Latest posts by obelixx

The culprit is discovered!!

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 15:40

Three main reason - drumming to make a noise to mark out territory for the breeding season, drilling to make a hole to nest and tapping to forage for insects for food.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 15:37

I saw a biodynamic gardener on TV once who soaked her peas in paraffin before sowing them.  The smell puts off the rodents.

I do my peas and beans in toilet rolls up on a shelf where the peskies can't get to them since I lost the lot in a cold frame some years ago.

clematis pruning

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 10:03

I wouldn't at this stage but maybe in a couple of years when they're really established you can.   In the mean time, give them a good feed and wait and see what you've got.

You can use this website to help identify them.  It's a research website so has no commercial axe to grind.  You can search by colour of tepals, stamens, flowering period and so on.


The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 15:16

Glad you enjoyed it Hogweed.  I tend to use fewer bowls than many recipes think are needed.   

Think I might make us one next week.

clematis pruning

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 00:15

I treat all my group 2s as group 3s as they usually get their tops frozen to bits in a normal winter.

Gave up growing group 1s as they too get frozen and then die as they don't respond well to being cut back hard unless they've been going for years and years and have good strong roots to drive recovery.

Poor quality clematis?

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 14:56

At this size I would leave it and see what grows this season.  It is a group 1 and can be trimmed, if needs be, after any flowers have formed in April/May/June.

This clematis website gives pruning info and can be searched for info on hundreds of clematis and their growing habits - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-pruning.cfm 

Poor quality clematis?

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 10:39

Agree with Richard.   I never cover the base of my clems except to put an terracotta pot over them to protect the stems from hoeing accidents to which OH is all too prone.  He has decapitated several and not all take kindly to it.

I bash out the bottoms of the pots to widen the hole then slip them, upside down, over the newly planted clem before releasing the stems to their supports.  A bonus is that they act as a safety guide for directing slug pellets and slow release food granules so they are concentrated where needed.

Other than that, surround with good perennials to hide the bare stems at the base and apply general fertiliser such as pelleted manure to the whole border.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 10:34

Absolutely filthy wet and windy out there today.  Potting things in the garage and shed for me then, depending on whether they need light.  Greenhouse still full of overwintering treasures. 

Poor quality clematis?

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 17:50

You can't really expect a clem to grow much, if at all, between autumn and late winter.   It should though, if planted well, have been busy developing a root system to sustain it through the coming season.

Give yours a generous handful of specialist clematis feed or rose feed if you can't find that and fork it lightly in around the base of your plant.  You can also encourage it with liquid feeds of tomato food for an instant tonic.

Clematis can take a year or two to settle in before they get going so be patient but then expect your Montana to take off.   Train in new stems as horizontally or diagonally as possible on a decent support to encourage flowers.  In future years, you can prune it to keep it in bounds as soon as flowering finishes.  This will encourage new flowering stems to be produced for the following year.   

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 12:14

Very windy out there and so wet underfoot the lawn is oozing audibly.

No gardening, just bird feeding.

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