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Latest posts by obelixx

Never Give Up

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 09:51

There's no Gulf Stream effect here so winters are colder and summers can be hotter tho we do get lots of rain.   The local horticultural college sites include one called La Sibérie.  Now I know why as we can get colder than the Ardennes which is fine when there's a blanket of snow to protect the plants but devastating when there isn't.  I'm learning which plants are tough and which not to bother with any more.

OH cut off all the damaged stems of the rhubarb last weekend leaving just the crowns.   It's been warm and sunny for a day or so and there are now new shoots are appearing so the plants will survive but I won't be making rhubarb chutney this year as we need to let the plants recover and OH will nab any stems I do let him pick for his puds.

Never Give Up

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:44

Forester - central Belgium about 30 miles South of Brussels in what has turned out to be a site exposed to extremes of weather.

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 23:04

I've sown some achusa this year and the babies survived the hailstorm which wiped out so many other things.  I'll be concentrating on whites and rich reds next year.

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 16:44


These are the white plantings I liked - Hilliers stand above and the topiarist garden below:-



Blue foliage

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 16:39

Another blue carex - and they have another called trifida.

I Wonder if they're as hardy as their bronze cousins cos if so, they'll do for me.

ants in pots

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 12:23

Keep the pots better watered but stand them on some special pot feet or bricks so they can drain properly and not drown the plants.

Once in a while water with a solution of one small bottle of essential oïl of cloves (paharmacies and health shops) in 10 litres of water.  The ants hate the smell and move on.

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 12:05

Yes but water it thoroughly at least an hour earlier so its roots suffer minimum damage when you split it.   Hellébores don't like being moved so make sure you have its new home well prepared and replant at the same depth then be prepared for it to sulk till it settles in.   Keep it watered in dry spells till next autumn.

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 12:03

For me it was more a case of planting combinations as I already have most of the plants I lust after given I'm now restricting myself to plants that can cope with the local climate and not keel over every winter.

I love the lysimachia beaujloais which I first saw on the Hilliers stand a few years ago and have managed to track down some seeds so will be sowing those next year with a view to doing luscious plantings of deep reds and purples like they had at one end of the Stoke-on-Trent garden and I'm planning a white flowered area for the furthest corner of my garden so more white geraniums, campanulas, foxgloves, tall daisies and so for a long season.

Blue foliage

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 11:56

What about blue fescue or blue holly - ilex meserveae or euphorbia rigida? Lots of blue in various forms of eryngium.  Carex flacca Blue Zinger and carex laxiculmis and agaves would probably do well in your mild climate and there are any number of hostas big and small with and without variegation.  

Cornus Canadensis

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 10:17

For ground cover in shade you should try geranium macrorhizum which has scented leaves which turn red in winter and then produces fresh leaves and pale or deep pink flowers in spring, depending on variety.

Geranium Kashmir white is another goody and you can try the variegated form of ground elder which lightens up a dark spot but has softer foliage and stems and is not invasive like its weed cousin.   Easy to control especally if you remove the flowers - Aegopodium podagraria variegatum.

Epimediums do well in shade too if you can provide plenty of well rotted organic matter to enrich the soil - garden compost or manure will do.

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