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Latest posts by KT53

Alstromeria in pot

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 17:23

It could be pot bound or the compost could just be completely depleted of nutrient.  Try feeding it and see what happens.  Results tend to be pretty quick this time of year.

Alternatively, try knocking it out of its pot now to see if it is potbound.  If it is you might as well repot now, nothing to lose and the possibility of flowers later in the season.

Garden centre recommendations

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 21:29

When you find a good Garden Centre treasure it.  One near us didn't even have any plastic pots. "No demand for them" apparently.  Fortunately they do have 'Cotton Traders', 'The Works' plus various other clothing and food consessions so that makes it all OK. 


Posted: 01/08/2015 at 18:22

Northernlass2 said "......deadheading.....".   I presume we've moved away from the original topic. 

disguising Leylandii

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 18:16

Clematis montana grows fast but anything is going to take quite a while to that sort of area.  I guess you would ideally like something evergreen too.

Suggestions needed

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Thanks Verdun,  I'll have to check them out.

Suggestions needed

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 22:08

I'm in the process of digging out a grove/clump of bamboo and need something to replace it which will give height and movement in the garden without turning into a thug.  The bamboo is well over 12' high but very open i.e. lets wind and light through.

Suggestions for something to replace it would be appreciated.

Life after Bamboo

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:05

Getting there, not got there yet.  I started properly yesterday and it's tiring work.  Not helped by the fact that I can't kneel.  I have to either sit on a low stool/seat, lie flat or move around on my backside.  That is going to make removing the runners 'interesting'


Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:02

Where's the 'Ignore' button?  I don't have much need for it here but there are some other sites I go to where it could be very usefu.

Back to the topic in hand - there was an article on the news this morning about a couple of streets somewhere in the Midlands where over 40 cats have been poisoned over quite a short period of time.  There is no way that such actions are justified but I can understand how some people may be driven to act in such a way.  Our front lawn is no more than about 15 x 20 feet but I've come across multiple 'cat calling cards' on numerous occasions when trying to mow it.  I know I feel less than friendly towards them when that happens.

Life after Bamboo

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 16:40

I also in the process of removing a bamboo which, after years of being beautifully behaved, has decided to make a break for freedom.  Fortunately I can get all around it but it's still b***** hard work getting it out.

In case it's helpful to others with large bamboo clumps, this is my method -

Cut the stems down to ground level. This will enable you to see any gaps between clumps.

Trench around each clump with a mattock and cut any underground stems.

Undercut the clump with a pickaxe

Finally chop each clump into sections with an axe and prise sections apart with 2 forks back to back.

Once the clumps are removed you should be able to trace any runners.  They aren't generally more than a few inches below ground so aren't that difficult to follow if they are running through the garden or under a lawn as mine are.  I am having to lift some turf, but it is important to remove as much as possible.

I did try Roundup Gel on some of the new growth but there is no evidence of it having any effect at all.

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:07

Many people dislike clay soil because it can be virtually impossible to dig for much of the year.  My mum's garden was heavy clay which went from being too heavy and sticky to work after rain to like concrete after a couple of days of sun.  Many years of working in organic matter made it usable but still heavy and difficult.

By contrast, our house is only a matter of 3 miles from hers and can be dug easily at any time of the year.  In fact the deeds of our house forbid the extraction of sand and gravel for commercial purposes.  The soil is superb, but the original occupant of the house apparently had the whole lot down to veg for about 40 years, I guess that helped.

Discussions started by KT53

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
Replies: 3    Views: 446
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
Replies: 5    Views: 458
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15
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