Latest posts by Obelixx

Crocosmia v. agapanthus

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 23:57

Yes.  Free the agapanthus.

Combining climbers

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 22:02

In my Belgian garden I had one a few years old that covered a 1.8m x 1.8m panel of trellis very nicely and bushed forward too.   Don't get hung up on diagonal and horizontal.  The trick is to bend the rose stems gently so they don't break and to get them off the vertical as this encourages more flowering spurs and shoots.

The clematis can then be encouraged along the stems and the support wires but you'll need to be regular and vigilant.   Mine had a habit of taking off when I wasn't looking.

You can find the expected height and spread of roses on the supplier's website so David Austin for Teasing Georgia.   Clematis are listed on this website that can be searched by name, colour, pruning group, flowering time and so on - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm 

Plant Database

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 21:14

I have made spreadsheets for my seeds, have started one for plants bought for this new garden and store interesting and useful internet pages as favourites in a Garden folder.   No database needed as I can look it all up easily.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 21:10

Oh my!  Did you see Nadia doing a potato crisp and chocolate tart with salted peanuts?

Jane Grigson and Elizabeth David for me.  A treat to read even if I'm not cooking.      Lots of ethnic stuff and Italian and vegetarian.   Whittled my collection down to 2.5 metres or so before we moved.   Gave the rest to Action Aid in Brussels for their twice yearly book sales to raise funds.

Combining climbers

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 20:46

No grow the clematis thru the rose.  It will help support it and also look fab with that purple against the golden yellow.  In my experience, Teasing Georgia lends itself more to diagonal stems than horizontal.  Fabulous rose with lovely perfume and Etoile Violette is a very good, strong clematis.

Vertical Gardens grow more in less space

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 13:44

Plus which that photo is full of plants I love to loathe!

Ground cover

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 13:29

There are low growing ground covering sedums with pink flowers that would do well there and also things like saxifraga London Pride for foliage contrast and taller flower spikes with tiny, frothy flowers.

Last edited: 31 July 2017 13:29:44

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 13:27

Been doing a major clean and also watching the memorial service at Tynecot.   Incredibly moving place without today's service.   Went there for Remembrance Day in 2014 - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1411%20Ypres%20and%20Tyne%20Cot?sort=9&page=1

Clari - our cover does the whole of Europe too so pretty amazed to find that only the male half of a couple of UK friends who visited recently can drive over here.

Hooray for Dynorod.

Combining climbers

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 10:45

It's quite common to plant clematis thru roses so yes, go ahead but make sure they have their own planting holes and plant them well.  Both plants are greedy feeders.

Climbing and rambling roses also benefit from being trained horizontally or diagonally as this promotes flowering.   If you choose group 3 clematis they will flower from July thru to the autumn frosts and can then be cut down to about 12"/30cms and all the top growth can be pulled out thus giving you a clear view of any pruning or training that the roses need over winter.


Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 10:39

When I was doing Business Studies in my long distant youf, the mantra was "It's always easier and cheaper to keep a customer than hook a new one with marketing and sales campaigns".  Whatever happened to client fidelity from the supplier/sales end?

I slept 10 and a half hours last night, minus a brief spell around dawn when I was used as a trampoline and springboard by the small white furry person.   Scintillating day doing a thorough house clean and then a raid on the SM.

Have asked OH if we can build our garden table shelter - metal frame and cloth cover - but he thinks oiling his new planks for the veggie plot may be more important and after he's changed the door on the new freezer and taken Haryy to the garage to fix the brake squeals only he can't hear.

Chicky - glad your poles did the trick.   Hosta - hope Dynrod does the trick.   Have you thought of using a proper desk and chair?   Might be better for your back down the line too.

Have a good last day LP.  Possum has been here 3 weeks now and it's flying by.   She's starting to worry she won't get her day in La Rochelle.   

Pat - yes, it's good to be home but good to go away and have an adventure too.

Hope today goes well Busy and you get back in time not to be rushed.  

Mondays are vegetarian here.  No chicken!    Have a good one everyone.

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