Latest posts by Obelixx

Mimosa Acacia Dealbata

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 15:46

I suspect you can prune them to keep them to a manageable size but have no idea what that would do for their flowering capacity.   Next time you fancy a plant, try googling it first to find out if it suits your situation.  The RHS and good nursery and plant sales sites will give info about size, hardiness, best position and soil needed etc.


Posted: 30/04/2017 at 12:52

I planted some Byzantine glads in a pot about 4 weeks ago and they are just starting to shoot up.

Try giving a feed of liquid rose or tomato food to your glads as an instant tonic to encourage flowering as well as some slow release granules for tomatoes or roses to build them up.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 12:48

Proper rain here too, at last, but only for the last 20 mins or so.  Fingers crossed it sticks around for a while.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 12:45

Sorry Dove.  No grass cutting or any other noisy stuff after midday on Sundays and holidays.   Ours is a big bird too. OH and I like the leg best and then I use the breast meat to make Coronation chicken for salad or baguette lunches.  Might make a pastilla this time as I have some filo in the fridge.

We have proper rain!!   Yippee!   Squally winds now too so I'm staying tucked up for a while with a bacon butty for lunch and then we'll see about the plant fair or not.   Going to one tomorrow too with OH to carry bags too so not critical if I miss today.

I believe Oz has a Labour Day holiday but it varies across the Territories.  Some do it in March but NT and Queensland so it on May 1st.  

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 12:36

No silly.  It's Greige!   Very attractive too and the vendor must be over the moon.  Lot of money for something with no loo.  Do you think an umbrella and/or Drizabone are included for trips back up the garden? 

Identification Help Please

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:20

Spurge - a native euphorbia.  A weed for me but not for everyone.  Be careful not to get its sap on your skin as it can provoke a nasty reaction.

How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:18

New garden for me and I have just planted out a whole new bed with hostas I brought from my old one.  The problem here is snails which are easy enough to pick off and crush or throw in the road but I have sprinkled slug pellets very sparingly and it is working so far.

Too big an area for copper tape, no meal worms in shops here and, in any case, the local birds are only just learning that we do bird feeders and I have yet to spot a blackbird or thrush that may eat snails tho I've heard some singing in the hedgerows.   My last garden was much wetter so I used pellets from early on to catch the blighters as they emerged form hibernation or hatched from eggs and before they started munching on my hostas and clems and daffs and hemerocallis.   Worked for me.

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:09

Looking good.  On the rare occasions I sieve compost, I use an old enamel colander but it's currently home to some indoor hyacinth bulbs I've put outside while they feed their bulbs and die down.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:01

OH did ours yesterday.

Anyone know any good rain dances?

Starry skies last night, no moon, and at least 3 nightingales having a sing-song.   Cloudy now and breezy but the all day rain forecast has changed to local showers which usually means we get none.

Will have to go to the plant fair with just a warm jacket but not a raincoat or my future rose and clem beds will never get wet enough to prepare a good home for my treasures.

Have fun will all your babies T'bird.   

Is it just a hobby or a professional interest?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 10:47

Culture is a very loose term to ascribe to gardening.  Some British people absolutely loathe gardening and do nothing at all to maintain their plots.  Others like it tidy but that is limited to cutting the grass and straightening edges.

Gardeners are people who like pottering with plants and who care about what they grow and try to make it beautiful whether it's a tub, window box, tiny courtyard, suburban plot of country garden.   Britain is an island so what we can grow is widely affected by different weather patterns from north to south and east to west as well as different soils and rainfall levels - far more so than I suspect is the case in Russia.   Gardeners can be amateurs looking after their own garden or professionals looking after other people's garden or public parks.

Horticulturalists make a living from plants be it research into how to grow and propagate them, developing new varieties, testing new products for pest and disease control, growing in bulk for the mass market or specialising in certain kinds of plants for a nursery, saving seeds and plants in collections to ensure biodiversity is maintained.  They can also be plant hunters, seeking out new plants and introducing them to cultivation and, often as not, saving native populations from encroaching development.  

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