Tim Burr


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Olive Trees

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:16

My Olive Tree in a pot is looking quite sorry for itself, and I thought it was on the way out, but the other day I dd spot some very early sign of new year buds.  I think the long cold spring has not helped.  I'm hoping it's just complaining but once the weather warms up, it'll sort itself out.

Gardening errors.....

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:13

I've just completely decked my Kerria Japonica to the ground as it was looking a right mess.  Ive now got quite a substantial gap in the border.  Now I'm wondering if I've done the right thing.  Only time will tell, no doubt!  I did read that they are pretty rugged and probably a bit thuggish so I don't think I've killed it! 

 

Anybody got any of their own stories of gardening disasters they wish to share and whether it came out alright in the end, or it was a complete disaster!

 

 

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 17:51

I cut my Red Robin back hard in the autumn.  In the Spring it's thrown out so much new growth I'm sure it is bigger than before I pruned it.  My neighbours don't like it because it blocks out light from their garden, but I do try to keep it trimmed low, However I turn my back on it for five minutes and its re-grown 2 feet.  And yes, I'm forever picking up the leaves that take forever to break down if I leave them on the ground.  The leaves are a great hiding place for slugs if left on the ground.

Flaming Weeds!

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 22:57

Bought one of the best bit of kit in a long time today.  A flaming weed gun! Fantastic.  Turn on gas, ignite and whoosh - obliterating weeds like no tomorrow.  I know I might not kill the roots and they might be back, but to clear a whole path in 5 minutes was great and satisfying.  Wish I had bought one years ago!

Do you have the red lily in Briton/Scotland?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 19:11

At the end of the "wind tunnel" in the back garden I've put a bamboo (robusta) in a large wooden trough, So it doesnt spread.  It gets bashed about a bit, but it lives up to its name and survives the onslaught very well.  I water and feed it copiusly from the water butts and is now over 12 feet tall.  It takes all the force out of the wind.

Lots of details here:

http://www.bamboogarden.com/Fargesia%20robusta.html

 

Do you have the red lily in Briton/Scotland?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 18:56

I've discovered a way of keeping my lilies in pots beetle free for as long as possible, but without using chemicals.  I've done this for the last several years.  I leave my lillies down the side of the house until just before they  bloom.  Not sure if the wind tunnel effect between me and next door stops them from landing on them, or because they just havent seen them yet, but after several weeks of growth, lilies are completely clear.  And I know the Lilly beetles are around because I have caught two on my Crown Imperials, which are only 15 feet away around the corner on the patio!

Red Bugs on my fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 19:01

Bookertoo - Provado is a systemic insect killer which is taken up by the plant and makes it toxic to ALL insects, including those we do want as well as those we don't.  As well as killing Lilly Beetles, you're also killing bees, etc, because the nectar and pollen will contain the the insecticide.  I've stopped using Provado for that very reason.  I do use a tea strainer - the spring loaded tea ball one - looks like this.....

http://mystir.com/tea-ball-ttongs

Best bit of gardening equipment for capturing Lilly Beetles ever invented!

Very underweight hedgehog found on doorstep

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 22:51

Just thought I would provide an update.  After spending the winter at a wildlife rescue (Harper Asprey the two hedgehogs I rescued in November have been returned for release back into my garden.  They were released last Thursday.  They join a hedgehog who had already taken up residence in the garden living in a Hogilo I was given as a Christmas present.  I've since gone out and purchased two more Hogilos and the rescues were placed in them on arrival, and I am pleased to say that they have also stayed.  I am providing some feed (chicken cat food and meal worm), as they re-adjust to living back in the wild.  They normally spend an hour wandering around my garden before dissapearing down the side passage of the house to go off for their night time wandering.

 

bamboo

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 20:05

I successfully contain a clumping bamboo (which still spread) by planting the bamboo in one of those plastic (rubber?) trugs with the bottom cut off.  The runners tend to come near the surface so any I see creeping over the lip of the trug, I simply snip off and remove.  The trug is buried with about two inches left above ground.  When it eventually fills the trug, I'll dig it up, cut it in to quarters replant one 1/4 where I got it from, and give the other 3/4s away.

Remove Crocosmia

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 23:47

The way crocosmia spreads is something quite amazing.  I planted a small patch of 10 bulbs 3 years and which have spread quite considerably.  My soil is light so it's perfect for it.  I wanted to know how it spread so easily and what I discovered is that its not the corms that multiply (initially), but it send out tendrils several inches from the main corm, from which it then throws up some leaves, before moving the tendril on some more, before sending up more leaves  Where the little plant is then it grows a corm, and that also starts sending out tendrils in the soil.  Before you know it, you're over run!  I've now got crocosmia which are 2/3 feet away from where I initially planted the original bulbs.  I don't mind, because they are one of my favourite plants

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