Latest posts by Obelixx

Cutting garden

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 11:16

I'm planning to have a cut flower bed or two in my new veggie patch.   Never grown flowers for cutting before so any tips on best varieties for growing and cutting and vase life are welcome.  

Also, apart from perennial cut flowers, do I need to include annuals in the general crop rotation scheme?

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 10:41

Morning all - just.  Only half a degree of frost at 9am when we had our first coffee and since then I've been tucked up under the duvet reading and communing with a kitten and a Rasta bear.  Minstrel is fine when the dogs are still but wary when they move but this morning I had them both cuddled up with just a couple of inches between them as they wooed each other.  Very funny and time consuming but worth it.   Cosmos, having gone form one safe home witha  dog to another has no fear and has played with Rasta from the start.

Busy and GWRS - the recipe I use is very easy but I do cut each eighth of lime in two across the middle to make them less chunky.  2 days of soaking in salt then a quick cook and it's ready to use one week later.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/22191/indian+lime+pickle   You can adjust the level of chilli and add a bit extra sugar according to taste.   Some limes are a lot more sour than others.

I tried another recipe last time but it involves fermenting the limes and looked and smelt awful.  OH likes it but then he likes andouillettes.

I now have my broken toe strapped to the big one and am keeping off it as much as poss so maybe some sewing today and veg plot planning.    Does anyone have cut flower beds?   What do you grow and do they need rotating?

Have a good day all - lovely views FG and gorgeous reptiles Pat.   Have you got a pink bonnet to keep you head warm Hosta?.

Roses for Rose Arch

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 10:25

My GG was definitely a climber but too stiff and strong for a rose arch which needs more flexible stems so you can wind them about diagonally and horizontally to encourage more blooms.

Roses for Rose Arch

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 17:17

I had a beautiful Generous Gardener in my last garden.  It was very strong and vigorous and covered 3 panels of trellis.  I wouldn't have thought it supple enough for training on an arch.

Tree pruning

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 17:15

The RHS has this advice for renovation pruning of old apple trees - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=279

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:42

Same here but no horses, fortunately.   I tried washing a window trough for some bulbs but had to bring it indoors.   Sounds a bit of a slog Busy.

The kittens are both stretched out luxuriating on a folded towel on the kitchen radiator where they've been sat for ages avidly watching the birds at the feeders.   Totally fascinated so they'll probably need collars and bells when they are finally allowed out.

I have made 3 kilos of lime pickle for OH.  Should keep him going for a while.    

We have also measured the intended veggie plot.  25m x 30m with a donkey shed at a slight angle near one corner and a slab of concrete in a daft place further back and also at an angle.   Bit bigger than I thought so now I'm boggled trying to plan the space to be productive but attractive.

Tree pruning

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:34

Or do what Monty did on the first programme in the BIg Dreams Small Spaces programme and take out several stems cutting them back to the trunk and then shorten the ones you keep.  However, as Pansy says, it's always going to want to be a big tree and if you want a smaller one with lower vertical ambition you need to swap.

Bamboo trimming

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:31

Not as far as I'm aware.

However you can lighten the clump by taking out every other stem, or even 1 in 3 or 4 if you prefer, right down to the base and then, if you like, remove all the leaves on the remaining stems up to your shoulder or head height depending on preference.  This will make the clump more transparent and airy.

Roses for Rose Arch

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 15:48

David Austin do repeat flowering rambling roses which would be easy to twine round an arch.  They have Malvern Hills - soft yellow, Lady of the lake - soft pink and others.   Have a look on their website.

Geranium / pelargonium

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 14:14

Me too but I also explain why pelargoniums were first mistakenly called geraniums.  I point out the importance of botanical names for correct identification because, as Nut says, common names don't always refer to the same plant and you need accuracy to get the right cultivation details and reduce losses thru error.

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