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Latest posts by obelixx

Ideas please for storm damage replacement

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 17:04

Horse chestnuts have some sort of disease or pest which has spread from eastern Europe and makes them look dreadful with brown spotty, dried up looking leaves for most of the summer.

I would suggest hawthorn too as it is fast growing and very wildlife friendly and maybe some hazel which could be coppiced or maybe two or three different montain ash so you can have different coloured berries which come in red pink and white according to variety.

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:10

I used to grow Red Dragon  but it was wiped out by the -32C of 2009.  I loved it's purpley red foliage.   Fortunately I have other persicarias which cope with our cold winters though even those weren't too happy after that frost. 

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:24

My limelight faded pinky red at the end of the season so I wouldn't plant orange with it as it's the wrong tone but the persicaria Red Dragon would be perfect with deep blue aconitums or salvias or a geranium such as Johnson's Blue for ealier on when the hydrangea is still new and fresh in colour.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 11:43

We have paddocks across the roads and ours is separated from the neighbour's by a stream which has been flooding in all the recent rain.

This morning I saw one of the great white egrets who is a winter visitor with his or her mate plus our local flock of Egyptian geese and the usual wild mallards.  In our own garden the usual sparrows and tits, chaffinches, robins, blackbirds and turtle doves.  No sign of the woodpeckers and I was up too late for the jays and jackdaws cos the wind howling round the house kept me awake half the night.  Our woodpeckers are two families - one nutty and one fat ball fans.


Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 08:35

I like Chiltern seeds and Plant World - not huge companies but good qality seeds and informative catalogues.

Rambling roses

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 08:31

I had two Malvern Hills either side of an arch.  One has been killed off by our winters and the other only just survives and has only once made it to 2 metres of growth.  However, the flowers are lovely and the perfume sweet so I might try and move it to a more sheltered spot where it can thrive.

Witch hazel

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 14:17

I'd leave it till autumn, immediately the leaves fall,so the plant has a couple of months to get its roots re-established before it is under stress again from flowering and then the energy consuming production of new spring foliage.


Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:26

Busy - I have Malvern Hills but it struggls a bit with our long, cold, wet winters.  How does it do your way?

I like the look of your Phyllis Bide.  One to remember for a furture garden.

Back on topic - I think any rose benefits from generous dollops of well rotted garden compost and/or manure in early spring to help it produce all the new growth that will mature and flower and, for climbers and ramblers, judicious training and tying in to keep the stems as horizontal as possible as this encourages flower power.

I have a huge Kiftsgate which flowered prolifically every year but in 2009 was almost wiped out by a freak (I hope) -32C.  It has taken some years to recover its former size and flower as prolifically but now whe have it properly trained on wires on the house wall so I hope it's a bit better protected and will continue to flower in profusion.




Posted: 11/01/2015 at 12:52

If, like me, shooting is not an option, you can get rat poison or ask the local council to send in the rat control people.

You also need to move your fat ball hanger to a new location where rats can't climb up and get them.

what would you do

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 10:30

You need to make a list of what you need and then decide how to prioritise it according to importance and how much time and budget you have available.

Eg - sitting/eating area, play space for kids and/or dogs, fruit/veg/flowers/shrubs/lawn/pond, wildlife attractive, low maintenance etc

These will dictate what you need to get done now with an eye to future projects and what can be left till later. 


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