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Old 08.07.2013, 16:30
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Guys I just bought a bamboo over the weekend and I have him in a pot on the patio. LOVE HIM! He looks great. But any recos for how to keep him alive? What he likes, full sun, some shade, how much water? And how to overwinter him since he will stay in his pot.

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Old 08.07.2013, 16:35
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Guys I just bought a bamboo over the weekend and I have him in a pot on the patio. LOVE HIM! He looks great. But any recos for how to keep him alive? What he likes, full sun, some shade, how much water? And how to overwinter him since he will stay in his pot.

Thanks!
There are so many kinds of bamboo. Red stem or black? Big leaves or small.
What's the Latin name for yours? Then Google "how to take care of ..." and you'd be surprised how useful some of the search results can be. (No, I'm not being sarky, honest.)
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There are so many kinds of bamboo. Red stem or black? Big leaves or small.
What's the Latin name for yours? Then Google "how to take care of ..." and you'd be surprised how useful some of the search results can be. (No, I'm not being sarky, honest.)
Yes I did google but could not find him! The Hornbach pot just said bamboo. He is reddish stems with the small leaves! Thanks! I'm not a slacker!
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Old 08.07.2013, 17:27
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Yes I did google but could not find him! The Hornbach pot just said bamboo. He is reddish stems with the small leaves! Thanks! I'm not a slacker!
You made me smile. Does your plant look like this?
http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...er/detail.html

They give the full works as far as its name is concerned. Tipps zum Produkt is clickable on it. Normal care is outlined.
Failing which, go back to Hornbach and ask them for the guide - they shouldn't sell you a plant without the care basics and scientific name.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Any idea of what is the best time of year to plant Lavender? Thanks
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

The garden is so lovely at the moment -with my favourite flowers at their best, Martagon, aka Turks Caps lillies. We used to have so many in our old house where I grew up, and I tried many times to grow them in the uk, but never managed to. An old uncle gave me some to put in our garden here, just before he died, and they are doing so well. Oh joy. Strawberries just starting - both wild and cultivated, and lots of raspberries will follow, with black and red currants. Nothing better than fruit straight from the bush
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You made me smile. Does your plant look like this?
http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...er/detail.html

They give the full works as far as its name is concerned. Tipps zum Produkt is clickable on it. Normal care is outlined.
Failing which, go back to Hornbach and ask them for the guide - they shouldn't sell you a plant without the care basics and scientific name.
Ooohh, the leaves are the same, but stems not as reddish. More black red. Just wondering if anyone had any experience with bamboo. I will continue to research. Now I have to give him a name. Strange I give all my plants a name -- big lavender is Seymour, the carex is 'the hairs' because of the hairlike looking, the rosemary is Clooney for Rosemary Clooney, George's aunt.. and so on.....
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Ooohh, the leaves are the same, but stems not as reddish. More black red. Just wondering if anyone had any experience with bamboo. I will continue to research. Now I have to give him a name. Strange I give all my plants a name -- big lavender is Seymour, the carex is 'the hairs' because of the hairlike looking, the rosemary is Clooney for Rosemary Clooney, George's aunt.. and so on.....
More like this?
http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...oo/detail.html

Yes, they become our pets.
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More like this?
http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...oo/detail.html

Yes, they become our pets.
Thank you! Got it....now to translate to english. Thanks for help! Name thinking Madame Butterfly....
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Another delight at the moment is the meadow rue or Thalictrum. Tall plant with aquelegia like leaves, and big heads of tiny pink balls which then open into fluffy pink heads, a bit like a pink version of mimosa. O was given a plant in the UK, and brought it over with our move - I always thought it is very rare. But saw today that the roadside bank after our village, is covered with them. A real picture mixed with the wild daisies, blue sage and pink Sainfoin.

Talking about 'foin' (hay) don't you just love the smell of fresh hay drying in the sunshine. Gorgeous.
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Any idea of what is the best time of year to plant Lavender? Thanks
You can plant Lavender now if you want to. But the best time for most plantings is Autumn, or Spring.

At this time of the year I take cuttings of Lavender (with "elbows") broken off a bigger plant, and stick them in the ground. Must have hard old wood stems.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Don't forget, anybody in the Romandie/Neuchatel area who would like to do a plant swap - I am always up for it.
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You can plant Lavender now if you want to. But the best time for most plantings is Autumn, or Spring.

At this time of the year I take cuttings of Lavender (with "elbows") broken off a bigger plant, and stick them in the ground. Must have hard old wood stems.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Talking about Lavender.

We`ve got a row of Lavender growing over a raised wall bordering the road, and it had grown so thick and bushy, beginning to intrude on the roadway, and hanging down onto the pavement!

All the gardening books warn about not cutting it back too drastically, and before I was afraid of damaging it ......hence it extending itself out into the road.

So, last Autumn, I was forced to hack it back. Cutting right into the hard stems. (If it died, too bad - better than being fined for having shrubs over the "border"!)

Well, blow me down, it all looks SO nice this year! All the old wood developed new shoots, and the bushes are flowering and looking absolutely amazing! Nice rounded big clumps, instead of uneven overgrown bushes hanging out everywhere.

That was going against all the "rules" I`ve ever read about trimming Lavender. So, don`t be afraid to "shape" your bushes, however old and gnarled the wood underneath.
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Well, blow me down, it all looks SO nice this year! All the old wood developed new shoots, and the bushes are flowering and looking absolutely amazing! Nice rounded big clumps, instead of uneven overgrown bushes hanging out everywhere.
Smoky I had the same experience.

My lavender was looking woody and scraggly, turning into an eyesore - but I was hesitant to prune it hard based on all that I had read. Well, finally I decided that the lavender was going to have to go, it was just too messy looking - so I hacked it off down to a few centimeters, thinking that I'd wait until spring to dig out the roots...

And since spring never happened this year I didn't get around to doing that... thank goodness! My lavender is now gorgeous - all new growth, sturdy, bushy and flowering better than ever. Seems pruning hard was the right thing to do.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Wouldn't mind a little advice...

My jardin potager was looking just lovely before the epic hailstorm. Straight afterwards it was a mess (not just talking about massive holes in my chard, but a sudden uprising of millions of weeds). I'm going on holiday on Sunday for a month... my garden currently is absolutely ridden with weeds (almost to the point where you can't tell the difference between weeds and veg!). Is it worth me sorting out the garden before I go, or will it be just as terrible when I get back? Normally, I could ask the concièrge to lend a hand, but he's going on holiday at the same time as me. I feel horribly lazy leaving it, but I don't really want to make such an effort to clear it all if it's going to be just as bad when I get back anyway... What do you think?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

No real point in weeding if you`re going away. Why not just go over it with one of those two pronged long handled weeding things? Just uproot the weeds, give it a ploughed-up sort-of look At least you will have disturbed the weed/grass roots before they take too strong a hold before you get back?

Or ignore it all, and have a nice big job to look forward to after you return all refreshed from your holiday.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I think you've alredy made you mind up Kamarate

I would weed before going, knowing that some will grow back by the time I come back, but mainly to stop the weeds seeding. Every weed that does not seed is 100+ saved. You know the old saying, one stitch in time saves 9. Well put another 0 and more for weeds
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Damn! Not what I wanted to read haha. Can go out there this evening when it's cooled down a bit. Bloody hate weeding.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

In which case gardening is not really for you they defo go hand in hand
A bit like having a nice flat/house and maintenance, decorating and cleaning - sad but true
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