London (change)
Today 16°C / 14°C
Tomorrow 16°C / 8°C


Latest posts by obelixx

Cornus Kousa

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 16:12

I think this year has been very bad for pollinating insects.  I have many friends whose apple and pear crops are nil because the blossom was frosted and we've all noticed fewer insects about, probably from lack of food earlier in the season and then too much cold and wet in spring and early summer.

There's always next year.  Gardeners have to be optimists.


Cornus Kousa

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 15:51

I seem to remember reading somewher that cornus kousa is not self fertile so you may get better fruit production of you can grow another one nearby.   If you haven't the space, then settle for what you get as the fruits are not edible and the foliage and flowering bracts are the main attraction of these plants. 

They are also insect pollinated so try growing other plants with nectar rich flowers to attract them.

Robinia Frisia - brown spotted leaves - treatment?

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 17:35

I don't think healthy plants need extra help aprt from maybe some Rootgrow at planting time.  This is a newish product which supposedly helps roots form sybiotic relationships with bacteria in the soil and this leads to improved root function and thus a healthier plant.

Look here for all you need to know about Gleditsia.  Sunburst seems to be the one for your requirements - 

The last two weeks here have been quite dry and my robinia is looking much better with fuller leaves so I will give it one more year and see how it goes but it's for the chop if we get another bad winter and another bad summer and it carries on looking tatty and sick.

Talkback: Beekeeping

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 16:16

I thought about beekeeping but was put off by the investment needed just for protective gear and a decent hive.  We don't eat much honey either so I'd have the bother of selling it.   I do, however, have  several species of wild bee in the garden and that'll do for me.

I do like to have honey for cooking and occasional crumpets though.   Chestnut honey bought on hols a couple of years ago was really tasty.   This year I bought a pot of local Charente spring honey - really pale and delicate from all the wild flowers - and a pot of sunflower honey which is so yellow I thought it was lemon curd.  Haven't tried it yet.


veg garden planning software

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 14:30

I rest my case.  Plainleaf is Grid the Gardener amongst many other ids.


Posted: 27/08/2012 at 14:09

Roses deplete all the goodness out of the soil so just planting new ones can lead to rose sickness.  If you want to replant in the same place you need to remove all the old soil and replace it with new.

Dig a hole at least 60cm/2' deep and wide and fill with new soil then plant your new roses with the graft join one to two inches below soil level.  

Spring Garden

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 14:05

Go with the flow and choose bulbs to suit your soil - plenty of daffs and alliums will cope with clay soil,especially if you can work in plenty of compost and/or well rotted manure and some grit to open up the soil.

Grow tulips in pots - either plastic ones you can sink in the beds in spring or terracotta or glazed pots that you can move about as features.   Give them good quality compost and keep them sheltered and frost free through winter then bring them out into the light in spring.

Help - how can I rescue my Clematis

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 21:37

Good luck.  They're both lovely clems so are worth trying to save.

Help - how can I rescue my Clematis

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:02

Give them a good drink and a tonic of liquid tomato food or seaweed now so their roots get plumped up and healthy as these are the plants' engines.  Keep them watered and fed till late September when you can plant them out in the garden.  

Make sure you dig a good deep hole, twice or three times as deep and wide a syou think they need. Return the soil after improving it with well rotted manure, good garden compost or bought soil conditioner and some bonemeal worked into the soil.   Make sur ethe roots of the clematis are thoroughly wtared before transferring them from their pots to the ground and make sure they're buried at least 6" deeper than they were in their pots as this helps encourage new shoots.  Water them in well but don't prune at this stage.

Ville de Lyon should be pruned back to about 9 to 12" high every spring in March.   It will then produce new stems which flower in mid summer.The President is a bit trickier as it's a group 2 which generallly means it flowers on old wood between May and June.  You then dead head, prune back any unwanted growth and feed it and it produces a second flush of flowers at the end of the summer.  However it can be treated as a group 3 and pruned in spring like the Ville de Lyon.  I would recommend this for next spring and then you can choose in subsequent springs when it's recovered and established itself.

Either way, feed both generously every March with clematis food plus a handful of pelleted chicken manure or blood fish and bone.  Scatter organic slug pellets at the same time as slugs love new clematis growth.  Keep them fed regularly till late June and make sure they don't dry out in droughts.  





Aconitum (aka monkshood / wolfs bane)

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 17:27

Aconitum are poisonous so not eaten by slugs.   However, when grown in thick clumps, mine lose their lower leaves which I assume is due to lack of light.  

I haven't tried the Chelsea chop on mine but you could experiment and do half of yours next year and see what happens.  You should get smaller, later flowering stems.  an alternative would be to provide support early in the season so they can grow up and cover it but not flop.


Discussions started by obelixx

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 1179
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 09:30

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Catch up chat 
Replies: 3    Views: 549
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 09:18

Mare's tail

Replies: 3    Views: 723
Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 17:01

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Replies: 23    Views: 1061
Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:35

Beechgrove this weekend

Replies: 6    Views: 591
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Weekend 22 March

Chat about plans for the weekend 
Replies: 108    Views: 3308
Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 18:19

Good Morning - 21 March

Replies: 33    Views: 1603
Last Post: 22/03/2013 at 09:57

Choosing chillies

Replies: 3    Views: 885
Last Post: 23/02/2013 at 18:47

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Replies: 32    Views: 2239
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 18:12

New shed - any tips?

Replies: 18    Views: 7100
Last Post: 12/01/2013 at 08:55
10 threads returned