Latest posts by obelixx

Clematis Coming of Age

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 23:02

It's gorgeous.  Well done.

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 09:29

Skills yes - fumbling no.    OH likes to use hand shears for hedges but I am pleased that technology has moved on and prefer the electric version - but then I don't do topiary.

Removing mould on plant pots?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 08:54

I agree.  It's a natural process and should be left to itself.  However, if you really don't like it the way forward for future pots is to varnish the inside of the pots with up to 3 layers of clear acrylic varnish as this will reduce the penetration of moisture from the compost and thus reduce the effloressence.   

War Memorial Plants

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 22:32

OH and I went to Ypres and Tyne Kot for Armistice Day last year.   We were struck by how amazingly clean and tidy all the war memorials were from small cemeteries in Ypres to the huge expanse of Tyne Kot as well as all sorts of memorials on some of the roundabouts and hidden away in industrial estates.  Photos here in case they help - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1411%20Ypres%20and%20Tyne%20Cot?sort=9&page=1 

Being a gardener, I also noticed a distinct lack of greenery apart from the expanses of grass and a few twiggy roses, lavenders and heucheras at that time of year.   I would therefore advise going with evergreen foliage plants such as mahonia which can start flowering any time from November to February and is perfumed, skimmias and pieris if the soil is acid and maybe gaultheria mucronata 'Lilian' which produces pink berries from October.    My viburnum bodnantense Dawn is flowering now and evergreen viburnum Eve Price will flower over winter.   

If you plant some of these as structure, you can under and inter plant with spring bulbs and a wide range of herbaceous flowering plants and other shrubs to extend the season of interest all year.

pruning a climbing rose

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 21:26

Golden Showers can be expected to get up to 4 metres high - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/119717/Rosa-Golden-Showers-(Cl)/Details 

Try training new stems as horizontally as possible.   This will reduce height but also increase flowering vigour.   Cut out the older flowered stems a third at a time so you get a 3 year rotation of constantly renewed stems and flowering vigour.

pruning a climbing rose

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 20:49

Do you know its name?  Some rose varieties are just more vigorous than others.   Ramblers tend to be more pliable than climbers.

Either way, the best advice I can give is to check out the name and confirm it's type and then follow the instructions on the RHS website - 

Climbers - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=189

Ramblers - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=169 

Kohl rabi

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 17:00

I don't think it lends itself to cooking.  Far too much juice content.

Kohl rabi

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:17

I just peel it and grate it and serve either "remoulade" with a mustardy mayonnaise dressing or else mix it with grated apples and carrots and serve it like a cole slaw.   Very refreshing. 

What's this then?

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:14

I can't tell from the pics but, if the stem is square, it looks a lot like a weed I've found here for the last few years.  Produces small yellow flowers and self sows like mad.  Easy to pull up though.


Posted: 17/11/2015 at 12:57

Haven't been there since I was a nipper.   Love the photos RB, especally those leaves.

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