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Latest posts by obelixx

Can I pinch this?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 21:45

A 6' high fence is plenty high enough for big clematis.  The trick is to stretch plant wires across it at 12 to 18 inch intervals and train the clematis stems to them horizontally.   They will send out extra shoots that make for more flowers and can grow as long as they like without passing the height of the fence.

Ville de Lyon will grow between 2.5 to 5 metres so will need training to its allotted space.    I suggest you have a good browse around this site - - which lets you look up clematis before you buy them and also lets you search for clematis by size, colour, flowering period, aspect etc.

Planting out seedlings

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 15:32

I think they're all wussy and would keep them in till the end of the week when this cold snap should be over.  We have a low of 1C forecast for this week which is too cold even in a cold frame unless you can put a blanket or a layer of newspaper or cardboard as extra insulation.

Keep an eye on the forecast just in case it hangs around longer that predicted.

Tatty patio

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 14:43

None of them is environmentally friendly.  Plants don't like weedkilers or salt or bleach and nor, I suspect, do tiny soil organisms and small critters but the alternative is constant hand weeding.   Your choice.

Can I pinch this?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 13:42

Bagatelle gets to 3 to 4 metres in height so I think that obelisk is too small and you should think about a different support for next year as clematis tend to produce more and more stems each year as they mature and it will just get too crowded.

Rather than pinching yours out, see if you can detach the stems and retrain them round the obelisk as horizontally as possible and continue regular training as it grows. This way you will encourage branching stems and more flowers.

Tatty patio

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 13:35

Treat it with a product called Pathclear which works for 3 months at a time.   Be careful not to get it on surrounding pants or they'll die too.

Miss removal

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 09:09

I've only ever sown a large lawn in one go but, logically, it will depend on how many bare patches you have and how big they are but I would suggest starting with trays of 24 one to two inch cells of grass babies.    When they have a good root system, plant them out 3 to 4 inches apart and water in well.  

Keep them watered and let them establish before you start mowing them.  Set the blades high at 2" for their first summer so they have enough leaf to provide energy to send the roots down deep and sustain the plants through their first winter and future droughts.  Strong roots also help fight off weeds.

Miss removal

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:47

I listened to GQT this afternoon and there was Bob Flowerdew with a tip for reseeding patches in lawns when you need to do it after the optimum time of sowing in April.  - Sow seed in cellular trays of compost about an inch deep and grow the babies on till they have good root systems and then plant the wee plugs in bare patches in your lawn.

Should work well for you having to wait 8 weeks before you can swo.

Miss removal

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 13:57

It's always best to follow the instructions as the product will have undergone extensive trials before hitting the shelves.  Residual weed and feed chemicals will adversely affect seed germination and the growth of the tiny seedlings.

Patience is a virtue in gardening.  Take the time to let the product dissipate then prepare the soil well to make it favourable for seeding and water it well if there's been a dry spell and then sow.

This site contains some useful tips on successful lawn sowing -


gardening advice programmes

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 09:29

Of course we can watch both but that doesn't mean we can't wish that GW would raise its game or that the Beeb would once again commission series aimed at beginner gardeners, front gardens, neighbourhood gardening, garden design for specific situations and budgets, HIdden Gardens, Flying Gardeners and so on as it has in the past.

Remove bush in lawn without damaging driveway

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 15:42

Unles syu actively dislike your shrub, can you not just prune it back to a decent shape and size and continue to enjoy your flowering shrub?   Put a mulch of garden compost around the base and build it up each season to recover the level you want - not all at once.  Keep it pruned to size and shape after flowering each year.

One assumes your neighbours knew the shrub was there when they had their expensive drive laid.

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