Latest posts by obelixx

Climber not growing

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 18:36

Even if it doesn't come back now, the roots should still be OK.  I've had clems come back from the dead after 2 years of inactivity, especially group 3s.   They can also take a year or two to get their roots well established before putting on lots of lovely flowering top growth.

Feed it next spring in late Feb with slow release clematis food and start with the wildlife friendly slug pellets straight away and sprinkle them very lightly, but regularly every week.    If you get a dry spell, give the clematis a good drink of 5 litres or more at a time every few days.   Water it anyway with tomato food until flowering starts.    


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:53

See this thread - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/acer-leaf-drop/779383.html

They don't need acid soil but they do need never to dry out.   My one in a pot gets alkaline tap water and is fine.  The three in the garden get rainwater with top ups of hard water form the hose when we have a drought.

Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:48

In that case I suspect you have to be in a warmer climate to get the berries.  I've never seen any on our rhus typhina dissecta and I've had it 25 years.   I shall go and investigate closer this autumn.

Getting desperate after 8 years.... WISTERIA, help please

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:15

Mine took years to flower too but now it does it twice.   This May we had the best ever show and then it produced some more in late July.  

Worth waiting for.

Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:44

No idea how to gather it or prepare it for storing. I bought my sumac online.  It gives a lemony flavour without being too tart.  Very good sprinkled on the skin before roasting a chicken and features a lot in Persian cuisine.

Beware - sumac berries that make the spice are not the same thing as the stag horn sumach in your garden - http://www.thekitchn.com/heres-why-you-should-have-sumac-in-your-spice-cabinet-ingredient-intelligence-67042.  

Acer leaf drop

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:38

Now, just in case there are spores of whatever is causing the problem in the compost in its pot and that can reinfect.


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:25

It seems this shrub naturally produces both pink and white flowers - http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/spiraea-japonica-shirobana/2602.html 

Acer leaf drop

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 09:29

One of two things - thirst makes acers lose their leaves or turn crispy and start curling.   The other possibility is an illness that can strike at acers.  I can't remember what it's called but the acer struggles to get going but, with food and watering, does well for a while but then loses its leaves.

I would try repotting with fresh, John Innes 3 compost and remove the top layer of soil and any fallen leaves.   Give it a good drink and then leave it in a shady, frost free spot out of the wind and wait and see if it recovers next spring.    Wind really dessicates their fragile foliage so you'll need to water it more than you'd think to counteract moisture loss.

useful non- gardening tools.

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 12:18

Bread knife for sawing up clumps of plants to make divisions.

Builders' mesh for reinforcing concrete - makes a transparent fence between us and the field behind and a trellis between the main bed and the woodland corner of our garden - great for supporting blackberries and pumpkins and sweet peas and clematis.

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:57

Happy birthday Panda.

 As seen at Paira Daiza, near Mons, last year.

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