Latest posts by Obelixx

Ceanothus TREE!

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:39

Don't use stump paint.   It shouldn't bleed much at all if pruned at this time of year and it's much better left to heal itself with its own sap and cures.

Cut the branches at an angle - as you already know - so any rain drips off and doesn't cause rotting.  I would then give it a handful of blood, fish and bone loosely forked in around the base and a good drink if you haven't had much rain lately.

As insurance, you could try taking cuttings form the tips before you hack.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:09

Glad that's sorted out.  Can't let OH plant anything as he has black thumbs but he's OK on hedge pruning and looking after soft fruits once happily planted.  I have circumvented his indiscriminate weeding habits by putting him in charge of weeding the potager on the grounds that even he can see straight or staggered rows and hoe just the strangers.

The only lines of poetry I remember are from parodies we read in 1st year at grammar school -" I must go back to a vest again, a warm vest with sleeves".  The other was one on Hiawatha's mittens.    For Hamlet at A level, it's "Oh that this too too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew etc" - every time I decide to go on a diet.

I am busy making lime pickle for OH and then I'm going to sort out one of the offending raised beds to see if he gets the idea.  Possum will help by holding the plank I need to cut in two - stop it wriggling.

Last edited: 03 August 2017 12:12:00

How do you prune a container grown climbing Rose

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:01

Roses can be grown in containers if you get the right size of container, the right growing medium and the right rose.   It will be entirely dependent on you for food and water so you need to water regularly, protect the pot from frost in winter to keep the roots healthy and refresh the top layer of compost every spring and apply fresh slow release fertiliser at the same time as well as liquid feeds of rose or tomato food from March to early July.

Pruning is the same as for a rose in the ground.  A climber or rambler would need trellis or stretched wires to support it and yu would have to train it.

I suggest you have a read of this infor from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=278 - and then, if you insist on Graham Thomas (a wuss in my experience so think about Teasing Georgia instead) ask David Austin for advice.  They have a good website and also happily answer questions from prospective or existing customers.

Prickley Very Fast Growing Security Hedge

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 23:18

We planted a hawthorn hedge (crataegus) in our last garden - planted maiden whips in autumn in well prepared soil - dug a trench and enriched it with compost and manure then watered well after planting - cut them to 9" and the whole thing grew 6 to 8' in its first year.   Trimmed it by half the following autumn to encourage it to thicken up and it grew the same amount the following year.

It is deciduous but gets quite thick if kept trimmed as a hedge so good for privacy tho it will also grow into large trees if you let it so you could space trees in the hedge.  It is prickly and thorny, provides blossom in May then berries in autumn with attractive foliage.   Very hardy too.

Mix it up with some pyracantha for extra thorns with evergreen foliage.  It won't grow to tree size but will help with making a good barrier.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 22:57

DL - In French they're called Pissenlits - same as the Irish then.

FG - OH is out at hairdresser's and then golf all day tomorrow so I shall get out my trusty saw and the power drill which I will remember to charge tonight and I shall flipping well re-do one bed as I want it. 

Been out to a pyrotechnic show tonight at the prehistoric centre at St Hilaire de Ré.  Started with a wench dressed in odd caveman type clothes who made a fire from 2 bits of stone, some dried mushroom, a dried reed head and some dried grass.   Impressive.  This then lit the torches that lit the show.   Good fun and even funny in parts.

Home now to ecstatic dogs and kittens so cuddles, coffee and bed in due course.   Sleep well everyone.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 16:45

Been doing bike rides here Dove.  Doesn't work as a rain dance!

Neighbouring tree cut down, need some ideas to replace

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 14:06

I agree.   Plant your own buddleia.  They come in a variety of colours including ones with variegated foliage now and there's even one called Buzz for patio pots.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 14:03

Sunny here and dry - as ever - but there's a pleasant breeze so not too hot for work and play.

Not in the mood for doing much tho as I'm having a  quiet internal grump at OH who has blithely ignored all my drawn and agreed plans for raised beds in the potager because he doesn't want to saw timbers in half to make ends for 1.25m wide beds.  This means I have huge 2.5m wide blocks which mean time and money spent on central paths for access.   Doh! and Humph!

Hope you cheer up Yvie and enjoy your hols.

NB - well done.  Hope the next lot's as easy.

Hosta - that wall looks one of mine after it's been prepped for painting but not yet sanded smooth.  Horrible for you and OH.   

Green paint suggestion

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 13:51

For economy of funds and time I would leave the fence as it is on all sides but maybe stretch some wires across to support climbers.  Have a look at this thread for support ideas - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/training-clematis-up-fences/1002916.html

I would then concentrate on making the sheds more attractive and/or less visible with dark green or black shed paint as it's easier to sand the surface and paint those than it would be to do fences anyway.

Green paint suggestion

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 12:33

Try it but I think light sage will take 3 coats or more and look dirty quite quickly.   Try draping some sage and dark green fabric or even paper tablelcloths over the fence to get the idea of which looks best.

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