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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Palm tree? Trunk broken - what to do?

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:49

I think it is out in the garden, Verdun.  It looks like Marodj has put the broken flower into a pot which is the picture on the left.  The flower won't root and will die of course but it does look quite attractive and it would be a shame to waste it until it does go brown.

new border for boring garden

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:43

Hi Sue, I would suggest laying another path on top of the concrete one so that the new surface is level with the grass (ie use the old path as a base.)  That way it will be easy to mow as you can run the mower right over the path without having to worry about any raised path edging damaging the blades.  As the old concrete path base will be solid, you can use thin slabs or even terracotta tiles on top of a thin layer of mortar without worrying about them cracking when you walk on them.

Spots on herbs

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:26

Some info on miners affecting thyme here, Edd, although it probably won't help much in this format:


Spots on herbs

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:21

That's what I'm thinking too - some kind of leaf miner? There are a couple of UK species which can affect thyme and there is rosemary leaf miner.

Spots on herbs

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 14:02

Hi Edd, are these indoors or outdoors?

Palm tree? Trunk broken - what to do?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 23:40

Hi marodj, I think t is probably a cordyline australis which isn't a true palm but most folk call them palms in the UK.  If it is, the good news is that it will almost certainly sprout new growth from the base now that the trunk has been severed.  To help stop disease entering the damaged trunk, I would cut it cleanly a few inches below where the top broke off.  Once the new shoots have grown a couple of feet high I think you would be safe to cut the old trunk off at ground level and if you want just one new trunk, select the strongest new one and remove the rest.  You could also let all of the new shoots grow and have a multi-stemmed one.

Talkback: How to winter-prune trees and shrubs

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 15:58

Also the only way to prune leylandii is to the ground, with a chainsaw.   I recommend "encouraging" them with a stump grinder afterwards.

Help with London garden for rental

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 15:44

I'd cover all of the bare soil with at least 4 inches depth of chipped bark to keep the weeds down and plant slow-growing shrubs as landgirl says.  For example, Euonymus are evergreen, come in a range of leaf colours, are fairly cheap and won't grow huge over a 5 year period, even if they are never pruned.

How much soil do I need?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 15:35

Hi Jimbo, just in case you are buying it in smaller bags, 0.48 cubic metres is 480 litres, so about 7 standard 70l compost bags.

What perennials are ŷou currently obsessed about for next year?

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 15:09

I haven't yet decided what my obsession will be for next year Verdun, but all I'm sure of is that there will be one!  I have about 70-80 aquilegia crosses I made which grew from seeds last year and should flower this year so once I've selected and moved the best of those I should have plenty of space for whatever takes my fancy.  Back to the catalogues it is then!   Happy Christmas my friend!

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