Latest posts by Verdun

Rampant bamboo

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 07:42

Morning Dave.....careful!   Those salvias are addictive 

Personal Profiles.

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 07:39

Giving too much info could cause some real problems.  

don't give out addresses or any personal info 

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 21:34

Monty, if you're reading this, Lyn would like you to "fulfill her dreams" 

Monty's back with GARDENER'S WORLDS on 4th March

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 21:29

Thanks Doc.  

Better set series record 

Rampant bamboo

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 21:27

Dave, impressed by your openness with your clients .....many would simply plant as per the clients' instructions.  Like you, I have warned about the tendency of bamboos to invade. 

I remember a GW (I think) prog that featured a bamboo grower and enthusiast.    he pointed to a bamboo growing several metres across the had "escaped" from his land and under the road to grow elsewhere and he confessed  to not knowing how to control it or one or two others.  It was out of comtrol. No doubt it can be located online.  

I have no agenda other than to suggest people grow anything in preference to bamboo 


Osteopernum ?

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 18:57

Flumpy, they can.....depends on extent of frosting.  Leave those brown leaves on though 



Posted: 29/02/2016 at 18:53

Thanks GWRS...I'll have a lager please 

Rampant bamboo

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 17:45

A local radio gardener said it too..."bamboos are shallow rooting" Dave.  The programme was inundated with calls to suggest bamboo roots had gone deep, had grown under the garage, under the patio, under a fence to emerge next door and disappearing only to appear several metres away.  My experience too that bamboos go deep 

I am aware of people having constant problems trying to eradicate bamboo.  

I cleared a large clump of bamboo many years was growing in a clay soil and    part of a  boundary.  I removed deep, deep roots and borrowed a trailer to cart the lot away.  Where space is tight removing bamboo is almost impossible.

the moral is "don't plant bamboo" unless you know you have a recognised clumper 


Posted: 29/02/2016 at 17:32

More haste less speed and less money in my pocket. 

Should have changed my shoes, should have been more patient but impulse decided I lift and divide another miscanthus.  It is pretty big...very big 

thought it would take 10 minutes but took me 40.  Sliced through my trainers (yep!  Too lazy to change them) and broke my stainless steel spade.  A crowbar was not far away but, no, I just had to keep levering with my spade.  

Eventually extracted the grass and then needed a saw to cut it.  A few "deary me's"  and I replanted  what I wanted to.

the cost?  New trainers and spade.  

could have, would have, should have.  

If only I curbed my impetuousness 

Jurassic plants

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 17:12

Jerry, we deserve a picture when you have done the planting.  Sounds great 

any grasses for contrast?  Some can look tropical? 

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