Latest posts by Obelixx

Drift planting a la Chris Beardshaw on Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 15:03

I know what you mean PDoc.  Yesterday OH went out with his noisy smelly strimmer and cleared the edges around the barn and ruin and some trees and took out a whole patch of apple mint I had ear-marked for mint jelly.  By the time it recovers the Bramley apples he brought me from Belgium (English shop) will have rotted.

Last edited: 09 April 2017 15:03:17

Drift planting a la Chris Beardshaw on Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 15:00

Love the "ankle tickler" term.   Really inspiring and informative episode.   Excellent stuff.

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 14:56

Let's hope they all survive.  Tomato food is excellent for clematis and roses and many other plants that we want to flower and or fruit profusely.  If yo follow the instructions for correct dilution ratios it will be fine, especially as a tonic.

Clematis need a deep, cool root run so make their eventual pot as big as you can and not less than 60cms high and wide.  Use the best John Innes no 3 compost you can get and maybe mix in a little Levingtons or multi-purpose for water retention.   Make sue you have a crock to cover the drainage hole(s) so they don't get blocked.  

The other thng about clems is to plant  them deeper than they were so you buy at least one leaf node form which new shoots will grow.  This helps the plants thicken up and produce more flowering stems.   Since yours are in emergency care I would pot them on slowly into bigger pots rather than all at once.

Top dress your clematis every spring with slow release clematis feed granules or rose fertiliser and use tomato food as an occasional treat.   Don't let the compost dry out but don't drown them either.   If it gets cold where you are, wrap the pots only, not the plant, in buvbble wrap to protect teh roots from freezing.   Use a mulch of chipped slate or gravel to retain moisture and keep weeds down.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 14:47

Yesterday I  discovered just how long hosta roots can be.  The Naegato that put up the fight was in a 50cms deep pot and its roots had hit the bottom, curled round the crocks and come half way back up again.    I was given alchemilla mollis right at the start of planting up the Belgian garden, along with valerian.  I spent the next 18 years pulling them up and a flower arranger friend was horrified when I cut off all its blooms just as they opened.  I can't stand that acid yellow/green.  That same friend then gave me a dwarf alchemilla.  Fortunately it didn't like my garden. 

I have been to a plant fair with Possum, just down the road in Angles.  The first things we saw were an alpaca with two babies then 2 small, hairy pigs, 2 enormous rabbits, black faced sheep with lambs and a donkey and a calf.  Some project about eco-pastures.  I did wonder what neighbour Luc would make of alpacas in our paddock.......

Then on to the serious stuff.  Came home with a honey bee tree (tetradium danielii hupehensis) which is new to me but supposedly provides lots of blossom for bees; some rhubarb, several kinds of toms including a blue one, strawberry mint, dill, tarragon, oregano, potimarron, 3 potentillas, a penstemon and a catmint to drive the kittens wild.

Now to pot most of them on and do a bit of sunbathing.  If I'm lucky, there are 2 honey bee trees in the pot and not just a low multi stem.

Why do you need 64 AMs Dove?  Seems a bit excessive.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 11:27

Sometimes doing nothing is just what is needed - she tells herself after lying in late to finish another book.   bright and sunny here and 22Ca lready.  OH is golfing and Possum and I are off out to a garden brocante so i'm hoping fro plants and maybe some other bits.

BM - devil's advocate, but why not take you prairie bed right to the fence and borrow the landscape with it instead of making an island?   

FG - great view.   You too Pat with your changing colours.

I'm aching again today after winning the battle of the hosta and splitting it to have a spare.   Got some other bits planted and have just 3 hosta pots left to wrangle and then some other bits for ground cover.  Might need to fence the bed off for a while as the dogs trample it to bark at the neighbous' dog when she comes out.  Not good.

Hope you're all getting some sun and fun in the garden or whatever else you're doing.

Monty Don's blue jumper too

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 22:02

Try googling for fisherman's smocks from Cornwall.

Ill mimosa tree

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 21:50

I don't know about fungicide as it may also kill good ones.   However I did find this - https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/verticillium-wilt-treatment.htm

No cure and you should remove as much of the affected roots as possible when you take out teh tree and there are one or two things you can do to help the soil and choose non susceptible plants. 

I'm interested as I have two big mimosas in my garden here as well as a related silk tree.

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 21:40

I have a double edged bread knife which is far too dangerous in the kitchen but great for loosening round plants in pots or cutting plants up to make divisions.  It has done some sterling work with the hostas over the last couple of fays but only has a 12"/30cm blade.  The palette knife is rather smart so I shall have to rescue it.   Nice and bendy though.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 21:14

I think you mean Clari for buried treasure Liri.

I have won the battle of the hosta, with help from OH and my best kitchen palette knife which is the only flat tool I have that's long enough to get down the sides to the bottom of the pot.  Then a battle to extricate the crocks from a Sleeping Beauty worthy tangle of roots.    Who knew hostas grew roots well over 2' long?    3 more pots of hostas to go and then the snowdrops and a bit of ground cover and it's done.

Cooked a long, slow beef rendang for dinner tonight.  Underwhelming given all the flavourings that went in there.  Anyone got a good recipe?   

Ill mimosa tree

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 19:59

I've never seen it in person but that looks a lot like verticulum wilt to me.  See what you think about this info from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=255

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