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Planting a conifer - help on selection

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 23:08

a1154, I think you should be looking at taxus or junipers. 

Taxus is a tough group responding to hard pruning so easily kept in check.  Not usually pyramid shaped though. ,junipers are also tough and many are the shape you want. 

Not a conifer but the hollies are naturally pyramid shaped, evergreen and tough.  Golden King, for instance, is a beauty and is without prickly foliage 

Mahonia Caress is flowering

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 19:36

foliage just looks tender, doesn't it? Cold east winds too much perhaps.   I feel confident it will be fine here.  Flowers didn't last long but, for me, it's about the foliage. 


Posted: 04/11/2015 at 18:27

It's ok Hosta.  I'm tinkering with your camera now.....wot's this for?  Oops! I can blu tac it back.  he won't notice. 


Posted: 04/11/2015 at 17:40

And its dark don't forget.  not here light on 


Posted: 04/11/2015 at 17:17


Mahonia Caress is flowering

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 15:57

Wonder if it wasn't hardened off properly motorman.  Caress won't be as hardy as other mahonias and need a sheltered spot. 

Mine has finished flowering now and I have removed the flowered stem.  

Got a pretty big mahonia with loads of flowers about to turn yellow.  

Wot's it all about.....?

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 15:53

Hey,,hey,,hey!   I'm talking about what the experts say as a theme ......they DID once say we were going back to fhe Ice Age.  They DID say our weather would be hotter HERE.  They DID say...when we were mostly flooded out (Somerset Levels) .....we would have more winter rain.  They DID say water shortages.  They DID......!!!!  

Slightly different but still the same .....experts told us to buy diesel cars. They are safer, etc.  Now we are told they are dangerous.  We all believe the hype as it comes.  

I used to believe these warnings as they came but now I know better.  

The reason it annoys me is because people then panic en masse, start issuing decrees as to how we should behave and quote recent "weather events" .  Then vested interests pocket the money.  Special govt departments are set up with well paid  officials going through the motions.  

Of course there is "reasonable doubt"......just tune into any expert discussion. 




Posted: 04/11/2015 at 14:14

Got an illness Topbird.  Doc said "get your a... out of my surgery.  Buy buy 

i often grow bulbs, incl alliums, in pots.  This means I can plant them exactly where I want them in spring.  I plant them deeply in the pots and plant out deeply.  Works very well for me.

thanks for your kind words 

Issues with a Leylandii Conifer

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 13:22

Darren, sorry but I agree with pansyface. 

Wot's it all about.....?

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 13:19

latest.....Antarctic has more ice.    Yep, MORE ice 

looking forward to the varying reasons...excuses...but this was NOT expected.  

has anyone been keeping note?  Hotter drier summers and winters.....water shortages. Then wetter colder .....flooding.  Ice melting in the antarctic.  Experts open the curtains and tell us what they see but do so with their specs low on their noses.  


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