Latest posts by obelixx

What the ?*******? is doing this?

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 17:56

A friend of mine had similar problems years ago when she lived in Overijse and her garden backed onto farmland and woods.   Turned out to be a combination of wild roe deer and the farmer's peacocks looking for tasty bits in spring when food in the woods and pastures was at a low ebb.

It must be so frustrating for you.   Can't offer practical ideas to help but you have my sympathy.

Trees or bushes that grow to 6-10m mature height

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 15:01

Look at the RHS website under plants.  It will let you select shrubs by height and soil type and feature of interest.   You can then check each one for spread, cultivation needs and so on.

Birch trees

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 22:57

I don't think birch would suit that site as they do look odd (or downright ugly) when cut back.    They are also relatively shallow rooted so prone to falling over in high winds and you don't want bovver with your neighbours and insurance claims.

I suggest you consider a snake bark maple (acer pensylvanicum - several forms) which has interesting bark and maybe prunus serrula for its bark and flowers and foliage, crab apples such as malus John Downie, sorbus commixta, koelreuteria paniculata and gleditsia.   The RHS website has descriptions of all of these and none will outgrow your height requirement.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 22:48

Try a backup plan Busy.  It's also on Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning so one of those should fit with OH's viewing.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 22:34

No she can't.  She's in France.   Can you not set it up weekly Busy?   

Too late to cut back cornus Alba aurea?

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 21:10

I haven't pruned any of my cornus yet as we've been having a long run of frosts until this morning and I don't like to do major pruning when the wounds can get frozen.    They should get done by Easter Monday with any luck and I shall use som eof the stems to try and strike cuttings.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 21:05

I find that clematis need a couple of years to get their feet settled before they take off.  Sometimes they fail and disappear but most pop up again after a year or two - after I've binned the labels and forgotten what they were!  

I've always planted deep but I'm finding that some clems are just more sensitive to winter cold than others so now I buy them from a pair of brothers who have a nursery about an hour away from here and they advise me on suitable varieties and also label most of their selection with degrees of frost they can take.  I no longer buy any that can't cope with -25C.

As long as they get a good, deep root run I find clematis don't care about being planted in full sun or full shade but they do need to be planted with the aspect that suits them best.  Some like full sun.  Some like shade.   Lots of plants are like that - roses, hardy geraniums, Japanese maples......

You just need to get the right plant for the right place and that's easy with google and forums like this. 


Imagination required!

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 17:26

Your new seating area needs to be the width of the table plus a minimum; I would say, of a metre either side for chairs and movement round it.

I wouldn't make a stepped bed but I would raise the height of the existing wall.  If you can bring it up to chair seat height it will be extra seating for having a casual cuppa.   I would fork over the soil first and then push it back while you raise the wall and then level it and fork on plenty of well rotted manure and garden or bought in compost to improve the soil.

Planting can be anything you fancy really as long as it likes full sun.   You could include spring bulbs and then a selection of perennials to take you through the seasons with annuals to fill the gaps for the first year.

I would also consider getting a whirlygig clothes dryer so you don't have to trample your new treasures to put your line out.


Tempoary home for roses

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 14:29

I use big deep round or square ones, about 40 to 60cms across and deep but that's because I keep mine in them for at least a year and sometimes 18 months.  That way their roots can grow well and not freeze to pieces if I put them in the unheated greenhouse for winter.

I either mulch with chipped bark to keep weeds down or underplant with pansies.

Tempoary home for roses

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 13:55

Yes.  Soak the roots in a bucket of water for an hour or overnight to rehydrate them then pot them up with good quality John Innes 3 compost and bury the graft union between 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5cms).  Keep them watered and give an occasional liquid feed of tomato food up until mid July.

I do this with all my new roses now so they can spend a whole season developing good roots with no competition before they go out into the borders.


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