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Tim Burr


Latest posts by Tim Burr

National DIY chains remove bug killer containing neonicotinoids from sale

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 23:59
Wickes, B&Q and Homebase have removed from sale bug killers containing neonicotinoids which are implicated in the decline of bee populations. Unfortunately, the National Farmers Union still holds out that there is nothing wrong with bug killers containing neonicotinoid and also sprays are still widely available in Gardens Centres up and down the country. Perhaps us gardeners can start writing to our local garden centres and ask if they will follow suit. A little bit of consumer pressure often does wonders!

kidling? is it worth getting GW subscription on ereader?

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 04:10
I subscribe to magazine and so get free download, which means I can read it on my ipad at the same time other half can read the paper magazine. Has saved us loads of arguments, "You finished with that yet?" After 12 months I give mt old mags to the local Alzheimer's Society who use them for their reminiscence groups.

Laurel plants

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 02:02
Be aware that laurel leaves contain cyanolipids that can release cyanide and benzaldehyde in some quantity when shredding leaves - the smell of cyanide can also be detected if simply hedge trimming - cyanide smells of sweet almonds! Probably little harm in the open air, but the risk is increased if you shred the plant, and then load the shredded leaves in to the car and drive off to the garden recycling tip with the windows shut. The Roman Emporer Nero used water steeped with Laurel leaves to poison the wells of enemies!

Hellebores

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 10:35
Bought some Hellibores yesterday - three pots, quite large plants, do they spread easily/quickly, or do they keep themselves together? Just trying to work out how best to locate/plant them (ie, in a solid group, or spaced a bit further apart).

Flowering plants that like shade

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 10:32
I have a garden where 40% of it is in shade for 6 months of year, reducing to around 5% even in the height of summer (ie no sun ever). However, I still grow sun loving and semi-shade plants there and they still get on -the only difference is that they do tend to grow a bit taller no doubt reaching up for the light. I have relatively sandy soil so it doesn't get too damp and wet. Might be an issue if your ground is shade and wet, for sun lovers. One plant I do grow very well in shade is aconitum or Monks Hood. That is a woodland plant anyway, so it is bound to do well. Just be aware that everything about it is toxic, but so are most garden plants!

Is it too late/early to move perennials?

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 23:47
Siberian Iris (I can see new growth coming up through thicket of last years cut back leaves), Sedums, Dicentra (bleeding hearts), Crocosmia (Lucifer), Geranium (Cranes Bill), potentilla (not the shrub but perennial). I also want to plant in the ground the freebies I rec'd from Thompson and Morgan which moving things around will allow me to do. The freebies are currently in pots on the garden bench.

Reclying plastic plant pots

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 23:16
My local garden centre won't re-use them, as they say it risks spread of disease, even though I would be returning the ones I had used to bring home the plants purchased from them. They do however provide a large crate at the end of their car park where customers can put in used pots and other customers who don't mind using old ones can take them away. Makes complete sense as why pay for new pots in the GC when there is a free supply in the car park! I wash old pots in the dishwasher and they come up like new. A little bit of dirt hurts no one. My wife doesn't know!

Is it too late/early to move perennials?

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 22:50
I know we're in the middle of winter(?), but am keen to do what I can in the current relatively mild weather. Would perennials get upset if I moved them around the garden now? I was going to do it last year in March when traditionally it can still be relatively cold and frosty, but then we had a heat wave and it brought everything forward by a month, so just left it. I don't want to miss an opportunity this year if the weather is mild.

New year growth starting early

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 00:00
Did a bit of tidying up today as it had finally stopped raining enough for me to get in and clear the beds. Noticed that a summer flowering clematis has already started to sprout new growth, my Japanese irises are starting to throw up green shoots, and a perennial antirrhinum was in flower!! In the front garden, Bowles Mauve hasn't stopped flowering, and the gazanias are still hanging in there, although flowers are getting smaller and smaller! Understand its around 8C-10C above average for this time of year. Maybe it will be a colder January, although long range forecast looks like more of the same until middle of next month at least.

Bird feeders causing weeds?

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 00:08
I use no mess bird feed, but apart from not sprouting it still causes a mess from all the discarded seed. I tried putting trays underneath the feeders, but all that happens now is that they fill up, and then when it rains, I get seed porridge.

When I started feeding birds I had a rather suspicious looking plant appear in my garden near the bird feeder. Somebody suggested it was just hemp. I thought it was something different and so did my nurse friend. After several weeks of summer growing I decided not to risk it anymore and pulled it up and discarded it in the green wheelie bin.

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

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Last Post: 19/04/2015 at 17:09

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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Last Post: 12/08/2013 at 09:46

tool-of-the-day

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Last Post: 14/08/2013 at 18:05

loging-in

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Last Post: 11/08/2013 at 18:20

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Gone all scruffy 
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Last Post: 21/09/2014 at 13:41

Japanese Acer disposal

 
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Last Post: 19/07/2013 at 11:02

Pond level dropping.....

...top up with tap water? 
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Last Post: 18/07/2013 at 09:55

Too late for a Chelsea Chop?

Season is 3/4 weeks behind so really, we're still in May, right? 
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Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 13:54

Plant or weed....?

....never seen anything like this before 
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Last Post: 10/06/2013 at 22:31

Gardening errors.....

......made good (or bad) 
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Last Post: 05/06/2013 at 19:50
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