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Relocating an Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry'

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 23:31

I planted a Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry' in the corner of the garden about 4 years ago without really thinking about the light (or lack of it) with the result that even in the height of summer, I have a dark hole in the corner of the garden where this tree is because the colour of it just sucks the light away.  Over the last four years, its only grown about 10 feet (it was probably about 5 foot when I got it).  This year, I've taken the difficult decision to take it out and replace with a plant that is much 'brighter' to bring a bit of light to the corner of the garden.  I'm resigned to the fact that in digging it up, it will probably put it under so much stress that it will probably kill it, but if there was a chance of saving it, what would be the best way?  I'm thinking the roots might not have gone that far, so how much root ball should I try and dig up to try and keep it safe and relocate it.

Hard pruning a Mahonia

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 23:09

I'm planning to cut back a leggy Mahonia shrub, but just wondering if I can replant the crowns (they'll be three of them), so I can propagate more plants.  Is it as easy as putting cutting of crown in pot with compost and watering?  Other than removing the remaining berries (which haven't turned blue and been eaten by the birds), anything else I should do?

Bamboo

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 23:46

In order to grow bamboo to its full height, you have to give it plenty of room.  In a pot, it won't achieve its full potential height it would grow to in open ground.  The other factor is water.  As mdw84 above said, they water their bamboo in a huge pot nearly every other day.  If you don't or can't to that and/or your pot is small, then that will impact on its height.  Bamboos in open ground that clump rather than run are generally well behaved, but even they might need containing with a barrier if you want to stop it from spreading too far or outside the boundary of where you want it to go.  Digging it up and splitting it might sound relatively easy, but I've seen examples of people trying to split a bamboo in the ground and a pot, and people have snapped spades and have had to use an electric saw to get thru' the roots and rhizomes of a mature bamboo.  Not for the faint hearted!

Foxglove

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:26

Whoops - clicked submit too soon....

Penultimate paragraph....

"Numerous people have told me about playing with the flowers of foxgloves, as children, without coming to any harm but you will still see alleged experts saying that it should be removed from any place where children might be present."

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 17:09

Thanks Verdun.   

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 16:12

I planted a Camelia in the garden at least 4 years ago, but despite looking very green, healthy and a good lot of flowers this year, it is not growing.  I think the roots must have got pot bound before I planted it and despite me thinking I would have teased the roots out, when I put it in the ground, its seems obvious that the roots are still going around in circles hence why its not growing.  I'd like to pull it out the ground and have a look - when is the best time to do that?  Immediately after flowing, or early autumn?  I have had camelia before in a another garden and then grew quite tall quite quickly so not expecting this to have been a slow grower.

 

Conifer for narrow space and upright form

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 20:41

Hi.

I'm looking for a conifer or a yew that is required to fill a narrow space around 3 foot diameter max and will grow upright to around 15-20 foot tall.  I've found plenty that grow to around 10 foot but that's too small.  It is to grow in a space that is part shade, and soil is on the dry side, as its in the corner of the garden with fence line on two sides.  Any suggestions?

Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Narihira Bamboo (AGM)

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 16:32

Looking at buying a Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Narihira Bamboo (AGM).  The label says it doesn't run and is not invasive, so does that mean it does not need to be contained by bamboo barrier?  Planning on using it for screening between me and neighbour.

Do slug eat thru' carrier bags

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:51

Thanks guys.  Not allowed to cut them in half with scissors, or put in bucket of salty water as garden is so small, haven't got anywhere to put the resulting sludge.  I collected another 5 after my first jaunt around the garden.  I did look at the rolling pin in the kitchen draw later on but was told, 'don't even think about it'.

 

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Are you still using it? 
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Last Post: 19/05/2015 at 23:10

Planting Yucca in Ground

Plant these above, below or halfy halfy!! 
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Last Post: 12/05/2015 at 08:23

Photinia Red Robin trimming

Too early/too late to trim back 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 12:09

Relocating an Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry'

Wrong tree in the wrong place 
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Last Post: 27/04/2015 at 00:08

Hard pruning a Mahonia

What to do with the cuttings 
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Last Post: 25/04/2015 at 23:22

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 12:52

Conifer for narrow space and upright form

Recommendations please. 
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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 23:45

Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Narihira Bamboo (AGM)

Doesn't run, but does it need to be contained? 
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Last Post: 12/04/2015 at 16:32

Do slug eat thru' carrier bags

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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 12:45

Crocosmia Lucifer

Early flowering? 
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Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 19:04

Bamboo in trough

Trimming it down to size 
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Last Post: 24/02/2014 at 19:15

mildew-on-aquilegia-leaves

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Last Post: 12/08/2013 at 09:46

tool-of-the-day

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Last Post: 14/08/2013 at 18:05

loging-in

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Last Post: 11/08/2013 at 18:20

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Gone all scruffy 
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