Latest posts by Obelixx

Finding that balance

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 13:50

Try and find the latest episode of Beechgrove Garden in i-player.  One of the gardeners discusses the problems of rabbits and deer on the estate he manages.   Assuming you can't build a high fence or bury a barrier to prevent rabbits burrowing, you're gong to have to erect specific defences such as cloches and cages and tunnels which can be movable or permanent fixtures.  I'd suggest chicken wire for small things and builders metal mesh for reinforcing concrete for bigger ones - light and indestructible and can be cut to size with bolt cutters.

You might also want to try chicken wire hats for individual veggies, such as this one made by a new gardening friend to keep pigeons off his brassicas and salads.   Roll a strip into a cylinder the diametre you need then hold it round a sturdy object while you scrunch one end to make the handle/top.  Reinforce the sides with a bit of garden wire of needed and peg down over plant..

Climbers for north facing wall

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 13:42

I think 40cms is way too small.  It needs more width and depth to ensure better moisture levels for root s and also some protection against severe cold.  60cms minimum or maybe a wider trough about 60cms deep.  You'd need to use good John Innes 3 compost and make sure it is regularly fed and watered.

There are many clematis that would be happy on a north facing wall but they'd need a deep root run as they are hungry beasts and thirsty in the growing season.  Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina' would be happy there and so would roses such as Souvenir du Dr Jamain and Wedding Day - if you have space for that one.

You could also think about a fan trained morello cherry on a suitable dwarfing stock.

No flowers on my Cosmos !!

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 13:34

I think you're right.  They need sun and warmth.  I sowed some old seeds on the off chance and then planted them out in early July after looking after the increasingly large seedlings thru a fierce June heatwave.   They have grown to about 60cm high and are flowering prolifically.

We have had bright sun and a drought which has just ended after 14 months.  I've had to water them even thru a coolish July, for here, in the low to mid 20s because it was so dry at their feet.  They're flowering prolifically even now that we've had a day or two of steady, but not heavy rain - not looking at all sad or bedraggled.

Perennials amongst grass

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 13:29

Quite.  I suspect it's going to be a half-baked idea but will watch with interest to see how it goes.   

I do cut back foliage on hardy geraniums and pulmonarias after their flush of flowers - different times of year - but I don't scalp them the way a mower will.

The next generation

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 13:27

It can backfire.  I included Possum in my gardening from when she could totter and before then sat in her pushchair or on the grass - sowing, planting, watering (best bit for her) and harvesting.  She'd happily wander out by herself and eat every strawberry and blueberry and raspberry in sight.

Then she discovered insects and spiders and dirt and now has absolutely no interest except as a place to go and sunbathe, well away from the new found problem of local western whip snakes and their compost heaps.

I did ask her to dead head all the hostas for me and the pelargoniums a couple of years ago.  She managed to toss my secateurs on the compost heap and we didn't find them for another 6 months.  You should have heard what the Felco people at Chelsea had to say about them.  Worst case they'd ever seen.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 11:55

Grey here but dry and not too dull.  I have spent my morning being scragged - playful cuddly kitten before dawn followed by Ratsa arriving with coffee to snuggle me and play with kitten and it all got very lively but I managed to persist and finish my book.  Heroic.   Up now and about to sand down a coffee table top so I can use a softening wax with white in it.  I don't do bright orange oak but I do like solid oak furniture.

Hosta - hope you got back to sleep and that the long shifts lead up to a good, relaxing holiday with hubby.

Clari - protective mats?

Chicky - all time seems to go fast these days.

LP and Joyce - hope it wasn't too wild and that all plants and pots are OK.

Off to check mine now.   

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 22:19

They were both embarrassingly bad and neither her dress nor his suit helped.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 22:16

Well Dacha, we know we're perfect but cubic?

I knew a chap who, in his 20s, said if he wasn't married by 30 he'd jump off Westminster bridge.  He wasn't, and didn't.   Not mature enough till his mid 30s.

Liri - bedtime here too now.   Hope you enjoyed the singing and your son and DIL.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 20:53

Not allowed?  Good reason?

Help with what to plant :)

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 19:10

First of all, well done.  The roses look good but now you need to start training them horizontally or diagonally to increase their blooming potential.

The border below is very narrow so I think you need to stick to clump forming hardy perennials that will cope with the shade and also the dryness the wall will create and maybe one or two spiky things.  

Evergreen, glossy leaves with flowers in late winter or early spring -  https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/27849/Bergenia-Bach/Details

This will give good leaf contrast and flower in summer - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/94611/Geranium-Kashmir-Pink/Details 

For spikier foliage contrast and later flowers try one of the crocosmias.  This one would pick up the colours of Teasing Georgia - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/56402/Crocosmia-x-crocosmiiflora-(Lemoine)-N-E-Br-George-Davison-Davison/Details 

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