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Initial post: 25 Apr 2013 19:02:28 BDT
pixie says:
Kaska I think you may like this...

Miracle-Gro 1kg Flower Magic Flower Seeds with Feed and Coir Mix Jug (Multi-coloured) sorry to flag you but I know you would like this....there other combinations!xx

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2013 10:00:45 BDT
M Inx says:
I was only thinking yesterday that it would be good to have a gardening thread what with spring being in the air. I bought some new cooking herbs for my window box yesterday, usually grow my own but my wee greenhouse took a bit of a battering in the recent storms. I bought a couple of lovely dark red hydrangea a flowering red currant and a forsythia too just to get the season started.......

Posted on 27 Apr 2013 18:07:24 BDT
I've been wanting an electric hedge trimmer for ages. But they are very expensive here, so continued to hack the hedge with a variety of other implements. Then last week they had them in Lidl for 40. Today I cut the hedge, only took a few minutes ( mind you I haven't cleared up the mess) Then went mad and trimmed the flower beds and a couple of small trees. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2013 18:22:17 BDT
pixie says:
Glad you got going...got fire in my belly and determined to garden next week...weeding! Yikes!xx

Posted on 28 Apr 2013 20:57:33 BDT
It must be that time of year again, want to the garden centre with my friend today, had carrot cake, does that count as gardening lol. Joking aside, I did buy some plants and some ranunculus corms, I love those flowers. Him indoors says he,s going to cut my eucalyptus down, it is about ten years old and grows like billyo, trouble is it is too close to the house and trouble makers keep telling him the roots will damage the foundation. We are having a running battle over it at the moment ,cos I love it dearly and the garden will look naked without it.xxx

Posted on 28 Apr 2013 21:28:28 BDT
Charlie says:
We living parallel lives today diamond. I've been in the garden with hubby defending my wisteria! He says its ruining the gutters!! And? So what it is sooooo pretty!!! I caught him hovering nearby with the loppers! OMG, would I need the aaaarghh thread!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 21:51:38 BDT
Don,t let him chop it down, they take years to establish, I,spect he could trim it a little. Some of our menfolk are such philistines.haha.xxx

Posted on 28 Apr 2013 23:33:33 BDT
M Inx says:
Any tips on what to do with a rampant bamboo please?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 05:14:05 BDT
Spock says:
Bamboo, now, as a experienced gardener (who has had bamboo problem before), you have to completly remove the roots, or it WILL return. If you have a pet panda, you can feed it the bamboo.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 08:36:56 BDT
M Inx says:
Ooh I love pandas too! On a more serious note though it has started to lift the pavia bricks on the patio would a vat of white vinegar have any effect do you think? It really has lost the run of itself it's huge........

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 10:31:11 BDT
They do that you know, take over. I think Spocks probably right, dig up ASAP and get some strong root killer from he garden centre, I would at least take advice from the garden centre, did you plant in Minx, they are a very invasive plant unless you get the right variety.xxxxgood luck

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 10:40:43 BDT
M Inx says:
Thanks Diamond, it'd be a huge job to dig it out I think but that's probably the only solution. x

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 10:59:21 BDT
Bearman says:
M Inx - do you know what type of Bamboo it is? I ask because it is possible to contain some types - you dig around them to the maximum spread that you want and cement concrete blocks around that perimeter to a depth of 18". Unfortunately, this technique will not work for all bamboos as some are strong enough to push through concrete. If anyone wants a bamboo plant its a good idea to only choose "clump forming" varieties. A good alternative is the giant form of the grass Miscanthus sinensis, though sadly it is not evergreen.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 11:13:04 BDT
M Inx says:
Sorry no Bearman, it's obviously a running one though and it's been planning it's escape for the last 12 years so it's very well established. I know that if you cut them to the ground and keep taking out any new growth they will eventually give up but it can take about 3 years, this one has suddenly taken off over the last year or so........

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 20:51:50 BDT
Wondered where you were Bear, everything ok in your neck of the woods.xxx

Posted on 30 Apr 2013 11:02:37 BDT
Bearman says:
Hi CD - I've been in the USA for the last couple of weeks (1 week work and 2nd week holiday). All's well here except I'm suffering the worst ever jet-lag. Normally I get one day of being a bit tired, then back to normal. I got back on Sunday, but last night I had no trouble getting to sleep, but was awake at 2am and couldn't get back to sleep. At 7am when heading off for work I started to crash badly. Right now I'm suffering waves of tiredness leaving me feeling almost nauseous.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2013 11:41:25 BDT
Bearman says:
Seeing as this is a gardening thread, I thought I would share pruning tips for your wisteria. Put you hubby in charge with these instructions, and not only will it get the best possible flower display from the plant, but your hubby will think he has won as he get to prune long shoots off.

In spring and early summer, wisterias send out very long spindly new grow and they should be pruned twice a year to control this and encourage flowering. In August, all of these long new shoots (except any which are being trained for structure - no more than one shoot per wire) should be pruned back to about 7 buds (usually about 6-12 inches from where the shoot branches off another stem). This encourages the plant to form good strong large leaves which start building energy up in the shortened stem. Then the following February, these same stems are shortened further back to just 2 or 3 buds to leave a short spur of about 2 inches long. When the plant starts to grow again in spring, all of the nutrients and hormones go to these last couple of buds and triggers flowering. You should aim to have long single stems trained to the size and shape of plant that you want. Off these long stems should be lots and lots of short spurs which produce the flowers. This technique is the best way to maintain the plant, and encourage flowering. Many people plant wisterias which just dont flower well, or at all - this pruning technique will cure the problem 99% of the time (it may take a couple of years pruning to work).

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2013 21:24:07 BDT
I always struggle coming home from the states, David gets over it quite quickly, but I wake up in the middle of the night for a week at least and by 2.00in the afternoon I just want to keel over, it,s horrible. Hope you soon start to feel ok, you,re perhaps just a bit run down at the moment with all the changes and everything.xxxx

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2013 08:59:12 BDT
Bearman says:
Definititely feeling better today, though still a bit groggy. I work up hourly through the night from 2am onwards, but managed to get back to sleep each time, so I got the best part of a full night's sleep. Oh well - that was probably my last ever business trip to the USA - hopefully!
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