Latest posts by obelixx

Bare-root Roses

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 15:03

Different roses have different vigour.  Keep it fed and watered and make sure the graft union is buried an inch or two below the surface of the compost as this helps to establish it and reduce the likelihood of unwanted suckers.

Train the stems out as horizontally or diagonally as possible as this encourages more flowers.   See the RHS website on rose cultivation and pruning.




Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:59

Thanks BF.  I think tradition only says Easter for potatoes as people had 4 days to do it from Good Friday to Easter Monday with a  break for church.

Asparagus counts as leaves but also need good roots to produce all the shoots and onions are roots.

We have glorious sunshine at the mo but every day starts with a  heavy frost and takes hours to warm up.   That should change in time for me to tend to my buddleas tho.   My red onion sets will go into modules first so they don't get a shock in a late frost.

Have a good time in the UK.   Don't fret, your garden will still be there when you get home and you'll no doubt take it some presents.

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:52

Surely it's Nelly!

Rachel only started modelling when she was pregnant and a friend asked her to model some maternity clothes she'd designed.    She has since studied for and gained qualifications in plants and plantsmanship tho that clearly didn't cover grasses judging by her programme on planting them in her own country garden.   I liked her series in GW on rescuing gardens.  She certainly got stuck in and isn't just decorative.

Bare-root Roses

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:46

Long enough to re-hydrate the roots which can be anything from an hour to a day depending on how long they've been dug up or in transit.

Gardners world

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 12:08

Beechgrove starts later in March as, being further north, plants are usually later to start.

I love it.  Packs in loads of info in easy format, does tests and trials, has good rapport between the presenters and lots of practical info including garden visits and helping viewers with problem corners.   Sometimes a bit old fashioned for me with its bedding plants but bang on the money with everything else.

move a rose

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 09:33

Just getting back to moving roses, I lifted several last year - late winter, early spring - and put them in pots as they were struggling in the borders.  They've all done well and will stay in their pots this year too.   The new roses also went into pots so they could develop free of competition.

I may lift a William Shakespeare later this week once the frosty starts have finished.   I have 3 planted in full sun and with a trellis panel to break the westerlies and a box hedge to protect from easterlies but even so he's a bit of a wuss so needs help.

I plant them with the graft union properly buried and feed well every spring.   A Tess of the D'Urbevilles I lifted 3 years ago to let a wee bulldozer go past has since been planted out in a new place after 1 year in its pot and is thriving.

Good luck with yours.


Posted: 14/03/2016 at 09:21

Florence fennel (bulb) needs full sun, good drainage and frost free conditions.

I have grown it form seed but these days tend to buy in wee plugs, pot them into small 3" pots to grow on and then plant out.  This gets them pas the awkward slug magnet phase and avoids their being accidentally hoed by OH.

The flavour of freshly picked fennel, whether eaten raw or cooked, knocks spots of the stuff in shops and even fresh market stalls.

This chart indicates that annual plants don't like it - http://permaculturenews.org/2011/12/02/companion-planting-information-and-chart/ 

Gardners world

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 09:17

GW used to be about when and how and what to do and opening us to new ideas, new plants, new techniques plus the tried and trusted too.   Now it's just half an hour to sit and sup a glass of wine and/or nod off or have on in the background while I do something else.   Too much time wasting with long shots of strolls in the garden or projects the more experience of us know won't work or can't be applied in most UK gardens because of size, budgets, winter shelter etc.

We've had specials - Carol Klein's gardening year, gardens round the world, European gardens and so on.   I'd like more and they could sensibly be based on projects and features in great British gardens.  The RHS gardens have a good spread of climate, soil, exposure etc and different styles plus expert gardeners on hand to demonstrate and explain.   I'd rather see those exploited by GW than his pally wally Sissinghurst bits with Sarah Raven and her husband.

There are other great gardens that could be used too - Great Dixter, Beth Chatto, Powis, Cambridge botanical, Welsh botanical, Alnwick, Holehead in Cumbria.    Scotland, Ireland?   Plenty of geographical spread and styles in there.

York Stone Courtyard

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 13:05

I think the short answer is no.  

Lawns need good soil and drainage to grow well.   They also need regular cutting once a week.

Have you weeded by hand or used a systemic product you spray on the leaves?

Gardners world

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 12:42

Another soporific GW.    However, very pleased that they are doing something with Sissinghurst.  I visited it a few years ago and was very disappointed.   Late May yet it had beds full of weeds and bare patches, others with early spring bedding and bulbs not yet cleared and replanted, others lacking signs of forthcoming splendour, white garden looking scruffy, veggie plot almost empty, very poor quality plants on sale - not even watered - and steep prices for entry, coffee, plants and parking.  

Felt ripped off.

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