Obelixx


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Ornamental grasses

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 13:48

To be fair, my hakonechloa was rather swamped by some very exuberant hostas revelling in the long, cool, wet spring that lasted till late July.


The same bed had lily of the valley in the shadier end that only got sun after 3pm between the equinoxes.  It was well-behaved and not a thug but only once flowered in time for May day which sees people in Belgium giving sprigs to loved ones.


I do think it's important when giving advice or experiences to cite your conditions as what works in balmy southern Cornwall clearly will be different in exposed Northumbria or even sheltered Scotland or Wales.

Last edited: 12 November 2016 13:49:47

Compost Corner

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 13:00

Love the giant handbags.   Might have to try and get some of those.   Our new local council sells wooden, flat pack compost bins for 30€.  We have 3 so far but maybe some more of those too as this garden has mature trees with falling leaves.

Last edited: 12 November 2016 13:01:53

When to prune a fig tree

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:58

This link might help as it includes fan trained fig advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=106

Ornamental grasses

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:52

Interesting.  I love hakonechloa but it really struggled this year in a damp, shady bed with full sun only at the height of summer and I have never had a stipa survive a winter but then my old garden is much more exposed to deep cold than most of the UK.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:49

Yes Joyce.  It was gorgeous this August and will look all the better next year, I hope, when its setting has been improved.



Yvie - Mabel is clearly a treasure.


FG - how's the wrist?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:41

Thanks Hosta.   


Liri - good to see you popping in but do dodge that cloud.   How's the painting coming along?


Have just watched the Hairy Bikers doing duck - dreadful jokes - and have a yen to go and buy some Aylesbury ducks to save the breed.   Bit impractical with our two hounds tho but I hope someone keeps them going.   James Martin has featured that chap too.

Ornamental grasses

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:36

Most ornamental grasses like full sun and well drained soil but the RHS recommends this grass for gardens such as yours.  


Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau’ (syn. 'Golden Dew'): Compact and graceful, this grass has spikes of airy, reddish-brown flowers. Tolerant of shade and damp conditions, it is can be grown in gardens unsuited to many other ornamental grasses. Height: 75cm (30in)


Steer clear of stipas and pennisetums but maybe try Miscanthus Zebrinus which did well for me in a pond side situation with moisture at the roots.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:28

Sounds like a good plan Hosta.  Well done for rock moving progress so far.  This is the bed OH was clearing yesterday - similar mess to your before photos but without the slate to sieve..



Once he's finished clearing crud he'll fork it over to level it a bit and then we'll pour on loads of bought compost as we have none yet and then I can plant my bulbs and some of the treasures.   The tree is an albizzia julibrissin whose canopy I have already lifted to allow light, air and rain in below.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 10:03

Cool, grey and wet here.    Rain much needed for some projects such as clearing overgrown and mostly dead plants form beds round trees and shrubs so we can improve the soil and plant some bulbs and other treasures we brought from Belgium.


See you in spring Frank.  Have a good rest.

When to prune a fig tree

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 09:19

I have a large, over grown, unproductive fig in this new garden and it is sorely in need of sorting out. Dove kindly gave me that ling a week or tow ago and it's very helpful.   I'm waiting for all the leaves to drop so I can see what I have and will then prune it quite severely to improve its shape and incite it to produce fruits.   Just need a dry day with no frost forecast so wounds can heal with no damage.

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