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Latest posts by obelixx

Climbing Roses

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 09:25

Generous Gardener is a good one with strong, healthy foliage and good soft pink flowers that go on till the frosts and have a lovely perfume.   Graham Thomas is a favourite with people who like yellow roses as it is also strong, produces loads of flowers and has good perfume but I don't think it gets as big as GG can. 

Gardens And Beyond...........

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 09:16

The Potting Shed, I'd have thought, and with its own title.

Beech hedging not retaining leaves

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 09:14

If you want a beech hedge to retain its foliage over winter you should give it its annual trim in August.  As a trimmed hedge is continually renewing its leaves it should be fed with a good general fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone in spring and a mulch of well rotted garden compost in autumn.

If you miss the August pruning deadline, it's best to wait till spring.. 

 

 

Violas or pansies. Which is superior?

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 21:13

Viola for me too as they survive our harsh winters much better than namby pamby pansies.   I like the daintier flowers and markings too.

Suggestions for planting in a sunny, boggy site.

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 18:24

Ornamental rhubarb - rheum, persicarias, hemerocallis, hydrangea paniculata, some hostas, miscanthus zebrinus, iris sibirica, snakeshead fritillaries, salix hakuro nishiki for pretty foliage or Salix Alba Britzensis (Coral Bark Willow) and Salix Daphnoides Aglaia (Violet Willow)  for their colourful winter stems.

Containers for growing vegetables

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 13:18

There was a project onGW a few years ago when they grew veggies in all sorts of odd containers to prove anyine could do it anywhere - old boots, old wellies, old olive oil cans, old tin baths and so on.   As long as you use good growing compost and get the drainage and watering right I can't see any problems except with lead.

Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 13:15

Things are fine thanks Yakram except that I've been busy having my foot reconstructed so no gardening, dog walking or dancing for some time.   It's going well though and yesterday I had a little potter with a hellebore and a miniature rose and some coriander that all needed potting on.   Should be fit enough to sow seeds in March and start on the weeding and clearing before they do the other foot in April.

Are you still at Tatton?  

Avatars & Profiles

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 10:35

I really dislike smileys so never use them and am not convinced about the need for avatars.   I will certainly not be posting a photo of me.   I like the anonymity of these boards which may seem paradoxical given that I also enjoy close personal friendships with people I met through the Beeb boards and like to think of people on here - with the exception of the troll - as friends or friendly acquaintances.

It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 10:31

Absolutely.  Woke up to a sparkling white world.  Brilliant sunshine here at last after days of grey and mist but at the price of a heavy frost over night. 

clematis dieback.

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 09:03

I haven't met this problem myself but I do have some which are bare legged at the base as they are group 1s which are only pruned back if they get untidy and their flowers and foliage tend to be concentrated higher up.   Clematis are very hungry plants so maybe yours are just concentrating energy higher up.   Give them a generous handful of a general feed of blood, fish and bone in late winter or as soon ans new shoots show and then add special clematis or rose food at regular intervals until flowering time or mid July, whichever is later.

Add a mulch of well rotted garden compost or spent planting compost in late autumn and plant something in front to hide the unsightly bits. 

Discussions started by obelixx

Chelsea photos

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Hello Jro - and any other old friends

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New shed - any tips?

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