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Potting my bamboo

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 09:51

Looks likea Phyllostachys, possibly Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureocaulis)

Tree Peony

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 09:28
gardengirl6 wrote (see)

Does anyone know how long I will have to wait for a newly planted tree peony to start flowering?   I planted one in the spring of 2010.   The leaves look healthy but no flowers yet.

Did you buy it bare root or with in a pot? I bought mine bare root, added bonemeal and good compost and it flowered (if one flower denotes flowering!) by June, so 3-4 months. Is yours in full sun, with fertile soil? The trick is also not to overwater. They droop in spring/earyl summer because of temperature differences and not due to lack of water! Easy to confuse.

Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:43

The last episode of GW had Monty over winter Dhalia in vermiculite that he watered and said would monitor it to keep it slightly damp every month till March. I do the same except I use sand. Cannas die if left to dry out over winter (sigh as someone who did that last year!)

Topiary Alternative

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:39

Are you watering them? Remember that the plants can act like an umbrella preventing water reaching the soil, so rain alone is rarely enough. Box is normally fine in north facing aspects, so I also suspect that it may be exposed (windy), or the planter too small for the size of plants. Fushia standards are not a good choice for north facing aspects as they need sun.

If you reply about how windy and exposed the site is and pot size then we might have better ideas for you.

Tree Peony

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:33

Give it a mulch of compost and bark over winter and give a good fertiliser feed in early spring. It needs lots of sun (prefereably full sun) to give a good show of blooms. I only had a handful of blooms last year, but what tends to happen is it sulks one year then blooms like mad the next.

foxgloves

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 15:48

Slugs and Snails normally leave 2nd year Foxgloves alone if that helps. Caterpillars can be a problem though, so you still need to look out.

 

FIR TREES

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 15:45

Fir trees have shallow feeding roots and with the wet summer washing away nutrients, adding leaf mulch now over the area of the trees will help bring back the green-ness.

Dark corners

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 20:03
Dolores Umbridge wrote (see)

What abourt a couple of solar lights?

Solar light need direct sun light....not something you normally get in a dark corner!

Light gravel does work from experience.

too cold to plant Perenials?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 22:41

Am guessing you mean Japanese Anemone, as they look like daisy. Thye are hardy.

frost free green house

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 18:01

B&Q sell it. I doubt garages sell it as they stopped selling gas cannisters and the like years ago to fill up with sweets, crisps and magazines.

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