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Latest posts by obelixx

Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:05

My robinia also looks very dead this year and I'm toying with either cutting it down or scrambling a rambler up it.  Just worried about having a healthy rambler and a crumbling support. 

The sensible thing would be to get OH to cut the frisia down and find somewhere else for a rambler.................

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:02

Nut - can you do me please?  Central Belgium, south of Brussels, so the I or U of Belgium on the map.   My link comes up in Flemish and won't change to English of French and I only do Flemish for restaurants and shopping..........

My Corkscrew Hazel - Thanks

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 12:36

That's great QR.  If you treat your new clem well by planting it deep an dthen feeding it you shoul dget a first flush of single flowers in April and May followed by a flush of double flowers in June and July.   It doesn't need any pruning except, when it's older,  to keep it in bounds after flowering finishes and it should have lovely silky seedheads to add interest later in the season.


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 12:24

Google info on a water scarecrow.   It's a system with sensors that squirts passing cats, foxes and herons so can be used to portect gardens and ponds.   You need to be careful to set it where the postie won't get sprayed and also to move the sensors regularly so the cats don't work out where they are and evade them.

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 12:21

Keep it simple.  Cut it regularly when weather and time permit and keep it a decent length to allow it to grow strongly and thickly as this is what will keep weeds down.

Grass doesn't plan.  It just grows when there's enough warmth and moisture so, as with all things gardening, go with the flow of the weather and seasons rather than a set prescription and timetable.

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 11:01

Don't cut th egrass too short or in a drought period.  This weakens the plants and thus the roots and good grass stems grow from healthy roots.

Clematis problem

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 10:59

Did you plant them deeper than they were in the pot?  This helps them produce more shoots from down below.  However, some clematis take a year or two to settle in and get going even after deep planting and they may well produce many more stems in coming years, especially if you feed  them well every spring.  Clematis are hungry plants.

Plant of the Centenary

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 23:30

Busy, you are only allowed Iceberg rose.  The RHS has picked one plant per decade of new plants introduced at the Chelsea Flower Show in the last 100 years.  You then get to vote for one of those.   Like I said, it's a very poor list IMHO. 

Japanese Maple

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 14:48

Given the March and April we've just had it'll have been frozen solid just when the sap was rising to feed all the newly unfurling leaves.   This can be fatal.  It was for 2 of mine last year and did a lot of damage to a hamamelis and some roses.

You're just going to have to be patient and give it to mid June to recover.   If it has produced new foliage by then you can prune out all the dead wood to just above those leaves.  If not, it's a goner.

Plant of the Centenary

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:28

I thought the choice of plants to vote for on the RHS site was pretty poor.  I ended up voting for the rhododendron as its diminutive size made rhodos available for people with small gardens and they do look good all year round.

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