: Yesterday at 16:04

Conscious of not advertising on this site so didn't want to pursue that line. Allow me a thought or two and I'll direct you further.


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Snake bark maple

Posted: Yesterday at 16:01

Know it well and there are few acers comparable when it comes to autumn colour. Of course, the bark effect is striking against the right background. Avoid too shallow a soil over chalk or sites where waterlogging is a problem.


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Water Gel Crystals

Posted: Yesterday at 15:34

Modern composts are very good at doing what they are designed for, but, it does require that you stay on top of the watering. They are open and therefore free draining to promote quick strong root growth, but that, of course, means that they dry out quickly.  Even the top quality brands (I use and stock peat- free composts), are the same. I'm watering every day, sometimes twice a day at the moment, just to keep the plants alive!  I still maintain that there is no compost available which is as good as what you can make properly, yourself, using clean garden waste and fallen leaves.  It carries a balanced level of nutrients, has good water retention properties and is nigh on free! 


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Too late to prune back a Kerria Japonica?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:27

Probably a bit tall, that's all, and growing new shoots off older wood too high up the stems, so the weight of the new growth bears down the stem below it. Try removing a proportion of the older wood every year to promote new, stronger growth from low down. That should be self supporting then.


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Using Bamboo for Screening

Posted: Yesterday at 15:24

The genus I would look at is fargesia, rather than phyllostachys. Shorter, more densely crowded with finer stems, it grows to about 8 - 10ft (2.4 - 3m) when well grown. Look at troughs, perhaps the galvanised cattle trough style, as planters.  I stock them, and they're easily sourced, if the plant centre is good enough.  Should cost you about £35 - £50 for a 4/5ft (1.2 -1.5m) tall, well established clump in a 7.5 litre pot, more if in a 10 litre, when it'll be about 6ft (1.8m.) tall.


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Does it stay or does it go?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:19

No, not at all. A new plant in there will do fine planted now. Plenty of time to root away and be strong for winter.


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Too late to prune back a Kerria Japonica?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:06

You'll lose next year's flower,that's all, so if it's bothering you, chop it to the floor. If you kill it you'll have established a world 'first'. Kerria is indestructible!


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Does it stay or does it go?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:04

Harmless growth, but indicative of lack of airflow through the lavender stems (as is the moss).  Looking at the lavender itself, I'd replace it with a nice new young healthy bushy one.


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