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bay tree looking sad

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 00:27

Bays are mediteranean trees, they appreciate good drainage and need less humous than many plants so I grow mine in pots with lots of grit mixed with garden soil, no compost. Despite incredibly wet winter they are doing fine. I also ensure they are sheltered from cold winds.


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 20:35

My sister is signed up with some organisation to spend an hour every 31st January each year checking on the the bird species in her garden and sending in the results. This morning she tells me she spent 50 minutes staring out at steady rain from a grey tupperware sky [yes she lives in Manchester] with exactly zero birds in view. fed up she went to the kitchen to start a brew, came back and found loads of birds having what she called a party [ Magpies, blackbirds, robins and Blue Tits were some she mentioned. Encouraged she decided to have further hours viewing, went to collect her cuppa, returned to find all birds gone. After a further bird free 45 mins a solitary bird she could nor identify turned up [initially she thought it was a Green finch but there were yellow markings on the head]


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 20:24

I have seen them in Offerton, a suburb of Stockport, so they have reached North west England.

Young birch tree

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 20:50

Sounds like you still have Crimson frost then. You usually pay extra for multi- stemmed birch trees, so I think you should give it a chance and see if you like it.

Young birch tree

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 09:15

Hi Angi

You say your Birch is variety Crimson Frost. Do you know if this was a grafted specimen? If that was the case then a branch of this variety would have been combined with the stem and root of a wild birch tree. If the break occured below the graft join then the new shoots would be ordinary wild birch. There should be a visible graft point on the stem if it is a graft.

Poplar trees

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 00:20

The true Lombardy poplar cloe, var italica is a male clone, no seeds. There is a female clone P. nigra " foemina" which is fastigiate but much broader than the true lombardy. The Hybrid Black poplars, P Robusta and P serotina are both male [ but both huge trees ].


Posted: 23/01/2016 at 01:12

Not all willows come easily from cuttings. The group of willows we call"pussy willows" such as Salix caprea are quite hard to root from cuttings.

Tree suggestions

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 00:57

What about our native maple , Acer campestre, planted as standards. It is is tough and hardy and so will tolerate your high altitude and in leaf gives a more dense screen than Birch.

Cut leaf Norway MAPLE

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 22:30

It is propagated by grafting, if you know where there is a specimen you could have a go at grafting otherwise why don't you purchase a tree from a commercial supplier.

Which Magnolia?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 23:09

Not sure if Susan will reach 12-15ft except under optimal conditions, around here [N.W England] most older specimens are around 8-10 ft in height. A variety with large purple flowers which reaches 15 ft is Iolanthe. If you like star magnolia types then stellata has a big brother called Magnolia x loebneri which slowly gets to 15 ft. It has a pinky purple variety called Leonard Messel. Both these varieties usually flower about 3 years after planting and are hardy in the climate in north west England.

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