Obelixx


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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 18:18

Hi Learnincurve.  Bit of a blank canvas here too as we've moved to a new garden, neglected for at least 3 years and mostly grass and weeds.  I went to a plant fair earlier today and found lots of treasures to nurture til I have beds to plant them out.  Ran out of compost half way thru potting on so that's another reason to go to a garden centre tomorrow...........


Our two wisterias are in full flower now and ponging gloriously and the tree peony is going full blast.


I brought 4 hydranega paniculatas with me, amongst other things.  Prim White started showing leaf a couple of weeks ago but the other 3 have only just shown green buds.   Lots of buds on the roses.  Agapanthus waking up.  Clematis growing well now.  In fact, of the 100+ pots I brought, only one looks like a no show.


Chicky and TB - love the idea of cycling about, especially down by the coast, but first need to take ours to a doctor for new tyres, brake checks etc.  Haven't used them since we got the dogs...


How's the head Wonky?

Hydrangea struggling

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 16:49

If you have ants in the pot it means it's very dry and hydrangeas like moisture.  Give the pot a thorough soaking to re-hydrate it and then get a small bottle of essential oil of cloves from the pharmacy or a health shop and dilute it in 5 litres of water and pour on.   They don't like the smell and will move on.

What is this?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 16:45

In case it isn't mentioned in the RHS link, Japanese knotweed can be very expensive to eradicate so, if its presence has not been spotted by the surveyor or notified by the vendor you may have a case for making them pay for its treatment thru something like the small courts.  Check with a specialist and get a quote for its eradication.

Wilting viburnum burkwoodii

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 15:26

It can cope with sun or shade so just give it time to settle in.  Patience is often a gardeners best friend but I find it helps to check the RHS website for cultivation info before planting new treasures as it helps avoid mistakes - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/91671/Viburnum-x-burkwoodii/Details 

What is this?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 15:13

I agree.  Have a good read of this info from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=218 


It describes appearance for confirmation and then how to go about controlling it.  Good luck.

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.

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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.

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