- Work in partnership as a professional gardener ; have grown Living Stones to Lupins ; common garden plants to obscure shrubs ,trees and perennials ;cacti to conifers ,cycads and caudiciforms .Am still learning !!!!
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Yesterday at 20:05
nuke the bstards!!!........
Remember to firmly secure the traps though , as some partly injured ones will drag them away !
Yesterday at 20:00
There are many Prunus trees somewhat vaguely known as 'Sakura' ; also there are a large number of maple trees spread around our planet .
Colloquial and common names don't always mean a lot to people that grow plants ; best to use the proper botanical names if possible .
Helps with ID .
2 days ago at 19:57
Applaud the 'attitude' ; made me smile ! (That's an achievement in itself) !
2 days ago at 19:50
Lichens can take many years to grow and normally signify a good , clean and healthy environment .
Why would anyone want to remove them ?
Of no detriment to the plant whatsoever .
3 days ago at 22:02
Announced on BBC news tonight ; Iceland frozen foods take the lead and announce a complete ban of plastic packaging on all food and drink within the next five-years .
Hope others follow their lead .
3 days ago at 21:12
Your link regarding lichens is excellent ; we take care of a couple of village churchyards in the Lincolnshire Wolds .
Very open and clean environment , the lichens prove that to me !
3 days ago at 18:01
I'll 'hazard a guess' at Philodendron scandens !
Tropical climber ; keep moist and warm at all times and spray regularly with soft water ; this will avoid the brown leaf tips evident on your plant .
14 Jan 2018 20:18
Looking at the picture again , has someone got the wrong label ?
Looks more like Juniperus or Cryptomeria .
14 Jan 2018 20:14
Hmmmm....................Platycladus orientalis ; used to be known as Thuja orientalis ;(why the name change)?
Looks like (as hogweed says) too dry at some stage . Don't hold out too much hope .
14 Jan 2018 20:06
Any other life form , be it dog , cat , fish or whatever is worth taking care of in this crazy world .
Any living organism , though rarely human , gives me consolation !
14 Jan 2018 18:55
Do you know of a feasible biological control for mealy-bug on succulents ?
14 Jan 2018 18:53
Thanks for that ; still maybe too warm or dry an atmosphere for this time of year .
It is frost tender , but in this season of 'poor-light' , I would be inclined to just keep slightly damp and cool to avoid weak growth . When all frosts have passed , will do well standing outside for the summer in a semi-shaded position .
14 Jan 2018 18:41
Can we be clear here ? Are you referring to an infestation of red-spider mite as described by C/rose12 ?
Or are you referring to Fatsia 'Spidersweb' , which is a varigated 'semi-indoor' or tender shrub ?
14 Jan 2018 16:11
Probably too dry atmosphere ; take a look at this :-
14 Jan 2018 15:51
I think it looks more like Picea pungens 'Glauca' ; plant in a wet position if possible as they hate dryness .
You'll find over time the lower branches will turn brown and lose their needles , this is quite normal . These can be removed as and when .
Not a particularly fast grower ; a garden I 'do' has one @ around 30' tall , but it's been in around 35-40 years .
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13 Jan 2018 18:17
PS Treat similar to a Rhododendron ; permanently moist and cool at the roots .
13 Jan 2018 18:14
I wouldn't worry too much about the 'planting and care' instructions ; pinching out the leader shoot this Spring will encourage a more bushy manner of growth , encouraging lateral shoots .
Fairly hardy in the UK (-10 to -12C I think) ; but make sure the pot doesn't freeze solid .
13 Jan 2018 14:54
I know , it's a new word game !
Here's mine ...........Tree
13 Jan 2018 12:44
Very nice indeed and a credit to your obvious expertise !
Used to have Ornithogalums growing on an old rockery years ago ; unfotunately lost them all when re-structuring my garden .
Will source some more .
13 Jan 2018 12:17
Visited Strelley Hall in Nottinghamshire last Autumn ; very old country estate with superb landscaped surroundings . Oldest parts date back (I think) to the 14/1500s .
Ancient Yews and giant Cedars galore ;
HS 2 is planned to cut right through the lot !!! So much for the governments environmental considerations !