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by Andy
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Which Bamboo is best as a hedge?
Replies: 10
Views: 1173

Re: Which Bamboo is best as a hedge?

Ah thanks for the info! The Fargesia looks lovely - have just been browsing pics on the net. They do all seem to be different sizes, but from what I have read, they can get to a decent height without taking over. I do like the Phyllostachys too - love the yellow culms! It would be nice to have somet...
by Andy
Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Which Bamboo is best as a hedge?
Replies: 10
Views: 1173

Which Bamboo is best as a hedge?

Hi All, I have been looking at Bamboos and trying to work out which one might be best as a medium sized hedge - does anybody have any good advice? Specifically, I have a Ceonothus and other shrubs in a bit of the garden that is elevated, about 1m deep and behind a 1m high retaining wall, meaning the...
by Andy
Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Disgraceful coastal planting..
Replies: 25
Views: 1511

Re: Disgraceful coastal planting..

Hi, that really is poor. I don't know the place, but you mention it is a new development. I am a town planner and deal with development schemes every day. There will have been a requirement for a landscaping scheme to be agreed. If it was agreed, it looks a bit poor. More importantly though, there w...
by Andy
Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Indivisa from seed
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: Indivisa from seed

Hi, I lost all my C Australis after the winter so thought I would buy some Indivisa seeds off the internet, as they are apparently hardier when older. They seem to take quite a while to germinate, mine have been going a couple of months now and look like short sprigs of grass. Out of a packet of 20 ...
by Andy
Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:05 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Can Fascicularia bicolor be divided?
Replies: 12
Views: 2041

Re: Can Fascicularia bicolor be divided?

I bought a clump about 5 years ago and split it in half... They do sulk a bit for a year after, but fine after that... Mine is massive again now!
by Andy
Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: opuntia hardiness?
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: opuntia hardiness?

I have an Opuntia Robusta in a wall pot next to my north facing front door. It has been fine and survived the last couple of years (despite having frozen solid in the worst of this year) O Robusta tends to droop a bit, so good for hanging baskets/wall pots... It was a cutting from my Mum's plant whi...
by Andy
Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Eriobotrya Japonica ..... bargain ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1553

Re: Eriobotrya Japonica ..... bargain ?

Thanks for the advice... Hmm, think I feel a potential purchase coming on! :lol:
by Andy
Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Eriobotrya Japonica ..... bargain ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1553

Re: Eriobotrya Japonica ..... bargain ?

Hi All,

Do you have to use much protection for Eriobotrya in winter? I love the look of them, but am mindful that most things in my garden have now been killed by this winter! Most advise suggests that they are only half hardy... The photos of the ones here looking amazing though!
by Andy
Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Black Magic Care
Replies: 18
Views: 1055

Re: Black Magic Care

Well my one was doing well outside, but I brought it into the lounge a couple of weeks ago. Since then it has gone mad and the main plant and babies are getting bigger and bigger! I lost a dried out Colocasia last year, so am just giving this one enough water to keep it alive... Will just see how it...
by Andy
Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: HollyGate
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: HollyGate

I last went there about 3 years ago and it had declined quite a bit. Very sorry to hear that it has now closed - I used to go there every summer when I was younger. I visited Eau Brink Cactus Nursery (near Kings Lynn) last summer - it will be a long way from you Metalhammer, but the owner was very f...
by Andy
Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What is your favourite Cactus?
Replies: 37
Views: 2329

Re: What is your favourite Cactus?

I started growing Cacti when I was 10 (22 years ago!). Some of them are pretty big now and occupy a lot of my windows! I certainly wouldn't say I'm an expert, more of an anorak! One of my favourites is Leuchtenbergia Principis - looks like a very succulent agave, but with long papery spines and yell...
by Andy
Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:37 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Beschorneria Yuccoides and garden pics
Replies: 5
Views: 512

Re: Beschorneria Yuccoides and garden pics

No, it hasn't flowered. I did actually worry last summer that it might flower and die. So, the harsh winter has had some benefit in causing it to offset. As you say, I think the main plant is starting to regenerate. I tried picking off the crispiest parts of dead leaves in order to allow the new one...
by Andy
Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Beschorneria Yuccoides and garden pics
Replies: 5
Views: 512

Re: Beschorneria Yuccoides and garden pics

Thanks for the helpful info! I suspected that might be the case. I think I might just let them develop into a big clump and try to give them sturdier protection next winter!
by Andy
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Beschorneria Yuccoides and garden pics
Replies: 5
Views: 512

Beschorneria Yuccoides and garden pics

Hi all! Just thought I would share this pic of my Beschorneria... It has done really well for the past few years, but this winter it was frozen solid and then covered in snow when my fleece structure collapsed! It lost all its leaves and I thought it would rot off. However, it crisped up in the sun ...
by Andy
Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Nerium Oleander Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 3361

Re: Nerium Oleander Problem

Hi, If it's any consolation, I bought a cheap Oleander a couple of years ago. It was fine until I tried to overwinter it indoors, which it really didn't like and lost most of it's leaves! I planted it out in Spring 09 and it did perk up a bit. However, the last winter pretty much finished it off (ev...