Latest posts by Obelixx

Tempoary home for roses

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 14:29

I use big deep round or square ones, about 40 to 60cms across and deep but that's because I keep mine in them for at least a year and sometimes 18 months.  That way their roots can grow well and not freeze to pieces if I put them in the unheated greenhouse for winter.

I either mulch with chipped bark to keep weeds down or underplant with pansies.

Tempoary home for roses

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 13:55

Yes.  Soak the roots in a bucket of water for an hour or overnight to rehydrate them then pot them up with good quality John Innes 3 compost and bury the graft union between 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5cms).  Keep them watered and give an occasional liquid feed of tomato food up until mid July.

I do this with all my new roses now so they can spend a whole season developing good roots with no competition before they go out into the borders.


Talkback: Bulb layering in a pot

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 12:09

If you have enough of each to fill a pot I think they look better as single varieties.   That way, once the iris die back you could plant a top layer of summer bedding such as pelargoniums but if you want your iris to flower again, you need to feed them and leave the foliage for at least 6 weeks to feed the bulbs for next year's show.

The others will flower later so maybe put a layer of pansies or other hardy bedding plants to extend the season while you wait for the bulbs to come through and flower.

Bushes Growing Top Heavy

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 12:05

Absolutely.  Laurel is a thug and will outgrow the conifers.  It also has large leaves which look dreadful after being clipped with hedge trimmers - lots of brown scars on the broken leaves.

Bushes Growing Top Heavy

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 11:04

You need a dose of patience.   Conifers grow upwards quite rapidly but need time to spread sideways, even without other shrubs in the way.   Yours are planted quite far apart for a hedge so it will take even longer.

By all means, keep the tops trimmed both horizontally and on the sides facing the two gardens as this will encourage more lateral growth to fill in the gaps but you may also want to consider putting small conifers in those gaps too fill them like a proper hedge.

Clematis - pruned it too hard

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 10:28

It should be fine and all the betetr for it as Richard says.

I treat all my group 2s as group 3s because most if not all of their top growth usually gets frozen to death in winter and it's easier than trying to clear out just the dead stems.  I give them a good handful of slow release clematis food about now and if it's dry, a drink of liquid tomato food as a tonic around Easter.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 15:44

He used to be a regular on GW with GH but AT couldn't cope with the tyres and  fridges.    Great for advice on fruit and veggies but short on aesthetics I fear.

Sorry to learn his wife is ill.  I hope she recovers.

Gardeners World Tonight

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 11:21

Fell asleep before we got to the clems.   Have it recorded tho and it's repeated this pm and tomorrow am - which clearly indicates space in the schedules which could be filled with a programme dedicated to clematis and others on major plant groups. 

Talkback: 10 best vegetable crops for shade

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:42

My veg plot is on the north side of the house so is in shade all winter but does get full sun for about a month either side of the summer solstice when it's high enough.  Morning and afternoon sun the rest of the year.

I grow salad leaves, red onions, Savoy cabbage, curly kale and cavolo nero, fennel, turnips, kohl rabi, leeks, beetroot, Swiss chard, broccoli.  Carrots don't seem to work in my soil.    I also have rhubarb and black and redcurrant bushes and purple gooseberries.

To prune or not to prune??

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 13:52

There was a trial by the Rose Society which found that beds of roses pruned with shears produced more flowers than the same size of bed done carefully tending each individual plant.    

I've never tried it as I don't have mono culture rose beds and I find that heavy frosts take their toll on some roses and they need dead stems carefully removed back to the base.   Some years I do conventional pruning and some years I leave long stems and hook them down to the ground.  Depends on mood.   Wouldn't work with shears.

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