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has anyone underplanted bamboo?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:58

Has anyone ever underplanted bamboo?  I have a new row of bamboo at the bottom of the garden where there used to be four enormous leylandii trees, and I want to underplant them so that from the house the stems are a little obscured, and a little bit of colour injected.  I tried dahlias last year but they didnt do well, however this year the bed is much better prepared - last year was rather a rush job.   I wondered about a mixture of annuals such as Ammi Major and something with a bit of an eye pop like cornflower to soften it all down as I am too late for bulbs and they are so seasonal.  It is very bright down there although I don t think there will be huge amount of direct sun on that bed, some in the morning.  Am I wasting my time with this, do let me know if you have any other ideas or comments.  Photo attached - the lawn at the back will be sown in March - this is a view (bad photo) of the bamboo as seen through the trellis from half way down the garden and a second photo (which is rotated for some reason!)  from nearer the house


Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 18:32

I bet - such hot colours with the silver must be great. 

I am going for gold and getting a second pittosporum


Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 17:27

Hi Verdun you may have two response from me as I did one from my phone which hasnt shown up online.  I wanted to say thank you - I didnt know about the pruning and that's such good news.  Having got home though I've looked up the Abelia 'Confetti' and it's a perfect substitute. I'm grateful for your comments 

Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 09:32

Thank you I should have said I do have several euonymus (euonymi?!) already, but you're right the colour is a good match. 

Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 08:28

I love the silver variegated pittosporum with a passion, but they get so big!  I like the effect they make when they are newly planted and are still relatively small shrubs or bushes, as in a dark place they really shimmer.  Can anyone recommend something which has the same light, delicate, silvery effect but which stays small.  I would like to plant a pair of 'something' at the bottom of the garden on either side of an archway.  I have one pittosporum there at the moment which is stunning, and it needs a matching plant on the other side to balance it out, but I don't really want to  plant a second one as it seems so brutal to plant two shrubs which you know you will have to yank out in a couple of years.  Any ideas?

Is this scurfy rose scale?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 19:35

I only had today to deal with this as I've had to go away again, and haven't been at the property for a while (which is why the scale got bad before I tackled it).  Garden centre was shut, so based on the 'horticultural soap' idea, I made up a lathery sponge with Fairy Liquid, lathered up all the stems, then when the waxy bits were soft I scraped v gently with the back of a knife to loosen it all up, rinsed it down, let it dry and then sprayed with Rose Clear which was all I had. 

It will be interesting to see what happens!  Next time I'm down if there's a recurrance of the problem I'll just cut the rose back hard for the winter and consider it a rejuvenating prune!  Thanks for the messages, I love this forum!

Is this scurfy rose scale?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 14:25


I have this on a Zephirine Drouhin rose in my courtyard, and the infestation seems severe.  This rose isn't particularly strong, as for years it was in the shade of a shed, where I had planted it in the hope it would quickly reach up over the shed to where the sun was.  I finally removed the shed completely a year ago, and the rose suddenly looked very well, putting on healthy growth and flowering.  I am very reluctant to take it out because it is deeply planted in a rather awkward space which was created for it when I had my patio re-laid, and while I could probably get the old rose out, putting in a new one is going to be a problem, as I would have to wait a couple of years to avoid replant disease, and I don't really have the space there to do what I have done before which is plant a new rose into a cardboard box.  Any ideas?  I have the winter to treat it, but would rather not cut it back hard if I can avoid it, as the whole point of this rose is for it to climb up to the top of my 6' wall!   However will do that if it will recover and be healthy and flowering.  Thanks for any advice you can offer.



Prunus has lost all its leaves

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:14

Thanks I will rake up the leaves. 

Will try again with the photo, think its my laptop running slowly which is the problem 


Prunus has lost all its leaves

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:35

Hi I have two prunus in the front garden, planted at the same time about 7 years ago.  I don't know the variety but they are small compact with purple leaves and pink flowers.  This year one of the trees started dropping its leaves in midsummer, and by now is completely bare, whilst the other tree 10 feet away is still in full leaf.  I thought it might be drought because of its position but the leaves were still red when they fell off, not desiccated.

Having looked at the underside of one of the leaves there are raised pale brown markings along the central vein but I don't know if this is one of the normal signs of the dying process.  I can't see evidence of any kind of other disease. Tried to attach photo but it defeated me. Will keep trying.  In the meantime does anyone have any ideas?


is it too late to overseed my lawn?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 17:21



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has anyone underplanted bamboo?

help please 
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Something like a pittosporum

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Is this scurfy rose scale?

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Prunus has lost all its leaves

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is it too late to overseed my lawn?

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Advice on new tree please

what to plant in place of Leylandii 
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pruning a winter flowering vibernum

advice please  
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trouble with acanthus

Acanthus won't flower 
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Floppy Stem problem

Floppy stems 
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