Latest posts by Abby2

Problem with bamboo leaves going brown

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 18:47

My golden bamboo is in a very large pot and has looked great until about a week ago. I've been feeding weekly with Growmore and watering it daily when it hasn't rained. Suddenly a lot of leaves are going brown at the edges and some are yellowing completely.

I really can't afford to lose my bamboo and I also need it for privacy in my garden. Can anyone suggest whether I've been over or under watering it? I've googled and it could be either of those reasons so am 



Young gardeners and neighbours

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 20:24

Am also clinging onto my 30s by a few months (!) but have been gardening for 4 years now. I don't think my neighbours (mostly elderly) are particularly surprised that I'm out in my front garden a lot but they are often surprised by my passion for it! 

I spend most of the day thinking about what needs doing in the garden when I get home from work - it is truly a bug but 10 yrs ago I would have  if I thought I'd be obsessed by gardening!


Red Robin shrub

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 21:44

That's reassuring - thanks Tim. I shall remain hopeful as it's in direct eyeline from my patio door and has looked lovely with the new growth!

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 19:14

Mine too Carolyn 

 The lovely red new growth on my plant is bronzing now but most of the older leaves are reddening or have spots on them and falling off. I cut it back quite hard and fed it again yesterday but I have a lot of branches without any leaves on at all. I've been looking around at other Photinia red robins and many seem a bit scraggly with lots of leaves on the ground.

Not sure what to do really - watch and wait I guess!

growing clematis through tree

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 18:30

Wow the Armandii seems to have grown another foot overnight!! The tree branches are now bending under the weight of it but I'm not sure any trellis or support other than a wall could cope with it tbh. Might have to do a bit of thinning out after all..

It's a thug but has also flowered profusely this year and agree the scent is incredible 



growing clematis through tree

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 22:43

Watching thread as my Armandii is currently growing rampant through one of my trees! I let it be during the winter as we wanted the privacy from the neighbours side windows which bare branches do not afford us. Worried now that it will swamp the tree which is still quite young and yet to come into leaf!!

Laurel disease?

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 22:42

No expert but looks like powdery mildew on your leaves? I also have some of this on my laurels and had assumed it was that as I have other plants affected.

I would also say the holes are caterpillar damage rather than shothole simply because I had the same on my laurel last year and took in a leaf specimen to garden centre and they said it was that.

Neither is serious in my understanding.



Back garden privacy

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 11:26

My sympathies- our neighbour did this a few years ago. I had all the same worries about the kids outside in full view of neighbours windows and value of our house dropping because of the privacy issue

How about some bamboo in pots? Bamboo screening attached to fence also makes a good temporary option.

We started by putting up a 6 ft fence with a gravel board so just over 6 ft high (only a problem if someone complains!). I've grown up pyracantha (need to be careful with kids due to thorns), evergreen clematis and put in a small tree, laurel and photinia red robin shrubs just for the areas where I really want evergreen privacy. It's taking a few years but I do have some of my privacy back now and it's at least more interesting than the leylandii that was there before!



Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:28

I have a golden bamboo growing in a huge pot. Was advised to keep it in the pot by the garden centre and not to trust planting even though it's meant to be clumping!! It just needs a bit of maintenance and regular watering. It provides us with a good screen from some overlooking windows at 8 /9 feet tall but probably won't get to full height in a pot.

Laurel Hedge

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 19:47

I bought a laurel in a pot which I didn't plant in time and it got nutrient deficient, lost almost all its leaves and looked awful. I planted it in the garden anyway, dosed up with Epsom Salts and 5 years later it's healthy, bushy and almost 10 feet tall! Don't give up on them yet 

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