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Tim Burr


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Lupins

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 12:46

When I was a kid, I saved some seed and wrote on the envelope what they were.  My mum asked me, "what are loobins?"  The name has stuck in our family ever since.

Help please - rust hollyhocks

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:43

Hollyhocks are perennial and can last for several years, but are best grown as a biennial due to problems with rust. You can try to keep rust in check by removing and  safely discarding infected leaves.  In autumn, cut completely to ground level, discard all old flowers and move any fallen leaves completely away from around plant.  If your. plant has rust, then avoid using any seed.  Rust is worse in wet summer.  Dont plant hollyhocks too close together - good air circulation will help control rust.

Fungicides can be used to control rust, but it needs to be sprayed regularly of at least twice a week.

Stupid question!

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 23:34

In my view, unless it is the first season of planting, watering plants in the ground is not required, unless the weather is exceptionally dry (rarity in British climes, so it seems).  If you need to water after the first season, it sounds like you got the wrong plant in the wrong soil and/or location, or you've not prepared the soil to retain moisture or encourage root growth, both of which help to eliminate the need to water.

Not watering plants, encourages plant roots to seek out moisture deeper into the soil, and stops plants putting roots near the surface which makes the plant more susceptible to dry conditions.  The  only thing I now water (using water stored in water butts, not clean expensive tap water), is my pots and even those I do sparingly to prevent too much sappy growth which requires even more water.  When I plant, I dig a whole twice the size I need, and throw in old compost and well rotted manure, both of which help retain moisture.  I also throw in a large handful of blood, fish and bonemeal to encourage good root growth. Works for me.

Oxygenating sprinklers.

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:19

Just Googled "pure rain reviews", and found this lot on QVC website...

http://www.qvcuk.com/Pure-Rain-Oxygen-Infusing-Plant-Watering-Handheld-Gun.product.503080.html?cookie=set#BVRRWidgetID

Lots of disgruntled customers.

Oxygenating sprinklers.

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:08

Something about adding (or infusing) nano air bubbles to tap water via a chamber on the sprinker so that when the water meets the plants roots, there is more oxygen so the plant is able to take up nutrients more effectively. However, what I don't get is that to get to the root, the water has to percolate through soil, so does the water not lose the nano bubbles on the way down?

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:05

You can always eat it.  Tastes like rhubarb, apparently......

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/sussex/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8634000/8634285.stm

 

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:20

How long does a dead ceanothus last standing? My neighbour to the rear of me had a huge ceanothus give up the mortal coil a couple of years ago.  Rather than have it cut down or take out the dead plant she planted a jasmine under it to climb up and thru.  Now the jasmine has gone completely rampant, with tendrils trying to spiral around the shrubs and trees in my garden, and blocking out loads of sunlight in the process.  It would probably look nice, but the jasmine, apart from throwing out masses of green growth doesn't seem to flower.  I'm hoping at some point the ceanothus underneath it will rot and topple over taking the jasmine with it, although not sure how long that will take.

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 09:49

Isnt that why they invented dishwashers? To wash pots......

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 07:05

No, it just lives outside in its pot all year round.  I occasionally move it around the garden, normally as a 'elf and safety issue as the leaves are at perfect height for poking eye out when working near it. 

Putting softdrinks on the garden

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 22:37

Sprite and 7-up is recommended as being effective when suffering from Gastroenteritis (Tummy upset)  Avoid any soft drinks with caffeine in.

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Does Bamboo (Fargesia Robusta) Regrow its leaves

....silly question time! :-) 
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Monarda still in slumber

Not stirring from winter sleep 
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Downsizing a Bamboo

Overgrown its trough 
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Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Are you still using it? 
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Last Post: 19/05/2015 at 23:10

Planting Yucca in Ground

Plant these above, below or halfy halfy!! 
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Photinia Red Robin trimming

Too early/too late to trim back 
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Relocating an Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry'

Wrong tree in the wrong place 
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Last Post: 27/04/2015 at 00:08

Hard pruning a Mahonia

What to do with the cuttings 
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Last Post: 25/04/2015 at 23:22

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 12:52

Conifer for narrow space and upright form

Recommendations please. 
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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 23:45

Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Narihira Bamboo (AGM)

Doesn't run, but does it need to be contained? 
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Last Post: 12/04/2015 at 16:32

Do slug eat thru' carrier bags

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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 12:45

Crocosmia Lucifer

Early flowering? 
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Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 19:04

Bamboo in trough

Trimming it down to size 
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Last Post: 24/02/2014 at 19:15

mildew-on-aquilegia-leaves

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