Tim Burr


Latest posts by Tim Burr

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?

Kew Garden job cuts

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 00:02

Actually, Wakehurst Place is £1.4m in deficit and it takes £2.2m to run it.  The reason why it's in deficit is because under the arrangement for leasing the grounds, and later the house at Kew, any National Trust members visiting could get into it for free.  80% of people who visit Wakehurst Place are National Trust members so the only income it derives is from the fee paying 20% non members and from the shop and restaurant.  A discussion on charging entry for NT members went down like a lead ballon, but a compromise was that NT members could pay a £2 car parking charge.  The alternative was that they had to cut back on horticulture and that was deemed unacceptable. There was some research done on car parking fees and this was considered the best option, although it has been opposed by some NT members.  Unfortunately, you can't please all of the people all of the time.  The alternative is to increase NT membership fees for all members but that has a negative effect as no doubt for every £1 fees go up, you lose another 1,000 members (that's just a guess, but you get my drift). 

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 18:08

"I'm a lumberjack, and I'm OK......"

 

....ok, perhaps not.  NHS accountant.  Sorry!   I know most people think I'm just a bean counter, or dreaded NHS management, but somebody has to pay the bills and the doctors and nurses their salaries and wages.

Red ants

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 09:47

Argentina ants are the most prolific ants on the planet, and their super colonies stretch from one side of the globe to the other.  They have tested ants from different continents to confirm that and where ants of different colonies would fight and kill each other, Argentinian ants recognise each other and don't fight and are tolerant of each other.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:58

Couple of pics of my 18 year old cat Trixie.  She is more of an indoor cat, but enjoys being out when I am pottering.  Doesn't stay out when I come in.  



 

 

Red ants

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:59

Get a box of icing sugar and equal amount of Baking Soda and mix two together.  Powder the ants nest with the combined mixture.  The ants will go for the icing sugar because of the sweetness, but at the same time as eating the icing sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda.  The baking soda will react with the formic acid in their gut, and because ants can't burp (apparently), they will get full of gas and literally explode. Its not a perfect solution as the ants won't take the solution back to their nest, but if you repeat over several days it will severely deplete the nest colony which may cause it to collapse of it's own accord.  Icing sugar and baking soda is not toxic to other animals, birds, or children or pets.  And this isn't made up.  It's true.

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Oriental Poppy - what do to after flowering

 
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Small bed/border around conservatory

Ideas, ideas, ideas.... 
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Water in systemic insecticide

 
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Removing an old Ceanothus

 
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Poorly Laurel Hedge

 
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Too late to prune back a Kerria Japonica?

Missed on pruning after flowering 
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Crocosmia Lucifer

 
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