London (change)
Today 15°C / 14°C
Tomorrow 16°C / 8°C


Latest posts by obelixx

Some questions about Basil

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 15:03

You can also propagate it like mint.  Take a decent stem, strip of fthe lower leaves and put it in a glass of water.  Once decent roots from, pot into compost.   Do it regularly and you can perpetutae your plants through the year and keep yourself supplied from just one or two plants.

hydrangea problem?

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 12:45

Have you repotted it in proper compost for flowering plants?  It may just be short of nutrients.

Please tell me I'm not nuturing a weed!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 12:43

I like it too.  It can self seed when happy but it's easy to pull up unwanted babies.  Birds love the seeds but they're no good for humans, pets or livestock.  I've never had any problems.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:38

I think 16 inches is a bit mean for a clematis and that 24" or 60cms wide and deep should be a minimum with a mulch of pebbles or expanded clay pellets to retain moisture.  A John Innes no 3 would be better for the compost.

However, as I said, they can take a season or two to settle down and get going so be patient but do consider giving it a deeper, wider pot if you can next spring.   It flowers best when treated as a group 3 which means you can cut the stems hard back to just above the lowest pair of buds next spring which will make repotting easier. 

Plant it 3 or 4 inches deeper than you currently have it as this encourages extra stems to form and thus more flowers.  Give it a generous feed of slow release clematis food then and every spring plus weekly top up tonics of tomorite or similar until it starts to flower.   Living in a pot makes it entirely dependent on you for food and water.

Clematis Marjorie

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:28

Not really.  Central Belgium so much colder on occasion.  I once had a clematis Montana Elizabeth that had spread itself about 10 metres along a fence I had between the veggie plot and the main garden and it was just about to burst into flower when a late spring frost of only -8 or so zapped all the fresh juicy stems and buds and the whole thing died.    Same thing happened to a Gothenberg I bought thinking a Swedish one would cope better.    No surviving alpinas here either and my cirrhosa bit the dust in 2008 after spending 3 winters hardly flowering at allbut the larger flowered hybrids that start in May do OK and so do lots of group 3s.

Clematis Marjorie

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:37

I'd love one as it's a lovely looking clematis but, unfortunately, montanas and alpinas don't do for me as a late frost usually gets them and kills them stone dead just when they're about to burst into bloom.   Very frustrating.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:32

Clematis are usually grown outdoors and are not conservatory plants except for one or two recent introductions from NZ which are not frost hardy.  I have about 40 clematis in the garden and they all withstand -25C or more which is what I need here.

Ernest Markham is hardy to -25C.

Native mixed hedge against a fence?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:28

I can't see that many stems would grow on the dark, fence side so it should be OK but, if needs be, Plan B could be trellis panels erected 60cm inside the fence so you can get round behind if needs be for maintenance and then grow something like pyracantha up it - evergreen leaves, blossom in sprng and berries in autumn so very good for wildlife.  

Pyracantha are easy to train, cheap to buy and produce berries in yellow, orange or red according to variety.   Soil preparation as above but they tend to come as container plants so can go in any time as long as you water them regularly if you plant between spring and autumn.  You can add ivy, hops, clematis and dog rose to the mix to train over the trellis and provide food and shelter for insects.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:19

Questions first - how big is the container, how deep did you plant it, what sort of compost did you use and have you fed it since?

Clematis are hungry, thirsty plants so if it's been underfed and watered it will struggle to grow.  Also, they can take a year or two to getthemselves established and have a happy root system before they really start to perform.

I would suggest patience and a generous liquid feed of rose or tomato food now and again next week and maybe the week after but not more than that this year or it will just produce soft, sappy growth that doesn't have time to ripen before the winter frosts zap it.

Urgent advise required regarding seeding a lawn now!!

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 16:23

Grass seed germinates best in the cooler moist conditions of April and September.  Too much watering to get it to grow now will simply wash away the seed and a lot will go to the birds.  Ask him if his budget includes a second batch of seed for september sowing.

Discussions started by obelixx

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 1177
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: 1602
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: 7091
Last Post: 12/01/2013 at 08:55
10 threads returned