Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 15:06

Plank cutting and shuffling done but not completed because I can't find any 2x1 or 2x2 to do proper corner supports.    He's used 1x1!!  This is supposed to alst teh rest of our natural.  Not his way it won't.

Anyway, lime pickle all potted up and I'm off to get clean and do some sewing.   One frock to alter and one to sew up.

Possum is happier today after a torrid day with grumpy OH yesterday.  She's lost 3.5 kilos on a diet which doesn't not include chocolate mug cakes or pancakes but lots of healthy proteins and veggies.  We're thinking of disappearing for a couple of days and visiting a couple of Loire valley chateaux.

Only bits of sun here but a nice day nonetheless.  Not baking like other bits of Europe and not drowning, tho i wouldn't mind rain for a few days.

How's the painting coming along Hosta.  Don't suppose you could ask hubby how to neutralise a strong lime/olive green and turquoise colour scheme?  Don't want to find myself having to do 9 coats again when I start on the ex play room.    Did I mention she actually mixed sand in the paint for the downstairs toilet on the two bright, streaky yellow walls representing the beach?  There are starfish shaped mirrors stuck to the blue wall and tropical fish stickers swimming on the blue door...................

How do you prune a container grown climbing Rose

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 14:57

Ceramic because it doesn't absorb moisture or breathe too much so the compost doesn't get as thirsty and root temperatures don't vary too much or too fast.  Can be expensive for the big ones.    Wood because you can build it to size and paint or stain it to your taste.   Be sure to stand it on feet so it can drain and line with plastic so it doesn't rot.  Don't forget drainage holes and crocks;

Terracotta looks pretty but is seriously expensive if you buy the kind fired at a high enough temperature to protect against frost.  metal heats up and cools too fast so bad for root health.   Some of the plastic terracotta lookalikes are very good and are much cheaper than the real thing.  Line the inside walls with bubble wrap if you get cold winters.

Last edited: 03 August 2017 14:57:46

How to rejuvinate dead/old suffocated earth for a new garden?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 14:51

I would advise against rotavating while the soil is so deeply compacted as they don't go very deep and generally just tickle the top few inches.  Try instead to fork it over bit by bit - mind your back.  You don't have to go deep at this stage or lift great clods.  Just loosen the soil and let air in and some rain and then spread on as much well rotted garden compost and manure as you can get your hands on.  Leave it a week or two and then hire or borrow a rotavator to turn it over.   

If you want really good soil repeat the process of compost/manure and rotavating then let it settle a week or two again.  You can then mark out beds and a lawn area and rake the lawn area level ready for sowing seed or turfing in autumn when temperatures and rainfall are best for establishing new lawns.

Plenty of advice on preparing for lawns on the RHS website :-

Seed - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=424

Turf - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=410 

Video - https://www.rhs.org.uk/videos/advice/laying-a-lawn-from-seed-and-turf 

Planted bamboo in alkaline soil

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:26

I'd have thought manure was quite acid but, in any case, the RHS says it grows well in chalk soils.

Have a look here for info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/198411/Phyllostachys-aureosulcata-f-spectabilis/Details and then make sure you're watering it enough.  Sunshine and winds can be very dessicating to the foliage of a plant that's still trying to establish its roots.

What are these plants?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:23

Often happens doesn't it FG?  Great minds and all that.

So excited

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:22

Congratulations.  Lovely moth.

How do you prune a container grown climbing Rose

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:20

You don't re-pot.  You give it the biggest pot you can 60cm cube minimum and you refresh the top few inches every year and feed and feed.  Use best quality John Innes 3 type compost and bury the graft union 2 inches below soil level.  Leave a couple of inches at the top of the container to allow for watering.

I bought a Graham Thomas.  It failed to thrive and became a single stick.  I have dug it up, potted it and tended it and, 2 years later, it is now a stick with leaves and one flower bud.   Teasing Georgia, on the other hand, grew into a fine specimen covering a 1.8m square trellis panel with healthy stems and foliage and plentiful, lovely, perfumed blooms.

What are these plants?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:42

First looks like physocarpus Diabolo or one of its brethren.

No idea on the rose.  There are thousands of them to choose from.  try looking at websites of major rose growers to see if you can find one similar.  They should let you enter colour and perfumed - or not - to help narrow the search.

Ceanothus TREE!

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:39

Don't use stump paint.   It shouldn't bleed much at all if pruned at this time of year and it's much better left to heal itself with its own sap and cures.

Cut the branches at an angle - as you already know - so any rain drips off and doesn't cause rotting.  I would then give it a handful of blood, fish and bone loosely forked in around the base and a good drink if you haven't had much rain lately.

As insurance, you could try taking cuttings form the tips before you hack.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 12:09

Glad that's sorted out.  Can't let OH plant anything as he has black thumbs but he's OK on hedge pruning and looking after soft fruits once happily planted.  I have circumvented his indiscriminate weeding habits by putting him in charge of weeding the potager on the grounds that even he can see straight or staggered rows and hoe just the strangers.

The only lines of poetry I remember are from parodies we read in 1st year at grammar school -" I must go back to a vest again, a warm vest with sleeves".  The other was one on Hiawatha's mittens.    For Hamlet at A level, it's "Oh that this too too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew etc" - every time I decide to go on a diet.

I am busy making lime pickle for OH and then I'm going to sort out one of the offending raised beds to see if he gets the idea.  Possum will help by holding the plank I need to cut in two - stop it wriggling.

Last edited: 03 August 2017 12:12:00

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