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Are these both oak trees?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:05

Thanks very much - they look identical shape wise, but much different in co!our and texture. I guess growing in different locations has led to this? Only one had an acorn attached though which put  me off the scent a little..

I'll give them both love :)

Cheers all.

Are these both oak trees?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 19:24

Thanks nutcutlet...had a 'discussion' with my mother at the weekend whom insisted the greener leaved plant wasn't an oak.

Is it possible to identify the variety from the leaves...or are they both the same tree with a 'different upbringng'?

Many thanks!

Are these both oak trees?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 19:15

Hi all.

Spotted two 'baby' plants growing as I was weeding at the weekend. One growing behind the shed and under conifers; one growing behind some outdoor furniture also under conifers. How they both managed to thrive there, I don't know!

Pretty sure one of them is definitely a type of oak (the pic with the redder leaves) but the other I'm not too sure of. I've since moved them to an open spot so they can continue to grow (the 'oak' had an acorn at the bottom still).

Any ideas folks?

Many thanks!

Rampant bamboo

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 12:58

Yes - I'll have a look at those suggestions too - so thanks from me as well!  The miscanthus look quite pleasing.  

There is another plant I see around (tend to be around landscaped developments) which I can't yet name.  Long, thin leaves, quite bushy...looks utterly resplendent in the wind and rain! Pretty sure it's not bamboo however. Might even be in the list provided by Verdun above.

Just to go back to the contained bamboo query: even with 3 feet high walled containers (with small drainage holes at the bottom)  would I be risking trails finding a route through these holes?  Might be best to speak with a specialist bamboo nursery, or indeed, give up on the idea overall!


Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 12:50

Hi all,

Popped down the local garden centre at the weekend to pick up a soil tester. They didn't have the probe ones I'd hoped for (can easily pick them up on line) but had a small vial with the tablet (sulphur?.

Tough to get a definitive result from this (although I've never used them before so no experience what to expect) but, once settled and held up against the light, it indicated a reading of pH reading of 6.0 Acid (we all had a look at settled on the same result).

This was taken from the main patch of garden (sloping back up to the fence) and pretty much anything I've planted in it has grown successfully.

Whether this means the picea will thrive there (or at least the new one!!) or I could chance a pieris in there I don't know. 

I'll probably order a probe soil tester for future reading.


Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 13:10


Will do - and report back!

Huge thanks

Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:35

Come to think of it, there are paving slabs in the front garden too (will all be removed once we re do the drive)...and one of them was right up to the pieris - might explain the problem there!

Could I pot another one (fill the pot with ericaceous) and place that in the ground...or will the roots seep out the bottom of the pot and connect with any lime remnants?

Great learning curve for me this thread 

Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:30

If you want something blue in that spot check out juniperus blue star or look at eucalyptus gunnii pruned annually or even a blue grass like elymus magellanicus.  plants growing in suitable comditions look happy and really is not worth growing stuff where not suited.

Will do.  I've got a (type of) eucalyptus in the front garden (as a tree)...they really do rocket up....pruned a fair bit that one!

Most of my garden was 'planned' just by look...I really didn't go too deep into what was right (for my pains).  For the most part, it's all worked quite well (couple of cherry trees with issues and this picea aside) but I want to look into proper planning a bit more now (so will purchase a soil tester).  The sloping bank I mentioned is the last piece of garden I have left for planting, so I'll research soil types here.  Will stick a post on the planning section of these boards.  Aside from the soil, it's the blinking slugs and snails I have to think about too!

Many thanks

Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:23

Verdun, I posted before I saw your reply.  The soil type recommended from various sites suggest pH: acid and neutral soil...can grow in very acid soils.

No idea until I test what kind of soil I have, but perhaps if it's fairly acid, then it might recover in it's new location (with more light and away from the cement).  The only other plant I've had trouble growing (and really like) is the pieris (front garden through) which also likes acid soil. Sound like my garden's soil is more neutral?


Unhealthy looking Picea Pungens Blue Diamond

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:00

^^  The 'bumf' for Picea Pungens suggests the following:

Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.

Therefore if I purchase a new picea pungent, but locate it in a different part of the garden (were in fact I've moved the 'perished' one to), away from the patio and lime might I be ok?  The lime from the patio slabs may explain why my run of buxus have expired there (at least half of them) but not elsewhere in my garden.

I'll pick up a tester before I do that anyway.  

Just for future reference, could I place in a sheet of perspex (or similar) vertically into the ground where patio slabs are?

Many thanks!

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