Latest posts by Obelixx

Struggling to grow Lavender from seed

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 10:54

I think you may be trying too hard.   We have a lavender hedge of alternate Hidcote and Edelwiess along the top of a retaining wall.  The ground below is beaten earth topped with brick chippings and is a parking area.  It is well covered with lavender seedlings that I am now planning to lift and replant elsewhere.

The seeds fall in late summer and then cope with everything the winter throws at them which can be temps down to -20C in a normal year plus rain, snow, wind, frost and thaw.  They germinate and grow in spring.   They are all a uniform blue which is paler than Hidcote and are all bone hardy.

Try mixing your seed compost with some perlite or vermiculite or fine grit to improve drainage and leave them outside in a sheltered spot, but uncovered, for winter.   However, if you want guaranteed colour and form, it's best to buy small plants of a named variety and grow them on.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 23:13

What a shocking start to your day Busy.  I'm so sorry.   Virtual hugs all round.

Pleased for your Open Garden day success.   Pity about the locals but it is Mothers' Day and I expect they were busy with that.   Today has been very quiet - no walkers, no cyclists, no car or motor bike rallies or speedsters whizzing by.  All having lunch with ma.

I hope you can have a bit of a rest tomorrow before you have to prepare your presentation.

Been warm and sunny here but set to get cooler and wet and windy again by tomorrow evening.  I have done nothing much all day except snoozle and cuddle dogs and cook a roast lamb dinner.  

Both dogs have been rolling in duck poo on our lawn - courtesy of the pair nesting in our pond - and needed a bath and then we cleaned Rasta's ears with solution so she's all pristine for the vet to remove her stitches tomorrow.   Clearly felt got at as she started limping again!   Utter fraud.  She'd been galloping along the upstairs landing 10 minutes before.   Clown.

Plants for bed - wet/clay on one side only

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 22:50

Sounds like you need some plants for boggy situations unless you can dig the soil and incorporate masses of grit and houmous to open up the soil structure.

Have a look at plants like rodgersia, filipendula, astilbe, hemerocallis, lysimachia ephemerum, lobelia cardinalis, ligularia, primula to start you off.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:41

Hello everyone.   Lovely sunny day here and I had planned to be out in the garden enjoying it but have just woken up after a long snoozle on the sofa, still cream crackered after last night's end of year show at the dance club which I organise, publicise, direct and then DJ the after show dancing.  

My new feet are feeling very old and creaky and crunchy today.    My veggie babies will just have to wait another day.

Glad you had a good time at Busy's DD.  I hope she's enjoying the day too.

Don't fancy a Pimms just yet Dove but here in Belgium the sun is not far off the yardarm point where a glass of chilled white NZ wine will be most welcome while I cook dinner.    It's Mothers' Day here and we were supposed to go out for lunch but I was too tired so we're having proper roast lamb and Italian style garlicky roast new potatoes and rhubarb something for pud.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 16:26

That's why I don't use smilies.   Too limited and limiting.   It's not as if the English language is short of words.

Failed twisted willows

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 14:38

Might also be something very simple like frost, in which case it should recover.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 14:35

KT - There have been a great many posts expressing intense anger and rage and intentions to huff off to other forums or start a new one.   There have also been some strongly expressed pleas to change the visual presentation - font, back ground, size of blocks of post, blank spaces etc.

On the other hand, there are plenty of posts using moderate language to express disappointment, ask for the restoration of much used features such as first unread post, changes to format and colours as well as a willingness to wait and see how the techies get on with the fixes so that we can retain the great sense of community on here.

It is encouraging to see that Daniel is engaged and following up on our comments, requests and fault reporting and that he and Nora are trying to round them all up and assess for urgency, essential or "would be nice".   Daniel has also had the grace to recognise that the whole process has been badly managed and they will learn from this experience.

I have no technical issues to report - I use a laptop, don't use smilies or quotes, don't often post a picture, don't want email notifications etc - so for me it's all about the lack of threads visible at one time and learning to navigate again on what was formerly an easy site to use.  I did have a problem changing my status to include a new email address and Daniel was very helpful.

I can see that a Like or Useful button would be good but which its is wouldn't make any difference to most of us.  It's the prima donnas and the trolls who will misuse, take offence, get competitive and they'll do that with or without such buttons.

Good luck to Daniel and Nora and the techies for getting it all sorted out.  I hope you succeed.


Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:48

I imagine so.  I haven't had a brugmansia for over 20 years but the remains of foxgloves, aconitum, rhubarb leaves and everything else goes on our compost heaps and the results get spread on both veg and flower beds. 

Failed twisted willows

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:22

Other than clematis which should always be planted deeper to encourage more shoots and stronger roots, I've always though plants should be planted at the depth they were in their pot.   You need to soak the pot till no more air bubble appear, prepare the planting hole then loosen the roots before planting and back filling then water again.

If you've done all that and the plant has failed there is either a problem with your soil or a problem with the plant in the first place.  I don't understand why a twisted willow would be grafted.  You just need to take a twig or branch and put it in water or a pot of compost or the ground and it will root.

Try lifting the plant out and putting it in a bucket of water to see if it regrows leaves.  If it does, you may need to check your soil.  If it doesn't - take it back to the shop and get a refund or replacement.

Living Willow

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:11

Willows has an amazing will to live and root.   All you need to do is design the shape of your den and mark it out then plant your stems.   They're best done earlier in spring but I think you'll be OK doing it now.  

Make sure the ground is soft so you can push the stems in deep enough.  If not, water it well and maybe open up a slit with a spade then insert your stems and push the soil back with your boot.  Water well and watch it grow.

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