Latest posts by Obelixx

Chris on Beechgrove

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 09:40

I think he's great too - so knowledgeable and clever with design and keeping up with new techniques and plants whilst loving the old too and communicating it all so well.  

Had a chat with him at Chelsea in 2007 - the only designer to stand outside his garden and meet people.  Another old poster - Rhoda Dendron - and I quizzed him about hebes (old GW joke),  Flying Gardener and Hidden Gardens.  He was very friendly.  I've since seen Matthew Wilson and Adam chat to people too and let them take photos whereas Monty just turns his back.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 09:33

TB is not a good way t o start or even end a day.  What were the Beeb thinking?

Have been for my blood test and, as ever, te nurse had trouble finding a vein so I'm full of holes in both arms.   Now I'm having a coffee before I attempt anything else.   Feeling fresh out there.  16C now but a wind chill - in August for heaven's sake - that makes it feel like 11C. 1.5mm of rain is the storms that failed to appear which makes 60mm since mid Jan.

I shall go and weed anyway as soon as I've finished Possum's new top.

AR - we've been watching John Torode in Korea so ordered up some spices and pastes to try a few recipes.  The Korean blast will now be this weekend and Possum can help.

Didn't watch the Partition programme cos I knew I'd get cross.   The Foreign Office had no idea then and probably still no idea now.  Same sort of chaps who did the partition of Africa between Britain France and Germany in the 1880s with no regard to geography or tribal territories.   Where do these people get "educated"?

Hope OH gets better soon Pat.   I leave mine alone if he's rude enough to get grumpy when I'm looking after him but I do ply him with drinks and tempting morsels or just soup.   He likes soup.

RG - I have been known to have words with plants about doing or dying.  Seems to work most times.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 21:36

Being late to the parenting game means we have been restricted to school terms since 2000 when she started in primary school.   One more year of bachelor's then 2 of Masters and we'll be free although restrictions now are more about her coming to see us rather than us going on hols.   Definitely planning to stay at home for future school and college hols.

What's already been done to that church is sacrilege.   Surely no architect involved there, just a bodger.

Got distracted sewing today and t'other pair said nothing till 9pm so threw together a quick stir fry rather than the Korean blast I'd been plotting.   Another night then.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 14:43

Power to your elbow Liri - and your secateurs and loppers!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 14:13

Pat - I hope hubby improves.  Sounds like you need to change pharmacy and she's right - better to know what to look out for and react early than have full blown pneumonia hit you both over the head, so to speak.

Don't like coffee creams but do love proper Turkish Delight with all the nuts and no chocolate, not even Belgian.

We now have 18.5C and Possum has put on some heavy winter baggies with her sleeveless top as she was feeling cold.  Minstrel came in very cross about a 5 minute shower that stopped play and proceeded to have hysterics upstairs, aided and abetted by a wild looking Cosmos.   I now need to re-file quite a few boxes of sewing patterns.......

Can't do owt about the weather here either so have now accepted that I won't get my rose courtyard or my clematis and rose arbour or my fruit cage until we've had some serious autumn rains (fingers crossed) and sourced a lorry load or 3 of horse poo.   Meanwhile, much watering.  Even the new herb bed is struggling with the prolonged drought.

NB - Hugs.  Glad you got your washing done.  Leaves more time for gardening!

Last edited: 09 August 2017 14:14:20

To paint or not

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 13:59

I love cream and green on garden sheds.  Did myself in our last garden.   However, here the sheds are staying brown as they are smaller and the garden is larger and in need of total reclamation and re-design.  Sheds haven't even made it to the list of things to do.

Agree that in a small garden fence colour is important but think the colours should be subtle - pale, entle blues and greens will make them seem larger and brighter but, like Hosta, I think dark colours help them disappear and show off the plants.

Exotic tree peony seeds

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 11:23

Pot them.  The leaves will need daylight to start photosynthesising and making energy for further growth.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 11:21

So I've heard.   Time to start wishing for decent last half of August or maybe an Indian summer?   Planning your winter break?

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 10:50

14C!!  that's almost winter!

Clematis Advice Please

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 10:49

I agree with Pete.  group 3s are much easier to maintain and grow well.  Evergreen clems such as armandii have  a very short flowering period and then rather dull foliage for the rest of the year.  You might like to consider a cirrhosa instead - prettier, oak leaf like foliage and speckled flowers in winter.

For your north facing clem I would suggest caerrulea elegans - lilac/purple flowers with green tips or Blue Angel (aka Blekitny Anioll).  Both are group 3s so get cut back hard every spring, a generous feed of clematis food or slow release tomato or rose feed and the guiding into their supports as they grow.  They will flower for months through summer.  For perfume, go for Betty Corning - nodding lilac bells and scent too.

I suggest you have a search of this academic clematis sit for perfume, colour and flowering period  - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm - and then have a chat with Richard at Hawythorne's for further advice - https://www.hawthornes-nursery.co.uk/ .  He sometimes posts on here and is always helpful.

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