Latest posts by Obelixx

Agapanthus from seed

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:15

I sowed some a few years ago and gave several babies to a friend and kept the rest in my own greenhouse.  Mine all perished as that winter was very cold but my friend's survived and he gave me one back last year so I now have a flowering baby.

Patience and frost free and you'll get some free plants.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:05

I've tried fig jam and found it far too sweet but maybe mixing it with orange would sharpen it up a bit.  Love the idea of fig chutney.  What's it good with?  

I've a cupboard full of jars or jams and chutneys from this year and last year and the year before which is why I did alcoholic damsons and blackcurrants this year.   

Still no rain which is good as OH is walking the dogs.  Need to put on some scruffy clothes for the next phase of packing.  There be cobwebs - amazing how they proliferate at this time of year. 

WW - we've offloaded stuff to furnish Possum's apartment and stuff to Oxfam and Trocs (2nd hand) but still have loads so it'll be one lorry for the house and another for the garden furniture, tools and plants which are multiplying.......    

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 12:45

Still no really wet stuff here or storms which is just as well as it meant we could offload all the books to the charity sale people.  A relief.  Now to carry on packing what we're keeping.

DD - you need to arrange a schedule of collections and keep Charlie informed about when and where since you can't count on OH to be reliable or fair about delivering on time.

WW and Hosta and Pat - hope all aches and pains and dodgy bits are better today.

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 12:29

Dove - my soil is alkaline too but is also a deep, fertile loam.  I planted my molinia first in the damp bed near the back of the house but their stems were repeatedly flattened by strong winds so I moved them over by the pond where they were more protected and I now get the tall stems I was after.

Stipas of any sort curl up their toes here.   Much too cold in winter even in the well drained parts.

I like hakonechloa and it did well in the damp bed but has been smothered this year by exuberant large leaved hostas which really enjoyed the long wet start to spring and summer.

Moving plants

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 12:22

Definitely no - neighbour needs to ask permission and also ensure his builders do no damage to your property including plants and access.

Having said that, the critical thing when moving peonies it to plant them at teh same depth as before because too deep buries the flowering buds and too shallow exposes them to frost and drought.  Get it just right and they re-establish well and produce flowers.

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 22:27

Molinia "Transparent" should be fine.  It's been in my garden for several years and done deep snow and deep freezes and still comes back in spring.

Artificial grass HELP!!!

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 16:17

It should be lying on a flat surface and fitted smooth because it isn't supposed to grow or shrink.

Don't pay the final bill till it has had time to "settle" and make sure they come back and fix it before you do.

May I ask why artificial grass?

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 15:42

Dove - I got into grasses in a big way a few years ago but apart from miscanthus zebrinus and miscanthus something else with leaves like the above and frothier flowers they all froze to death and even those two aren't wonderful after the cold wet spring and early summer.   A recent purchase of some molinia "Transparent" is doing well over by the pond and some bronze carex is self seeding all over the woodland path.

On the whole I'm coming back round to thinking the place for grass is short and green and in a lawn with clover and daisies and self heal!

Keukenhof - have you been ?

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 15:21

Hello Anni.  I've done it twice - once as a day trip from Belgium with my garden group which would't be feasible now given traffic levels and once staying in Amsterdam and meeting up with a fellow boarder and her daughter in 2007 - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/200704%20Keukenhof?sort=2&page=1

I would advise you to stay in Leiden which is a beautiful university town nearby with easy links to Amsterdam and the Hague which are also good possibilities for lodgings.   Check out buses and trams and train links to Keukenhof on their site.

get there early to be ahead of the crowds.   Plan to spend a good few hours if not the whole day.  There's a café and restaurant or you can take a picnic.  Make sure you have bottled water to save queuing for drinks, comfy shoes, a waterproof and that your camera is fully charged and its disk is empty and you have a notebook and pencil to jot down varieties you covet and combinations you like.  Beware the chalets with catalogues of bulbs.  Too easy to get carried away with your credit card.

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 15:07

Looks like one of the miscanthus to me with taht central stripe down the leaves but who knows which one?

Verdun likes grasses so maybe he recognises it.

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