Latest posts by Obelixx

Slup pellets

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 09:23

Yes, it will if they eat them or any slugs affected.   I saw a report on TV a few days ago about slugs in Essex, Suffolk and hereabouts devastating farmers' crops of rapeseed so I can understand but I don't see why they can't use the newer, wildlife friendly pellets.

I do and find they're very effective.

Treating chlorosis in Holly

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 21:19

It can also be caused by magnesium deficiency.  To fix that, give a foliar feed of 15ml of Epsom salts in 5 litres of water.


Posted: 30/05/2016 at 17:43

Yours has such striking foliage I don't think it'll need a flower for a few years yet while it grows bigger.



Posted: 30/05/2016 at 17:09

If you've already bought it and have the name, you can check it online.  Those with perfumed flowers should mention it on the plant label or info in the nursery or garden centre.    Otherwise, trial and error - when your hosta's big enough, let it flower and see if it's worth it or not and then leave or snip accordingly.

Slup pellets

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 15:48

I'd have thought they'd make them ill if not dead.  This extract is from Toxipedia.  Who knew there was one of those?

In addition to laboratory studies on mice and rats, data indicate that the compound is toxic to various other organisms. Although LD50 values, the median lethal dosages, are unavailable for birds, several cases of death have been reported for birds feeding in metaldehyde-treated areas. Likewise, poultry living in exposed areas have shown tremors, muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, and diarrhea. Metaldehyde does not seem to affect aquatic organisms (#EXTOXNET). Pelleted baits have been reported to be toxic to multiple organisms. Likewise, these baits are appealing to dogs, and therefore numerous agencies recommend that pets be confined during the application of the chemical. 


Posted: 30/05/2016 at 15:41

Some of my hostas have lovely white flowers and some are perfumed and some are deeper purple than the usual lilac which I like anyway.

Most young hostas do better if the flower stalks are removed for the first year or two so they can bulk up and, unless you are a breeder, spent hosta flowers should be removed before they go to seed as that signals to the plant that the leaves can die down now, job done.   Not wasting energy on seeds prolongs the life of the foliage.

If you really are growing them just for the foliage, remove all flower buds and stalks every spring.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 14:44

It is cold and very wet here?  Persisting down half the night (didn't sleep well so heard it) and all morning and is still at it.  Now we have water running along the road and a nice bit of aquaplaning on the level part towards town.  

Have done a horror shop and am now stocked up with organic eggs and lemons to make lemon curd for the ladies at my patchwork class on Thursday.  One really likes it and the others have never tasted it.   Not a Belgian thing.

We have a schedule of train strikes here - anti austerity and so on.  Possum starts her exams tomorrow so one of us has to drive her to Namur, hang around an hour, drive her to Jambes for her Patrimoine project and then fetch her home.   There won't be any parking available and traffic will be heavy - but nothing like south London on Saturday!

BL - you must be so frustrated.   Hope you get to Norfolk OK.

4P - I like your arch and agree about roses needing perfume.  If the sun ever shines, my Kiftsgate will be flowering in a few days and I'll take a photo.  You'll have to imagine the pong.

Hope your trip goes well Dove.  We stop every couple of hours too when we go on hols but that's to let the dogs stretch their legs tho we now find they can do 4 hours no bovver as they just sleep now they're used to it.      

It is so cold here I need to go and find a cardi.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 14:18

Liri - the problem with Andy's garden is that, as ever, it's more hard landscaping than plants and this year it looked like the majority of his plants were tender and also hard to find as well as being just plain dull.  

I have a few tender plants in my garden that I take into shelter for winter but the majority are hardy and good doers that come back and do their thing each year with no fuss.  I went down the route of sourcing special varieties of unusual plants when we started this garden and have lost just about every single one to hard or wet winters.  Waste of time and money.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 23:57

Visited RHS Hyde Hall the day after we were at Chelsea.  Wanted to see the dry garden and the winter garden but they've only just started planting the latter with a couple of curved rows of coloured stem shrubs.    Lots of alliums and some really lovely perfumed roses and the rock garden has some fabulous plants but too much euphorbia for me.  


I bought a thalictrum delaveyii some years ago expecting it to get to 90cms.  2 metres later I decided maybe it was Elin.   Finally had to move it somewhere else to give it space and it now grows to about 1m30..........   Lovely foliage and creamy flowers with a hint of lilac as they mature.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 23:30

It's a great day out and showcases excellent garden design but, more importantly, the skills of the growers who provide all those plants in perfect condition and also the landscape teams who construct them and make it all work.   What's more, you can talk to people about their gardens - see pic of Matthew Wilson chatting to a spectator - and ask the experts on their stands about the plants and thus pursue something likely to succeed in your conditions.

Lots more seating for picnics thus year and the new artisans area was interesting.

I thought Diarmuid's garden was great fun, very clever and beautifully planted.  i though Andy Sturgeon's planting was desperately dull and most of it not hardy so not inspirational.   Cleve West's garden was gorgeous apart from that silly globe.  Chris Beardshaw's was very calming and sublime but full of interesting textural detail.  

I liked the Berber/Jordan garden which had texture and form and colour and life giving water, despite representing an arid region;  The arid provençal garden was just a stony mess with sparse weedy plants - the sort of place that if you liked gardening and plants you'd ship in loads of muck and compost and then do a Beth Chatto dry garden inspired scheme. Most of the other gardens were buzzing with bees but not that one.

I loved the Greening Grey Britain garden which had loads of interesting ideas and plants but my favourite was the Yorkshire garden and I'm very pleased for Matthew Wilson.

The pavilion was, as always, packed with fabulous plants in perfect condition and cleverly displayed.   Loved the Hillier stand which was very different from previous years.    Loved all the specialists showing just roses, just clematis, just irises, just hostas and so on.  

The Chelsea Flower Show is just great.


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