Latest posts by Obelixx

Planted bamboo in alkaline soil

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:26

I'd have thought manure was quite acid but, in any case, the RHS says it grows well in chalk soils.

Have a look here for info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/198411/Phyllostachys-aureosulcata-f-spectabilis/Details and then make sure you're watering it enough.  Sunshine and winds can be very dessicating to the foliage of a plant that's still trying to establish its roots.

What are these plants?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:23

Often happens doesn't it FG?  Great minds and all that.

So excited

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:22

Congratulations.  Lovely moth.

How do you prune a container grown climbing Rose

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:20

You don't re-pot.  You give it the biggest pot you can 60cm cube minimum and you refresh the top few inches every year and feed and feed.  Use best quality John Innes 3 type compost and bury the graft union 2 inches below soil level.  Leave a couple of inches at the top of the container to allow for watering.

I bought a Graham Thomas.  It failed to thrive and became a single stick.  I have dug it up, potted it and tended it and, 2 years later, it is now a stick with leaves and one flower bud.   Teasing Georgia, on the other hand, grew into a fine specimen covering a 1.8m square trellis panel with healthy stems and foliage and plentiful, lovely, perfumed blooms.

What are these plants?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:42

First looks like physocarpus Diabolo or one of its brethren.

No idea on the rose.  There are thousands of them to choose from.  try looking at websites of major rose growers to see if you can find one similar.  They should let you enter colour and perfumed - or not - to help narrow the search.

Ceanothus TREE!

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:39

Don't use stump paint.   It shouldn't bleed much at all if pruned at this time of year and it's much better left to heal itself with its own sap and cures.

Cut the branches at an angle - as you already know - so any rain drips off and doesn't cause rotting.  I would then give it a handful of blood, fish and bone loosely forked in around the base and a good drink if you haven't had much rain lately.

As insurance, you could try taking cuttings form the tips before you hack.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:09

Glad that's sorted out.  Can't let OH plant anything as he has black thumbs but he's OK on hedge pruning and looking after soft fruits once happily planted.  I have circumvented his indiscriminate weeding habits by putting him in charge of weeding the potager on the grounds that even he can see straight or staggered rows and hoe just the strangers.

The only lines of poetry I remember are from parodies we read in 1st year at grammar school -" I must go back to a vest again, a warm vest with sleeves".  The other was one on Hiawatha's mittens.    For Hamlet at A level, it's "Oh that this too too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew etc" - every time I decide to go on a diet.

I am busy making lime pickle for OH and then I'm going to sort out one of the offending raised beds to see if he gets the idea.  Possum will help by holding the plank I need to cut in two - stop it wriggling.

Last edited: 03 August 2017 12:12:00

How do you prune a container grown climbing Rose

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:01

Roses can be grown in containers if you get the right size of container, the right growing medium and the right rose.   It will be entirely dependent on you for food and water so you need to water regularly, protect the pot from frost in winter to keep the roots healthy and refresh the top layer of compost every spring and apply fresh slow release fertiliser at the same time as well as liquid feeds of rose or tomato food from March to early July.

Pruning is the same as for a rose in the ground.  A climber or rambler would need trellis or stretched wires to support it and yu would have to train it.

I suggest you have a read of this infor from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=278 - and then, if you insist on Graham Thomas (a wuss in my experience so think about Teasing Georgia instead) ask David Austin for advice.  They have a good website and also happily answer questions from prospective or existing customers.

Prickley Very Fast Growing Security Hedge

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 23:18

We planted a hawthorn hedge (crataegus) in our last garden - planted maiden whips in autumn in well prepared soil - dug a trench and enriched it with compost and manure then watered well after planting - cut them to 9" and the whole thing grew 6 to 8' in its first year.   Trimmed it by half the following autumn to encourage it to thicken up and it grew the same amount the following year.

It is deciduous but gets quite thick if kept trimmed as a hedge so good for privacy tho it will also grow into large trees if you let it so you could space trees in the hedge.  It is prickly and thorny, provides blossom in May then berries in autumn with attractive foliage.   Very hardy too.

Mix it up with some pyracantha for extra thorns with evergreen foliage.  It won't grow to tree size but will help with making a good barrier.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 22:57

DL - In French they're called Pissenlits - same as the Irish then.

FG - OH is out at hairdresser's and then golf all day tomorrow so I shall get out my trusty saw and the power drill which I will remember to charge tonight and I shall flipping well re-do one bed as I want it. 

Been out to a pyrotechnic show tonight at the prehistoric centre at St Hilaire de Ré.  Started with a wench dressed in odd caveman type clothes who made a fire from 2 bits of stone, some dried mushroom, a dried reed head and some dried grass.   Impressive.  This then lit the torches that lit the show.   Good fun and even funny in parts.

Home now to ecstatic dogs and kittens so cuddles, coffee and bed in due course.   Sleep well everyone.

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