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Latest posts by Tim Burr

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!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 10:59

Few weeks ago posted office of the emerging flower on my yucca that I've had in a pot for several years.  This is what it looks like today....

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27431.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

Not sure what I expecked it to look like, but not like this.  The flower stalk is over 3 1/2  foot tall.  Unfortunately, no scent.

Pond level dropping.....

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 14:32

Thanks Dove.  Ive read that if I  can aireate the water that helps the chlorine dissipate.  I've got the idea of lying on my back, mouth over the water butt tap and blowing as hard as I can.  What are my chances? 

Pond level dropping.....

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 13:24

My relatively small pond has dropped about 2 inches.  With no water left in the water butts and no prospect of rain very soon, thinking of topping up from the mains supply, but letting the water stand for a couple of days in the water butts with the lids off to let the chlorine evaporate.  Any flaws to my idea?  I assume couple of days will be long enough.  I appreciate their may be nitrates I the water, but don't want water to drop even more as it will impact on the wild life in a garden who use it for drinking, washing and living!

Lupins

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 12:46

When I was a kid, I saved some seed and wrote on the envelope what they were.  My mum asked me, "what are loobins?"  The name has stuck in our family ever since.

Help please - rust hollyhocks

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:43

Hollyhocks are perennial and can last for several years, but are best grown as a biennial due to problems with rust. You can try to keep rust in check by removing and  safely discarding infected leaves.  In autumn, cut completely to ground level, discard all old flowers and move any fallen leaves completely away from around plant.  If your. plant has rust, then avoid using any seed.  Rust is worse in wet summer.  Dont plant hollyhocks too close together - good air circulation will help control rust.

Fungicides can be used to control rust, but it needs to be sprayed regularly of at least twice a week.

Stupid question!

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 23:34

In my view, unless it is the first season of planting, watering plants in the ground is not required, unless the weather is exceptionally dry (rarity in British climes, so it seems).  If you need to water after the first season, it sounds like you got the wrong plant in the wrong soil and/or location, or you've not prepared the soil to retain moisture or encourage root growth, both of which help to eliminate the need to water.

Not watering plants, encourages plant roots to seek out moisture deeper into the soil, and stops plants putting roots near the surface which makes the plant more susceptible to dry conditions.  The  only thing I now water (using water stored in water butts, not clean expensive tap water), is my pots and even those I do sparingly to prevent too much sappy growth which requires even more water.  When I plant, I dig a whole twice the size I need, and throw in old compost and well rotted manure, both of which help retain moisture.  I also throw in a large handful of blood, fish and bonemeal to encourage good root growth. Works for me.

Discussions started by Tim Burr

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? 
Replies: 0    Views: 208
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 
Replies: 7    Views: 672
Last Post: 24/02/2014 at 19:15

mildew-on-aquilegia-leaves

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Last Post: Yesterday at 19:08

tool-of-the-day

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Last Post: 14/08/2013 at 18:05

loging-in

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Last Post: 11/08/2013 at 18:20

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Gone all scruffy 
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Last Post: 21/09/2014 at 13:41
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