Paul N

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Posted: 12/10/2012 at 19:15

Treat them the same way I treat pot grown tender fuchsias. I shorten the stems by say half then strip off all remaining flowers and all leaves. Place in greenhouse and water extremely sparingly.


Moving a tree

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 19:07

Trees should be moved during their dormant period, say November onwards but not when the ground is frozen. It's only a titch so should move happily but dig a decent sized root ball with it. 

How to get rid of excess soil?

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 20:49

Create raised beds. NEVER throw soil away.

Best time to transplant trees.

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 20:45

You don't say how large it is. If it's pretty big, I would atempt it but take cuttings instead as they grow quite quickly and easily. Yes, any time in their dormant season, say November onwards.

Anyone dismantled and moved a greenhouse before??

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 20:43

I've moved greenhouses three of four times in recent years so what's your problem? The first thing I would do is to make sure your new site is well and ready. Because of the low head room in my present greenhouse, and made shallow foundations and a rectangle of breeze blocks which raised the head room by 12". I then laid concrete on the floor. I presume you have an aluminium greenhouse; you didn't say. To clean the glass sponge over the glass with something like Jeyes Fluid then jet wash off or use a watering can. Much of the glass in my inherited greenhouse was smashed so I marked the survivors using a Chinagraph pencil so they would at least have a chance at going back in the same way. Remove glass and safely stack. Using something like a 10mm open ended spanner undo the connexting nuts and bolts one at a time. Being mad of aluminium, some will snap but never mind, they are cheap enough to buy packs of them. Move the empty greenhouse 'walls' to the new site and set down on a narrow bed of sealant. If laying on concrete or blocks, drill, Rawlplug and screw the walls down. Measure the diagonals to ensure it's square. Insert glass and use new W-clips. That's about it. I used old pieces of glass I found or were given to me but old glass is dreadful to cut accurately and is almost false economy. I made staging from 2"x1" and it's done pretty well over the last fifteen years but does now need a little work. When I fitted my glass I used long 'worms' of special putty-like stuff under the glass plus the clips but I now think this was not necessary.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 21:21


I have now Googled Kashmir Balsam and feel sure this is the plant I saw in Giverny. More importantly it is nowhere near as as invasive as the Himalayan. Excellent thanks! Visually the appearance of the Kashmir Balsam is that it has pink and white petals whilst Himalayan Balsam has a single pink colour.


Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 21:07

Thanks for the replies, even the slightly hysterical ones. I will look into Kashmir Balsam as I may have wrongly identified the plants I saw at Giverny.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 15:09

Well not quite. I read somewhere a while ago that it should not be grown at all, such as in one's garden. A friend finally dug hers up and disposed of it. When my wife and I visited Monet's garden in Giverny a couple of weeks ago, we saw lots of it there. I actually like the look of it and intend to grow it in my garden but bearing in mind it MAY try to get out of control.


Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 14:36

Himalayan Balsam - to plant or not to plant? An invasive pest or a pretty flower? Discuss.

Giverny in September

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 18:47

We would say 'busy' rather than crowded as we arrived at midday. I think when we return, perhaps when the roses would be at their peak, we shall visit the exhibition of contemporary artists across the road. It's modern strip of gardens was pretty nice too, and see more of the village. Vernon itself, there was little of interest for us there. In fact France seemed to be closed as there were so few people about. Even in a city the size of Rouen, it was pretty deserted.

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