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Latest posts by obelixx

vintage lawn mower

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 16:18

Believe it or not there are people who collect lawn mowers so you could also advertise it on a swap or freecycle site or just use it as a garden ornament.


Posted: 31/05/2013 at 16:16

Clematis can grow quite happily in full sun or part shade depending on the variety but they all like a deep, cool root run so you need to make sure yours is planted deep and then shade the whole pot.   I find putting crocks and stones around just gives slugs a place to hide so grow my celematis in places where their roots are shaded by other plants.

Polish Spirit will do well in sun or shade so just keep its pot cool by not placing it against a south or south west facing wall.    Clematis are hungry, thirsty plants and some can take a season or two to get established before they really take off so make sure you keep yours happy with plenty of food and water and don't let the pot freeze in winter.

What is the name of this Plant Growing in my Garden

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 08:29

Nor me, and photinias have smooth leaves.

I suspect it's a lurking horror if it's coming back in land that has been cleared by a digger.  The best thing to do would be to dig up some of the best specimens and put them in pots to quarantine and grow them on, just in case they turn out to be goodies.

Then you can go ahead and clear the rest of the garden and prepare the soil for planting real treasures, by which time, this one will have grown and be easier to identify and can be planted out or composted accordingly.

White Bluebells

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:38

Sorry but these are Spanish bluebells which come in blue, white and pink, which are hybriding with the native blue one and will gradually wipe them out as they are more vigorous and promiscuous.

What is it?!!

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:21

The first looks like a tiny mahonia of some sort and will grow to be a decent evergreen shrub whose leaves go red or bronze for winter.  The flowers should lead to ddep blue berries.

The second is plume poppy, a hardy perennial that can become a thug if you let it spread but is easily controlled..

Good idea?

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 15:44

I made my own supports with thin metal rods I got from a builders' merchant.  Cut to length and then bend round a tree trunk or railway sleeper.  Easy peasy and cheap and lasts for ever.

metal plant supports

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:32

I just leave mine in place all winter for when the plants they are supporting come up again.   I made mine from those thin rusty metal bars available from builders' suppliers and just leant them all against a wall till I needed them.   Not too tangled as their feet were free.

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 09:15

If I had the space, a proper big oak tree and a majestic cedar.

If I had acidic soil, lovely papery, silky blue and red meconopsis poppies and then I could also grow magnolias, rhodos, azaleas and pieris.

However, I'm blessed with very fertile, decent alkaline loam with a some clay and can grow all sorts of things that love that as long as they can stand the long, cold, exposed winters.  I just wish the weeds didn't know about my soil..


winter pansies can they carry on

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 16:12

I saw one profesional grower on TVrecently who says cutting them back and feeding them in June/July helps them pick up and carry on for another season of flowers but I would consider plantig them out in the borders as ground cover and buying new stock for next winter's baskets, pots and troughs.

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