Latest posts by obelixx

Plant ID please?

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 14:16

Mine self seeds so maybe a neighbour has some or a bird has left a present in passing.    I love it.

They get very big at the base so you might want to move it to a more spacious location or else move its immediate neighbours which may get swamped.  .

Mystery plants / weeds that I can't kill with weedkiller

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 09:51

Didn't spot the double strength bit but agree totally.  Follow the instructions for best results but add a couple of drops (not a huge squirt) or washing up liquid as this helps the product adhere better to shiny foliage.   Agree also about waiting for decent regrowth before repsraying as this transports more of the active ingredient down to the roots to kill them.

I would love a flame gun for the annual weeds in our cobbles but haven't found one here so it's either spraying or hand weeding and that's not an option given the surface area involved.

Jardins Ouvert/Open Garden

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 09:08

I love visiting other people's gardens and go to see what's good and hwat ideas and plants I can adopt or adapt for my garden.  I've yet to see a perfect, weed free garden, even at RHS gardens like Harlow Carr and Wisley or places like Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.

You will be stressed and nervous at the start but then will have so many people to meet and greet and sell cake to that you'll have other things to think about.  Your visitors are there to enjoy themselves and will have a good time which should rub off on you.   I'm sure you'll have great day and will be thoroughly exhausted afterwards.  

Good luck.  Have fun.

Mystery plants / weeds that I can't kill with weedkiller

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 08:32

There are lots of persistent weeds that don't die off after the first spray - thistles, couch grass, bindweed etc.   With some of them the tops will die off but some roots will survive and regrow.

You just have to respray and remaining green bits and then keep an eye out for new shoots coming back so think in terms of 3 sprays over 6 weeks and another month to wait for sneaky regrowth before you can consider the soil cleaned and ready for planting.



Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:21

Not good Gwen.   You have my sympathy.

One of my Belgian gardening friends insists that molehill soil makes the best cutting and seed compost because it is "clean".   However there are times when you can have too much of  a good thing.

Does this make me a garden snob?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:16

I wouldn't waste decent salt in slugs.  If I find the in my treasures, I chuck them in the road so they can be squished by passing traffic.  The local police patrol got two today?  Very satisfying.

I don't mind slugs in the lawn or in the compost but I draw the line at having them in my seedlings, veggies and hostas.   Selective live and let live here.

Plant Selection

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:16

Choisya ternata Sundance enjoys such a position.  It is an evergreen shrub with sunny golden foliage and, when happy, produces white, orange scented blossoms.

Hardy fuchsias would give you more colour and can be upright or trailing.   They may need some protection in cold winters but you can take cuttings to make sure you have some for the following year.

Many hostas would love it and I would go for the impressive large leaved ones like Sum and Substance (golden) or Big Daddy (glaucous blue) or Dream weaver (variegated).  They will flower in July/August and die down for winter but could be underplanted with daffs for a spring display and have violas or pansies for late autumn and winter colour.

Mind Your Own Business

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:08

It may also be worth seeing if the canopy of the sycamores can be raised to let in more light and air and water to the ground below.    It would simply involve removing some of the lower branches and would not harm the health or the look of the trees.

The RHS is always happy for people to quote info from its articles and research as long as they get a credit.


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 16:56

We had 6 new molehills and a visible tunnel in a corner of our lawn this morning.  I've put the batteries on to charge for the mole blaster because, as they say around here "ils exagèrent!"

There are also new hills along the railway sleeper edging between border and grass and great holes underneath where I'm trying to plant new treasures.   Not remotely cute or amusing.

Large nurseries in Kent / East Sussex

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 14:20

Have you tried Google or do you need personal recommendations?



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