Tim Burr

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Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 12:29

One trick I learned is to use a spring loaded tea strainer, which you can use to capture the beasties and when they try to leap out of the way, they get caught.  You can buy them on Amazon...£1.10 with free delivery.  Perfect for catching Lily Beetles.


English bluebells!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:34

Went to Winkworth Arboretum, near Godalming in Surrey last Saturday.  Stunning.


Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:31

You can use a systemic weedkiller like Pravado and that will stop Lily Beetle in its tracks.  The only thing is though that any beneficial insects that want to feed on the nectar will equally be affected by Pravado so by killing the one thing you want to get rid of, you could inadvertently kill the good things.  I stopped using Pravado a few years ago for exactly that reason.  Lily Beetle catching is now a fun game to play on a Sunday afternoon!

A mystery weed...

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:00

More info...


Japanese Rowen (Sorbus Commixta)

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:56

Any ideas when a Japanese Rowen (aka Sorbus Commixta) puts on its growth - is it before or after the flowers/berries have set.  And is it a slow grower or quite speedy?

Herbaceous perennials not appeared

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 10:03

I consistently lose newly planted herbaceous perennials in my garden.  I plant them one year - they do great, leave them for the winter and by spring, dead and/or rotting in the ground.  Some however do make it every year and when they do, it usually means they will be in for the long term.  Monarda's are one's that consistently fail to come back.  I've tried them in several different areas of the garden but although they do well in the season they are planted, they never come back.  Given up on the them now.       The soil in my garden is fairly light loam but about 18 inches down, there is a hard compacted layer, so in winter, the ground can be quite wet as there is nowhere for the water to run to.  I also suffer with moss not only growing in the lawn but also on the borders.  When I moved into my house, I had the garden re-landscaped.  There was a small tree located at the bottom of the garden that looked like it was really struggling, so decided to take it out - it was only around 15 foot tall.  I literally only had to pull the tree out of the ground with my bare (bear??) hands as there was no root ball as it had obviously rotted away.  Amazed it survived at all and that it was still standing - just!

Laurel Hedge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 17:58

Whilst you're trimming, remember to savour the sweet smell of almonds coming off the shredded Laurel leaves, and then realise you're actually sniffing cyanide!

A wise note of caution - don't put leaves in a garden shredder and if you need to take the trimmings to the garden waste dump, leave the car windows open on the way there! I'm sure you'll be fine. 

Cats pooping in raised bed compost

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 11:30

Yes, it will be fine.  It would also say its fine for veg too unless you're a bit squeamish about a bit of poo.  You can always just remove what's in there.  Plenty of crops are grown in all sorts of stuff which you probably wouldn't want to know about.   

There are lots of scare stories about cats and Toxoplasmosis but vegetables can't catch it, and if you're growing root veg, then common sense is that you wash the veg before eating it and if that doesn't get rid of it, then the cooking process will.  The only caveat perhaps is if your pregnant or suffer from an immune deficiency you should avoid cat poo, but otherwise Toxoplasmosis is generally harmless to most people.  Try to keep cats off the bed by simply planting it up, or if you're waiting a bit, put some twigs in the ground or lay chicken wire over the soil to stop them being able to dig.  Make sure its secured down.

Bluebells - not spreading

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 13:50

I don't recall seeing the seedlings in the spring.  I don't cut the flower heads off when they go over in the hope that they will self seed.  I take it that they don't spread by bulb division like Crocosmia, say?

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry' Tree

Gone a bit wonky! 
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How to treat successfully 
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Kerria Japonica Pruning

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Japanese Rowen (Sorbus Commixta)

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Bluebells - not spreading

Should I count myself lucky! 
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Small bed/border around conservatory

Ideas, ideas, ideas.... 
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Garden Pond Renovation

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Coral Spot on Rowan

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Conservatory Yucca

Grown too tall.. 
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Water in systemic insecticide

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Removing an old Ceanothus

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