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Latest posts by obelixx

New border with complications?

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 14:25

Concrete contains lime which ericaceous plants like rhodos do not like as it prevents them taking up nutrients such as iron and magnesium from the soil.

Leucothoe is another ericaceous plant so avoid that.  The other two aren't fussed about acicidy or alkalinity.  If you want something reddish, try a photinia Red Robin.  Keeping it pruned will control its size and encourage the production of fresh red shoots through the growing season.

Wildflower bulb planting.

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 14:17

Are these unplanted bulbs or bulbs in pots cos if you're in the northern hemisphere they should have been planted out in the ground from September to November or in pots and then kept cool and dark until the first shoots showed.

Frits, bluebells and snowdrops in particular don't like drying out and may not work now but, assuming they're viable, they will slowly spread by offsets and self seeding.  How quickly they do it depends on how happy they are and it' seasy enough to divide up any clumps that become congested in a few years time if you do it in teh green once the flowers have faded.

The only one I would have thought coul dget invasive is the lesser celandine.

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 14:12

Chocolate's pretty good when you're feeling happy too but I hope your trip isn't snowed off and you don't need any chocolate.

I've just spotted roots peeking out from my tomato seedlings which i sowed in those little coir pellets.  i'll have to pot them on but tomorrow.  Got a man coming to sign damp proofing contracts in a mo and then I have to go out and see how the Hip Hop classes have been getting on in my absence.

DK - good idea to wait a few days till you're sure teh snow is gone and not coming back. 

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 12:10

Definitely chocolate for emergencies though.  Comforting when cold or sad.  I too keep caffeine low and drink decaf all day otherwise I don't sleep well but sometimes, only chocolate will do the trick.

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:30

And chocolate!

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:20

Might they not sulk if they get snowed on after being split?   No hostas visible here yet, not even in the pots which hid in the greenhouse all winter and usually get a head start.   Maybe something to do with having a foot of snow on them last week.

Lots of wet stuff due this weekend and maybe snow again on Monday so no lifting and dividing here yet.


Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:17

Sorry but I can't see the first picture and teh second is too small to get a clear idea.  Could you try again?

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 10:38

Bunny - A trip to a garden centre sounds good.  I've just been out to buy more bird food and came home with trays of pale lilac primulas on special offer.

HCF - I think this winter of blowing warm and cold several times has done for a lot of pots and probably plants too.  I''ve just noticed a huge spilt in an upturned plastic dustbin being used to force rhubarb.    Come the warmer weatehr I usually use it to grow a few potatoes but it'll drain too fast now.  Bummer.

Rosa - cleaning for me too before I get out there.  Just learne dthat chappy is coming round this pm to sign the contracts for our damp proofing and the floor is covered in muddy paw marks..........

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 08:33

Morning all.  Bright and sunny here and we may get as warm as 6C!   Maybe a little cuuting back of old perennial stems for me later on.

What are you all up to?

Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 23:00

In fact Monty's garden is in the West Midlands, almost in Wales and gardens in the south are getting smaller with every new build crammed into tiny spaces.  There are large gardens all over the country attached to older houses and terraces are the same up and down the country with tiny yards or gardens depending on which kind of worker the Victorians built them for.

That said, it is certainly true that Monty's style of gardening and planting is not immediately relevant to most ordinary gardeners and especially beginners and people looking for methods and ideas suited to smaller gardens and family life.   However, there are things he does and plants he uses taht can be adpated for many gardens large and small.  It just takes imagination and a bit of cnfidence and trial and error.

He does sow a lot of his plants too which is a good money saving ruse for any f-gardener but he also has teh space for all the different composts, the grit, the seed trays and potting benches which all makes it easy for him.   Not so easy for those of us with smaller spaces and no greenhouse and, unnlike Geoff H, he doesn't show inventive things like GH's free or very cheap to make light box for seedlings and so on and so forth.

Beechgrove is a lot more practical and down to earth and fun too.



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