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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 21:46

Normal lily beetle check and watering over newlylanted rose and buddleja. Have some  seedlings showing through of my sunflowers and seedling of sweet peas in the house showing through so am pleased.


Posted: 23/04/2015 at 21:39

I have a cutting from next door in 45cm wide by 60cm high pot, it had about 4 canes 2 years ago and now has quadrupled and always does well  but it does have a saucer and is watered a lot, my next door neighbour out here in the ground and it has hone mad, but does not seem to have run everywhere.

I also have black cane bamboo (unsure of correct name) This one came from a popular online centre and was very small with maybe 2 9cm canes in, in a pot that is 30cm wide by 25 deep it has grown very quickly by new canes, roots do not seem too bad tbh.  I have taken some out of this pot and put it in the ground in the lawn, so I can cut it with mower if need be.

my conclusion is if you are going to keep them in pots make sure they get lots of water and the larger the pot the better I have found. ( unless very small specimens)

lets not forget that they are a true grass so treat them as it and they will grow

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 19:30

Wow what a lot of birds you have present in your garden. 

I've done the lily beetle check, new plants watered and a mooch around whereby a catch the weeds.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 22:32

Hi all. I have finally planted by climbing rose, a buddleja 'white profusion', campanula superba, tied my Canary bird rose to the obelisk, watched the mice that live under shed whilst watching the birds feeding ( I had my first blue tit in the garden today ???? - so happy).

OH fixed the decking, and I drenched the garden this evening. Oh and checked for Lilly beetles.


hostafans lawn isn't a lawn, it must be a field of a great size.


Posted: 21/04/2015 at 22:23

Do you water the bamboo in pots a lot?

i keep my bamboo in a huge pot with a saucer and can fill the saucer nearly everyday with water. this seems to produce nice green foliage and lots of growth 

Acer Problems

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 23:02

Hi legion.

did you have moss growing in the top of your acer pots? If so, don't remove it, I have done this on more than one occasion and the trees really don't like it, it does act as a shading to the soil.

lack of water and wind is a massive problem to acers, use a pot saucer and to use other plants or object to shelter from wind.  Some varieties don't mind a lot of sun as long as they have plenty of water and acidic soil.

very fast growing shrubs!?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 22:50

Hi Sam.

get yourself a couple of cytisus x spachianus shrubs. I bought one 3 years ago this summer, it was a foot tall and is now 2 metres high by 2 wide at its widest part, I do prune it, and it would probably be another metre high if the snow last spring didn't snap the top off. It has yellow fragrant flowers, if supposed to be spring flowering but mine flowers all year including winter.

cat deterent

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 21:26

Hi Valerie.

i was wondering what sort of garden you have, for example brick walls, hedges etc?

to stop the cats in my garden I have fixed a hardwood trellis to the brick wall (my side of the wall not the top of the wall) cats and foxes will not jump into somewhere they can't get out of quickly enough. It's worked for me.

i actually own a cat, but also own a dog that doesn't like the cat to be in the back garden as he's a little dumb and doesnt realise it's our cat

Flies & Ladybirds!

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 20:05

To get lots of ladybirds, plant a cytisus x spachianus, mine is covered in ladybirds at the moment. The advantages of this plant too are drought tolerant, isn't fussed on soil really and grows very quickly and tall. Mine is almost 2 metres tall at 3 years old

Solar powered water feature

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 19:42


I have spent endless amounts on solar lights, from £1 each to solar copper spotlights at £40 a pair and they were good for just over a year so have now opted to putting mains lights in, £7 each and £3 led bulb and installed them myself, I'm no expert with electrics but managed to do it. Give it a go it makes such a difference.

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