Tim Burr

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Wolf's bane

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 11:54

I've never had a problem with slugs and snails eating my aconitum.  I thought they avoided it because of its toxicity.  They are around because other things in the same area do get eaten, including the new leaves of the Fatsia Japonica right next to the acontiums.

Extremely sickly looking bamboo

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 11:29

Hi - answer to all the questions.  Yes, it is watered well.  I knew when I put it in the container I would have to water it regularly.  It gets a good soaking at least once a week, and when it is warm, it gets more often.  I often worry if I am over watering, but read somewhere once it is virtually impossible to over water a bamboo (assume that's not totally correct).  I also have been watering it when its been pelting down with rain!

I've already given it a dose of grass fertiliser which has added iron in as well.  No change.  I put in the dosage as per instructions on the bottle.  Only did one watering can of feed as didn't want to over feed it.  Says to does every six weeks.

The container is a square concrete one which is 0.5m x 0.5m.  Not overly big, but then when I planted it, it didn't fill the container at all.

Its been in the container for just over one year (planted it in May last year 2015).

I use rain water from the water butt.  Don't use tap water (I'm on a meter).

When I planted it, I used 50:50 John Innes No 3 and well rotted manure.

In the first year, it threw up loads of new canes.  This year only one.

In terms of being a runner or a clumping type - I've read conflicting things.  Some sites say it is a runner, and others (like the RHS) say it is clumping, with others saying the people think its a clumper but in reality, its a runner.  Very confusing.  I did read that people who have heavy soil tend to keep their bamboos contained because even running bamboo find it difficult to spread, whereas light sandy soils even clumping bamboo will spread quite quickly.  I'm on light sandy soil (Bagshot sands) so do fear putting it in the ground.

Extremely sickly looking bamboo

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 15:04

Thanks Ladybird4. I put into a container because I was warned it would run.  However, I'm concerned at the look at it. It wasnt a cheap purchase and I'd be upset to lose it. Might take your view on it. Have you put a barrier around yours at all?

Extremely sickly looking bamboo

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 12:52

Have a bamboo (Phyllo. Nigra) in large container which looks extremely ill. The leaves have a yellow tinge to them. It's been well watered and I did give it some lawn feed the other week to see if that would perk it up, but still not looking great. It's not losing leaves which might suggest it's dying. I planted it in the container in May last year using compost and well rootted manure and it put up loads of new shoos but this year I've only had one new shoot. Any ideas? The picture make the leaves more green - from a distance it is yellow!


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 11:23

Sorry, but I find Red Robin an absolute PITA!  It grows too quick, constantly drops leaves (and they don't rot down because they are shiny, if you get my drift), all the new leaves are on the outside but the inside of it is completely bare.  I've hacked mine back several times and it just gets bigger every year.  Last year I took it down 6 foot, and its already grown back 4!  This year I'm going to cut it down and leave a 4 foot stump.  Hoping it might kill it, then I'll remove the stump and plant a Pittosporum.  

Powdery Mildew on Laurel Hedge

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 20:32

At the front of my house is a laurel hedge that was planted and well established from when the house was built in 1995.  The hedge is kept to a well defined height, width and depth, and is trimmed back every year in the autumn to keep it in shape to a strict rectangle shape.  I moved into the house in 2010.  Every year about now as it starts to put a growth spurt on with new leaves, I notice the hedge starts to develop powdery mildew on the leaves and the hedge starts to look a bit sorry for itself, slowly looking worse until I trim it back come the Autumn.  Is there anything I can do to treat the mildew?  The hedge is about 25 feet long, 8 feet tall and around 2 foot deep.

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:17

That's good - think it might need it.  If I don't do the bit that's gone above and then over the fence, think my neighbour will. 

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:12

Ok, thanks Nutcutlet.

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 21:57

Hi, I'll take your word for it - how would I know the difference if its dulcamara or crispum?  I just remember somebody coming into my garden and saying, it was Woody Nightshade, which I looked up and got the latin name of S. dulcamara.  Thought it was that ever since.

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 14:44

Here you go...

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Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry' Tree

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Ideas, ideas, ideas.... 
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