Latest posts by obelixx

What kind of climber support?

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 15:26

We have a Kiftsgate rose trained on wires across the front of our house.  It's sturdy, can be placed where you have available space and is discreet in winter.

We have wooden trellis panels elsewhere and, after being battered by storms and gales and some seriously cold winters, find that most of the panels need replacing - 12 in total.   Expensive.

A few years ago when we got our first dog, we enclosed our veggie patch with a system of posts to which we attached 5m x 2m builders' wire mesh for reinforcing concrete.  We have found it to be cheap, indestructible and unobtrusive and well spaced for clematis, roses, squashes and blackberries to be trained along so our plan is to replace 3 of the trellis panels in the front garden with the 3 newest from the back garden and then buy a few lengths of the metal mesh and use that to replace all our broken trellis at the back and side.

Maybe this would be a good alternative for your fence panels as long as you remember to attach battens to your posts and then attach the wire mesh to those so that air can circulate around the plants and you can get your hands in to train stems.



Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 13:54

Much prefer it with Claudia and Tess but think it would be better still if Tess went and Zoë Ball replaced her.    Tess is becoming a bit too interfering - like Brucie was but at least he knows about dancing.   Very pleased when he went.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 11:42

I thought the scoring was very uneven last night.  Anita danced much better than Jay, Helen's performance left me cold - again, Peter André was back on being underwhelming, Kelly's hip hop stylee samba was brilliant and cleverly slow enough for her to be very accurate with all her feet and bounce and arm movements.   Georgia was very good - again - and Katie did a very good, classic rumba.  Needed a bit more hip action but she did well.

Jamelia's legs were all over the place so she is back to not getting it at all and Jeremy never will.   I couldn't stand him from the start - never have liked him on TV or radio - but he's grown on me because he's trying hard, working hard and having fun but it's no longer enough at this stage of the competition.

Beech hedging advise

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 18:06

In Belgium there's a legal minimum planting distance from a boundary of 60cms for hedges and 2 metres for trees.   2m height maximum for a hedge.   Seems reasonable to me.

Pruning Roses

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 16:55

Yes, cut back the longer stems by a third to a half now to reduce possible wind damage.  Leave the serious pruning and shaping till spring.

In Feb or March, when the worst frosts are over and none is forecast for a few days, cut out all dead, damaged and spindly stems to their base.   For the remaining stems, cut each one back to an outward facing bud, cutting just above and at an angle so that raindrops don't sit on the wound and encourage rotting.   Leave the centre of the rose as open as possible as this encourages air flow and reduces the risk of disease.

When done, feed the plants generously with slow release blood, fish and bone and/or a specialist rose food.   Mulch the roots with some well rotted garden compost of horse manure if you can get it and give occasional liquid feeds of rose or tomato food from March till the first flowers open.   Keep dead-heading all spent flowers throughout the season to encourage new buds to form and your roses should keep flowering into November or December depending on the weather conditions. 

stormy weather

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 14:39

Trouble is that people don't heed common sense rules about having adequate clothing for going out.  Have you seen what people wear just to out in the streets in wet weather let alone to go hiking on foot in hills and valleys with local extreme weather conditions a distinct possibility.   And how many people have emergency supplies in cars - chocolate, water and blankets for areas or times of the year where snow storms or heavy rains can block roads for hours if not days?

 It costs a fortune to mount a rescue for some idiot that thinks it's OK to walk on Ben Nevis without appropriate gear and/or without checking the weather conditions and why should good people put themselves at risk to help eejits?



Beech hedging advise

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 11:31

Remember to soak the roots in a bucket of water overnight before planting.  That way the stay hydrated and grow away faster.  Left dry they may just die.

RHS Garden

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 11:14

Or you could get it straight from the horse's mouth - https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/blogs/RHS-Gardens/new-rhs-garden-announced 

Excellent news!

Planting a conifer - help on selection

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 13:57

For some people, plant shops and plant fairs are like sweet shops - full of irresistible goodies that just have to come home with you.


Posted: 13/11/2015 at 12:43

The trick to avoiding problems with pernicious weeds surviving in the compost heap is to leave them to dry out and die before adding them.   I do this with creeping buttercup, dandelions and the green parts of bindweed.

Anything containing bindweed roots or horsetail goes on a heap to be burned.

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