Latest posts by Obelixx

Pruning a Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 23:41

It should be done in early spring as new foliage buds start to open.  You can either take every stem back to a healthy pair of buds - always leaving a  spare pair below in case of nasty frosts - or you can take out at one third of the oldest, dullest stems each year.   As it's a bit late, I suggest you try doing the latter this year so you get some renewed, fresh colour and then next spring, you can either carry on like that but earlier or go for the full cut, also earlier.

Clematis ID

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 23:31

There is a website linked to Hull university that lists 3700 clematis and has a search facility - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm 

I suspect it would be easier to send your picture to nurseries such as http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/ or http://www.kelways.co.uk/category/clematis/90/ or https://www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk/ or http://www.raymondevisonclematis.com/main/home.asp to see if they recognise it and stock it.

Blind daffodils

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 23:14

Daffodils go "blind" usually because they are starved or over crowded so yes, dig them up if you can and replant at a good depth and with space between each bulb and a generous dollop of pelleted chicken manure or similar and some well rotted garden compost to improve soil texture.  

Water them in well and they should produce flowers next year or the year after - assuming no-one has cut off the foliage before it's had time to replenish the bulbs.  It needs to be left a minumum of 6 weeks and preferably until it has died down naturally.  Never knot it or remove it too early in an attempt to be tidy.

Last edited: 02 June 2016 23:14:34

non flowering Clematis freckles

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 22:55

This clematis produces flowers on growth produced the previous year so you've been happily removing all the flowering potential with all your pruning.

Give it a generous feed of specialist slow release clematis food or rose fertiliser.  Train all new growth as horizontally as possible and wind it back and forth across its support rather than letting it shoot vertically.  This will help it produce more flowers.  Works for climbing roses too by the way.

Do not prune it again this year.  It should flower from next autumn through to spring unless you get a really cold snap which it won't like.   You can trim it after flowering finishes next spring if it needs tidying up and then give it another good feed and it should flower every year if you repeat this regime.

I stand with Pansyface

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 21:51

It's for 48 hours only and there are other ways of being disruptive on a forum that don't involve posts visible to all.   We don't know and don't need to know but, given the way Daniel and the team have coped with and responded to all the many polite posts, strongly expressed complaints and sometimes aggressive diatribes about the forum changes do you really think they would have blocked her without due warning or due cause?

I'm sorry she's been blocked - for whatever reason - and I hope she will return.

I also hope that the forum will soon be more easily accessible to people with visual impairment.

Lastly, I wish PF and her husband all the best and all the courage needed to deal with her illness.

Underperforming rhododendrun

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 21:46

Is it in a pot or in the ground?  I may have been too thirsty last summer and early autumn which is when they set their flower buds for the next display.  It may have been given too much nitrogen feed which promotes leaves but not flowers.  

If yours is otherwise healthy, I suggest you give it a good dollop of slow release rose or tomato food together with a liquid drink of rose or tomato food for an instant tonic and followed by a mulch of ericaceous compost or soil improver formulated for rhodos, azaleas and other ericaceous plants.   Make sure it doesn't get dry in August and September and it should be fine next spring.

Progress update

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 21:33

I think we need to calm down here.  There are other ways to transgress and break forum protocols than on posts we can all see so we don't have, or need, all the details.  The ban is for just 48 hours which seems to me to be a reasonable cooling off period.

We all know the updates to the forum were badly managed but Daniel, Nora and the team have worked very hard to fix things and make it work again.   What many don't realise is that the changes apply to the whole GW site which needs to be accessible on media other than laptops and PCs in order to maintain and increase its audience and generate revenue.   This is a commercial site which we get to use for free.

Given the tone and language in a significant number of posts complaining about the changes Daniel and co have been very forbearing and I don't think they would block someone lightly.   I do hope I'm not wrong about that.


Posted: 02/06/2016 at 17:17

My daughter, born and brought up in Belgium so bilingual and with a BBC English accent makes me laugh when she tries to say "Put t'wood in th'ole" and "Tha's in t'road" both expressions I dredge up from my youf in Lancashire.  I also use Dinna fash, canny lass and bairn which come from my Geordie/Scots rellies up Seaham way.   She hasn't picked up on those.   

No gardening today.  last night we had torrential rain with thunder and lightening and today has been cold, grey and mostly wet.    Didn't matter anyway as I had patchwork class today but getting there was interesting on wet roads with heavy traffic and heavy spray - trains and buses on strike now.  I've let myself in for some reverse appliqué but only because I can do it by machine.  Life is too short for the other kind.  For September, they've decided to have a patchwork apron competition.   Might do a cooky one for Possum and a gardening one for me.....

Looks like tomorrow will be cold and dark but dry and Saturday will be colder and very wet.   I suppose I can get indoor stuff done but I do wish the sun would come and warm us up and let us play and work outside.

I hope it's better your way.   


Posted: 01/06/2016 at 23:31

DD - yes I have noticed and add the English spelling when it tries to tell me I'm wrong.   French speakers use the same construct as going to with the verb aller - je vais au marché; je vais faire; je vais voir...  

It is cold and wet here and we're having thunderstorms now.  Bonzo dog doesn't like those and creeps under the furniture.   I'm getting fed up with being stuck indoors as there's so much to do out there and the grass is growing apace and far too wet to cut.   Belgians talk a lot about weather.  Lot of it about.

Possum has asked me to make fish and chips.  Wants traditional English food.   She'll have to wait till it warms up and dries up.  Not using the deep fat fryer indoors.  Not even sure it will work.  Last used it about 20 years ago for some visiting children whose parents let them have chips with everything.  Quel horreur!

Patchwork class for me on Thursdays.  I hope we all get decent weather for our assorted activities and travels.

What is this?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 00:15

Looks a lot like fat hen to me.   Weed.

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