Latest posts by Obelixx

Balls and mounds...

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 10:10

Have a look around the RHS Plant Selector on their website.  It lets you search by size, colour, soil conditions, aspect, shade etc.

Balls and mounds...

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:27

I love AF too but she needs to be with other plants that will support her sprawling habit.   Same with Rozanne.

For mound forming and sheer hardiness I like the macrorhizum geraniums best but good old Johnson's Blue is good here too and many more.

Alchemilla mollis is too invasive here unless I cut off all those nasty (IMHO) acid flowers before they get pollinated.   

What is your weather like?

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:08

Heavy frosts, clear skies, bright sun but mist in the paddocks and along the streams.  Should warm up later.

Balls and mounds...

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:06

Good weed suppressants for me are hardy geraniums and geums and herbaceous potentillas which give lots of flower colours and bee activity.    Pretty dog proof too.    Early in the season, pulmonarias with a range of foliage and flower forms and colours.    They all just need cutting back after flowering to refresh their foliage and maybe flower again.   Don't pick lanky geraniums like Rozanne and Ann Folkard.  Lots of others make neat mounds.

If you like grasses, forms of carex buchananii mound well and wave about on the wind.  

Plant containers

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:00

The ones with no holes are surely sold for indoor use to stop you flooding your carpets?   But sometimes they have a colour or weight I need for the garden and out comes the drill - which lives in the garage and I do potting in the shed at the other end of the garden.........

The Storm With No Name hits our garden

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 08:55

It can be devastating but you do get over it.   Our main wind direction seems to be north westerlies so we put up windbreak fabric to protect our potager and ornamentals.   It then rained so much that the very next storm pushed all the fence posts, with their concrete boots, to an angle of 45°.  They are now buttressed.

We had a hail tornado one May that wiped out my rhubarb patch and all the hostas and left pitted scars on trees, roses, shrubs and ripped clematises apart.    Everything recovered over the summer but it was a shock to me as well as the plants.

We have a trellis panel fence between the potager and ornamentals and it has been drunk for years because of strong winds.   This winter half the panels have had the trellis strips ripped from their frames so we've taken them all down, will redress the posts when the ground thaws and replace the wooden panels with metal builders' mesh which will be indestructible and largely invisible and less wind resistant yet still support my Generous Gardener and all the clems.

Onwards and upwards.

How to prevent clematis from wilting

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 14:53

I only had a few cases of supposed wilt with my clems and in 3 out of 4 it was OH being happy with a hoe!   I plant new clematis deep and I put an upturned terracotta plant pot (with its bottom bashed out) over the base after planting, feeding and watering and he hasn't hoed any for a few years now.   Others have had stems munched or else broken by strong winds.

I've also learned that in my garden, where conditions can be extreme in winter, it's best to plant new clems in big pots and keep them as patio plants for a couple of seasons before planting them out.  This lets them establish a decent root system without any competition.   I lost several clems before doing this tho some did re-emerge 2 or 3 seasons later - after I'd binned their labels.

I've heard that the large flowered hybrids are most susceptible but get over it if pruned immediately to below the problem and then kept well fed and watered as this gives them resistance, just as well nourished humans resist illness better than the malnourished or under nourished..

Town or Country

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 17:51

Rural central Belgium.  Very exposed to strong winds and cold winters.  Fertile alkaline loam on clay sub soil.   

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 16:03

That's interesting about prices BF.  I've been having a wee google for glasshouse prices in France and they compare very favourably with local suppliers.    Even better than the savings on paint in the UK.   Good haul in Canterbury yesterday and I found some decent garden gloves and cellular seed trays on offer too.

Homebase had the twisted willows I'm propagating at £12 each.   Must make sure I keep one for our next garden!

Gardening Book

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 15:54

I like Alan T too.  When I started gardening back in the 80s I too had the Reader's Digest book but found it too dry and formulaic and old fashioned so bought myself How to be a Supergardener by AT and he made it all seem accessible and possible.

If you can get hold of videos of his How to be a Gardener series that he did for the Beeb that would complement any book very well but his Complete Book would make a great easy access reference.

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