Latest posts by obelixx

O Verdun, Oracle of All the Grasses, hear me!

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 17:03

There's precious and precious!

Talkback: Can I stop bird seed germinating?

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:58

I read that microwaving the bird seed for a minute would nuke it enough to stop germinating.  Did it for a while but it's a lot of faff so now we have a huge bluestone slab under the bird feeders and just weed its edges when the weeds get big enough.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:34

Busy - lovely roses.  What's that purple one please?

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:09

I do so agree about grasses.   I tried some a few years ago, beguiled by the colours of penisetums and blue fescue.  Far too wussy for my garden's winters so loads of euros wasted.   Miscanthus do well but not, funnily enough, tehse last two years following mild winters.   I planted molinia in a damp spot but those tall "transparent" stems broke in the first strong wind so definitely not designed for elegant waving.

I like an occasional bronze carex buchananii but the last of those gave up in a very wet winter a few years ago and that leaves me with another bronze carex form which looks fine for a year or two then gets so long and floppy I have to trim it back to stop it tripping me up and is now self seeding into my paths and rotting in the middle after a cold wet May.

They all look sodden and bedraggled after last night's impressive storms but the roses are standing, with their flower heads held high.   Guess what gets my vote. 

Ideas for David Austin roses

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 11:57

Our weeks of drought ended last night with a spectacular storm with winds that lifted a window box off the sill and dumped it and rain that was very heavy and driven in under doors.

None of my DA roses is looking the least bedraggled - Gertrude, Sceptr'd Isle, William Shakespeare (the wussiest of my roses), Teasing Georgia, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Queen of Sweden, Crocus Rose, Falstaff, Benjamin Britten, Malvern Hills, Generous Gardener.Jacqueline du Pré,...........

Hawthorn depth?

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 18:01

I planted hawthorn whips 12 years ago in well prepared soil and trimmed them to 9 inches high.  They grew 6' in their first year.   I cut them back to half that so they would thicken up.   They grew 6' again.

In fact they grow about 6' every year and the hedge is now about 5' thick which is fine here a sit borders an arable field and acts as a windbreak and sparrow conference centre.

I think you may find pyracantha is a better bet - also good for wildlife as it has spring blossom and autumn berries and thorns to keep predators away from nests.  It is also evergreen and can be kept trimmed as a hedge.    Failing that, there is an apple and pear farm round here that keeps its roadside beech hedges trimmed to about 9" deep so your 18" should be easy but beech is less attractive to wildlife.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 17:55

I grow lilies in pots so they can be placed prominently when in flower and hidden away when they're over.    Love the flowers and perfume but yes, all too short lived and not pretty afterwards.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 17:26

Euphorbias.  I don't get them.   Nasty colours, invasive, harmful sap.   What's to like?

I have about 35 roses spread around the garden, a mix or ramblers, climbers and shrubs.  Doesn't take long to prune and feed them in spring or dead head when they need it.   Bees love them.   Flowers last ages.  Great perfume and colours.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 14:15

Opposit problem here Lyn.  31C, 49% humidity and no measurable rain for weeks.  Too hot, too sticky and too dry to garden.  I shall go and dead head later when it's cooler - including my roses which are dotted here and there amongst my perennials so don't attract diseases or pests.

They've been fabulous this year.

I did plant a hedge of rugosas at the beginning of this garden along the boundary betwen our former cow pasture and the arable field behind.  It spread and suckered like mad but didn't like the wind and wet and cold so always looked ropey and it was vicious.   I gave up on it after a few years and now we have a trellis fence made form builders' reinforcing metal mesh attached to posts - great for training squashes and blackberries - and have a row of prolific black and redcurrants plus a couple of purple gooseberries.   Bumper crops from all the fruit this year.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 13:30

Maybe you need a new nose?

Perfumed roses are gorgeous and smelly ones with open centres where insects can get at the pollen even better.    I don't spray my roses, just give them what they need so they grow strong.

I find bamboo boring and ugly, think ornamental grasses are over done and many on a par with bamboo for boringness and I too do not see the point of green flowers.

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