Latest posts by Obelixx

Suggestions on a climber please :-)

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:39

It's a great wall for roses and clems but be aware that Constance Spry, tho lovely, only flowers once.

Have a look at Generous Gardener which is a softer pink or a repeat rambler such as Lady of the Lake or maybe a rich golden yellow such as Teasing Georgia.   A deep purple clematis will look good with either.

Whatever you choose, make sure the planting hole is at least 18"/45cms away from the base of the wall and is well dug and back filed with plenty of well rotted manure and garden compost.  Water before and after planting and keep watered till  they've got their roots well down.  This may mean all this growing season.

You'll need to provide support too.  I'd use horizontal tensioned wires at 12 to 15" intervals up the wall with vine eyes to hold them in place - available in good DIY stores.

Last edited: 17 May 2017 14:40:11

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:32

Got to 32.5 here yesterday.

27.5C at 9am but it has clouded over and got gradually cooler and even tried to rain so now we're at 17.5C with a chilly north-westerly making it feel cooler.  Need to change my strappy top for one with sleeves and then go and plant treasures in my newly cleared bed under the silk tree.

Nothing remotely to do with gardening

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:27

I expect being able to sense water was a natural instinct when it was necessary for survival sill have been lost in most people   Just because science hasn't found - or even properly investigated - how it works doesn't mean that water divining is all tosh.

Covering an ugly fence by a patio area

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:23

Good.  looking forward to the pics.

Clematis ID

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:21

Thanks.  It does look a lot like Elsa Spath in form but today the central rib of the petals is darker and this site suggests they should be paler - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?bkey=158 

Climber or rambling rose??

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:16

There are climbing roses that barely get bigger than 2.5 metres hig and wide and ramblers that will get to 10m.  generally speaking, climbers have stiffer stems and are not as rampant and are repeat flowerers unless you go for old-fashioned roses.

Ramblers are more flexible so easier t train on arches and other structures and there are now repeat flowering ramblers available form places like David Austin.

Your choice will depend on the area to be covered and the colour desired and the size of support you plan to use.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:11

FG - our ruin and barn are just like the other farm buildings and houses round here.  Just a bi more shambolic.   We have wood pigeons nesting in one barn and blue tits under the eaves on teh east side of the house and somebody under the overhang of the donkey shed so all sorts of possibilities - in theory.   I'll put up nest boxes and see if anything comes.

bed all weeded and forked over.  Pots all watered.  Wind has risen and cloud cover developed so down to 18C now.  Planting treasures this pm so I'll have fewer pots to water.

That's a good haul Hosta.  No freecycle here but I did see at a couple of plat fairs organised by garden clubs that punters are allowed a stand to exchange plants for free.  No selling allowed.

Good news Dove.  I hope it continues well for you.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 11:24

They were wearing suits Joyce.   

Planting leeks in a raised bed

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 11:19

For leeks and onions I plant 4" in (wide enough for the cultivator head to pass) and plant 4 to 6" apart but I would make the rows across the short width, not the long.  That's how you'd get more rows in.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 11:16

We now have a light cover of cloud so the temp has gone down to 25C.  Perfect weeding weather.  Just as well as the silk tree bed is full of them - creeping thistle, creeping buttercup with added swollen roots, some sort of miniature bindweed, sticky bud, grass, dandelions..........   Making lots of space for treasures tho.

Dogs went berserk earlier as two JWs rang the bell at the gate and wanted to chat about faith.  Offered me a pamphlet too.  No thanks.

Sounds like a long haul Hosta but it will get sorted eventually.  Hang in there.

Liri - I think i'll investigate owl boxes for the barn and put up some swallow nest cups just in case..

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