Latest posts by Obelixx

Gardners world

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 09:17

GW used to be about when and how and what to do and opening us to new ideas, new plants, new techniques plus the tried and trusted too.   Now it's just half an hour to sit and sup a glass of wine and/or nod off or have on in the background while I do something else.   Too much time wasting with long shots of strolls in the garden or projects the more experience of us know won't work or can't be applied in most UK gardens because of size, budgets, winter shelter etc.

We've had specials - Carol Klein's gardening year, gardens round the world, European gardens and so on.   I'd like more and they could sensibly be based on projects and features in great British gardens.  The RHS gardens have a good spread of climate, soil, exposure etc and different styles plus expert gardeners on hand to demonstrate and explain.   I'd rather see those exploited by GW than his pally wally Sissinghurst bits with Sarah Raven and her husband.

There are other great gardens that could be used too - Great Dixter, Beth Chatto, Powis, Cambridge botanical, Welsh botanical, Alnwick, Holehead in Cumbria.    Scotland, Ireland?   Plenty of geographical spread and styles in there.

York Stone Courtyard

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 13:05

I think the short answer is no.  

Lawns need good soil and drainage to grow well.   They also need regular cutting once a week.

Have you weeded by hand or used a systemic product you spray on the leaves?

Gardners world

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 12:42

Another soporific GW.    However, very pleased that they are doing something with Sissinghurst.  I visited it a few years ago and was very disappointed.   Late May yet it had beds full of weeds and bare patches, others with early spring bedding and bulbs not yet cleared and replanted, others lacking signs of forthcoming splendour, white garden looking scruffy, veggie plot almost empty, very poor quality plants on sale - not even watered - and steep prices for entry, coffee, plants and parking.  

Felt ripped off.

Watering can issue....

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 12:35

Stick it upturned in a pot of spirit vinegar for an hour or so then rinse copiously. 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:47

I use this as a quick refrence as it gives all 3 lunar phases depending on which sytem you follow.  Biodynamic for me - http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk/Moon_Planting.asp

BioFreak's regular calendar postings give more detail tho so more interesting.


Can anyone ID these plants?

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:38

Looks like a well though out and well-loved garden.

Bit vague those photos.  Can you do close ups of individual plants showing foliage and flowers?

Gabion walls for sound-proofing garden

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:35

See the pics on this site - http://www.concrete-mesh.com/ 

We use the large grade mesh for fencing so we can grow blackberries and tayberries up it on our potager boundary and protect a holly hedge form the cows on the pasture boundary.  We use offcuts as gates to restrict the dogs to the back and side garden.

We buy it at the local builders' merchants who store it outside so it's already rusty when we get it and quickly becomes almost invisible.   The bark filler will absorb rather than bounce sound.

Plant containers

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:29

Invicta - that depends on the size of your indoor house plants!  I now need these large pots for both my ficus benjamina and elastica and a goose foot plant whose botanical name escapes me.......

Clematis propagation

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:27

You need a chat with Richard Hodson.  Meanwhile see his post on this thread - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/how-to-prevent-clematis-from-wilting/934682.html and there's another on clematis seed germination.

Gabion walls for sound-proofing garden

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 10:38

A cheaper and wildlife friendly alternative to gabions seen recently on a walk with the dogs - erect two vertical screens of the finer meshed builders' wire panels used for reinforcing concrete and fill with large grade chipped bark.  Attach the mesh either side of a row of 4" wooden posts buried in concrete boots.

Light to erect, indestructible if you get the fence posts right.  Good windbreak.  I suspect a  good sound absorber too and lovely home for all sorts of beneficial insects.

Add a water feature and a wind chime and you're sorted.

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