Latest posts by Obelixx

Growing ornamental grasses in troughs

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:41

Until last October, we gardened in Belgium and I found stipa tenuissima to be too nesh for cold winters.  In fact all the stipas and pennisetums I tried failed.

Have a look at Carex buchananii, calamagrostis and shorter forms of miscanthus.   Personally, I find grasses on their own to be very dull so would add some tall alliums to the mix for late spring spheres of purple and something airy like verbena bonariensis which will add texture and colour without volume.

Cuttings from Wisteria?

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:34

I think you should read it all again.  Seed grown plants may take 20 or more years to produce a flower and it may not be the same as the parent.   A successful cutting will produce flowers in 2 or 3 years.

You can try one or all of 3 methods:-

layering, where you peg a stem to the ground or into a pot of compost and wiat for roots to grow before severing it from the parent and potting on.

soft shoot cuttings in spring to mid summer

hardwood cuttings in winter

The RHS thinks layering is the most reliable.  See here for more info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=173

Growing ornamental grasses in troughs

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:27

It depends on the grass as they have different cultivation needs.  What are you thinking of planting?

What's eating my clematis flowers??

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:26

I have moved from a sluggy garden to a snaily one.  No trails that I can see and very fond of clematis and clever at hiding.

Plant ID - not a jasmine !?!

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:25

It may well be a jasmine, just not native.  See here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=3299

Is this a lily beetle caterpillar- should I remove it?

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:20

No it's not. Lily beetle larvae cover themselves in their poo for protection so look gungy and are usually under the leaves.  They can blasted off with a hose pipe spray.

No idea what caterpillar that is but I would remove it anyway as the holes are not pretty - unless someone comes along and says it's a rare butterfly or moth in the making and you may be OK to sacrifice the look of your lilies..  Then again, it may just be one of the sawflies.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:13

Only 4C less than us!  Don't knock it.  This may be your summer!

Guess who doesn't approve of factor 50 being smeared on his ears.

What's eating my clematis flowers??

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:09

Slugs, snails and/or earwigs - all of which hide in the daytime.  Try looking with a torch after dark.

Identifying a hedge

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:07

Hawthorn - best planted in autumn so it can get its roots down while the soil is still warm and there's plenty of moisture.  You can buy bundles of single stem whips very cheaply.  Plant in well prepared holes and water well then trim to about 9".

I did this and they grew 6' in their first season.  We then cut them back to 3' and fed them with pelleted chicken manure to encourage them to thicken up and we ended up with a strong, thick hedge which was great for wildlife and made a good windbreak.  Just remember in future years not to cut it back before mid August so that any nesting birds can get their last broods safely past fledging.

Last edited: 16 May 2017 13:08:14

Covering an ugly fence by a patio area

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 12:48

Why not just paint it and then hang some fairy lights on it?  If there's no leccy nearby, hang candle holders or outside lanterns on brackets.

Plant herbs in the bed for cutting for the kitchen and BBQ.   

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