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Acer palmatum

Acer palmatum

Can you please help me identify a beautiful Japanese maple which I lost and long to replace? A. palmatum type, with five-lobed leaves, undissected, unvariegated or otherwise marked, sap-green in spring, light green in summer, and flaming crimson in autumn. Small (in a pot), lovely loose, leaning habit (not the squat, congested look of some dissect types). I'd be most grateful for your help, as I can't find it in the catalogues. Deborah Ballard, Borris, Co Carlow Posted: 28/03/2017

It sounds like 'Chitoseyama'.

  Jasmine solanium

Jasmine solanium

can Jasmine solanium survives in Ireland . Will I place it indoor or outdoor in garden soil . What weather is best for it and what will happen in winter? sualeha, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 17/03/2017

The potato jasmine, Solanum jasminoides, does very well outdoors in the milder coastal areas, but can be damaged by hard frost in colder inland areas. It is too big for indoors, possibly in a conservatory.


Barefoot beech too old to plant?

I'm a beginner. I bought 20 bareroot beech about 3 ft in height. I started digging thinking I'd be ready to plant in a fday or 2. Over a week later I'm still digging as ground is impacted. The trees are outside in black plastic bags..will the trees last as I need another's day digging. The bad weather has delayed work as well. Feeling demoralised.. 050320141, Sligo, Co Sligo Posted: 17/03/2017

Keep the plants in their plastic bags out of sunlight and they will be fine.

Use a pickaxe to break up the compacted soil to allow air to penetrate.  


Plants for pots?

I have a NW facing paved area and wish to populate with pots etc. In pots, say 32cm x 32cm what could I use for permanent pot life that might also add a bit of winter colour? I already have Buxus there and will have summer colour in some troughs as well. I live in North Tipperary and sometimes get severe frosts. PaulineP, Portroe, Co Tipperary Posted: 04/03/2017

Suitable kinds would be skimmia, phormium, hebe and euonymus, but you do not want too many winter plants or it looks tired in summer. Visit garden centres in different seasons and select plants you like, and that are suitable.


Dwarf camellia variety

I am looking for a small variety of Camellia that wont get too big and will look good in a small front garden. I am going to put my next Camellia in the ground as I have already killed a Camellia in a pot by accidentally letting it dry out. Nightshade, , Co Dublin Posted: 16/02/2017

You are in Dublin with limy soil, so you will need to address that before planting camellia which needs acid soil.

see: http://www.garden.ie/gardeningskills.aspx?id=542

The Williamsii kinds, such as 'Inspiration' or 'Debbie', are good, not too big and can be pruned after flowering to reduce or maintain size as necessary.


Pollination of Skimmias

Will Skimmia Japonica reevesiana 'Chilan Choice' which is both male and female pollinate S. Japonica 'Rubella' which is male only, when in the one garden? sylvester, , Posted: 02/02/2017

No variety can pollinate 'Rubella' because its flowers have no female parts, such as stigma, style and ovary, and it can never have berries,


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