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Latest posts by obelixx

Has Anybody Got This Rose?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 11:55

I have several DA roses and some do better than others in my somewhat exposed garden with long, wet winters that can also turn bitterly cold and dry for 2 to 3 weeks at a time.

My newest, Jacqueline du Pré has yet to experience a real winter as last year's was very mild so her hardiness remains to be established but Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle, Generous Gardener, Constance Spry, Queen of Sweden, Teasing Georgia and Crocus Rose all do well.

William Shakespeare is a wuss but did well this summer cos he wasn't frazzled by a normal winter.  Benjamin Britten always seems in two minds about thriving or struggling.  Molyneux and Grace curled up their toes in a -25C winter as did one of my Malvern Hills, a New Dawn and a Guinée but they had been bashed by a -32C the year before.   

Tess of the D'Urbevilles had to be moved so I could take down her trellis panel and let a mini bulldozer pass and she positively thrived in her year in a pot against a south facing wall.  It remains to be see how she'll cope now she's been moved to a sligtly less exposed position than before.   Geoff Hamilton was being swamped by a creeping juniper and Munstead Wood, new last year, didn't do well so they are in pots in the greenhouse to recover and shelter and I'll find them somewhere better later this spring or just nurture them in big pots against that south facing wall.

I don't see the point of a rose with no perfume.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 17:12

I agree with DK.   Monty should acknowledge on GW that he now has help in that garden so people don't think he does it all himself and is some sort of super gardener that they can't possibly emulate.

I like the way Monty writes and hs way with words.  I just take issue sometimes with what he and the prducers think are practical or feasible projects for 95% of the watching public who have to do it all in their spare time after a full working week and with other demands on tehir spare time and budgets. 

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 17:06

Sounds good to me.

Ideas please for storm damage replacement

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 17:04

Horse chestnuts have some sort of disease or pest which has spread from eastern Europe and makes them look dreadful with brown spotty, dried up looking leaves for most of the summer.

I would suggest hawthorn too as it is fast growing and very wildlife friendly and maybe some hazel which could be coppiced or maybe two or three different montain ash so you can have different coloured berries which come in red pink and white according to variety.

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:10

I used to grow Red Dragon  but it was wiped out by the -32C of 2009.  I loved it's purpley red foliage.   Fortunately I have other persicarias which cope with our cold winters though even those weren't too happy after that frost. 

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:24

My limelight faded pinky red at the end of the season so I wouldn't plant orange with it as it's the wrong tone but the persicaria Red Dragon would be perfect with deep blue aconitums or salvias or a geranium such as Johnson's Blue for ealier on when the hydrangea is still new and fresh in colour.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 11:43

We have paddocks across the roads and ours is separated from the neighbour's by a stream which has been flooding in all the recent rain.

This morning I saw one of the great white egrets who is a winter visitor with his or her mate plus our local flock of Egyptian geese and the usual wild mallards.  In our own garden the usual sparrows and tits, chaffinches, robins, blackbirds and turtle doves.  No sign of the woodpeckers and I was up too late for the jays and jackdaws cos the wind howling round the house kept me awake half the night.  Our woodpeckers are two families - one nutty and one fat ball fans.


Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 08:35

I like Chiltern seeds and Plant World - not huge companies but good qality seeds and informative catalogues.

Rambling roses

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 08:31

I had two Malvern Hills either side of an arch.  One has been killed off by our winters and the other only just survives and has only once made it to 2 metres of growth.  However, the flowers are lovely and the perfume sweet so I might try and move it to a more sheltered spot where it can thrive.

Witch hazel

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 14:17

I'd leave it till autumn, immediately the leaves fall,so the plant has a couple of months to get its roots re-established before it is under stress again from flowering and then the energy consuming production of new spring foliage.


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