London (change)

obelixx


Latest posts by obelixx

Pruning blackcurrant bushes?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 22:48

My bushes include 2 over 20 years old and the other 5 are their babies form cuttings. proper English blackcurrants and no virus or other problems and all producing bumper crops year after year.

.I think you could try renovating yours but, if you have room, plant a new one just in case - and prune and feed it appropriately every year.

Pruning blackcurrant bushes?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:33

I normally prune by cutting out the fruited stems to make picking the fruit easier and this produces a natural renewal cycle.   However that clearly won't work in your case.

I suggest you wait till all the leaves have dropped and then take a careful look and cut out, as low as possible, any broken or damaged stems as well as any that cross others and rub against them.   Then take out a third of the remaining stems to make n open, goblet shape if possible.   This will allow air to circulate and rain to penetrate for a healthier shrub.

Come spring, give it a generous handful of blood, fish and bone lightly forked in around the roots and a couple of liquid feeds of tomato food to encourage fruit and flowers. 

This should produce flowers and fruit next year..

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:27

Winter hanging baskets done with cyclamens, variegated ivy and an unidentified ornamental grass with tubular leaves.   Some other stuff potted up for swaps, mainly large, double orange hemerocallis brought by my garden guru who is having a clear out at home and some anchusas from my garden.

Have moved new roses I'm keeping in pots for the first year to the front where they will get more sun and warmth until it's time for them to go into shelter and a about to cut the grass.

Lots of standing and pondering too - about shrubs and bulbs.

 

H.R.T.

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 15:29

Thanks.  I have a bog standard lilac out the front that does well - surviving root stock of a white grafted one that failed - but hadn't thought of trying another fancy one.   

H.R.T.

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

My favourite autumn plant fair is on this weekend - Aywiers at Lasne for anyone in Belgium - and I am intent on some top class HRT.

I'm looking for 2 or 3 shrubs to fill a 3m x 1.5m bed in full sun on all sides but shaded to the south by a 6' trellis covered in clematis in summer.   It's exposed to nasty east winds in winter but I will be putting up some windbreak fabric to reduce the impact.

They need to be hardy and not evergreen as they get killed in a very hard winter.  I already have several hydrangea pyracantha, hibiscus, several cornus, sambucus, weigelias, buddleia, philadelphus, deutzia, deciduous viburnum.

The soil is fertile loam over a clay subsoil and is alkaline.  Usual temp range is -15C to +34C but we can get much colder - enough to kill off evergreen viburnums, eleagnus, choisya, some conifers....

H.R.T.

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

My favourite autumn plant fair is on this weekend - Aywiers at Lasne for anyone in Belgium - and I am intent on some top class HRT.

I'm looking for 2 or 3 shrubs to fill a 3m x 1.5m bed in full sun on all sides but shaded to the south by a 6' trellis covered in clematis in summer.   It's exposed to nasty east winds in winter but I will be putting up some windbreak fabric to reduce the impact.

They need to be hardy and not evergreen as they get killed in a very hard winter.  I already have several hydrangea pyracantha, hibiscus, several cornus, sambucus, weigelias, buddleia, philadelphus, deutzia, deciduous viburnum.

The soil is fertile loam over a clay subsoil and is alkaline.  Usual temp range is -15C to +34C but we can get much colder - enough to kill off evergreen viburnums, eleagnus, choisya, some conifers....

Plant id for Obxx

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 12:49

We'll see.  Here's the link to the offer - http://www.thompson-morgan.com/10for10-tne592z?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TNE592Z%20-%2010%20packets%20of%20seed%20for%2010%20(1)&utm_content=&pid=43183088& 

Not applicable outside the UK but they do have some seeds reduced to 99p so I got some bargains anyway.

Plant id for Obxx

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 11:44

I've been fossicking around the T&M site this morning as they have a special offer on until tomorrow night and found seeds for my plant at only 99p - penstemon digitalis Huskers Red.  Bizarrely, they also have it under a Kew Plant Collectors' listing for £2.99.   No brainer.

Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 10:41

Same advice as above.  Pot them up in fresh compost and keep sheltered in a greenhouse, cold frame, porch or conservatory for their first winter and then grow them on in bigger pots from next spring.   

Overwintering fuschias in hanging baskets

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 09:14

I have tried two systems.  One is hanging the baskets in the greenhouse which works well as long as they don't freeze in a cold winter and the other is transferring them to a window box on a table in the attic under a window.   The latter is guaranteed frost free but you have to remember to go and water occasionally.

Discussions started by obelixx

Beechgrove has started

Replies: 49    Views: 1556
Last Post: 03/04/2016 at 11:22

H.R.T.

Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 2    Views: 510
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 15:29

H.R.T.

Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 0    Views: 648
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Replies: 8    Views: 688
Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 10:01

Lawn care after moles

Replies: 4    Views: 477
Last Post: 05/08/2015 at 23:00

Plant id for Obxx

Who knows what this is please? 
Replies: 8    Views: 815
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 12:49

GW 2015

Programme content discussion 
Replies: 46    Views: 2486
Last Post: 16/03/2015 at 18:44

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 2349
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 09:30

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Catch up chat 
Replies: 3    Views: 1125
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 09:18

Mare's tail

Replies: 3    Views: 1669
Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 17:01

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Replies: 23    Views: 2113
Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:35

Beechgrove this weekend

Replies: 6    Views: 1118
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Weekend 22 March

Chat about plans for the weekend 
Replies: 108    Views: 5502
Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 18:19

Good Morning - 21 March

Replies: 33    Views: 2482
Last Post: 22/03/2013 at 09:57

Choosing chillies

Replies: 3    Views: 1576
Last Post: 23/02/2013 at 18:47
1 to 15 of 17 threads