Latest posts by Obelixx

Olive tree

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 14:27

Olives send down deep roots to seek water in their usually dry environment.   That teeny pot will be strangling them and also it will be starving and probably thirsty.   The best way for it to thrive is to plant it out in the ground but be sure to shelter it from cold winds and hard frosts as it will like neither.

Prune any obvious dead branches then give the whole pot a good soak to help loosen the rootball and then tease the roots so they can unwind and spread in a new planting home dug a little deeper but two or three times as wide as the pot.  Pierce the base deeply with a garden fork to allow for drainage and mix the original soil with some good MPC or garden compost to allow you to plant the tree at its original depth.  Fill the rest of the hole the same way, firm the roots gently with your foot and water generously. 

Mulch with some more MPC or chipped bark and keep watered this summer until the autumn rains so it can get established without a check.   

If you can't plant it out or need to be able to wheel it under shelter for winter, at least give it a pot 2 or 3 times as wide and deep and decent John Innes no 3 compost.  You will need to loosen the roots as described and it will be entirely dependent on you for all watering - rain is not enough in a pot in spring and summer - and for an annual spring feed.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 14:17

Raining already here and proper downpours forecast for tomorrow.  Best laid plants etc.....

How soon can I turn over turf treated with Weedol?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 12:18

It should be indicated on the packet.   I'm afraid there are nos hort cuts to good soil preparation other than piling on a generous layer for compost and/or manure in autumn and leaving it over winter for the worms and other organisms to work in.

If you just make pits without working some of the compost into the surrounding soil you will end up with sumps where water collects and rots your plant roots.   You really need to fork it all over to loosen up the soil and then I would top dress with a generous layer of cheap multi-purpose compost and, if you can, some well rotted manure and fork it all over again.

You can then add soil conditioner to the soil you use to back fill your planting holes.  You can also use some microrhizal fungae sprinkled on plant roots to help them establish well.   Make sure your clematis is planted several inches lower than it was in the pot and that it gets a good soaking before and after planting.   Feed every spring with a slow release clematis food and give occasional drinks of liquid tomato food to promote good flowering.

Last edited: 10 May 2017 12:20:05

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 12:10

Would love to visit Anglesey Abbey Busy.  Pics please.

We have been to see the village mayor this morning - introduce ourselves and offer the old cooker and sink units form the "before" kitchen.  perfectly good but not for the new kitchen.   Nice chap and very pleased that we're happy to get involved in village life.

Lunch next and then walkies cos , at the mo, by the time OH has finished his garden projects and wants to take them out I need to be cooking dinner so a change of timetable has been suggested.

Re our plans for the garden - in my head it's all done but actually getting things off the ground takes a lot longer.  I shall do a thread when I have something to shout about.   Hoping that this pm we can get membrane down and edging so I can spread MPC on the new rose borders for OH to work in with his to while I do a windbreak.   With any luck I'll get some planting done by the weekend.

OH did suggest lunch out after seeing the mayor but I'd rather get on.

Sambuccus Sutherland gold

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 11:58

It is a form of elder so, if the leaves are losing their dissection and golden colour I would remove them and then feed it to help it recover and produce the foliage you want.

I treated myself to a small one of these at a recent plant fair and now find it has been "pruned" by strong winds leaving just one stem intact.  Fingers crossed it recovers with a bit of TLC.

Cuttings in water

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 10:18

Mint, fuchsia, honeysuckle - I did this last one in autumn after taking out a badly overgrown plant in the wrong place.   They took their time but I now have two baby honeysuckles.

Purple plant id please

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 20:08

No warning - sell the lot so you don't feel sorry for them and plant them at home.  

I wa sgiven some of these once and loathed the harsh yellow against the purple tho I did like the foliage. Luckily, it was wiped out by one of the more serious Belgian winters.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 19:56

BM - perfumed, repeat flowering rambling and shrub roses plus perfumed and clematis plus a winter honeyscukle and 2 hamamelis to extend the season.     There'll be ground cover too but probably not perfumed or it will be a battle of pongs.  It's on the east side of the house in an area 10m long on the eastern hedged side and 7.5m wide on the north and south ends.  The idea is to have a bed about 1.5 wide on 3 sides with a table and chairs for morning coffee in the sun..

Given the northerly hooly that's been blowing thru there today I shall need windbreak fabric on the northern fence for a year or two while it all gets established.

Mystery plant in garden

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 19:46

Not an asset in a garden I fear - https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/weeds/charlock

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 15:40

Thanks for sharing.  Lovely photos.

Hazel - if I lived near Harlow Carr I'd be teher every couple of weeks saoking up plants and ideas and probably raiding the plant shop for some little something.  As it is, I was there just the once in 2007 after the RHS Tatton show and was enchanted.   

Same with Wisley.  Years since I've had time for a proper visit to the gardens but if I have a couple of hours to spare on the way to or from the Channel I pop in for a quickie.    Entry to all the RHS gardens is free to RHS members and one guest.

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