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Latest posts by obelixx

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 11:18

We've been having temps of 12 to 13 C so my hellebores have started a bit earlier than usual.  The foetidus have been flowering for weeks and the others have just started.   I have held off going out to cut off the old foliage as it was still looking healthy and I wanted it to protect the crown when the frosts do come.   This morning my world was crisp, white and glistening so I'll have to wait to see if it thaws before I go and check them..

veg garden planning software

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 11:10

Software can only ever be a guide as there are so many variables in soil, aspect, rainfall, latitude, exposure, warmer west or colder east and no matter how much theory you may have imbibed from reading, research and watching TV gardeners, the best knowledge comes from experience and practice, practice, practice.

Have a look at this almanac -

-  You'll need to adjust timings to where you are - earlier for deep south west, later for the north east.


There are many books that can help too.  The RHS has a good selection in the publications sections of its website with books on fruit, veggies, organics, planning and so on.    Got to your local Library and see what they have for some bedtime reading and check out local charity shops for gardening books.

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 17:49

I miss GH and his down to earth style on GW too and the joy of his series shown in on Ornamental Kitchen Gardens and Paradise Gardens was just amazing.    I thought AT's How to be a Gardener series was inspirational and had something for everyone from beginners to experienced amateurs.

I still Watch GW when it's on but with Monty at the helm I find it very rarely makes me itch to get out in the garden and tackle jobs or start a new project or try a new plant.   It's all too Monty-centric and not sufficiently tailored to Mr or Mrs average gardener and especially not for complete beginners who have to contend with limited knowledge and/or limited space/time/budgets.  He just seems tohave no clue as to how most people live and garden.

I just hope someone at the Beeb will commission a decent series on how, what and when to sow, plant, harvest, maintain, design, replant, propagate, prune, compost, recycle and all the other things gardeners love to do but also have to do to make an attractive garden and keep it looking good without a bottomless purse.

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 14:20

Gardens never look the same year round which is why we're advised to plant a variety to give year round interest.  The focus will naturally shift through the seasons starting with early spring bulbs and blossom through the exhuberance of early summer flowers, autum colour and winter evergreens and coloured stems and, if you're sheltered enough, some scented winter blooms.

I confess I fast forwarded through Dirmuid's glasshouses as my greenhouse is far too small for exotics to be given space when I need it to shelter treasures in winter.  It also gets far too cold for all that tender stuff and heating is not an option.

The shrub part wasn't bad but why, oh why, do these people have to shout and harangue with unnatural emphasis on every other word?  Why can't they talk to as though we're just having a conversation and exchanging information and views.  I find it very tiring.    Must be something the producers or directors ask for as even CB has started doing it and Monty Don's phrasing has gone all awry latterly too.

As others have said, more info on how, when and where would be good.   There are all sorts of plants I can't grow because my soil is too alkaline, though deep and fertile, and others I can't grow because it's too wet or too exposed or too cold in winter.   Must be the same for others maybe gardening on chalk or sand or high up and exposed or in frost pockets or mild and balmy..


Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 23:17

I never could believe Toby Buckland.   Sloppy gardener and presenter.

Has anyone grown a Cercis Canadensis ?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 18:32

-25c is fine if there's a covering of snow to insulate plants and roots.  I had -25C without snow and with bitter, drying, easterly winds.   Lost loads of plants.

Talkback: How to grow hawthorn from seed

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 17:30

They sow themselves in my garden.  I've just dig up two and planted them in the paddock across the road along the stream.   If they decide to grow they'll be great for wildlife and can get as big as they want.

Has anyone grown a Cercis Canadensis ?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 17:27

I had a Forest Pansy 11 years ago.  It took one look at my winters and curled up its toes.  Not what I'd expect from something called Canadensis.

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 10:59

I find Rachel much more approchable than Sarah and enjoyed her part of the programme.  Gorgeous flowers for the garden and for flower arrangers.

I liked some of the birches Joe showed us - interesting bark colours and forms - but I'm not sure they're suitable for most suburban gardens, especially the small ones in new developments.  Fast growing, prone to blowing over in strong winds and short life span.  I wish they'd replace him with Mr Beardshaw or Mr Sinclair though.  Don't like Joe's presentation style and he isn't a plantsman.

Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:02

If you want to save on space, try attaching some roofing or sound insulation blocks to your fence and then put another fence or trellis panels in front of that.  That would be about 6 to 8 inches thick in total.   We've recently had a new roof done and they took off the old tiles then attached slabs of insulation about 10cms thick and 1m20 by 4m on the outside of the beams and framework then put the new tiles on that.  

It would be quick and easy and you could always top it with decorative planks of some sort to finish it and protect the insulation from rain.  

However sound will rise above the fence so you may want to consider taller posts for the inside fence so you can attach trellis or wires and train climbers up there or support a hedge on stilts to give you privacy from the road - and any passing double deckers - as well as cut down noise.

  The picture was taken at Coloma rose garden in Belgium where such features are a common solution to providing privacy whilst being economical on space.

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