London (change)
Today 13°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 13°C / 9°C


Latest posts by obelixx

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:59

Thanks.  It is a north wall with plenty of light as there are no neighbouring buildings or trees and it gets some sun after 3:30 between the equinoxes.  However it also suffers from brutal winds and severe frosts down to -32C in Jan 2009 but normally -20C in an average winter.   This mild winter we've just had means all the plants in there are very happy and about a month ahead of usual schedule.

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:08

I have 2 clematis growing on my back wall, north facing and planted in a mix of rubble from when it was a farm and builder's rubble from our renovations.  I dug out a big hole as Salino advises but for two of them I also made a raised bed by making a square U with roofing beams and filling it with good garden compost mixed with some potting compost.    

This gives the extra depth and fertility the clematis need and also supports a Falstaff rose.  I've planted spring daffs and alliums plus hardy geraniums in one and hosta Fire on Ice in another and mulched the whole lot with chipped bark.  These were done late autumn 2012 and all the plants are very happy.  The clems are a Minuet and a Caerulea Luxurians.



Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:15

My Arabella is lilac/mauve and is supposed to get to 2 metres - but I find that with each successive year it gts a bit bigger and produces more and more flowering stems that sprawl about as it is not self clinging.  I love it and it does flower for a long time.   It's also very hardy and copes with seriously cold winters.  Mine is planted in good soil in a hot, sunny bed and scrambles happily through a purple leaved cotinus.




Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:33

No.  Just make sure you get the planting soil and depth right and keep them watered and fed regularly.   Never let them dry out but don't let them sit in a puddle either.   Expect them to take a year or so to settle in and start really performing well.

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 09:22

Montanas are beautiful for a couple of weeks in spring but tend to need a whole house or lots of trellis or a long pergola as they are so vigorous.   There are smaller clems with a longer flowering period that will be far better suited to obelisks.

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:12

The evergreen clems tend to flower in winter or early spring and then look dull the rest of the year so need to be planted as a backdrop to other plants that carry on the display the rest of the year.

Clematis are hungry and thirsty plants with lots of thick, fleshy roots so your pots will need to be deep enought to let their roots grow and have access to plenty of food and water which will mean frequent waterings and feeding over the growing season.

Have a look at this site and research flower colours, flowering periods and also a suitable height for your obelisks.

Bolting rubarb

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 09:29

Just cut off all the flowering stems as and when they appear.  Water well and give them a liquid feed as a tonic.  Mulch generously with some good garden comost or well rotted manure after the plants have had a good soaking.   Give them another good mulch in autumn when the crowns have died down.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:46

I garden organically too but I have such persistent weeds creeping in or blown in from surounding arable land and pastures I use glyphosate to clear the paths and major infestations each spring.   However I deeply disapprove of Monsanto so nver use  Roundup.  There are other, cheaper glyphosate based weedkillers out there that do the job.

As No Expert says, why not use it on an area to get you started and maybe put down newspaper, cardboard or black polythene on the rest of your allotment so it'll be ready for you to work later on.   Then you can work at a sensible pace without being overwhelmed.


Red ants

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 17:54

If you don't want to be cruel, water the nest with a solution of one small bottle of essential oïl of cloves (paharmacies and health shops) mixed into 10 litres of water.  The ants hate the smell and will move somewhere else. 

Rhubarb Crumble

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 17:50

OH would have cream and ice cream if I let him.  I like either as long as it's real dairy ice cream and I also like real vanilla custard.

Just for a change I made rhubarb and strawberry cobbler this weekend and it's luscious.

Discussions started by obelixx

GW 2015

Programme content discussion 
Replies: 46    Views: 1260
Last Post: 16/03/2015 at 18:44

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 1513
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 09:30

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Catch up chat 
Replies: 3    Views: 700
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 09:18

Mare's tail

Replies: 3    Views: 912
Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 17:01

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Replies: 23    Views: 1305
Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:35

Beechgrove this weekend

Replies: 6    Views: 707
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Weekend 22 March

Chat about plans for the weekend 
Replies: 108    Views: 3885
Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 18:19

Good Morning - 21 March

Replies: 33    Views: 1804
Last Post: 22/03/2013 at 09:57

Choosing chillies

Replies: 3    Views: 1033
Last Post: 23/02/2013 at 18:47

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Replies: 32    Views: 2568
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 18:12

New shed - any tips?

Replies: 24    Views: 9543
Last Post: 22/02/2015 at 15:50
11 threads returned