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Popped in our Local family run Nursery here in Abergavenny to buy a bag of Spring bulbs for our young 7yr old granddaughter who has got the bug about flowers/nature/bugs since moving back to the UK from Florida in January to plant in their garden up in Nottingham. Driving out on a sale trolley was this , Free as says on the card couldn't resist . We have  conifers, Piceas , and Leylandis of different varieties here in our steep, tiered garden . Got my secateurs ready, it's not pot bound so any of you fellow gardeners put a name to it please ? 


  • I don't know that one but have rotated it for you. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 915
    edited November 2021
    A nice bonus! I wonder if it’s Thuja orientalis ‘Franky Boy’ (Platycladus orientalis 'Franky Boy', Oriental Thuja)

    Cambridgeshire, UK
  • I have no idea what it is either but your post prompted me to say I was passing through Abergavenny yesterday en route to the Black Mountains. So I’m sort of local living in the hills above Tintern Abbey.  Happy Welsh gardening! 
  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,198
    For a moment I thought you were offering Valleysgirl!  ;) Not that I can easily get to Wales. 

  • Yes you got it Anthelas it's 'Thuja Orientalis ! Franky Boy. A bit of pruning done earlier just cut out some of the brown , it couldn't stay there as it was 'Free'. We are going to plant it around our pond tomorrow to give it a good chance, I'll let you know if it survives our wonderful weather here in Wales in the Spring. Welshwindyhills we were in Tintern my OH and I about 2 months ago we park, take a walk following the River Wye and back to 'The Anchor" for food, a very special place. Abergavenny is a 15min drive from my garden in SE Wales up on the side of The Valley , wonderfull scenery and friendly people. A garden for you to visit maybe next Spring is Nantybedd at Forest Coal Pit, Brecon Beacons, it was mentioned in the latest 'The Garden' RHS magazines this month ,  not your usual garden but ' A magical Garden, Sorry Coccinella its mine keep your eyes peeled you might find a bargain. Happy Gardening everyone.
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