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Latest posts by obelixx

Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:43

I shall be investing in some MBTs when I know what size I end up being.    The first foot has gone very well but I can't start using it for another couple of weeks so am hobbling in a special boot and with a crutch.

Excellent idea to get GW or Beechgrove to come to Tatton's walled garden.    Lovely idea.     Congrats to OH and you too for carrying on so long.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:37

Thanks Rain.  Very colourful.  I do have some tumbler tomato seeds I can try round by the greenhouse or even in front of the garages where they'll be in full sun and near the tap but I need something more flamboyant for the front door.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:08

Swisssue - I have to see what they have in stock.  In the past I've used a kind of moulded cardboard one and I've also just used compost bags cut to shape and with the black side showing when I left it too late one year.   

The gel is a kind of crystal that soaks up loads of water so it can be released slowly through the day.    Can't remember what it's called.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 16:29

Thanks Lilylouise.   I've asked OH to take me on a tour of local garden centres and nurseries on Saturday so I can see what they're stocking this year so I can get in early before the interesting stuff goes.   We'll also pick up some basket liners and compost and gel.    In another 2 weeks I should be able to drive myself but this way he can carry the heavy stuff and I'll be ready to start as soon as I have plants.

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.

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