Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 23:20

Have you got mud?  Make you feel you're there.

Ants on clematis, one plant brown and crispy

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 22:55

Ants thrive in dry conditions and actually introduce aphids to plants and then protect them against predators so they can farm the honeydew they produce and feed it to their young.

I suspect you need to give the clematis a thorough drenching and then keep its rootball moist but not drowning.    You can deter ants with chemicals they take back to the est and which then kill them or you can encourage them to move on by watering with a solution of 5 litres of water mixed with one small bottle of essential oil of cloves. 

You can find recipes for garlic spray online if you google but it's a smelly beast.

The crispy stem may be due to it being snapped at the base or having its bark stripped by slugs or snails.   Remove it and feed your clematis some liquid tomato food to help it recover.

GW 22nd June 2017

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 22:47

He does have an accent which I imagine could grate with some but he's done well for himself by sheer hard work so why begrudge him his big garden?  He's knowledgable, explains things well, gets his hands dirty and is a genuinely nice bloke with no celebrity airs.

I love his bits on GW and also on Chelsea and other show coverage.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 22:39

Pdoc - can you not get yourself referred to another psycho?  You surely have good enough reasons that should be respected or it's all counter-productive isn't it?

Went out to the new bed in the potager to plant about 70 red onions growing in modules and the flies on the cows seemed to think I was a midsummer feast.   Had to retreat for fly repellent spraying purposes but some still didn't take the hint.   Haven't felt so full of holes in years.

Just back from dance class - jive, paso doble, cha-cha and tango - all nice cooling stuff for a heatwave - NOT! but it is cooler now at a mere 28C.     We may get a shower on Wednesday apparently but I won't be counting on it.

Sleep well all but, if you can't, do something to distract your brain from worrying about not sleeping but do't watch the news.  Too depressing.

Identification please

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 15:45

Does it have a perfume?  Maybe one of the mock oranges aka philadelphus.

Whatever it is, it's usually safe to prune any shrub back as soon as flowering finishes assuming that happens before July as they flower on wood produced the previous year.   later than that and they are most likely flowering on new season's wood so need pruning in late winter.

In your case, I would suggest taking out all the bare and any broken stems right back to the base now and then cut others back by half to a pair of leaves when flowering finishes.  Feed it with some pelleted chicken manure and give it a good soaking.

In future years, take out the oldest stems - at least one third of all stems - down to the base so that the shrub is renewed every 3 years and size is contained.  Feed every spring as above.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 13:55

Glad you've had a good day Pat - and will be able to rest tomorrow!

Name please?

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 13:54

And the broader or more succulent looking the leaf, the less hardy in frosts so if you're in a cold area, choose the smaller leaved versions.

Gunnera problem – leaves turning brown and holes appearing

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 12:34

Water generously every day.  Or get it in the ground in a moist spot.

I have one I've been nurturing in a big pot so I could take it into shelter to get it through cold Belgian winters and in this new garden it's in the shade awaiting clearance of the pond edges so I can plant it out and I am giving it a good drenching every day.  Even so, I've had to remove the largest leaves in the heatwave as they were going brown and crispy.

What is wrong with my Clematis?

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 11:20

Richard is a professional clematis grower with his own nursery.  Take his advice.

Unknown rapid growing exotic plant

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 10:54

Do bamboos have spotty stems?   Could be tho so good luck sorting those out.

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