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Latest posts by obelixx

Remove bush in lawn without damaging driveway

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 15:42

Unles syu actively dislike your shrub, can you not just prune it back to a decent shape and size and continue to enjoy your flowering shrub?   Put a mulch of garden compost around the base and build it up each season to recover the level you want - not all at once.  Keep it pruned to size and shape after flowering each year.

One assumes your neighbours knew the shrub was there when they had their expensive drive laid.

More Gardeners World Please

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 12:54

For me GW is something I watch on Saturday pm, now that it's repeated then, whilst doing something else like getting dinner ready or sewing or doing dance club admin or else I catch up later on Sunday when I watch the recording with ditto activity.  

It's not riveting enough to watch just with a glass of wine or a coffee any more and certainly doesn't require full attention except when they have an interesting guest appearance such as the wonderfully loquacious James A-S or people like that iris couple who wax lyrically and informatively about their plant passion.

On the other hand, Beechgrove always has something new and does informative trials on plant varieties, cultivation methods, feeding régimes, compost quality etc.  30 minutes of bliss even when they're covering a group of plants I can't grow here.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:53

See here -

and here 

for suitable plants and technique.

More Gardeners World Please

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:47

Beechgrove is filmed in Scotland and goes out on their BBC2 on Thursdays.  repeated on Sunday morning on UK wide BBC2.   It packs in loads more info and fun than GW without seeming at all rushed and has some very knowledgeable presenters.

Painting garden ornaments

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 13:40

Yes, but colour range can be a bit limited and paint pots rather large to buy unless you have some left over from a masonry job.

My method allows the use of leftover indoor paint or tester pots or just small pots bought for the purpose.

Planted small trees, what to grow in between

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 13:16

I agree about the bulbs and spring flowers while your trees are small.  They certainly don't want competition from summer perennials like hemerocallis just yet as they'll be as tall as the trees but you could try lower growing hardy geraniums such as macrorhizum when the trees are a bit bigger.  The'll cope with dry shade later on and provide white, pink or cerise flowers in late spring plus scented foliage which turns red in winter.

Native bluebells are fabulous for a wildlife area and woodland garden and will follow on from the narcissus.  Keep an eye out for some wood anemones (just flwoering in our local woods) or anenome blanda if you can't find them.

At the risk of abuse because they both spread when happy, try wild garlic which is at its best about now and will provide leaves to make pesto and herby butter for your kitchen and also little violets for a sweeter smell.   

Clematis in bud dying

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 13:06

Neighbours are allowed to prune back unwanted overhanging stems and branches but should aim to do it in  away that does not damage the plant or boundary hedge or fence.   It might be worth asking them to do a neater job in future but they have done nothing wrong in law.

Painting garden ornaments

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 11:00

For painting pots and concrete you need first to make sure they are completely clean and dry with no bits of hidden dirt or algae in nooks and cracks.

Then you paint with a layer of PVA glue which acts as a primer and will help the acrylic paint stick.   Do at least 2 layers of your final colour allowing a  day to dry between coats no matter how quick the tin says it dries.   Once done, finish with up to 3 layers of acrylic varnish allowing a thorough dry between coats - no more than 3 as it will go milky. 

Please help identify this shrub

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 17:08

Looks like spiraea thunbergii - short, dense, twiggy shrub with white 5 petalled flowers and a tendency to sucker.

Clematis in bud dying

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:46

As long as there is no damage to the base of the plant and the stems on oyoru side of the fence the part left growing on your side should still flower.   Try and cut off all the wilted stems below any breaks to tidy up the appearance and also tidy up torn stems that can allow bugs and viruses and bacteria to enter and damage the plant.

Give it a good feed of proper clematis plant food to encourage more flowers and good growth.

How high is the fence?  Might be worth adding some trellis panels to the top or in front of it to allow your clem to grow higher before it flops over to your neighbour's side.

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