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How to stop bamboo growing & spreading? Does it grow through concrete?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:58

So much depends upon which bamboo he has.  There are lots, and some of them are really very vigorous and can spread through nearly anything.  Maybe if a picture of the bamboo can be uploaded that will help, and a sight of the new shoots - how far from the original planting is it trying to grow? In the end bamboo is a grass, but can be a ferocious one if in the wrong place.

It won't grow through the slabs per se, but will find a way between them if is is a spreader, but there are ways to contain it - more people on here will know more about that than I do - hope he gets some good help here. 

bulbs!

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:54

Surprising amount of bulbs and bulb like things can go in now, look in a good garden centre or good web site - the Spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips will indeed have to wait until autumn, but lots of other fun things now - dahlias?  Not bulbs, but tubers, good time to put those in if you like them, and they can last for many years. 

Would someone be kind enough to identify this beautiful smelling shrub

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:01

A couple of twigs in a vase perfumes the house gloriously - though not overpoweringly.

Nematodes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 12:03

They do indeed work well, but for me, I found the whole process more physical work than I could manage well.  Also, as nature abhors a vacuum, the neighbours slugs came in en masse later on.  However, for a smallish patch that you want to be especially good, they certainly work.  Am thinking of drenching my hosta area with them this year - we will see. 

Arconites

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 11:59

Lucky you!  I've been trying to grow these en masse for years - funny how ones persons joy is another persons 'get rid of' plant.  How are lily of the valley with you? Almost a weed here. 

Help to ID a fairly common plant please?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:27

aha, I did not realise it was flowering now - a bergenia indeed - much prefer hostas personally!

saving condensate water

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:27

Well, I have read up on a couple of sites about this, and indeed I was incorrect and answered without finding out - for which I apologise.  There seems to be a variety of opinions as to how acidic this condensate can be, some saying it is only a little bit and others saying it can be corrosive.  It seems that the overall opinion is to use the soak away and not use it in the garden - unless you find out further. 

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 19:05

Of course, how else do they know you love them, and how else do you encourage them?  Stroking is also important - maybe when slightly bigger!

Container grown Acer

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 19:04

There are so many gorgeous acers out there - we have several in pots where they seem to be very happy - some of them have been in pots for nearly 17 years.  They need a good sized pot, out of the wind (which they all dislike),  good drainage but otherwise are not difficult to care for.  As with all potted plants you must do for it all the things it cannot do for itself in a controlled space.  Water during growth, with some decent feed - I use organic pelleted chicken manure in April.    They stay put all winter with no special protection, they've frozen, been covered in snow, and lots of sunshine and they thrive well.  We have a few reds and a pale green, plus a gorgeous snake bark - don't rush into a decision - you'll have to live with it for a long time. 

Maybe have a look in a good garden book for some that appeal to you?  If you get a chance to go to a larger garden show you will see lots of red and beautiful acers - hard to choose just one!

 

 

Help to ID a fairly common plant please?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 18:57

Sounds exactly like the hosta you seem to think it isn't - why do you not think it is a hosta?  Do have another go with a picture if you can, does help a great deal. 

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