Latest posts by obelixx

Issues with a Leylandii Conifer

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 13:48

These things won't recover as they don't grow new shoots from brown wood which is why they always have to be pruned or trimmed leaving some green foliage.

Get rid and plant something lighter and brighter - after lathering on generous amounts of well-rotted manure and garden compost to help replenish soil nutrients and condition.

Planting a conifer - help on selection

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 12:18

Definitely not a conifer.  Most heights indicated are for growth after 10 years but that doesn't mean they stop growing.

If it has to be evergreen then definitely a holly which has been around a lot longer than Xmas!   However, look also at liquidambar which is deciduous but the bare branches in winter will provide a filigree effect for privacy.   Good shape and size and fabulous foliage colour in spring and autumn so lots of interest.

You could also look at winter flowering cherries such as - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=5464 which will give flwoers in winter and good foliage the rest of the year.

Moving House with Plants

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 22:56

They should both be going dormant at this stage of the year so, as long as they're well packed up and have some air around their heads and don't get squished by packing cases they should be fine for a few days.

When we moved from Harrow to Belgium I brought a Japanese maple, a rhus typhina dissectum, a Worcesterberry, a pot of proper English raspberries and a few other plants in smaller pots with us - all gifts or having special associations for me.  They spent 4 days in a sealed removal truck in June and were none the worse for wear.  I still have them all 24 years later - except the acer which succumbed to a very hard winter one year.

Cleaning decking next to plants.

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 11:53

Not a decking fan either.  

However, our terrace and front path are granite setts and they too get slippery in prolonged cold wet weather so need a pressure wash too and then I spray strategic routes with an anti algae spray and that helps.   Not sure if it works on wood.

Cleaning decking next to plants.

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 21:32

Decking does get slippery in wet weather and isn't likely to dry out now till the warmer end of spring or summer.

Pressure spray with water and then try chicken wire stretched and pinned over where you walk in winter if you can't do the whole surface.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 10:30

Have to agree about the camera work and direction.  I want to see the feet at all times.   Can't be that hard to show the entire dance from head to foot, in focus and with none of those long shots that show no detail.

I also think the dancing is entertaining enough without all the fancy effects that obscure visibility.

More work!

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 16:53

Horrible for you Berghill.  Is there a special reason for growing geums in tunnels?  Ours are all outside all year and don't get vine weevils - touch wood.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 00:21

Carol was dreadful.

Katie and Anton were mostly scuppered by the wrong music.   Definitely not Paso friendly.

Kirsty made a mistake but was not hopeless.

I do wish someone, some day, would do a proper salsa.  The footwork is very simple so the beauty and fun of the dance comes form the complicity between the two dancers and all the armography.  All they seem to do on Strictly is shimmy and strut and an occasional lift.   Very disappointing.

Anita was brilliant and the choreography was challenging and interesting.  I do wish the costume and make up departments wouldn't let their flights of fancy impede the dancing.

Jay and Helen were good too.   Peter André was underwhelming - again.


Climbing Roses

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:12

I've checked the website of my favourite rose supplier here in Belgium and it says this rose is not suitable for cultivation in a pot.

The RHS website says all roses need a generous dollop of slow release fertiliser in late winter/early spring plus additional feeds later on so I suspect your roses are simply not getting enough nutrients and root space.

If you can, plant them out in the garden and choose a more suitable specimen for your trough.   Either way, replace as much of the compost as possible with John Innes no 3 which is better than the multi purpose compost.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 15:28

Not all roses are suitable for containers as they don't like having their roots restricted and need a great deal of food and water do well.   Most will take a season to settle in wherever they are planted.

What varieties did you plant?  What compost did you use?  Did you feed them generously at the start of the season and water regularly with occasional feeds?

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