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Invasive triffid-like bamboo

Posted: 19/01/2012 at 06:16

There seems to be only one solution to this bamboo, and that must be to dig it up.    It will probably take a long time to get rid of it, as I expect little bits left in the soil will start shooting again.    There are two kinds of bamboo.   One spreads and the other is clump-forming.   It is so annoying when a plant has been labelled with the wrong information, but you must now get rid of it, before it takes over your whole garden and demolishes your greenhouse for you!     Dig, and keep digging.    Sometimes these pesky plants take a couple of years or more to get rid of, but if you dig it out each time you see a shoot, with as much root as possible, you will eventually succeed.

Plants still in flower

Posted: 19/01/2012 at 06:09

Keen novice, my chaenomeles is now in full flower.   My advice would be to wait until yours has finished flowering before trying to move it.

The mild weather has meant I have been pottering around the garden far more than is usual in January.   I have even mown the lawn!   It seems a strange time of year to be dead-heading summer flowers!     However, the frosts over the last few days have put paid to the begonias, marigolds and nasturtiums, so I have removed them all now and am waiting to see all my spring bulbs come into flower - snowdrops are already doing so.

photos from the garden

Posted: 12/01/2012 at 09:54

Thanks, Graceland.   Isn't it a shame that gardeners don't label roses, as they last for years and someone else is bound to tend them in the future?


Posted: 11/01/2012 at 20:00

I would recommend that you try to bonsai something that is evergreen, then you will have interest all year round.

Keeping Cats off My Veg Patch

Posted: 11/01/2012 at 19:57

Try growing the curry plant.   They don't like the smell!

Redesign of garden

Posted: 07/01/2012 at 07:07

I had to smile when I read your post, ChrisBee.    My first husband was very adamant that I shouldn't remove any of his precious lawn.    I waited until he wasn't at home and dug a new wavy edged border, and he was very cross.   The next door neighbour gave me a whole load of self-seeded forget-me-nots and I planted these all along the edge of the border.    A week later I took another six-inches of lawn away all along the edge, and moved all the forget-me-nots to the new edge.    He didn't notice!   So, I did this several times until I had a lovely deep border for planting!     I must say, those forget-me-nots were very tolerant of being dug up weekly! 


Posted: 31/12/2011 at 17:14

I haven't propagated mistletoe myself, as there is no need here in the West Midlands where I live.    So many of the trees are festooned with it.    It seems to like apple and hawthorn trees, but also others too.    I hunted for some for cutting for indoors but by the week before Christmas, the birds had had most of the berries.

Welcome to the brand new forum

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 17:06

And a Happy New Gardening Year to you too, happymarion2, and to all forum users.  

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 27/12/2011 at 12:04

I have a hydrangea, all browned mop-heads, except for two bright pink ones that have just come out!    Nasturtiums are still flowering, too, along with pink penstemons.   Some daffodils are beginning to show their shoots.

On another note, my winter clematis, Freckles, are an absolute delight right now.

Talkback: Birds - make your own bird box

Posted: 18/12/2011 at 22:21

My birdbox is facing east.    This avoids the hot sun from the south, and the cold wind from the north.   This summer great-tits raised two clutches in it. 

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