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Latest posts by blairs

very fast growing shrubs!?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 16:29

You can buy 6ft bamboo from the likes of B&Q and Homebase relatively cheaply and they give instant privacy. Fargesia bamboo are the best to go for.

So dispiriting

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 16:13

I would never plant plug plants straight out. You should always keep them in a greenhouse or the like so they are big and strong before planting out as they are just baby plants. So do buy more plug plants but plant them on for a few months before putting them in their final position.

dead Bamboo's?

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 19:40

Are the leaves green still? I would think 'expecting too much too soon' is closer to the mark. I would keep them well watered until they perk up. Bamboo does sulk for some time after being split.


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 21:45

Why pots and not in the ground Beanyjeany?
I have a dozen differeny types of Hosta - trying some giants this year - Empress Wu and Big Daddy.

Favourite "Weed"

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 11:22

I would have to look up most of those weeds Dove!

Lady's Mantle comes to mind as a useful 'weed'

Bind weed is actually quite attractive...but better not in a garden!

Weeds that I have kept in my garden (as in self sown) are Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula), Holly, several Birch and Pine trees,  teasals, Foxglove and some others.

I get rid of Couch grass, clover, creeping clover and buttercup, bittercress, chickweed and Horsetail and etc etc.

My azalea has gone bananas

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 09:48

Azalea actually prefer full sun to part shade and flower best in full sun. Rhododendron are the same. You find them at the edges of woodland where they get as much sun as possible, not deep shade!

My azalea has gone bananas

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 09:06

My guess is also a graft: all the pink flowers are from lowest down branches and white on the upper. They do prefer to be in full sun to grow well.

Lawn edging...

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 19:15

Yes gardeninglily - they are sharp and give straight lines.

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:28

They look like normal Greenfly but much larger Yviestevie. There are naturalised colonies of Lupins in the countryside here, so I guess they came from them as as far as I can see no one around here grows them. I rather like the foliage and punctuations of colour.

I never knew that they only came to the UK in the 1980's Jimmy!

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 17:30

Lupins are not native to the UK, so you have to wonder where the giant lupin greenfly's came from, or ate before they arrived here in the 1800's. Anyway getting back to the question, a hose of water will remove most of them and then use your hand to remove any left. Various sprays also work as does using your hand to pick them off....if you can stomach thousands of them on your fingers.

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