Latest posts by obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 14:59

I'm amazed DOD is gone.    I thought the Irish would be voting for him in droves.   

That Paso to U2 was dreadful.   Carol's was much better because the music was proper Paso which needs the musical phrasing to be right for all the stamping and marching and arm waving.   Needs to sort out her hands though.   My daughter finds her constant smiling very irritating.

I know the salsa is danced as a show dance but I didn't see any basic steps or armography in Alyash's choreography.   Thought Anita was amazing again and under marked.   

Loved the classic, elegant, understated slowfox from Kevin and thank goodness Anton went for some more demanding choreography for his very capable partner.    Pity Jay messed up but he did have a very complicated routine so hope he bounces back next week.

Tree spacing

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 22:52

It depends on how much you want them to be proper trees and how much you want them to be more of a hedge.  If the former, then they're way too close together and will grow tall and thin looking for light and the stronger ones will outgrow and swamp the others.  

Did you research the eventual height and width of the trees you've chosen or just plant at regular intervals hoping for the best?    Are they to be allowed to grow their full width into your garden?  What about your neighbours when they spread sideways over fence height? 

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 20:17

I get mine from a local builders' merchant.  There are two thicknesses bu the finer 5 or 6mm are easy for me to bend round a handy railway sleeper.

Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 23:19

Oops.  Typo.  40ish clems here.  My Arabella is still flowering but she's a non clinger so you need a handy shrub or decent obelisk rather than a wall. 

My integrifolias have been very poor this year and one has disappeared altogether.  Not sure why as they're in a bed with Hendryetta, Princess Diana, Sunset and Betty Corning which have all had an excellent year.   Betty C is perfumed and has lovely bell flowers that go on a long time. 

Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 18:51

I find Blue Angel is much better than Prince Charles.   Princess Diana is very good and flowers till quite late on.   My caerulea luxurians on a north facing wall still has new flowers coming and I imagine it would love a west wall.  

The trick to getting them to carry on flowering late is, in fact, to dead head regularly, just like with roses but not many people bother.  I haven't this year as they've all been splendid and I have a mix of 430 or so group 2s and 3s about the place but grow them all as group 3s with severe pruning in early spring and a good feed.


Azalea - yellowing leaves

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 15:02

You can give yur azalea, and all evergreens, a foliar feed using a solution of 1tbs/15ml of Epsom Salts in a gallon/5 litres of water.   It provides magnesium which helps with chlorosis (yellowing of the leaves).

You can also water the roots with a solution of sequestered iron or Miracid following the intructions on the pack.

Use rain water if you can as hard water locks up any iron and magnesium in the soil so that the roots of ericaceous plants can't access it and then they get anaemic and chlorotic and can't photosynthesise properly.

Pelleted chicken manure

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 14:39

I use this every year but in autumn it only goes in planting holes for new shrubs and perennials.  I then wait till spring and scatter generally around all my borders and also on pots to revitalise the compost.   

Not much point using anything other than bonemeal for roots in autumn and a good mulch to improve soil structure as other goodies won't be taken up whilst the plant is dormant above ground and may well be leached away by heavy rains or melting snow depending on where you are.

Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 13:02

Nice enough chap but a tad naive and impractical for this flagship programme.

The problem is that people think he knows what he's doing and follow and then have to take the consequences of his getting it wrong which, when you have limited time and budget, can be extensive and demoralising.

Monty needs to realise this and be a bit more responsible when doing his greater flights of fancy.   We can't all keep terracotta plants outside in winter or take huge bananas into a handy greenhouse for winter or afford to re-do a large part of the garden such as his doomed wildflower garden with fire pit.   Did any gardener other than Monty think that would work?

I'm in the "rip out the box hedges" corner too.  His have looked dreadful since he first did GW from Longacres and he should dig them up.

Oleander's Overwintering

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 15:47

You need to wrap the pot in bubble wrap to protect the roots but the plant itself needs ventilation so you should either take it in to a frost free greenhouse, porch or conservatory or wrap it in two or three layers of horticultural fleece which is porous but gives a degree or two of frost protection.

Feeding it with liquid rose or tomato fertiliser once a week from mid spring should encourage the flowers.

White foliage?

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 14:11

You can have too much variegation.   I like some in darker corners and against darker foliage and in pots by the front doors to brighten up dull winter days.

In French, variegation is called panaché which I find a very good word.  It needs to be used with panache and not to excess.

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