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Latest posts by obelixx

wedding music

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 11:41

Pachelbel is really very solemn whilst the arrival of the queen of Sheba is all about her rather than a couple so, as it is an exhuberant, uplifting piece, I'd go for that for the bridal entry.

Love the idea of Stevie Wonder for the walk out.  It will make everyone smile.  Does the bridal dress lend itself to a boogie down the aisle?

Keeping hydrangea over winter

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 10:37

You bubble wrap the pot to protect the roots from freezing.  You leave the plant uncovered so it can breathe.  If seriously heavy frosts are forecast you could cover it with a layer or two of horticultural fleece which gives protection from a couple of degrees of frost without suffocating the plant or trapping moisture that will cause it to rot.

It might be simpler just to plant it in the ground.  It will  probably need re-potting to a bigger pot next spring anyway.

Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:55

Well done DD.  That must be such a relief.    And well done to to everyone who offered support and practical help.  Such a good thing to see here but also what I have come to expect of gardeners who seem naturally to be generous people.    


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 11:45

When they are dormant and have lost their leaves or by mid November - whichever comes first.    You can cut them back to about 12 to 24 inches as the first two are group 3s for pruning and group 2s like the General can be treated as group 3s.  I do with mine.

Make sure you water generously at least an hour before you move them and then dig out as deeply as possible as their roots go very deep down.   Prepare their new planting holes first and add plenty of well rotted garden compost and manure to the soil.  Re-plant a few inches deeper than before to encourage extra shoots to form and water in well.

In spring, apply a generous dollop of clematis feed and when shoots start to show, give them a liquid tonic of tomato food.  Repeat the liquid feed occasionally till flowering starts and then into summer to keep them growing and flowering well.

Raised beds on a previously weedy lawn

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 11:25

Turn over your turves as planned then layer on cardboard which is an earthworm magnet and then any grass trimmings, weeds, raw kitchen waste, manure and spent compost you can get your hands on.    Make sure you have some brown, dry waste in there as well as green stuff.  Cover with more cardboard or black plastic and leave to cook over winter.

By spring, you should have wonderful fertile soil that just needs a bit of a fork and rake to level it before planting up.  It should also be moisture retentive so will save on watering except in very dry spells and immediately after planting..

This winter

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 22:31

Our house is on the crest between the Meuse basin and the Scheldt basin.  Small beer as hills go but enough to make for very local weather.  We often have sun while all around is clouds and I also note that often enough we have rain in the back garden and none in the front and vice versa.   It's an old farmhouse 8 metres deep!

I love snow business - as long as we're not snowed in.   That's not so funny.






Choisa cuttings

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 22:24

I had a lovely choisya that died after a very severe frost - -32C - which killed off other shrubs too.  Have't bought another as I didn't want to risk it again but a kind friend gave me a small shrub this spring, grown from a cutting and it now has pride of place in a pot in the terrace so I can shelter it over winter.

In other words, cuttings are possible.  Good luck.


Last grass mowing

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 13:04

Grass keeps growing as long as the daytime temps are about 8C or above.  In a normal year our last cut is late October but the last two years we've had to cut well into November.

The main thing with lawns is to leave the grass long enough to nourish and protect the roots over winter.   I wouldn't bother about a few leaves as the worms pull them in.

Very important not to walk on grass when it's frozen as the stems will break.

Keeping hydrangea over winter

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 12:58

They are naturally hardy, especially if in the ground where their roots don't get frozen as easily as in pots.  

The macrophyllas and lace caps don"t do well for me as they flower on last year's wood and my winters can be hard enough to kill all the top growth so I'd get foliage but never flowers.

The paniculatas flower on new wood and get pruned in mid Feb to March so it doesn't matter if they freeze above ground.

The first frost

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 10:43

Been a good summer here too with lots of sunshine.  A very dry period too which has harmed a few plants but we've had enough rain recently to moisten everything again.

Very cold last night but not quite a frost.  Set to get to 17C for the next few says and stay sunny so plenty of opportunity to start the autumn tidy, switch plants around and harvest the last of the soft fruits - damsons and blackberries and raspberries.   Toms just about finished but chillies a-go-go and lots of stuff still flowering in the borders.

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