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Tim Burr


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Splitting a bamboo

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 11:03

Unfortunately not that thick a stem.  Thanks for the insight.  Never thought of it as just very tall grass before.  For the bits I give away, I'll trim to about three foot.  At least then it provides a little bit of green whilst it re-establishes itself (before taking over the whole garden!! ).  

Splitting a bamboo

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:28

Can bamboo be hedge trimmed to reduce height without any long term adverse impact.  Just thinking how I would get the bamboo I didn't want into my car to take to my sister-in-law's who has a massive garden and could easily accommodate what I don't want.  

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 18:43

Thanks Verdun.

The border where it is is only about foot and half deep.  In front is Geranium which is also looking tatty which I know I can chop back.  The border is going to look a but empty afterwards.  Any ideas of what summer planting I can do to take over as the dicentra dies down (or pruned back).  I have tried crocosmia (small dainty type about  same height as dicentra), but despite lots of fresh greeshorts in spring, because the dicentra does such of good job of blocking out light under its canopy, the crocosmia doesn't stand a chance and never comes to anything.  Need something that can burst thru' Dicentras canopy in around early/mid June and take over from where Dicentra left off.  As people might know, Ive only got small garden so I really cram stuff in but any gaps look really huge in a small garden. The Dicentra does really well because its a semi-sheaded position and only gets direct sun in the first 3-4 hours of the day.

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 18:18

Thanks folk.  Too late to get out now with secateurs.  Already on second G&T.  Health and Safety of course! 

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 13:06

Should I cut back to base?  Also, is now a good time for dividing, bearing in my they don't like movement?

Splitting a bamboo

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 20:23

Old saw? Blimey! 

Splitting a bamboo

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 23:01

I have a bamboo in a wooden trough.  It's getting very compact in there.  Is it easy enough to tip it out of the trough, but a spade thru the middle of it (or cut it up into quarters), replant one half or quarter in the trough and give the rest away.  It's filled the 3 foot trough from just a few stems to full in three years.  I don't want to plant it in the ground.  Gardens not big enough!!   Height wise it's over 10 foot tall.  I water it copiously and give a huge handful of blood, fish and bonemeal each spring. 

Japanese Acer disposal

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 10:09

I have a friend who lives on the South coast who is renovating her garden.  She has two beautiful Japanese Acers which were planted by the previous owner of the garden.  Unfortunately, despite looking fantastic, they are not in her new garden scheme due to the size and location of them.  I did suggest that they could be reduced in size if done professionally, but she is clear that despite how good they look, they need to come out. I think it would be sad to lose such wonderful specimens, so suggested the idea of having them professionally dug up, and then taken away for transplanting.  Does anybody know of any companies in or around Sussex or Kent that provides such a service.  These trees are not cheap to buy even when relatively young so could be a way of somebody to make a bit of money.

Pond level dropping.....

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:59

Topped up pond this evening from water butt, using tap water that I filled the butt using a garden sprinkler spray.  I found water butt pump and pumped the water into the pond, again using the shower spray, so it has been thru' sprayer twice.  Result was almost instant.  Could have sworn I saw a frog doing loop de loops in the topped up pond.  Several frogs seen heading towards the waters edge.  Pond now brimming! Thanks for help guys.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 11:00

Posted office?  Spell checker on iPad working overtime!  I mean 'posted picture', of course!

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Monarda still in slumber

Not stirring from winter sleep 
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Downsizing a Bamboo

Overgrown its trough 
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Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Are you still using it? 
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Last Post: 19/05/2015 at 23:10

Planting Yucca in Ground

Plant these above, below or halfy halfy!! 
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Last Post: 12/05/2015 at 08:23

Photinia Red Robin trimming

Too early/too late to trim back 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 12:09

Relocating an Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry'

Wrong tree in the wrong place 
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Last Post: 27/04/2015 at 00:08

Hard pruning a Mahonia

What to do with the cuttings 
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Last Post: 25/04/2015 at 23:22

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 12:52

Conifer for narrow space and upright form

Recommendations please. 
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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 23:45

Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Narihira Bamboo (AGM)

Doesn't run, but does it need to be contained? 
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Last Post: 12/04/2015 at 16:32

Do slug eat thru' carrier bags

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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 12:45

Crocosmia Lucifer

Early flowering? 
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Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 19:04

Bamboo in trough

Trimming it down to size 
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Last Post: 24/02/2014 at 19:15

mildew-on-aquilegia-leaves

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Last Post: 04/08/2015 at 19:08

tool-of-the-day

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