Latest posts by Obelixx

Help! Poorly silver birch tree

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 12:27

It needs liberating into the soil where it can stretch its roots and get all the water and nutrients it needs.  That will never happen in a pot unless you regularly remove it, trim its roots and re-pot with new compost, a top dressing of fertiliser and regular watering - over sized bonsai in other words.   Cruelty IMHO.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 07:45

Sunny start for the first time since we got back from Chelsea.  Not set to last though.  More storms forecast for later on and it is very humid.

Birds happy though - lots of chattering and chuntering and nagging and singing going on so there must be fledglings about, learning to feed and fly.   


Posted: 06/06/2016 at 22:01

Aconitum - very beautiful and good for bumblebees.   Won't get eaten by slugs and snails.

Like digitalis (foxgloves) it is toxic to humans so make sure you wash your hands after handling it or wear gloves.  No need to panic.  Lots of common garden plants are toxic and I have brought up my daughter safely with loads of these in the garden.


Posted: 06/06/2016 at 18:54

My page has been very pale grey and glary white ever since the changes.  Doing BOLD for PF really helps with clarity.

Glad you have a working phone Busy and good news about the rest of the wiring.  Let's hope he's right.

Well done Liri.  Great prize to win.  

Lily beetles - try and catch them and they do their kamikazi dive and hide upside down on the compost or soil where you can't see them.  Someone advised me that they come out at teatime so the thing to do was to wander out with a hot cuppa and hold it under them so they land in the tea instead and drown.

Last edited: 06 June 2016 18:54:14

Rhubarb regrets?

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 18:06

Good luck.   Works for me.

Rhubarb regrets?

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 17:03

Ants in numbers indicate the compost is too dry and they are nesting in it.  Their tunnel complexes will mean that you have plant roots hanging in thin air and your plants will start to suffer from lack of food and moisture.

Give the compost a really good soak, adding a small bottle of essential oil of cloves to every 5 litres of water and they will go away as they don't like the smell.

Consider re-potting the rhubarb or planting it out as it really does need loads more water than the rose and trachelospermum.

Johnsons Blue geranium

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 15:27

You can cut hardy geraniums right back to the ground after they've finished their flush of flowers.  If they have already started putting on fresh foliage you can just pull out the old stuff at the edges by hand.

Sprinkle on some fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure and water well.  In about 3 weeks you'll have a complete new set of fresh foliage and, in most cases, some new flowers later on.

Clematis Wilt

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 10:14

My alba luxurians somethimes gets its stems chewed by slugs and that makes it wilt.  The other major cause of wilt for me is OH being happy with a hoe so I now plant clems with a terracotta pot with the base bashed out and inverted over the base of the plant for protection.    

Other than that, as Richard says, thirst will do it but not in my garden this week.  8 days of rain, rain, rain.

What a difference a day makes

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 10:12

Lovely pics.  I especially like that first rose (variety?) and I'm a sucker for nectaroscordums too.  Your mum's rose looks perfect too.


Posted: 06/06/2016 at 09:07

We had a spectacular storm last night.  It suddenly became very dark as we watched huge clouds sweeping towards us from the north east and then the lightening started, the thunder clapped and the heavens opened.    More expected this evening apparently and probably tomorrow..

Busy - hope today goes well for you and your friends and that the weather isn't too bad for the weekend for you and DD.

Linda - my BIL and SIL both have AF and it's kept under control with meds and changes to diet.  Their mother had it too so OH has been checked and is fine - but he's had a healthier diet and always been more active.  I hope all goes well for your OH.

I have a cake to bake this morning to take to English Conversation reunion with my scientists.  Rhubarb something since it's growing like triffids at the mo.

Minor disaster - I have mislaid the bag with all my patchwork homework - 4 table sets and 2 to finish, 11 completed blocks for a quilt and 2 pinned ready to sew, reverse applique project ready to stitch.   Chinese embroidered dragon with patchwork panel to make a wall hanging........  Off to turn the place inside out while the cake bakes.

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