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Latest posts by obelixx

Garden Achievement

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 11:54

Yes, best ignored.

Bookertoo - the thing about cleaning windows occasionally is that the dogwoods appear all the brighter when viewed from the living room sofa when confined  by bad weather or, in my case, a convalescent foot.  I did mine at Xmas but they probably won't get done till we have an influx of guests later on this year.   Not a priority really.

Golden leylandi

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 10:38

Conifers such as leylandii do not regrow from brown wood so, as long as you chop off the tops and take the branches back into brown wood, they will stop growing.

They will also be effectively dead and will start the process of breaking down which you have to consider but, in the mean time, they can be used as a framework for climbing plants.

Garden Achievement

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 14:42

Nearly all involve persuading OH we need something like getting a man with a bulldozer to smooth out centuries of lumpy cow pasture and scoop out a pond for drainage; getting same man to build a retaining wall of railway sleepers so we could make a level potager with raised beds and paths; creating a woodland corner at the far end; buying a second hand greenhouse from a friend who was going back to the USA and then, after a couple of years; moving said greenhouse to a warmer, sunnier spot; buying a Mantis so he could easily dig over the big beds and the new beds in the garden...............

I get very excited when plants come through after a long cold winter but that's more "proud mum" than anything I do as I refuse to wrap the garden in unsightly fleece so trust to hardiness, mulches of compost for specials and stashing pots in the greenhouse for winter.    I did build a windbreak round my blueberries last autumn and they've come through this winter much better than last year so that's an achievement;


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 13:35

I usually leave mine a bit later as we get harder winters than most of the UK and some nasty late frosts too.   A friend of mine with a more sheltered garden 15kms away does them earlier and puts the stems in empty pots about the garden so they can be decorative without rooting.  She also uses them in flower arrangements and her OK uses them as plant supports once they've dried.  



What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:28

Sunshine and 16C yesterday.  Cooler, grey and set to be damp today and getting colder and wetter for the weekend.  -5C and snow expected by Monday.



How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:26

Mine too.  Like Bookertoo I like to let plants go where they want to go although last year I did have to referee when so many invaded the wood chip path in the woodland corner while I was out having my neck fixed that I had to go in with heavy weaponry to clear a way through.  

Having started with grand ambitions to have all sorts of unusual plants and thus lost a small fortune to bad winters and indiscriminate weeding by OH, I am now only too happy to let what wants to grow grow more or less where it wants.

How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 11:58

My garden is tidy in the sense that I have a work area for washing and storing pots, potting on, taking cuttings and so on and stashing stuff like canes and trays and hosepipes.   I also hang up tools in the garage after use so I can find them again.

However it is untidy in the sense that it is not pristine.  There are always weeds to grub out, plants to prune, tie in, dead head, paths, hedges, fences and trellis that need maintenance and a forest of seedlings near the bird feeders depending on season.  However, we have a wealth of birds that visit as well as some that nest in the eaves and plentiful insects and slugs plus a natural pond which is never tidy and could do with a good clear out as weeds are now doing their best to terraform it.. 


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 11:51

Any time now but preferable not when a frost is forecast immediately afterwards as this can lead to damage to unhealed wounds.   You can either take all stems down to a pair of buds low down or take out a third to a half of stems each year and leave the other half.    Thr former method keeps the shrub a bit smaller and neater and gets the best new colour for next winter.  The latter is better for youngish plants and those exposed to extreme conditions that might killl off new growth with a late frost.

It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:16

Weve had a blip of sun and temps up to 16C today but it's set to start getting cooler again with rain tomorrow, downpours at teh weekend and snow on Monday going down to )5C again overnight.   My babies will be staying tucked up indoors instead of going out to the greenhouse just yet.

Lupins and delphiniums

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 11:20

I can't get lupins to grow either and am told they need light, well drained soil so i'm going to have one last go and will put them in a well drained bed behind a 2' retaining wall and see if that works.  

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