Tim Burr


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Name of the blue flowering plants on GW (Friday 6th May)

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 21:14

Thank you! :-)

Name of the blue flowering plants on GW (Friday 6th May)

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 21:06

Can somebody please confirm the name of the plant on GW last night (Friday 6th May).  They had blue flowers on a single stalk and grassy like green leaves.  The grower assisted Chris Beardshaw last year at Chelsea and did her own stand at Malvern and got silver.  Tried various connotations of the pronunciation of it but can't find it.  Help!

Further Advice needed for a good weedkiller for gardens please??

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 10:16

Hey - easy!  Its still relevant advice!!  Other people might find it useful, and its still relevant today.  Lots of people still have weeds!!

Further Advice needed for a good weedkiller for gardens please??

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 10:09

If you want to go organic, use a mix of white vinegar (1 gallon), liquid dishwashing soap (1 tablespoon), 1 cup of table salt).  Put mix into a garden sprayer, and douse the weeds.  The soap will act as a surfactant and help to soak the weeds better.  It may day 2/3 days longer to see the effect, but the weeds will die.  Any that don't immediately, repeat the dose.  Much safer than Glyphosate in my view and you don't need to exclude children or pets from the garden whilst doing it.  Glyphosate has been considered a potential carcinogenic chemical, so I don't use it.  Obviously lots of people do use it and come to no obvious ill effect but I'd rather reduce my odds.

Stubborn dry soil in the shady end of the garden

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 09:59

There are ferns don't mind living in dry shady conditions.  Aptly named Dryopteris species of ferns do well under trees where it is often dry soil.  Also, Polystichum ferns.  If you don't want ferns, looks at Alchemical mollie, Bergenia, or Ajuga, Epimedium, several types of Geraniums, Vinca (aka Periwinkle).


 

Flower bed against an external wall

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 09:50

When you say 'vents', do you mean the sink contents empty onto the flower bed and not down a drain?  


In normal cases, where the soil is below the damp proof course (which should be around 2 bricks below), then there shouldn't be an issue with rising damp, an the damp proof membrane (DPM) should prevent moister rising and also when rain hits the ground, the splash back up is generally believed to be no more than two bricks.


If you're worried about moister entering the bricks at ground/foundation level, then you could put in what is generally called a French drain, which is essentially a trench dug up against the foundation wall anywhere between 8 inches to two feet below ground level and at least one foot out from the wall (wider the better). At the bottom of the trench your lay washed gravel or small rock, then put in a perforated pipe that redirects the water away from the house, and then cover with more gravel or small rocks.  Wider French drains are better because they tend to silt up less. If you also wrap your permeable pipe in permeable landscape cloth, then that will prevent silting up further.  You need to have the pipe drain sloping away from the house to the garden and into a land drain or soakaway in the garden that disperses the water into the ground.  You shouldn't tap the pipe into the house drainage.  Water board would get upset with that.  Also, consider rodding points so you can clear the pipe of silt etc, that will build up over the years.  Sounds a lot of hard work, but if done properly is a good relatively cheap solution.  However, if done incorrectly you could end up with a nice mini moat around your house. 

Cats

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:37

I doubt very much that any cat (unless it is particularly unwell or stupid) would foul in the full open air directly on the lawn.  Cats (in my experience) prefer a bit of privacy and will go out of the way to do their thing.  They dig a hole, do their business, and then bury it out of sight, only for gardeners to come along an dig it back up again!!  Also, generally I find that once a cat starts to go in one area of the garden, that's their place to go and they don't tend to move around. That's probably OK if you've got a big enough garden and you've only got one or two cats doing it, but I can see it might be a problem if your garden is the neighbourhood cat litter tray.  Cat's do not like using other cats areas to go in so will find their own spot.  I agree that neighbouring cats don't come in if there is a resident cat, and certainly I don't have an issue with other cats using my garden.  My own cat also doesn't use my garden and prefers without doubt her own private covered tray in the house.  My garden is so packed in with planting that she would find it difficult to go anywhere, and anyway, she is way too much of a Princess to go outside! 

Monarda still in slumber

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:25

I have a path that runs along the border, and the monarda is on the edge so border so benefits from the heat of that, even when the sun has gone around the corner.  I like it there because it maximises the amount of light it gets, it very upright plant so doesn't flop all over the path, and when brushing passed it, get a nice whiff of bergamot.

Have checked this morning - no signs of life (yet).

 

Does Bamboo (Fargesia Robusta) Regrow its leaves

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:21

Hi - I saw Beechgrove the other week where Carole cut out a number of the canes at ground level to thin it out, and then she took off the lower leaves on the canes so to open up the bottom of the bamboo.  Perhaps a silly question, but once cut off, do those leaves re-grow (making it a regular task to do), or once they've gone, they're gone for good?  I know canes don't regrow!

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:43

Pellets - I use the ferris ones which are apparently organic and less toxic to other wildlife.  I have a pond in the garden with frogs, but they still don't do enough to control the slugs.  I don't over use pellets and use them very sporadically, and the frogs do OK.  I've never found a dead slug on the ground (or a dead frog for that matter), so what it says on the packaging about the slugs eating the bait and returning underground to die must ring true.  

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