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Storm damaged willow tree

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 17:44

Update, I'd lost hope in the original tree surviving.

The wind not only pulled the Willow up it's also bent the nearby hawthorn over.

Anyway I planted loads of cuttings, and they have yet to do anything!  The main severed trunk that's been sitting on the ground, is beginning to sprout.  Typical.   But the good news is, that growth has emerged from the original tree.  I'd almost given up on it.  With any luck the tree will come around.

Some off cuts I've used as supports will now probably take while the ones in the pots do nothing!  Perhaps I was too ambitious with the size of my cuttings and should have just used a small section of stripped branch.

 

 

 

gardeners world

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 00:29

I love the program.  I love Monty he's fantastic, and I love Nigel.  The format is really good at the moment.  Two features, Monty in the garden, and Monty's weekend jobs.  The only thing I miss is not having some plant names spelt out, but there isn't the time. The website could help in that regard, with some digital snaps of many of the garden plants that were on film being named.  The most difficult thing is catching the program at all.  Luckily I follow the program if missed via the web if missed.  And I love the snooker too.  Good times. 

Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 00:12

(Sorry I've dumped my recent posts in the Talkback section by accident, mods please move.)

Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 00:10

I'm looking for something a bit different with all year interest.  It can't get too large, about 8ft max with a 2metre radius (smaller probably better).  Something a bit different, that has small leaves that will let the sun through to the rest of the garden.  It needs to tolerate heavy winds too and be a chalk lover, but I might be able to get around the soil problem.

Tamarisk caught my eye.  We have a white, pink, purple scheme, except for yellow in early spring.  It doesn't have to match that scheme. We have lots of lavender growing.  I like Buddleia but the other half hates it.  Shame as one would fit well.

It can be a large shrub, but I'd like an upright, standard shape.

Thanks.

 

Chameleon plant

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 23:52

Oh dear, I've moved it once already.

I was thinking of parking it behind the pond, where it can't really travel far.  But I'll reconsider.  How about a buried pot?  Is it likely to propagate by seed?

I have the variegated variety and it has the prettiest colour.

The image of rampant roots on this page triggered me to ask here:

http://www.robsplants.com/plants/HouttCorda

 

Chameleon plant

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 19:15

When I said that it's akin to ground elder, I meant that it can get out of control and is hard to remove like ground elder.  Sorry for the confusion.

Interesting that it's a marsh plant.  I read that it thrives in wetter soils, and you can stop it running rampant by keeping it in a dry site.

Chameleon plant

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 18:31

I bought a chameleon plant this week. It's quite charming.  Anyway I've since read that it can run rampant, and it's akin to ground elder.  Are these fears accurate?

I'm thinking of sandwiching between two strips of concrete.

Does anyone have one, and does anyone eat it?  Are all varieties edible?  I think I read that it's also known as fishwort.

Thanks,

What's this plant?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 18:28

Chatted to neighbour and their Virginia Creeper is confined to  a small pot, which would probably explain why it hasn't gone off like a rocket.

What's this plant?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 13:23

I thought it looked like a creeper.  The neighbour has one growing up her back wall, but it isn't that vigorous.  Perhaps due to a small footing.

Amazing plants that can grow that rapidly.  My hops go from nothing to a dense cover very quickly, but they are manageable.

I keep pulling down what is a wild vine in my garden.  I assumed it was some wild honey suckle, that's a little out of control.

 

Small willow planting advice

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:41

Also the tree was south facing, and has no stems on the back side.  I'm not that fussed about that.  But it would be nice to have a better distribution of branches.

How should I prune this?

How far back from the soil should I prune it too (I was quite shy)?

And when is the best time to prune willows?

I found a video that suggests hard pruning these after the catkins have dropped.  I'm not sure if that would be a good idea for it in it's first year after transplanting?  Plus, it doesn't look like it's been hacked back in the past, so one of the lean overs is getting quite thick.  I quite like it's asymmetry as is.

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