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Latest posts by obelixx

Which Clematis for which wall?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 20:49

Use this website - - which has a search facility to let you list clematis according to aspect, colour, size, flowering time, colour etc.

Have fun.

When is a good time to redo a fence?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:45

Metposts are notorious for losing the plot in strong winds and 12' of panel is far toomuch to expect them to support.  

I suggest installing new posts in concerte filled holes at 6' intervals.  Do it in autumn when your plants are dormant but the soil is still warm enough for any you need to remove, stash and replant to grow a new root system over winter so they get a good start the following spring.

If you can't wait, do it as soon as possible so the plants can benefit from the spring surge of energy without check.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:25

Well done Biofreak.  A clear explanation though there will no doubt be sceptics.  

I didn't sow any toms or chillies or broad beans yesterday or today as it was so cold outside (6C at 10am) so I shall wait for the next fruit day when I hope it will be a tad warmer and there will also be a bit more light.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:18

-6C again at 10am this morning so definitely no gardening.   More such frosts expected during the week so just maintenance for me, messing with obelisks and fences and such as long as it stays dry.

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:16

I think no dig is appelaing on any soil - once you've extracted the roots of pernicious weeds and as long as you can give a generous mulch every year, preferably in autumn so the worms do the work over winter.

The only digging I do now is new planting holes for roses and shrubs.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 13:51

All the usual suspecs for this time of year but it's sunny and 8C out there so I've had 3 buzzards wheeling over the garden and field behind and a great white egret in the paddock across the road, hunting frogs along the stream.

Group 3 clematis.

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 13:34

Yours are group 1 which means they only get pruned to keep them in bounds and this is done after flowering finishes.  Montanas can be very vigorous so be careful to train the new stems as horizontally as possble to maximise flowering at eye level.  Give them a good feed of clematis food as soon as you see the first shoots forming.

just had 80 large plugs arrive how long will they hold for

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 13:31

Keep them in a sunny, shletered spot and water and feed them.  Pot them on to bigger pots as soon as you can so they can grow without any check to their roots.

Harlequin ladybirds

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 10:53

Those laydybirds also eat the native ladybirds which is not so good.

It's not quite the same as introducing plants from elsewhere that provide food and/or shelter for native fauna as do many introduced garden plants.  The problems with plants come when they invade countryside like Himalayan balsam or Japanese kntweed or those big purple rhododendrons and assorted aquatic plants which then squeeze out native plants and the associated fauna that feeds or shelters in them.

A completely native garden in my area wuld be full of couch grass, creeping buttercup, thistles, dock, nettles, marsh garss, ground ivy, horsetail with maybe willows, hawthorn and hazel.    Deadly boring and not exactly bee friendly.

As it is, I have a huge range of bees and other insects and lots of birds because I grow a wide range of plants which flower at various times of the year thus providing nectar for insects and colour for me and a happy buzz of activity in all but the coldest months when the garden is animated by all the birds that visit my feeders filled with non native peanuts and seed mixes.


Posted: 14/02/2015 at 10:03

My entire garden is alkaline but very fertile loam on a clay sub soil.  My roses do veryw ell - when tehy're not frozen to death in a bad winter and they get pelleted chicken manure every spring.    

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