Latest posts by Obelixx

Worth keeping ?

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 23:03

The colour is similar to my Red Robin which is one of my favourites and a very good doer which copes with everything our winters can throw at it.

This one has a different and very attractive flower shape.  Worth keeping.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 22:59

Congrats Panda.   Good luck with all the planning and preps.

Busy - you sound like a glutton for punishment but it does sound like a good thing to do so good luck with the presentation and, of course, the OG.

Possum is a Marvel fan too and all sorts of other stuff.  Last weekend she made us watch Jurassic World.   Good job we didn't pay to see it at the cinema!   


Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 22:41

Been an ordinary member since 1989 and think it has evolved in leaps and bounds in terms of communication with members - improvements to magazine - plus projects and schemes and research to improve garden skills and knowledge throughout the community.    Great stuff.

nelly moser

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:18

They'll probably change colour as they open up and the weather warms up.

Mine has hardly started growing yet and certainly isn't big enough to produce flower buds yet - but then I do treat it as a group 3 and prune it hard in spring as winter kills off the top growth here.

Soil contamination

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:15

Chemicals available to EU gardeners are now severely limited and highly tested.   If used according to the instructions there is no danger.

Round-up is designed to be toxic to any plant whose green stems or leaves it touches.  It becomes inert in the soil and will not affect your crops.

It has been shown in EU scientific studies to be a problem for some habitats if it gets into water courses.   It also seems to be a problem to human health in some poorer, non EU countries where farmers are locked into GM crops which are bred to be resistant to glyphosate and then use it in too high concentrations to kill weeds.  

If you are still unsure, you can google for info on soil tests for toxic waste.

Small triangular garden design. Advice required for hosting please.

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:51

OK.  How much further out are you planning to extend the patio?   

I suspect it's going to leave you with a very small lawn but it's very much up to you whether or not you want to maintain one - it does look healthy - or replace it with something that requires less upkeep.

ID please... I'm hoping...

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:47

Much nicer than delphiniums IMHO and not susceptible to slug damage.   Enjoy.

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:46

First, the show gardens, big and small.   Then the floral pavilion so you can absorb the colours and perfumes and get up close to some of the most popular exhibits and also chat with the nurserymen and women as they're very happy to answer questions and hand out plant lists and/or catalogues so you can order plants if desired.

The only plants you can buy at Chelsea are some lily bulbs on the lily stand and seeds on some nursery displays and at the seed stalls in the shopping street.

There are also people selling decorative stuff including a chap who sells rusty iron peony supports which are also great for herbaceous clems but he sells out quite quickly so get in quick and ask him to keep them for you.

After that relax and see the show gardens again later on as the light changes and casts different shadows.   It's a full day so take the time to relax and sit a while.  

On a practical note, there's a Felco stand where you can get spare parts for your secateurs and they'll fix them if you bring them.  Stands selling gloves at good deals, wellies, hand tools, clothing and so on.  

Make sure you take your camera to help you remember memorable plants and combinations and gardens and, maybe, the odd gardening hero.


Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:13

They now limit the numbers so it isn't as crowded but, obviously, there can be a bit of a crush at some exhibits.    It is a world class event and at 12 hours for a full day ticket and with so much variety is certainly better value for money than a premier division English football match lasting 90 minutes.

B-list celebs get everywhere but are avoidable at the show.  Not so, unfortunately, on the TV coverage unless you record and FF.   

All the 4 big RHS gardens have undergone huge changes and improvements in planting, layout, facilities and activities for kids and adults plus there's a 5th under construction at Bridgewater, Manchester so always something new to see and do plus the various outdoor shows from Cardiff through to Malvern in autumn and the monthly shows in London.   Then there's Britain in Bloom and all the schools projects and apprenticeships and research.    Great value and a worthy cause.

Hydrangeas and bougainvillea discolouring

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 15:19

Frost?   It's been very cold and bougainvillea aren't hardy.   Fresh new foliage on many hardy plants is vulnerable to frosts too.  Bring them in at night until mid to late May when the last frosts are likely to have passed or protect with horticultural fleece at night if you can't bring them in.

The hydrangeas should recover but you will ahve to prune back the bougainvilleas to healthy growth.  

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