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Latest posts by obelixx

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned!

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:07

I planted houttynia on the edges of my natural pond, hoping it would spread and cover the ground.  It was killed off by its first winter but, naturally, the creeping buttercup, bindweed, couch grass, nettles, docks, thistles and bindweed live on and the flag iris someone kindly donated is now busy terraforming the pond.

Beware of kind gifts and beware of trying to convert centuries old cow pasture into a garden right next to the bigger pasture that's now classified as a site of special interest for all the native plants and critters it harbours.    It's such a fertile bed for all manner of undesirable thugs that won't take a hint.

Salix Flamingo - Help required

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 22:39

It's a willow so needs plenty of moisture but not drowning.    They're hardy to -10C so can certainly cope with most British winters.    If you keep it in a pot, take it into cool whelter for the winter but do not water once its leaves have dropped in autumn.   Start watering again - and give it a feed - when the snowdrops, crocuses and daffs start to appear.

Bearded Iris

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 18:38

I agree with you chaps.  Here it can take a season or two after division for them to hit flowering stride and one year I had to give one slow group a stern talking to.  Flower next year or you're out!  They duly obliged.

If I changed them every year I'd never get any flowers.


Posted: 29/06/2015 at 14:49

Or one of these - she does rats and moles too - and a very good chain link fence buried below burrowing depth.


ID needed please!

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 14:32

There was a new golden leaved jasmine that came out about 10 or 15 years ago here - Fiona Sunrise.  That may well be the first one.    You can google for pics to be sure.

Edible ornamentals

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 13:12

Hemerocallis flowers, though I prefer them on the plant, and hosta flowers are supposed to be tasty too.   Rose petals in strawberry jam or Moroccan tagine dishes.

Cant locate open garden

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:06

Are you on the right website?  The BBC site, not this one which is the magazine site and independent of the Beeb.

Just watched Monty Tonight

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 09:12

Just watched this while having the second coffee of the day.   I loved the gravel garden with its colours and textures and contrasting forms and letting things seed where they're happy.  It's what I try to do but on deep, rich, fertile loam so constant refereeing of weeds and thugs.

Not so keen on the perfect lawn though.   Much rather spend my time on plants and the veggie plot.   Our grass is a green foil for the beds and a playground for dogs now and Possum and friends when she was a bairn.  it's also riddled with mole tunnels and holes and a fair amount of daisies, clover and speedwell.   I don't mind as long as it's green.


problem patch

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 22:33

Fresh manure need to be left to rot down for a few months before it can be used for plants.   If used too soon it can burn plants.   You can keep it in the bags or put it on a compost heap while it rots down..


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:12

Kill it first.  Watch for any new growth and kill that.  Landscape later when any that's left has been killed or at least severely weakened.   Better to have a bit of patience now than expensive regrets later.  be vigilant about any new bits that do appear and treat them as soon as they are the size in your photos so their leaves can transmit the active ingredients down to the roots.

Consult your solicitor too as your developer may be liable for any further treatment needed.


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