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Latest posts by obelixx

Alliums companion planting

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 14:58

Love the lavender combo.  Can't grow stipa here as it's too nesh.  I mixed miine with carex Buchananii and they didn't look good at all.

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 21:30

Bidz - I did use mortar to set the marble slabs in place so they didn't shift when people sat down.   You'll need to anchor your coping stones or paving slabs.

Alliums companion planting

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 21:28

 I mixed grasses and alliums last year and it looked awful so the grasses have been moved.   I have them elsewhere coming up through hardy geraniums, variegated elder, pulmonarias and hostas.   I wouldn't mix them with hemerocallis a sthe foliage is too similar.

Chilli Seed Swap

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 12:36

My chillies have taken ages to recover from being battered falt by hail in May and the labels got blown away too so I have fruits only just starting on most and no idea which is which yet so I won't offer to swap seeds unless anyone wants Basket of Fire as that was indoors in May and has done well.

It's a small chilli plant that makes small, upwardly pointing chillies that keep producing all winter when I bring it in and put it on my south facing kitchen window sill.  Last year's plant is still fruiting tho not as prolifically.


The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 11:13

If you want sound, practical advice presented in an efficient and friendly manner and with a good factsheet available you should watch Beechgrove which is a long standing programme from Scotland now available nationwide on BBC2 on Sunday mornings.  It packs in an amazing amount of info without seeming hurried and they do useful trials of growing methods and plants.

If you want a quiet half hour to sit with a  glass of wine and just relax without being challenged then GW fits the bill.   Monty's is a knowledgeable gardener but his garden and his weekly projects have little relevance to small gardens and new gardeners.   The best bits now are the external visits to specialist growers, other gardens and Carol's new gardeners.   NIgel is a nice dog but he's an unnecessary distraction in a programme which already has far too lottle content from the main presenter.

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 08:54

I should also add that not only were the bottles free but the process of collection was enjoyable and the wall has survived a low of -32C with no adverse effects.   Normal winter temps here are -15to -20C for a few weeks.

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 12:00

See first sentence - mortar free.

Any idea what this is?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:59

They look a lot like the flag iris that's trying to take over my garden after escaping from my unlined, natural pond which it is busy terraforming.   A pest if it is.

Plant it in a pot and see what it does there before you let it loose in your garden.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:57

My oakleaf lettuce looked just fine last weekend and I was hoping they'd be ready for eating as of this weekend but the ver hot week we've just had has made the all bolt.  However the kale and Savoys and broccoli and re cabbage are all doing well.  No other veg left so thinking of sowing red clover if I can cadge some seeds from my farmer neigbours or covering with black plastic to see off the weeds.

I did stock up on some spring bulbs at the plant fair yesterday so will be sure to get them planted.

Hop all is well now and that you are OK.

Salvia Hot Lips

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:51

Since these are not reliably hardy and you never know what this winter will throw at us I would wait till spring and then cut it back as low as you like to a pair of healthy buds on each stem.  Use the trimmings to take cuttings as insurance and for swaps.

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