Latest posts by Obelixx

Punning a Weeping Willow Tree

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 19:34

In my experience, pruning weeping willows like you have leads to some very vigorous re-growth.  It should be fine but be prepared to have to repeat prune on a regular basis.

No tree will live forever and weeping willows have a failry short life span of about 50 years because they are such rapid growers.  The info on this website may provide support for yu if the local authority carrie son being silly - http://sciencing.com/lifespan-weeping-willow-6497094.html

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 19:07

Some lovely photos.   Best wishes from me too Berghill.   Hope all goes well and you'll be back in form soon.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 18:41

I've just sent OH out on poo patrol Lants.   He never cleans the bathroom so he gets to deal with cat and dog loos instead.  Seems fair to me.

Warm here at 22C earlier on but clouding over and feeling quite dark now.  At least the wind has died down so it's comfy out there.   The forecast is for proper rain overnight.  Seems eminently sensible to me unless, of course, you're a nocturnal critter looking for dinner or amagpie sat on eggs high up in th trees - we have two such nests.

Water butt hunt only partially successful.  Only 2 left in stock but while waiting for him to fetch them out of storage I found an acer Sango Kaku going for 18.95€ so it came home too.   The SM where we do grocery shopping had half price plants so I've rescued two pots of 3 good sized osteospermums that just need a drink and dead heading for 2.25 each and a nandina domestica Fire something for 4€.  Bargains.

Dogs walked, kittens let out to play.  Time to be thinking of dinner and a glass of wine.

Well done to all bamboo shifters.  Mammoth task.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 13:16

Same here Liri.  Far too hard to maintain a cut tho I did have a bob for years when I worked in an office.  Have spent most of my life with long hair.  Only a bovver when it's really hot and it refuses to stay up - too smooth for grips and clips and so on.  Apart from a few white streaks at the side it's mostly still my natural colour too so looks OK long.  Pity about the front view!

Fuchsia pink Moroccan kaftan fixed, pants altered and a skirt half made.   Lunch has been had - full English except for black pud - and now to get washed and dressed for water butt hunts.


Posted: 05/05/2017 at 13:04

Too wet.  If grown in pots they need to be in good quality loam based compost - John Innes no 3 - and to have regular feeds of liquid tomato food form spring to mid July.   They do not want to be soggy.

I suggest you check your roots for pests and, while it's out of the pot, treat it to some fresh compost then water generously to get it established again and settle the compost round the roots but then only when a finger pushed into the top inch feels dry.

Birds nesting in roof eaves

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 12:59

We ended up with a large colony of sparrows in our roof eaves in Belgium.  The only thing we did was block off the tight angle of the roof from the inside to reduce the number fledging inside into the attic - and being caught by our cats.   Worked a treat.

Our letter box was on the garage wall below and its lid needed a regular clean as the parents ditched poo sacs but that's all.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 10:21

Butty!  What's taken them so long to realise you need a CT scan?   Progress indeed.  Have fun with Lyn.   No new hostas here till I see how the ones I brought with me do in the new bed which is now a foliage bed with lots of hostas.

OH is ironing.  Dogs and kittens all flopalot.  I'm off to sew.

New to gardening - caring for plug plants

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 10:18

Pot them all on now into small pots - too big may lead to roots rotting so it's best to pot on in stages as they grow.

Pinch out all flowers and flower buds so they concentrate on root and leaf growth for a while as this will make stronger plants that flower better.  They'll soon catch up and produce more flowers.  An occasional liquid feed of tomato food will help.

Keep them watered, but not drowning, and keep them sheltered from winds and late frosts and cold nights.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 10:12

Liri - I have never lost a bird that came down the chimney or in thru the window.  OH clearly needs a talk on tactics.

Good luck with the mane taming.  I now just grow mine long enough to tie back and give my fringe an occasional trim so I can see out.  Any other "style" means I can't see when I'm bending over in the borders.

It's a long weekend again here in France as Monday is the VE day holiday.   Big day on Sunday too.

Plant hunting tomorrow at an organic veggie garden and nursery that has an Open Day.

Passion fruit leaves yellowing and falling off - what to do?

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:22

Not an expert but it looks hungry to me and I think that pot is too small.  Planting composts are usually formulated with a max of 90 days' worth of nutrients so I suggest you feed it some liquid tomato fertiliser which will help with flowers and fruits and give it a top dressing of slow release granules for the longer term.   

This is what the RHS has to say about growing this plant but bear in mind they are not reliable hardy outdoors in the UK so adjust as necessary - www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=295

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