Latest posts by obelixx

Border perennials

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 15:20

I have nettles in my garden - one corner left by design but the others unwelcome and nary a caterpillar to eat the blighters!

Agree whole heartedly about hardy geraniums.  Macrorhizum and phaeum flower earliest here but other later good ones for shade are Ann Folkard, Dilys and Kashmir White.

Big deal about penstemons?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 15:09

I have Garnet - cuttings from a friend a few years ago and it does very well for me.

Last year I bought Sour Grapes and it has come thru the winter OK but is not yet in flower - too cold and wet.  In future I shall be sowing seeds as it's cheaper, more satisfying and I can swap spares with gardening friends.

The narrow leaved forms are hardier that the broad leaved forms.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 13:00

I think you've done the right thing leaving its root ball intact but then I'm an amateur grower who wants lots of show from my clems and for me that means roots to feed them.

Do you know what it is?

blue plant or tree ideas

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 21:36

Ceanothus has blue flowers and comes in deciduous and evergreen forms.   The deciduous forms are hardier than the evergreen ones.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=354 Both can be grown as specimens or as wall shrubs.

Living chives question

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 20:52

They come for the aphids as, like hoverflies, their larvae eat them.  Try the RHS for a list of plants to attract pollinators - https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/conservation-biodiversity/wildlife/perfect-for-pollinators 

Hoverflies are pollinators and are attracted to plants with nectar and pollen so you need to plant simple, rather than double forms of flowers which you will find on the list.

Living chives question

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:58

The smell of onions and garlic deters aphids hence the advice to plant them with roses to confuse the pests.   I grow ornamental alliums near my roses but the best treatment for aphids are birds and hoverflies and ladybirds which hoover them up by the thousand so I put out bird feeders near my roses to attract the birds to feed the aphids to their chicks and other flowers to attract the hoverflies.

Slugs and snails can, apparently, be put off eating our treasures if they are sprayed with an infusion of garlic in water.  I have never tried it as I don't want a garlic smelling garden and, besides, it doesn't work in wet weather which washes it off. 

I just use wildlife friendly slug pellets around the most susceptible plants and leave the rest to get to get on with it.   When I find a slug in my treasures I lob it into the road to be splatted by traffic.


Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:51

Sorry FG - he's on dog walking duty and barn clearing if he can't garden.   We need a serious de-clutter.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:48

Slugs love baby clematis and the new shoots on established ones.

Small clems will easily get lost in your borders.  Best to grow them on in pots till they're bigger and stronger but it is, of course, up to you to decide to risk them or not.

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:46

Next year's blooms will be fine.   Cut back what you need to use the path and see your rose and it will simply produce new shoots on other stems which will flower next year.

Lavender not flowering

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:10

When and how do you prune it?

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