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Latest posts by obelixx

Designing a garden while keeping it classy and natural

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 22:43

I think a garden needs structure and flow to work and the structure can be formal or informal according to your taste and budget.   Planting should be as full as possible and definitely not in neat straight rows except in the veggie plot or any hedging.

I think that article is a load of hooey.   In a small garden, where you need to maximise every bit of space, hanging baskets can add interest and height and changing colour and form through the seasons.   A greenhouse is a boon for anyone raising their own plants from seed or growing tomatoes, cucumbers and so on.  There shouldn't be bare soil but it will inevitably be there after a good weeding session or when new planting is done and until the plants grow to size to cover the soil.

The only things that snob got right are the dreaded patio word and decking, although if you're lucky enough to have a pond big enough, a wooden deck over part of it can be a great place to sit and watch the wildlife.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:56

Colourful baskets Yvie.  Lovely.

Here is my garden today - 

I had nearly 3 years out for surgeries and recovery so it went wild but it's now starting to look loved again - except for the pond area which I haven't yet got to.

Plant id for Obxx

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:53

Outside all winter for 4 years now.  Started in a semi shady spot but was crowded out and struggling so last spring (14) I moved it to full sun where it's very happy and full of bees too.

Plant id for Obxx

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:15

Here's a photo with the background covered

 and a close up of the leaves

 I don't think it is a penstemon as it's flowers don't hang down and it survives my winters.   The only one that's ever done that is Ruby Glow which has narrower leaves and is in a sheltered spot.

Plant id for Obxx

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 15:05

This plant is about 75cms tall, has a purple tinge to its foliage in full sun and a bit more purple when in shade, with pale white flowers flushed with pale purple.   I've lost the label after moving it to a sunny position where it seems to be much happier.



What's my name?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:14

And so many new plants have been introduced too.   I have the 1989 RHS Encyclopedia and that's hopelessly out of date not just with names but with the old hardiness classifications system.

Now I check things online on the RHS and other websites or on here.

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.


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Good Morning - 21 March

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