Latest posts by Obelixx

ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:40

They can take several years from sowing to flowering and resent disturbance and the seed need to be sown fresh and kept frost free for good results.   I didn't know this when I sowed seed a few years ago and most of the babies died off after being pricked out and the rest didn't survive winter.    

Can you plant honeysuckle in shade

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:28

It's a lot to expect a plant to grow, let alone thrive, in the starved and dried up soil at the base of a conifer which will have depleted all the nutrients and whose canopy will stop rain water getting through.   Better to plant it in a well prepared hole at the edge of the tree canopy and then wind the new growth through its branches.   

Last edited: 04 August 2016 21:28:56

ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:20

Dierama - aka Angel's fishing rods?

Not a fan of monkey puzzle trees but that's because they're usually planted in completely the wrong place, like a front garden in front of a window.   Expect they look quite good in a large space.

Last edited: 04 August 2016 21:22:57

My little blank canvas

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:48

DD - pots and tubs and any old container you can find to fill with cheap bulbs and bedding and whatever else you can find to plant in them and take to your new place.  Old boots, old wellies, old colanders, anything.

I expect you'll find seeds going cheap as the season advances and you can save them to sow next spring.   Keep an eye out for late sales of bulbs too as the shops clear their shelves for Xmas displays.

Concentrate on making Charlie feel safe and secure and comfortable while he adjusts to the changes and then onwards and upwards to your new venture together. 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:34

OH and I went to Amsterdam and the Hague in February because, for once, all the Vermeers were at home and on display instead of being cleaned or out on loan or their gallery being renovated which has been the case on all previous trips over the last 25 years.

The VG gallery cost about the same but had very few actual VGs on display and none of the really famous ones except for a poster in one spot saying "sorry, these sunflowers are being cleaned".

The bulbs are good though.   Spotted loads I fancied in the flower market, especially colourful bearded irises but decided to wait and buy them in the Hague so as not to have to carry them all day.  Not one, not anywhere, not even at the biggest (sic!) street market in Europe.

Which of these hardy geraniums is better?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 16:00

Did you feed them?  I do and it works.   3 weeks after the hack they are full of healthy new leaves and then flowers a bit later on.

Quick growing climber - suggestions please

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 15:45

I use pelleted chicken manure which is a good general fertiliser with a balance of nitrogen for stems and foliage, phosphorus for flowers and fruit plus potash for roots and general plant health but for roses and clematis I add extra specialist food to help with flower production.    Liquid tomato food is a good occasional instant tonic for flowering plants.

Anything grown in pots needs an annual feed in spring and anything growing in the ground will benefit from a boost in spring .  Think of it as a bit like feeding a balanced diet to kids to help them grow strong and healthy and a good general diet to adults to keep them healthy as they mature.

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 13:28

Clematis are hungry, thirsty plants.  I buy mine as 3' high, multi-stemmed plants in tall, narrow pots from a specialist grower.   I then plant them in a good quality loamy compost for flowering plants in pots twice as deep and wide, if not more, and keep them there for at least a whole year so they can develop a good, strong root system before they go out into the hurly burly of life in the borders.  I train them on willow stems and keep them pruned after flowering and move them to a frost free place for winter so their roots are safe.

Every time they are potted on or planted out they go in about 4" deeper than they were before as this encourages extra shoots.   Whether they are in pots or in the ground they get a spring boost of slow release fertiliser and occasional liquid tonics of tomato food.

When I do plant them out I do it in early spring and cut all stems back so that I can put an upturned terracotta plant pot over them to protect the stems from hoeing accidents.   They then get a good feed, a very good watering and a few slug pellets to protect new growth.   

It's worth all the patience to get a really good, strong plant.

Quick growing climber - suggestions please

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 13:10

Make sure you give it the biggest pot you can and really good compost.   You will need to water regularly and top dress with fresh, slow release fertiliser every spring as it will use up the nutrients and get hungry.

Is the GARDENA irrigation computer EasyControl reliable?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 13:06

I have a simpler, older Gardena timer system which works perfectly well - insert battery, set timer and length of watering then turn on tap.   Works a treat but I do always test it over 2 nights before leaving.

I don't see why a reliable company would bring out something that doesn't work and risk damaging their reputation and future sales.

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