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Latest posts by obelixx

dividing hostas

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 11:55

I do mine in early spring when the buds show.  Otherwise I find they sulk.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 11:10

Too cold and damp for anything to be going on here apart from moles up to their tricks and Rasta doggy (wheaten terrier) trying to excavate them so the grass looks like a bomb site and she needs a bath.

I hope your knee's OKfor the flight Hostafan.

What sells well at charity plant sales?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 09:01

I would think plants such as white foxgloves, fancy aquilegias, astrantias, rudbeckias in unusual colours, geums, hardy geraniums, less common salvia varieties and so on.

I've organised plant sales before and named chillies usually go down well but not so much toms and cougettes which are easy to pick up in markets and garden centres. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:33

Godness Hostafan.  I hope you do rest properly and recover pronto.

Mrs G - good luck.  i hope your production goes well.   

No gardening here as we're freezing again but my cake experiments were brilliant and so was our Boogie class.    More freezing tomorrow so the only gardening I'm likely to get done is feeding the birds and maybe washing seed trays for when I start my chillies and toms next month.


ID Please

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 14:52

Looks like iris foetidissima to me.

Clementis Pruning

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 13:37

Give all clematis a generous feed of proper clematis food as growth starts again in early spring.  It helps them produce healthy new growth and plenty of flowers.  They also respond to occasional liquid boosts of tomato or rose feed from spring to early summer.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:45

A few inches of snow overnight so no gardening but OH has been out and cleared a path to the front door and also the garages as the doors wouldn't open this morning.

Since venturing out to give the birds an extra helping, I have taken refuge in the kitchen and am making soup and cakes whilst thinking about which veggies to grow in which bed this year.  I still have some Savoy cabbages and kale out there so may pick some to have with our rogan josh for dinner.

If anyone's ready for a coffee break the cakes are banana, apple and pecan and a coconut, lemon and blueberry - for tomorrow's Boogie class.

anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 11:28

I have one plant kept over from lastyear but won't be sowing new ones till next month when light levels are better.   My sunniest window sills already have herbs and the chilli and a baby mandarine tree so are a bit full.

Clematis Josephine Pruning Advice Needed

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:19

I have always worked on the basis that Group 2 clems are pruned after their first flush of flowers is finished in May/June and then fed generously to encourage a second flush of flowers at the end of summer.  At this pruning, its usual just to remove dead flowers and then maybe take out one or two stems back to the base to encourage fresh growth and vigour.

However, in my garden, I treat Group 2s like group 3s as they always get their tops frozen to bits in my winters so anime form mid Feb to mid March, depending on the weather, I prune them back to about 9 inches above the ground and give them a generous dollop of proper clematis food and a mulch of well rotted garden compost.  It usually means they flower a bit later but then I dead head and they keep flowering for months.   Nelly Moser flowered till December last year and Rahvarinne till November.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 14:44

When we moved from Harrow to Belgium we also kept the vaccuum cleaner and dusters with us as we were going to be arriving 3 days ahead of the furniture - one of the benefits of departing long distance on a Friday.

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