Latest posts by Obelixx

New rose wilting extremely fast?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 00:43

It's actually a lot to ask of a small young rose to produce and hang on to its flowers at the same time as it is growing a new root system to support future growth.

I would advise you to remove the remaining flower buds and keep removing them this summer so it can grow a stronger root system.   I would also keep it in its pot or move it to a lightly bigger one for the rest of the summer and plant it out in autumn.   Patience is a virtue in gardening and your rose will be stronger for waiting.


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 00:38

Lots of people posting Pat, just not all on this thread.   Some people only do plants chat and there is a separate weather thread and garden visits and so on.

I can't cope with much more of the election coverage so I'm off to bed.   Following the earlier storms there's a very bright moon backlighting an angry looking sky.   May not be a peaceful night.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 23:31

We have had a mega storm with wall to wall lightening overhead and along the horizon for a good 30 miles.   More rain than the drains and ground could cope with so heres's the centre of our town tonight - https://www.facebook.com/maya.remy/videos/10154380614313489/ 

Never seen anything like it here before.

Plant identity

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:53

It's a red boronia heterophylla and Liri is right.  It is tender, needs shelter and can be a bit fussy but, if well cared for, makes an attractive plant with perfumed flowers.

See here for cultivation info - http://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au/boronias-for-beginners-2/ 

New flowerbed ideas

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:05

Try to have a plan so you have contrasts of plant and leaf size, form and shape and then think about flower colours.   Plant in 3s, 5s or 7s for impact so that each plant is clearly visible and doesn't get lost in a polka dot effect.  

As for choices, it depends on your soil - what will grow - and your taste - what you want to grow - and your budget eg finds lurking in the bargain corner or fine specimens in a specialist nursery.  

Try growing from seed - it's cheaper and you can get more interesting varieties than those offered by big chains.   Ditto divisions and cuttings swapped with gardening friends.

Don't forget bulbs for spring.   They'll be in the shops form late August.........

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:49

Rural central Belgium.  We've been having steady rain with frequent thunder and hail all month.

A few years ago I came home form Chelsea to find a hailstone tornado had nuked my rhubarb, hostas and newly potted on seedlings and left scars on woody stems of shrubs, roses and trees.   Nightmare.  

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What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:37

Excessively hot and humid here.   We've had rain for weeks on end and today started sunny but then we had a torrential downpour with sound and light show and hailstones.   Possuma nd I missed that bit as we were in Namur at midday but OH was out playing golf and got caught.

The ground is sodden and can absorb no more so the back road as we came home was a river - fields either side plus springs near the surface so a torrent today.

Sunny and dry now but too sticky to do much.   Even the dogs are indoors where it's cooler.


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:03

No.  Smaller house - bigger but easier garden.  Priorities!

Does anyone else miss the weekly what to do now links

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:53

Gardening is not like housework.  A weekly list of jobs is too precise and too limiting.

You have to be more intuitive and go with what's happening in your garden and what the weather is doing and where you are because what you can do in Cornwall this week will be very different from Aberdeen or north Wales or Essex.   

Use the monthly guides as just that - a guide.   Google about for more info on specific plants.

Does anyone else miss the weekly what to do now links

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:37

Probably a "feature" of the new look GW website.

Try these monthly tips and see if they help - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/in-month/june 

or the Gardening by the Moon thread in which Biofreak regularly lists jobs by date and moon phase - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/gardening-by-the-moon/229026-18.html#latest 

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