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Latest posts by obelixx

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 00:18

It depends on the size of the pot, whether it's glazed or terracotta or plastic, what's growing in it, whether it's in full sun or shade, how warm it is each day and how windy it is as that can desiccate plants as much as heat.   You have to use your judgement but definitely better to give fewer thorough soakings than lots of little trickles that don't wet the roots and compost deep down.


Annoying Weed

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 15:38

You need to crush it first and then apply weedkiller.   Otherwise it doesn't absorb it.   In the border, just keep pulling it up when you see it and then bin or burn it.  Do not put the bits on the compost heap or waste ground as they will grow again.

Suggestions for ants in flower bed

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 14:39

Yes.  I've been posting that on these boards since the old Beeb days and it does work but doing it on a whole garden could get expensive so best kept for particular problem spots.

Suggestions for ants in flower bed

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 14:21

Lots of ants means your beds are dry so try watering them and also mulching in autumn after heavy rains and when herbaceous stuff has died back.    This helps retain moisture.

Another trick which is especially good for pots, edible fruits and veggies and compost heaps invaded by ants is to water on a solution of 5 litres of water mixed with one small bottle of essential oil of cloves (health shops and pharmacies) because they loathe the smell and move on.   Repeat as needed.

tv programmes

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 14:17

They used to show old GWs on Sky but stopped for lack of viewers - which is what you expect in the afternoon.  We're all out in the garden or at work!   

Clematis Browning

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:00

Even if you think the soil is moist, clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants so water regularly and add a bit of tomato food.   It can take a year or two for them to settle in and send their roots out and down deep enough to get all the water they need by themselves and it will need a generous dose of slow release clematis feed in spring to keep it growing and flowering at its best.

Great plants so good luck.

Nectaroscordum siculum

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 15:21

Very interesting Berghill.  Lucky you.

Not thugs in my garden.  Very welcome as I love their flower heads and then trhe seed heads which turn up and look like Disney fairy castles.   I plant new ones every year as some always leap into my trolley in my usual supermarket in September.

advice and idea on teardrop shape bed thats now empty in middle of garden

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 21:06

I think maybe something like a cardoon would fit well if you wnat something herbaceous but architectural - 

or you could try something like a cherry tree - Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii likes alkaline soil and will produce edible cherries.

If you want a shrub, look at ceanothus griseus Yankee Point which has small glossy leaves and a cloud of deep blue flowers or cornus alba sibirica which will give you bright red stems in winter, white flowers in early summer and good autumn foliage.   You could also go very formal and plant a yew and cut it to shape - square column, round pillar, pyramid, cone or whatever you fancy as it grows.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 20:12

Dry and sunny here but only 22C so excellent for gardening.   I've cleared away unwanted pink geraniums that are proving just a bit too happy and invasive along with loads of spent forget-me-not.   Found some bindweed trying to emerge in sneaky places and have scattered the weedlings on the lawn to dry out thoroughly before they end up on the compost heap.

Planted out my new penstemon Sour Grapes and geum Mai Thai and potentilla sanguineum but found the soil really dry down several inches so now I've got the sprinkler on as I need to carry on shifting unwanted geraniums and some comfrey in another patch tomorrow.

Holly tree

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 16:19

I think it sounds risky but if that's what you want to do, go ahead.   If it doesn't regrow you can plant something more suitable.

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