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Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 17:51
obelixx says:

I'm actually watching this live for the first time and have yet to see any of the others I've recorded.   Enjoying it so far and especially seeing Charlie having fun.     Seems like a good design so far and I love the bog garden, probably cos it's got the same plants as mine.  

We have clumps of bamboo in our new garden which I did want to take out but maybe just taking the leaves off up to head height will be enough.     Worth trying.   Will have to make OH sit and watch it.

We have lots of pots at the mo for things that can't go in the garden as they need protecting over winter.   Some are ceramic and some plastic.  All get heaved about in the wheelbarrow as there isn't a smooth path to wheel them to shelter.   OH hates pot moving time in spring and autumn.   Hard work.

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 I've watched 'live' today as well.  I have to say it's the first design, and installation, I've seen which I really like.  Of course they did have a healthy budget of £8k.  I liked the fact that the problems they encountered were shown, and the way they modified the design 'on the fly' to address them.  Interesting though that Charlie reckoned that Phyllostachys Aurea is a clump forming bamboo which doesn't throw out runners.  To be fair, mine did stay nicely contained in a clump until the numpties who did the hard landscaping to remodel my garden removed the barrier!

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Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 08:57
Verdun says:

Remember.....all done in a day!  One day?   Often the budgets are tiny. 

When we plan, plant and re design our own gardens, we know it will take months at least for them to grow and fill out

saw a recording of a prog last night....it was excellent  I will not be criticising this well-intended programme 

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 There is a saying "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions"  I'm afraid this series, and the 'Instant Gardener', come across to me as the horticultural equivalent of "Changing Rooms".  They might look good at first viewing but what about after 6 or 12 months.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 08:03

I've caught up with a few more programmes recently, but can't say I've been impressed by any of the designs.  The last one I saw had a seating area where the paving stuck out in all directions with planting overhanging the edges.  The plan looked great, but in reality the paving sections were so narrow they were really neither use nor ornament! 

On this type of programme far too often it's all about appearance with practicality of use or upkeep being a very distant secondary interest to the designers.

Runner bamboo - how to stop it

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 07:56
Verdun says:

The warning is clear....don't plant bamboo unless you are sure it is a clump former.   Difficult if not impossible to eradicate a running bamboo 

tracing a runner is not practical...it will have taken many detours en route.

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 It depends on where it's growing as to whether or not it's practical to trace or not.  On mine the runners had grown under the lawn, so it was a case of tracing the runner from the parent plant and following each 'detour'.  It is time consuming and the lawn takes a bit of a beating, but so far I've only seen evidence of 2 small sections of runner I'd missed.  That's 2 years on from removing them.

Runner bamboo - how to stop it

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:28

The only way to get rid of the runners is to trace them back to the parent plant and them remove them entirely.  Once that is done you need to install some form of barrier to stop them escaping again.  It's both time consuming and hard work, but the only practical way.

The runners don't generally run very deep.

Do you remember?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 07:56

It really was a different world back then.  Simpler, safer....for kids at least.

They wont catch me......

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:26

Years ago I worked with a guy who was a cycling nut.  He came into work one day and proclaimed that he'd just got new cycling shorts with a chamois gusset.  I'm still traumatised by that image!

Do you remember?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:22
fidgetbones says:

I think they were pre war, or 50's at best. We were at my nans along with three of my cousins and they got dragged out of a drawer.

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 What??  Your cousins lived in a drawer??!!

My neighbours must think I'm nuts!

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:19

My next door neighbour always cuts his grass after dark.  We can only assume he thinks the grass won't see the mower coming and so can't get out of the way!

Anyone know these gloves?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:16

Interesting that none of their gloves are actually marketed as gardening gloves.  I haven't managed to find any which look like your photo's either.  Might we worth dropping the company an e-mail with the photo attached.  Never know they might even take pity on you and sent you a free pair.

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