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Latest posts by obelixx

Mystery flowers

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 18:55

Also known as Granny's bonnet.  Excellent cottage garden and border plant.   They do cross fertilise and self seed very happily and can tend to degenerate to a muddy pink as the years go by but they are definitely not weeds.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:42

No gardening today cos we've had filthy weathers all day - cold, grey, wet and windy.  

I have spent most of today just watching my garden from indoors and see that in the last couple of days the foliage on my newly emerged astilboides in the damp, shady bed, has gone from small saucer to dinner plate size.   Wonderful but I dare say the weeds in the far beds have put on a similar growth spurt.

Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) - does it do well?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:24

It is not remotely bamboo like so is unlikely to make a decent screen.  I planted two a few years ago but they don't like my cold winters so I took the surviving shrub, still only 30cms high, into my bathroom for the winter and it has coped fine but not produced the red foliage for which I chose it.

I suggest you have a look at pyracantha which is evergreen, can be trained as a   screen or wall shrub and has blossom in spring and berries in autumn so is excellent for wildlife too.   If you can improve your soil with plenty of well rotted garden compost and/or manure and keep your chosen new plant well watered for its first season it should thrive and fight off pests and diseases.

Is this a massive Dogwood?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 18:44

Not dogwood but you could take out a third of the stems now to reduce its bulk and impact and then, after leaf fall, remove half of what's left of the old stems from the base and cut the rest back, including new stems to reduce the mass some more.   

You will lose some flower power this way for next season but not lose the plant and can then continue with a one third pruning regime that takes out the oldest stems each autumn and thus keeps the shrub constantly renewed and healthy and a manageable size.  

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 18:38

KT - Malvern has been up and running for 30 years.  The Chelsea Flower Show has been at it since 1913 with breaks for the two wars and is still the most prestigious although Hampton Court is now bigger.

I think all the shows and their exhibitors deserve better coverage from the Beeb as horticulture is such a huge industry worth billions to the economy.  I'd like to see Cardiff and Harrogate and covered too.   Garden Scotland deserves to be covered nationwide too and not just by Beechgrove.

Plant identification please!

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 12:22

The ornamental rhubarb will be a lot happier out in the ground where it can more easily access the moisture they need.   I have a cream flowered form which does very well and is becoming an impressive plant now plus a more recent pink flowered form (bought from Great Dixter) which tends to die back as soon as it has flowered.  I'm hoping it will grow out of that as it matures.

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 12:18

I hope all goes well for you and you get loads of visitors to support your charity and admire your garden.  It's lovely.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 12:17

Agree with Hostafan - Chelsea for me is about the gardens and the plants and I want to see them all, not just a few constantly repeated.

I enjoy seeing more about the nurserymen and women and how and why they grow the plants they do.  I would like to see more about the judging criteria too but absolutely no celebrities or flower arrangers.   That's a different programme.

I very much enjoy having proper gardeners and designers talking about the plants and gardens so don't want any Nikki or Sophie  or other non gardening Tomasina, Dick or Harry presenting the show or doing gimmicks.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 20:13

Blue Onion - if I had loads of money and a tiny urban garden I might just appreciate the chic horror a bit more but I have seen far more beautiful gardens full of gorgeous plants in the Artisan gardens at Chelsea and they are much more to my taste and I do like to potter with my plants and that garden had zero pottering potential and not much for wildlife either.

BB2 - what the judges look for has been discussed in previous Chelsea coverage but I think maybe it could have been made clearer to these contestants before they started.    I'd have loved to be let loose in a huge plant sweetie shop and wouldn't have wanted to sacrifice my own treasures from home.   The professional designers source their plants months in advance and have reserve lists in case the season is not favourable for having their A list at peak condition.


The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 16:02

I thought the best garden won on the whole.   That urban chic thing filled me with horror both at the "you can't build that it will fall over" stage and the finished article with its very boring planting.   Liked the botanist's garden but do wonder about the horticultural practicalities of growing bananas outside in the UK.   I liked the ideas behind Sean's garden but someone definitely needs to take away his box of tricks and impress on him that less is more.

It will be interesting to see the garden at Chelsea and also to see if any of these contestants goes on to have a career in design.  As Hostafan rightly says, dreaming and doing and getting people to hire you and then following their brief is a whole different kettle of fish.

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GW 2015

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