Latest posts by Obelixx

Can Acer be grown in containers?

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 13:24

I have grown Japanese maples in pots for years, often because I can't decide where to plant them permanently or because they are too delicate for my garden in winter and need moving to shelter.

They need to start in smaller pots, as stated, with good drainage but some moisture retention in the compost.   Keep them sheltered from strong sun and dessicating winds and pot on every 2 or 3 years.

Plant seeds growing too close

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 13:20

Oops here too - that should read Never hold the stems.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 13:18

Yarrow - Grace died on me in Belgium.  3 of them planted in a group and all gone in a normal winter (-20C).  Others did fine in worse.   I want the apricot colour here and have gone for Fighting Temeraire and Lark Ascending to see if they do well - both sold by a French nursery so I hope so.

I have brought a Munstead Wood wth me from my Belgian garden.  Like Geoff H, William Shakespeare and Jacqueline Du Pré, it didn't do well in the borders so I lifted it and planted it in a big pot with very good compost and regular feeding and watering plus shelter over winter.   She's been much happier here outside and sheltered by a  south facing wall this winter and will be planted out soon.   She's bushed out very well and already has flowers but I find the heads droopy so she'll get a framework of some sort to see if that helps.

If not I'll have to rely on William Shakespeare for that deep, rich colour.  Bit of a wuss in Belgium but looking better here too.

Plant seeds growing too close

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 13:07

Different seeds have different needs.  Some like light, some don't, some like heat, some don't, they all need moisture but not drowning, some don't like root disturbance and need to sown very thinly in plugs so they can be potted on with no grumpng.

Generally speaking I find it easiest to sow in module trays filled with seed compost for small seeds and small pots for bigger seeds such as squashes and beans.

A lot depends on what you have sown but I think you need to let yours grow on till they're at least an inch or two high and then lift each clump out gently with a pencil or an old table fork.  Holding them by their leaves - ever the stems - gently separate them and put each one in fresh compost in a module or a small pot.   Firm them very gently so as not to damage the stem and water from below by soaking in a tray.

More info on seed sowing from the RHS here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=501   You can often find specific info on reputable seed company websites - seedaholics, plant world, Chiltern if you google the name of the plant+seed.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 12:55

SS - I have several, with and without split handles.  Great for holding compost mixes when I'm potting on, holding weeds when I'm in a corner where the wheelbarrow can't go, standing pots that need a soak or shelter from wind after potting, carrying plants and tools about, harbouring daffs or indeed any other plants I'm splitting, carrying pelleted chicken manure when I'm feeding etc etc.

LB - we have a deciduous bamboo like plant which I am told is a miscanthus on steroids - 4 m high!   OH has thinned out lots of stems and carefully stripped them for future garden use.   Lifetime supply I think as they are large clumps.

Don't tell anyone but I have cleaned the kitchen this morning after making a pastilla for lunch.  OH has been round with his bloody Dyson and I'm about to steam clean the floor - 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 mucky gardeners take their toll in wet weather but definitely not complaining.   We needed the rain..

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 10:21

I can probably manage the skirt but all my trugs are those new fangled plastic things - practical but not romantic.   Wellies and old jeans, t-shirts or trousers for me too and flip flops in summer.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 10:19

Have a good time Busy - touristy or shoppy or just lunch?  Or all 3?

No worries SS.   I have been reading the Garden mag this morning - full of interesting stuff and info and, as part of the RHS subscription, is free along with entry to all RHS gardens and many partner gardens.   Pity I've found nothing like it here in France or Belgium when we were there but I can enjoy Loire valley chateau gardens when we get our tourist act together.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 10:14

Thanks BF.  Have fun in your new garden.  What are you using to make your raised beds?  Our plans will cost a fortune in timber so a rethink is needed.

Will we get photos of the new plot as it develops?

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Posted: 02/05/2017 at 10:08

Hello.   Sunny spells today with some big grey things wandering about in the breeze.  Garden pottering today and one or two errands to run.

Joyce - I like brunneras for shade - lovely silvery leaves and blue forget-me-not flowers.  If the soil is not too dry, try hakonechloa macra which comes in several forms but all have golden leaves, sometimes with a green stripe and a purple stem that leaches colour into the leaves at the end of teh season.  Waves around beautifully in the breeze.   If it's dry, try millium effusum aureum which will have a similar effect.   Hosta Gold Edger is smallish, spreads well if allowed, has golden foliage that copes well in sun and flowers in mid summer.   I love pulmonaria Siinghurst with white leaf spots and flowers but it needs shade.

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