Tim Burr


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Bamboo

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 23:46

In order to grow bamboo to its full height, you have to give it plenty of room.  In a pot, it won't achieve its full potential height it would grow to in open ground.  The other factor is water.  As mdw84 above said, they water their bamboo in a huge pot nearly every other day.  If you don't or can't to that and/or your pot is small, then that will impact on its height.  Bamboos in open ground that clump rather than run are generally well behaved, but even they might need containing with a barrier if you want to stop it from spreading too far or outside the boundary of where you want it to go.  Digging it up and splitting it might sound relatively easy, but I've seen examples of people trying to split a bamboo in the ground and a pot, and people have snapped spades and have had to use an electric saw to get thru' the roots and rhizomes of a mature bamboo.  Not for the faint hearted!

Foxglove

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:26

Whoops - clicked submit too soon....

Penultimate paragraph....

"Numerous people have told me about playing with the flowers of foxgloves, as children, without coming to any harm but you will still see alleged experts saying that it should be removed from any place where children might be present."

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 17:09

Thanks Verdun.   

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 16:12

I planted a Camelia in the garden at least 4 years ago, but despite looking very green, healthy and a good lot of flowers this year, it is not growing.  I think the roots must have got pot bound before I planted it and despite me thinking I would have teased the roots out, when I put it in the ground, its seems obvious that the roots are still going around in circles hence why its not growing.  I'd like to pull it out the ground and have a look - when is the best time to do that?  Immediately after flowing, or early autumn?  I have had camelia before in a another garden and then grew quite tall quite quickly so not expecting this to have been a slow grower.

 

Conifer for narrow space and upright form

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 20:41

Hi.

I'm looking for a conifer or a yew that is required to fill a narrow space around 3 foot diameter max and will grow upright to around 15-20 foot tall.  I've found plenty that grow to around 10 foot but that's too small.  It is to grow in a space that is part shade, and soil is on the dry side, as its in the corner of the garden with fence line on two sides.  Any suggestions?

Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Narihira Bamboo (AGM)

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 16:32

Looking at buying a Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Narihira Bamboo (AGM).  The label says it doesn't run and is not invasive, so does that mean it does not need to be contained by bamboo barrier?  Planning on using it for screening between me and neighbour.

Do slug eat thru' carrier bags

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:51

Thanks guys.  Not allowed to cut them in half with scissors, or put in bucket of salty water as garden is so small, haven't got anywhere to put the resulting sludge.  I collected another 5 after my first jaunt around the garden.  I did look at the rolling pin in the kitchen draw later on but was told, 'don't even think about it'.

 

Do slug eat thru' carrier bags

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 20:37

Just been around the garden and picked up +40 slugs and snails.  Didn't have a container to put them in (or allowed to put them ), but was allowed a supermarket carrier bag.  Have put them all up in several bags, but just wondering if they will eat their way thru' the bags to get out, if so, need another solution.  Was planning to put them in general waste bin tomorrow.  I was going to put them in those chinese take-away containers put somebody had a tidy up a few weekends ago and threw them all out.  

Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:24

I do a lot of other peoples garden visiting as part of the National Garden Scheme and always note how late their Crocosmia Lucifer is at flowering, when mine have been finished for weeks.  This year, end of June and they are already halfway thru' flowering so by August (which is the time I see them in flower elsewhere), they'll be over and already the leaves starting to turn brown.  Are my Crocosmia Lucifer unique?  I live in Surrey, so not particularly tropical.  Even on some of the best known garden supplier websites, they say the flowering period is August/September.  This isn't just a one off fluke for this year - always happens, which frustrates me as I really miss the colour later in the season.  Any ideas?

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