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Is my black bamboo flowering?

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 09:24
That's a good tip Crystals. I've been doing this with my dianthus for a few years now and it never occurred to me that I could do it with the bamboo.

How to prune alpines.

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 10:40

Thanks for the feedback Berghill. Yes I've been deadheading regularly throughout the summer.


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 10:35

Last year I cut mine back and left them in the border. I mulched over the top with lawn clippings to about 2 inches. Due to the very mild winter in South Wales they have come back lovely this year. Bit of a gamble but it paid off.

Is my black bamboo flowering?

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 08:44

I though I'd better update this post. Yes there was indeed, no need to panic. The bamboo was not flowering, merely sending up new shoots. It's surprising how different they first appear!

Sambucus Nigra

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 08:37

Yes definitely aphids. You can spray them with soapy water (I put a bit of oil in my solution too). But make sure you don't have too much fairy liquid in there as I find the soap can damage some plants by drying them out (as with my sweet peas 2 years ago).

How to prune alpines.

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 08:32

I could use some advice as to what to do next with my alpines. As you can see form the photos they are looking a bit tatty now. The saxifrage and sea thrift could possibly do with some heavy pruning.

I was thinking of taking a scissors to them and cutting them back so that they no longer obscure the stones. When would be the best time to do this, Autumn, Winter or Spring?

Also, my houseleeks have produced lots of lovely little offsets. Some are growing over the stones, attached to the parent plant by long stalks. Do I just snip the stalks and pot the offsets up?

 If you can offer any advice I would be very grateful. So far I've found my alpine rockery very rewarding and low maintenance. I just need to ensure I can keep it looking presentable going forward.


Is my black bamboo flowering?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 13:30
Thanks all for the advice. I'm glad you think it's a new stem @Philippa. Hopefully I'll have a nice healthy looking set of canes.

Is my black bamboo flowering?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 02:30
Good point with the seeds @Buttercupdays. I'm not sure either @Strangethingie, I've no idea what a rouge plant is.

Is my black bamboo flowering?

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 21:27

 Bit of a background to the current situation: I bought this bamboo online and when delivered was really disappointed with its condition. Really potbound, which I understand is not too much of an issue for a bamboo. Extremely dry and a lot of the foliage showed leafburn. Stems were very weedy. I gave it a bit of TLC and removed dead leaves. Shortly after it greened up but did nothing in terms of growing. Now within the last week I see 2 of these unusual growths which I can only assume are flower spikes. After reading up it would seem that my bamboo may be near the end of its rather short life...

Aphids on my sweet peas

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:24
Thanks @BlueDragon & @Fairygirl . I've just used a weaker soap solution on my dianthus and it seemed to do the trick. Though I was late with my sweet peas this year and it'll be a little while before they're flowering. I'll get the garlic nearer the time.
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How to prune alpines.

My first year with my alpine rockery. 
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Last Post: 17/09/2015 at 13:32

Is my black bamboo flowering?

There are 2 spikes that look very different to the usual canes 
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Last Post: 19/09/2015 at 09:24

Aphids on my sweet peas

Not the soapy water method. 
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Last Post: 29/05/2015 at 13:34

SOS my Senetti is struggling

Any help would be greatly appreciated. 
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