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Latest posts by obelixx

Poor grass under trees, help!

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:15

Geranium macrorhizum - perennial, low maintenance, white, pink or  mauve flowers in late spring, scented foliage which turns red in winter.  Plant some daffs aonst it for early spring colour.   It will spread slowly if happy but can easily be controlled if needs be.

The other alternative is to remove some of the lowerbranches form the trees to allow mor elight to the lawn then rake the poor grass and reseed in April when it's warm enough and moist enough for grass seed to germinate and take root.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 13:58

We have finally climbed above zero but it is grey and the earlier heavy mist has turned to drizzle.   The ground in the shade is still frozen solid but the snowdrops are now through too and will be flowering in a few days if the temps don't drop again.   The only gardening I did this weekend was t carry on tieing in the windbreak fabric and the next job will be slug pellets to protect emerging daffodil shoots.




Posted: 09/02/2015 at 09:15

Pyrcantha is classed as a wall shrub and won't cling by itself but you can put up horizontal training wires to tie it in.  It is evergreen and has spring blossom for nectar and autumn berries for birds plus provides shelter for beneficial insects and for birds to nest once it gets established.   .

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 18:21

I suspect you have mass produced clems using a basic ticketing system to label them.   My specialist supplier always tells me to plant 4 to 6 inches deeper than they were in the pot as it gets the roots closer to permanent moisture and encourages the plants to prodcue extra stems and thus extra flowers.

I don't plant early or winter flowering or evergreen clems at all but only because they they usually get killed off by heavy frosts.  I stick to group 2s and 3s and treat them all as group 3.  My supplier helpfully labels his plants with degrees of hardiness and I avoid anything that can't cope with -25C but have found some -20C group 2s (bought before I knew better) will come back after a hard winter if pruned as group 3s and given loads of food and patience.


Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:41

In my experience, clematis can take a season or two to settle and get their roots down and then they'll take off producing more stems from the base every year.  If you mulch them in autumn when the upper growth has lost all its foliage and turned twiggy you don't have to worry about not mulching the old stems.   They'll be cut off in spring anyway and the new stems will come from the root as long as you get the feeding right.  Greedy plants, clematis..

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 14:54

Not now as you may just end up disturbing and weakening the roots they have.  They go deep and are fleshy so easy to damage.   Give the plant a jolly good mulch of 3 to 4 inches of well rotted garden compost every spring to compensate for not planting them deeply.   Prune and feed as above before mulching.

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 12:18

Bright sun again but -6C and an easterly wind that has dried everything up so while it's glacial out there, it's not icy as there's no moisture except where there are bits of snow left.

No gardening as the soil is frozen and that wind just bites.

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 10:31

Depending on the harshness of the winter, I do mine any time from late Feb to mid March, cutting them back to about 9 inches and then give them a generous dollop of clematis food and aliquid tonic of tomato food.  Here's the RHS advice - 

Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 17:05

Really don't care.   I find the programme has such a stupid format and challenges that I only watch it for the tips for growing veg and flwoers at the start of the grow and make challenges.   As for Thane Prince saying she'd never heard of rhubarb chutney!   I've been making that for years and I loathe pickles.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:31

-6C and sunny spells with snow.   Definitely no gardening.

The plant sellers in the markets pack up and go on hols in January and won't be back till mid Feb.  New perennials won't arrive in the garden centres till March. 

No point starting seeds off yet as there isn't room in the greenhouse till I can take out the stuff that's hiding from the cold.

Thinking of moving a conifer when it's a bit warmer and might have to think about making some cold frames and I have metal obelisks to paint but first a nasty cough to shed so am staying tucked up.

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