Latest posts by obelixx

Tree Identification help please

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 16:10

Might be a golden rain tree.

Have a look here and compare with yours - http://datreestore.com/goratrkopa.html 

I have a baby, 1m 30 high, in a pot, given me as a 6" seedling 4 years ago by a gardening friend.  Hers were a lot taller than the link info says and more the shape of yours too.

Advice on growing edibles under oak trees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 16:00

Not a good idea to bury the tree's roots under extra layers of soil either.

If the garden is that big, you can surely find space for veggie beds in full sun which is what most need - except salad leaves, chervil, parsley.   Rhubarb can cope with a bit of shade but needs deep, rich, moisture retentive soil to do well.

I suggest you spend the first year in your garden noting what is where, what you like; what you don't like, when they appear and disappear; when the sun gets to each bit at different times of year; what needs to be lifted/divided/moved/swapped with mates or binned and so on.

Then you can make a sensible plan of what and where to grow and what you need to do or buy or sow to achieve it.   In the mean time, weed and feed and mow and prune to keep it looking as good as can be while you get to know it.

Plant ID - red acer like leaves with spiky red 'flowers'

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:28

Ricinus - grown as an annual in the UK as it is not hardy.

Also very poisonous so needs to be used with common sense and kept well away from small fingers but is grown very safely by thousands of gardeners.

Good results from seed exchange

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 09:59

Something to do with the software not getting the right signals from embedded orientation info in your photos.   They come out the right way when you click to enlarge.

Lovely flowers and colours.  One of my favourite fill in plants when waiting for perennials to mature.

What to grow against a hedge?

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 21:23

I should have thought loads of plants would cope there, especially if this autumn you can pile on a thick layer of mulch such as well rotted garden compost or maybe some cheap potting compost bought at the end of the season.  This will be worked in by the worms over winter and will improve aeration and moisture levels.

Dig out some of the montbretia/crocosmia first if you can as it will spread further if you let it.

In the mean time, have a look at achillea - loads of colours - aquilegias - again, loads of colours - shasta daisies, Japanese anemones, roses, physostegia, veronicas, phlomis, hardy geraniums, lysimachia alba clethroides, phlox, hemerocallis, echinaceas (slug magnets) lychnis chalcedonica, peonies, persicaria.  

That should be a good start and cover lots of shapes and sizes of plant and their foliage forms and flower colours.   

What to grow against a hedge?

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 09:20

Can you give us more info?  Which way does it face?  How far north/east/west are you?  What kind of soil - loam/chalky/clay/sandy?  What are your neighbours growing?

This info will help us advise as it affects what can grow well.

Hawthorn will look dull at this time of year but can be clipped now to make it neat and smart.  It has blossom in spring and berries in autumns and is an excellent hedge for birds and beneficial insects as well as having thorns to deter intruders. 

Fauna not flora ....excuse me!

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 09:15

See if there's a local beekeeper individual or society that can come and advise.  If it isn't solitary bees, they will know how to extricate the queen and take her colony somewhere safe for them and for you.


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 07:35

Don't hose the garden every evening.   One good soaking a week is better than daily sprinkles as the moisture will be better able to soak down in the soil and encourage roots to go hunting for food and moisture deep down.

Regular sprinkling makes conditions better for slugs and snails so you should use some wildlife friendly pellets to deal with them.

Try giving your roses some tomato food as this encourages flowers to form without having loads of nitrogen that will encourage sappy growth that will be zapped by frosts later on.   My DA roses are well into their second flush and some are preparing for more.

Hanging baskets

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 20:01

Liquid tomato food as it encourages flowering.

privacy cover shrubs

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:51

Go to the RHS website and click on plants.  It lets uou enter them by name or genus and find out about suitable varieties.

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