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Latest posts by obelixx

Pruning old box hedge

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 12:54

I don't see why not.  The usual time for pruning box is around Derby day in early June.   It can be done from then into mid or late July.    Any new growth that forms later than that won't have time to harden before the frosts and can be badly damaged.

Clearing snow...

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 10:02

In Belgium it is required that householders clear the pavement along their housefront and this includes overhanging branches as well as snow.  The police can fine them if they don't.   Citizens are also required to have a family insurance which covers them for accidents on their porperty.

It would be good if we could, in turn, fine local councils who fail to grit roads when bad weather is forecast.   Our road had a thick layer of ice covered by snow after heavy rain froze and became snow in the night.  Lots of slips and slides and bent cars and shaken people.   

Clematis Florida Sieboldii

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 14:00

My supplier lsts most of his clematis with their degree of hardiness and has many good to -25C.

It's in French, or Flemish, but you can look up clems by name and check their hardiness.  Most have a photo but, if not, you can try here for more info - 

Clematis Florida Sieboldii

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 09:54

All clematis require a lot of food to produce decent flowers so, if they're in pots, you need to make sure they get a liquid feed every week through the growing and flowering season.   This summer, having been so cool and damp and grey ahs not been the best for the large flowered wlematis to perform.

My clemati ssupplier reckons Florida Sieboldii is hardy to -10C but I had one killed off by less than that.  In a pot it will be even more vulnerable so should be stored in a sheltered spot and have the pot, but not the plant, wrapped in bubble wrap to give extra protection to the roots.

vine eyes

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 13:16

They tend to be a standard size but buy the sturdiest ones you can find.   Position them along your wall of fence leaving 12 to 18 inches between horizontal rows and use tensioning fasterners at the ends to tauten the wires and stop them drooping under the weight.  If done properly it should last years.

You need the wires to be hedl at least one inch, and preferably 2 away from the supporting structure to allow air to circulate behind the growing plants and thus reduce diseases such as mildew.

Problem soil near sycamore

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 09:07

Some trees do excrete chemicals that inhibit growth of otherplants in order to reduce competition for nutrients and water.  As the canopy spreads, so do the tree roots and thus the area where othr plants cannot grow.

Sycamore trees have particularly shallow, spreading roots and that makes it all the harder to grow other plants.   

favorite clematis of the spring.

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 07:35

Nut Cutlet - My Red Robin starts flowering in May and has has its main flush in May and June but carries on flowering sporadically until August.  Ther's some info here - but their colour photo is paler than mine.

favorite clematis of the spring.

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 22:00

It's lovely.  Unfortunately all my alpinas, montanas and macropetalas have been frozen to death over the last few winters so my first flowerer is a group 1 called Red Robin.   This pictures shows it just opening -! It starts of with rich burgundy buds then opens to flowers which are cream on the inside and it flowers for a good 2 or 3 months before making fabulous fluffy seed heads..  Luscious.

Digital subscription to GW magazine

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 11:31

GW will have done deals with those distributors that give a reasonable percentage to each party and it'll be cheaper for GW to send stuff electronically via these media than to print, bind, package and post a magazine so chances are they'll get better revenues per copy.

Of course, that will translate to more jobs lost in paper production, printing and postal companies.   Win some, lose some.

Thinking of installing a pond

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 10:37

The deeper you can make it the cooler it will stay in the depths and the fewer problems you will have so if the deg is to be at seating height, dig the centre down at least to the same depth below ground level.  I wouldn't add fish as their excretions raise pond fertility and that encourages algae and blanket weed and fish also eat any frogs eggs and tadpoles they can find.  You should plan to have at least 30% of the surface covered so look into small water lillies. 

Make sure your pond liner is invisible and protected at the edges by overhanging slabs or timbers as being exposed to sunlight will speed its deterioration.  Make sure there's a stone near the edge which allows creatures like frogs and toads to make the leap from pond to edge so they can go and do their thing in the garden once laying is over.  They are amphibious so spend quite a lot of time out of teh water and can drown if they can't get out.

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