Tim Burr


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Monarda still in slumber

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:04

Unfortunately, because of the way my garden is, I only get around 4 hours max of direct sunshine on each of my borders at any one time.  I'm on a 'modern' development, so the garden is a postage stamp, and surrounded by six foot fences on three sides, and house on the other.  My garden faces east, so by around 4pm most of the garden is in shade because of the house.  My neighbour has generously removed two large trees from his garden thats on the south side of the garden that's increased the amount of light, but still not direct sunlight.  I know I'm probably pushing what I can put into the garden in terms of plants that enjoy full sun, but I experiment every year to see what works or what will cope.  

Red Robin unwell.

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:54

Photinias are impossible to kill in my view.  I've got one which has been severely cut back several times over the years and it just springs back into life and then needs to be taken back again.  I find that if I leave it to go, it tries to turn itself into a tree, and although it has lots of leaves, they are all on the outside and nothing inside.  All the dead leaves create a mess in my borders and create a great haven for slugs and snails. I normally take mine back in the early autumn which means that if it puts on any growth, it hardens up for winter, and I get the bright red leaves for the spring/early summer. Last year I reduced its height (about 18 foot) by half, and this year, I'll take it back even further (another 3 feet), as I want the main trunk back below fence height and try and get it back to more of a shrub.

Monarda still in slumber

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:39

Hi aym280 - they were shop bought last year.  Found on another gardening website that Monardas can be a bit late appearing in the border in the spring whilst everything else romps away, so I think I just need to be a little more patient.  Just aweek since my original post and still nothing showing, not even a hint.  How patient does one have to be?   Will leave be.

Monarda still in slumber

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 20:57

I planted Monardas last year and they gave a good show other than a bit of mildew.  They died down over winter, and I cleared the dead growth in March and eagerly waited their return, however, they are stubbornly not showing any growth yet.  I thought they'd all given up the ghost, but I pulled a bit out the other day and at root level, they still appear alive, as there was some live shoots (which were red) underground.  Are Monardas just slow growers or are they truly on their way out?  I did buy some more to replace but then when I saw the they still looked alive, planted them elsewhere in garden.  I appreciate its been a bit cold but most other things in the garden are getting on with growing.

'Feels Like' Temperature - does it affect plants?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:59

I was in the garden on Sunday clearing last years dead and dying fern leaves from around the pond and was surprised how warm it felt near the ground whilst crawling around on hands and feet.  It felt like the ground was radiating warmth back.  The ambient air temperature at standing height was quite cool, but the sun had been shining so had obviously warmed up the ground.

Downsizing a Bamboo

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 18:28

Thanks guys.  I am planning to make it a bank holiday weekend job, so now feel well prepared.  Thanks for the information  And Emma Lou, not in Southampton!

Downsizing a Bamboo

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:39

I've got a bamboo (Fargesia Robusta) in a trough (about 1m by 0.5m) which has grown to around 12/15 feet tall.  The bamboo is really packing the trough out and has got quite a lot of dead growth in it, and also the top 2/3 feet of some of the tallest stalks have died, from when I went on holiday last year and it dried out a bit too much.  Its up against a fence so not really easy to get around the back to clear the dead stuff out.  I'd like to try (I say try! ) to get the bamboo out of the trough where by I reckon I could break (or saw!!) the roots/rhizomes to 4 or potentially 6 separate pieces, and replant into another 2/3 new troughs (or give away to somebody unsuspecting! ).  Part of that also make me think I want to try and make it easier to take out of the trough by removing all the current top growth by cutting it right back to ground level, although not sure what effect that would have on the success of whole plan.  Would removing all current top growth limit the chances of success or will it be OK as long as I have recovered good roots/rhizome.  Obviously replanting it I would replant in loads of well rotted manure and good fresh compost and give it plenty of feed and water until re-estalished.

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 08:30
Sorry Nin, was a bit economical with the rules. If it's more then 15m2 shed then it has to be away from the boundary by 1m. Under 15m2 then it can be less than 1m. Do you know how big the new shed is?

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 21:37

The shed must be sited at least 1 metre away from the boundary of the property and should be at least 2 metres away from the main house.The height of the eaves must not exceed 2.5 metres and the ridge height should be no more than 4 metres (3 metres if flat roof). The shed can't take up more than 50% of the garden area.  Other than that, not a lot you can do.  Sorry.

What to do with laburnum?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:42

Please don't cut it down - the paranoia of children dying on mass from Laburnum seeds goes back to the 1970s.  If you'd believe the hype that is - in fact there are NO reports of death or illness from any child, man or beast eating the seeds.  As a child, we had a Laburnum tree in our garden and it was wonderful to see the bright yellow cascade of flowers in May and into June.  It is one of my favourite trees and every garden should have one or two at least! 

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