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Latest posts by obelixx

Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 15:39

Quite.  Pointless getting irritated but good to have feedback, particiularly when a poster has taken the trouble to give a detailed reply.

Mystery plants

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 14:56

Hi Bookertoo.  Unfortunately, my friend's one died this spring too.

My agapanthus are dead too, despite having their usual winter protection - white ones, the usual blue ones and some smaller, darker blue ones with narrow leaves and all the babies I was growing from tehir seed last year.  Fortunately I gave babies to a friend and can get on eor tow back but it's disheartening all the same.  It wasn't even a hard winter by our standards.  Just that flipping late and heavy frost after they'd all got excited and started growing too early.



Posted: 09/07/2012 at 14:48

The simplest solution would be some upright marginals planted at the edges of the existing pond to allow inscet larvae to climb out and transform into dragonflies and so on, otherwise they're stuck for ever in the water with no escape.  Then add a decorative piece of driftwood to one side, touching the sides and extending up and out so that any critters that fall in can climb out.

Anything else means a major rebuild which will be complicated and possibly expensive.

Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 13:18

Hi Gary and Robot.  I found the My Posts option but it involves a lot of clicking about.  I'd like to see My Posts as a heading on the main banner just to speed things up a bit and make it simpler..

Your wishlist

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:27

I would liike a 'My Discussions' facility so I can go straight to topics to which I have contributed to see if there's any more comments.  i don't want to be bombarded by email notifications.

Mystery plants

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:23

I had a happy leycesteria that made babies so I kept one and potted the others up for friends.  However they have both fallen victim to last year's bad winter and the one I rescued and tried to nurture in a pot died after this spring's late frosts.

Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:20

I'd like that too.  Get enough emails a day without adding any from here and I do like to follow threads to which I've contributed.

A thank you is also nice, if only to show someone's actually read your attempt to give advice or help or support.


New hedge suffering

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 16:39

Beech doesn't like being sodden so it may just be struggling with all the wet. Not much you can do except wait and see and hope we get some dry weather soon - unless drainage is generally poor in that spot, in which case you'll need to improve it somehow.

plants for indoor swimming pool

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 16:00

I can smell chlorine in London water when I visit and I'd have thouught you need rather more than that quantity in a swimming pool purification system unless you go for something more modern.

I'd have though most tropical origin houseplants would do well in the warmth and humidity so ficus elastica, ficus benjamina, anthuriums and so on.

Clematis Rhapsody

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 17:53

Clematis do thicken up with time.  i planted one Etoil Violette some years ago and it did take a couple of years to get going but now that one plant produces dozens of stems from the base each year and is rapidly outgrowing its arch support.   Same with a Princess Diana that has outgrown its obelisk so i now train it over onto a tallish acer Sango Kaku.   Red Robin is another that grows very thickly and other clems are finally beefing up too.

It's that age old thing of gardeners having the patience to wait for the full effect whilst growers have to display their plants as best they can and in tip top condition, especially at shows, so use tricks to get the effect of mature plants.

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