Latest posts by obelixx

Gabion walls for sound-proofing garden

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:35

See the pics on this site - http://www.concrete-mesh.com/ 

We use the large grade mesh for fencing so we can grow blackberries and tayberries up it on our potager boundary and protect a holly hedge form the cows on the pasture boundary.  We use offcuts as gates to restrict the dogs to the back and side garden.

We buy it at the local builders' merchants who store it outside so it's already rusty when we get it and quickly becomes almost invisible.   The bark filler will absorb rather than bounce sound.

Plant containers

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:29

Invicta - that depends on the size of your indoor house plants!  I now need these large pots for both my ficus benjamina and elastica and a goose foot plant whose botanical name escapes me.......

Clematis propagation

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:27

You need a chat with Richard Hodson.  Meanwhile see his post on this thread - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/how-to-prevent-clematis-from-wilting/934682.html and there's another on clematis seed germination.

Gabion walls for sound-proofing garden

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 10:38

A cheaper and wildlife friendly alternative to gabions seen recently on a walk with the dogs - erect two vertical screens of the finer meshed builders' wire panels used for reinforcing concrete and fill with large grade chipped bark.  Attach the mesh either side of a row of 4" wooden posts buried in concrete boots.

Light to erect, indestructible if you get the fence posts right.  Good windbreak.  I suspect a  good sound absorber too and lovely home for all sorts of beneficial insects.

Add a water feature and a wind chime and you're sorted.

Balls and mounds...

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 10:10

Have a look around the RHS Plant Selector on their website.  It lets you search by size, colour, soil conditions, aspect, shade etc.

Balls and mounds...

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:27

I love AF too but she needs to be with other plants that will support her sprawling habit.   Same with Rozanne.

For mound forming and sheer hardiness I like the macrorhizum geraniums best but good old Johnson's Blue is good here too and many more.

Alchemilla mollis is too invasive here unless I cut off all those nasty (IMHO) acid flowers before they get pollinated.   

What is your weather like?

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:08

Heavy frosts, clear skies, bright sun but mist in the paddocks and along the streams.  Should warm up later.

Balls and mounds...

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:06

Good weed suppressants for me are hardy geraniums and geums and herbaceous potentillas which give lots of flower colours and bee activity.    Pretty dog proof too.    Early in the season, pulmonarias with a range of foliage and flower forms and colours.    They all just need cutting back after flowering to refresh their foliage and maybe flower again.   Don't pick lanky geraniums like Rozanne and Ann Folkard.  Lots of others make neat mounds.

If you like grasses, forms of carex buchananii mound well and wave about on the wind.  

Plant containers

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:00

The ones with no holes are surely sold for indoor use to stop you flooding your carpets?   But sometimes they have a colour or weight I need for the garden and out comes the drill - which lives in the garage and I do potting in the shed at the other end of the garden.........

The Storm With No Name hits our garden

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 08:55

It can be devastating but you do get over it.   Our main wind direction seems to be north westerlies so we put up windbreak fabric to protect our potager and ornamentals.   It then rained so much that the very next storm pushed all the fence posts, with their concrete boots, to an angle of 45°.  They are now buttressed.

We had a hail tornado one May that wiped out my rhubarb patch and all the hostas and left pitted scars on trees, roses, shrubs and ripped clematises apart.    Everything recovered over the summer but it was a shock to me as well as the plants.

We have a trellis panel fence between the potager and ornamentals and it has been drunk for years because of strong winds.   This winter half the panels have had the trellis strips ripped from their frames so we've taken them all down, will redress the posts when the ground thaws and replace the wooden panels with metal builders' mesh which will be indestructible and largely invisible and less wind resistant yet still support my Generous Gardener and all the clems.

Onwards and upwards.

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