Tim Burr


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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.  

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.

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