Latest posts by Obelixx

Moving plants when I move

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 15:24

Olive tree fine in a pot and the young roses and clematis too.  For the older rose it should be OK as it's only been there a year but I would take cuttings just in case.  The willow will strike so easily from cuttings that I'd do that and start a new fedge;

I moved last October and put new roses and clems bought last spring in pots to bring with me and took up one or two others that were easy to lift.  I also made divisions of hostas and other perennials to get me started here taking plants with special associations with people or events plus 20 sall pots of snowdrops and a few acres and other shrubs I had  in pots.  We needed a whole trailer for my plants........

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Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 15:18

I remember when Delia did her Ho to Cook series and the first one was on eggs.  Shops sold out of a particular omelette pan the next day.

With GW it's more of a problem if people buy plats that won't suit their conditions or which will otherwise prove unsuitable so I do think he could and should be more clear sometimes about the needs of plants he's using.  It's all very well saying Right Plant Right Place but too many beginners and others haven't a clue and just assume stuff will grow.   Caveat emptor I suppose but his advice is sometimes iffy and there are too many projects where we get no follow up.

Filling container pots with herbs

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 11:31

Herbs in a pot?  Yes as long as you mix sun lovers together or shade lovers.

Willow in a pot?  No.  It will die of thirst or starvation as they are vigorous growers and like to send their roots deep in search of water.   Even those pretty pink and cream Japanese ones want to grow huge so will need constant pruning.  A Kilmarnock will shade out anything below.

pet companions

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 11:24

Our soppy lump has finally overcome his fears of kittens and spent yesterday playing in the garden with Cosmos.  Here he is this morning with both.

Rasta is now displaying jealousy so lots of cuddles and play needed all round.

Last edited: 11 March 2017 11:25:27

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 10:57

I had some black and very deep purple hellebores in Belgium and I'm afraid they just disappeared into the background so would only work for me in pots and nearer eye level.  The creams, red, pinks, lighter purples and speckles all showed up so I didn't have to go out in the inevitable rain and cold to enjoy and admire.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 10:49

Very pleased to see the box balls have finally gone along with some of the hedging and trees.   The box has been dreadful since his first programme from there and I found all those trees and hedges quite oppressive.

Loved those colourful long borders and Beth Chatto is an inspiration.  Lang may her lum reek.

That clematis might also be Gipsy Queen.


Posted: 10/03/2017 at 22:26

According to a rural NZ site it is highly palatable to livestock so I would worry more about your hedge than the horses in the meadow as they may strip it bare.  It is hardy down to -10C so that should also be a consideration depending on your winters.


Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 21:46

OH is recording the rugby.  Hope that works for him.   We watched GW live for once - since September 2000 we have been at dance class on Friday evenings so it felt odd watching it live.   I record the Sunday morning repeat show anyway so I can watch while cooking later on.

So pleased to see those boring box balls have gone!    Good to see a few trees go too as I tend to find his garden oppressive.   Too enclosed, too shaded.  Loved the bits with Adam and Carol.   Hadn't realised Beth C was quite that old but she is such an inspiration.

Feeling weary now after yet more painting, long chat with Possum via FB face to face and then dinner with a glass or two of wine.

Have a good trip Busy and a good evening to all.

Conditions for Camiliers

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 16:42

They will each need a large pot and ericaceous compost or you could build a trough big enough to take all three.  Make sure you position them so they don't get the early morning sun as they hate having frosts thawed quickly.  It sends their flower buds brown.

You'll need to water them with rainwater as the alkalinity of tap water will stop them taking up nutrients from the planting medium.    Give them regular drinks with occasional liquid feeds of sequestered iron - good DIY and garden shops - and make sure they do not go thirsty between late July and October as that's when their flower buds form for the spring show.

For more info on their care see this - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=327

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 13:49

Just a though - when we've had walls knocked down and plasterers to follow the dust has continued falling for days afterwards so a thorough clean before you start painting or it may spoil the finish.

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