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Latest posts by obelixx

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 13:09

Good advice fro Dove.  The crack is not that noticeable but does need sorting out and would be camouflaged, along with any repair work, by just having plants in the soil.  No need for tubs or planters and less watering for you in summer.

For winter interest, I find carex buchananii and its newer forms like Bronze Beauty look good.   Mine never seem to flwoer so no probelms with self seeding and tehy just need a comb through with a rake or gloved hands in spring to remove the dead foliage.  Look amazing with cream or white daffs interplanted come spring..

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 19:15

I like what yo'uve already done.  It's very attractive. 

Verdun's sugestions are pretty much what I would advise too except that phormiums are not winter hardy for me so maybe something else like euonymous - the evergreen one with silver or gol dvariegation variegation or hebes if your winters aren't too cold..

Lavender would want more sun than is available here but heucheras and heucherellas would be happy.

Clematis Grp 3 Pruning - RHS says one thing, GW another

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 14:51

I cut mine back half way in autumn to tidy them and reduce wind resistance and then do the full prune back to two decent sets of buds in March, just in case the top ones get clobbered by a late frost.  I also give them a good feed in spring.

What herbs do i need to bring in?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:33

My first frost last year was -6C.  The year before we had deep snow in December and -15C.  January and February saw us down to -25C for about 3 weeks with no snow.

Last year wasn't that cold but we had an early burst of warm weather which was just enough to get plants excited and start into growth then wham, frosts in late March which killed off all the new growth and frosts in April and May which wiped out a lot of blossom.  I lost my blueberries but friends lost half their apples and pears and all their damsons.


What herbs do i need to bring in?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:13

I get worse than -20C and if it comes without snow to give a protective blanket, it's devastating.

What herbs do i need to bring in?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 16:27

I have to bring in rosemary, sage, thyme and bay or they freeze to death.

A coldframe can be as simple or as grand as you like and made form wood or brick sides and a clear glass or plastic top which can be hinged or just lain on top.  It depends on how big you want it to be and what materials you have to hand or are prepared to buy.

Google "cold frame" and you'll find plans and videos galore.

large/gigantic flower pots

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 14:33

GC garden centre

large/gigantic flower pots

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 14:03

I've bought decent plastic pots in GCs before.  My favourites are a large terracotta look alike with a scrolled decoration and two others which look like patinated copper.  Light to move, frost proof and lasting well after about 10 years.

You can sometimes get special offfers at the end of season as GCs clear stock to make way for Xmas displays.

If you do buy terracotta, it helps to paint it with a clear acrylic varnish in up to 3 coats (not more as it goes filmy) to reduce water absorption and then stand them on pot feet t help drainage.  I would still remove them to a frost free place for winter.

Growing agapanthus from seed

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 11:47

I grew loads form seed on year and was lookig forward to see what they grew up to be as they had mixed parents.  Unfortunately, every single one was frozen to death depsite being sheltered in a greenhouse for the winter.   Fortunately, I gave a load to a friend and his survived as his garden is less exposed than mine.  This was 3 years ago.  They should be big enough to flower next year so we can see what we've got.

Bird food

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 16:17

Fat balls are no good for ground feeders but are a very good source of food for tits and sparrows and, in my garden, one family of woodpeckers.   At the pet and garden store I can buy loose, cracked seeds which don't germinate and th ebirds like them.

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