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Latest posts by steephill

crinodendron recovery

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 13:17

I have two specimens growing in my garden, both about 12ft high but they are at least 25 years old. I have acid soil which they like and it is also reasonably moist. I think moisture might be the key thing for your potted specimen - don't let it dry out.

Bees love the flowers which are jewel like - solid, firm almost artificial looking flowers which the bees wriggle into for the nectar.

20ft screen/conifer ideas please

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 22:43
Bear in mind that the law has changed regarding hedge height. Anything over 2 metres could now be challenged. Something shorter but closer might be more effective.

Location, Location, Location.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:31

Lots of interesting information there but did you mean to give away your email address? I presume that the link you gave has your login details which you might not want to share with the world.

Glamis Castle Walled Garden Restoration project

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 14:52

Brings back happy memories of Glamis - friends used to live in the thatched cottage next door to the "Strathy" (Strathmore Arms).

flopping hedges

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 14:32

There is no magic solution to this, cutting back and reshaping as you suggest is the right answer. His only other option is to watch it get worse as the hedge grows even further out of control.

How about printing out a few articles from this site and the RHS (e.g. ) on how to keep hedges in trim and showing them to him?

Greenhouse cooling

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 16:57

Thermometers should be shaded, not exposed to direct sun.

Nothing will grow - suggestions please!

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 14:58

You would also need to persuade your neighbour to get rid of their conifer. It will be sucking all the moisture out of the surrounding soil. If this isn't possible then think about using containers but these will need watering. Automatic watering systems can be very useful here.

Greenhouse cooling

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 14:53

I think you may need a new thermometer. I can't imagine any UK greenhouse getting to those sorts of temperatures in the current weather. 50F I could believe but not 50C. That temperature would fry humans never mind plants!


Good tip on the solar fans. I have a few old PC fans lying around and had been thinking of doing this. I have automatic vents but some additional ventilation during bright Winter weather would also be welcome to keep the greenhouse fresh. What bits do you need? Can you just connect the panel output to the fans?

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 12:20

What is in your neighbours gardens? I ask because you will need at least one other different compatible apple or pear variety to pollinate your own for best results. Few are reliably self-fertile.  More info here As they say on the Beeb "other supplier are available".

Crab apple trees will pollinate most apples and as they are chosen more for their blossom rather than fruit they are very common.

If there are no suitable trees around you one solution would be to try one of those "family tree" trees.

Pear trees usually take longer to fruit so you would need to be patient.


Posted: 25/03/2013 at 10:50

General location?

Pollinating insects will not be attracted to sterile plants or those with double forms of flowers. Basically just read those articles which tell you how to attract insects and choose the other types.

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