Latest posts by Obelixx

Climbing Roses

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 09:25

Your choice will depend on whether you want it repeat flowering, perfume, which colour and its eventual height and spread as well as how good your soil is and how exposed is the site.   Something else to consider is the support system - trellis on battens or wires stretched on vine eyes screwed into the wall - as a vigorous rose can be heavy in strong winds.

David Austin have their own English roses which make short climbers asw ell as other climbing roses.  Peter Beale and Harkness are other rose breeders and growers whose websites you could consult.

I have Generous Gardener (DA) doing very well on the west facing side of a trellis fence that separates my veggie plot from the ornamental garden.   It has soft pink flowers with good perfume and healthy foliage.    Teasing Georgia is another good one - doesn't get quite as big but produces masses of blooms for me over a long period and with good perfume.

There are some repeat flowering ramblers now available too - Malvern Hills, Lady of the Lake, Phyllis Bide.


Posted: 26/06/2016 at 23:39

Autumn, after leaf drop.   The plant will then be dormant and can concentrate on producing new roots over the winter so it's ready for a burst of leafy energy on spring.   If you do it before leaf drop it will be stressed and may fail.

Water the roots well and leave to soak for an hour before digging it up and moving it to its new home. 

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 20:11

I didn't say we know more, just that we have a wider view because of where we are.   

I see the same thing with local Belgians who don't really look beyond their town, region, country because they only look that far.  Many are as disaffected with their politicians as the British clearly are.

Lots of strife here with the Flemish wanting independence from what they see as the lazy Walloons.  The Flemish have developed from being a largely peasant farmer economy to well educated, hi-tech light industry and innovation whilst the Walloons have inherently created their wealth with old style heavy industry - coal and steel - which have now gone, like in Wales, Yorkshire, the North east.   There is a strong tradition of unionism and Socialism and little appetite for innovation in old industrial Walloon communities so high unemployment and the Flemish don't see why they should underwrite Walloon pensions and benefits.

Similar problems with north and south Italy and also between the more liberal northern economies and the poorer southern economies across the EU even before you look at the strides that need to be made to bring the old communist block members up to economic speed.

When the dust settles and negotiations start reality will hit and I just worry very much that it will be harder for everyone with the UK going alone than it would be working together for economic and social security and standing up to the US trading block.  it would have been so much more productive for the Brits to have brought together the Scandinavians, Dutch, Poles and Baltic states to put a brake on the German and French drive for ever closer unity and integration at a speed which is way too fast for the peoples affected.

Whats eating my lilies? No sign of beetle.

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 17:04


whats this please

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 17:03

It's lovely.  It's hardy.  The colour sings out.  

I grew them for the first time 2 years ago.   Last year I collected seed and dead headed.  Got a second flush of flowers and lots of babies from fresh sown seeds as well as spare seeds to give away to friends. 

Abandoned garden

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 15:18

It depends on size of lawn and budget available.

Have a look around in local garden centres and DIY stores to see what's available and don't forget freecycle.

Infestation on my Day Lillies

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 15:10

I think that's hemerocallis gall midge whose larvae eat the flower buds.

The RHS has this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=742 scroll down to Control.


Posted: 26/06/2016 at 13:20

Pat E - both Hyde Hall and Rosemoor are former farm gardens bequeathed to the RHS and I suspect Rosemoor is the one Monty visited.

You can "visit" both on the RHS website.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/search-form?sortReverse=false&sort=venueTypeSortOrder

I have posted photos of a recent visit to Hyde Hall on the garden visits thread.   

Meanwhile - yet another deluge here with squalls.    Lovely.


Posted: 26/06/2016 at 13:03

I have more or less stopped coughing but have had a wobbly tum for the last 3 days.   Whatever this bug is it's thorough!

Hope all sofa sickies get better soon.

Today is supposed to be warm with sunny spells.  Instead we have heavy grey clouds sweeping in and strong winds so I'm expecting stormy weather.  Rain forecast all tomorrow.  Enough is enough say I.

I've been out to buy 3 more big bags of potting compost for treasures and OH has strimmed all the lawn edges and mown it.   I'm off outside to vent frustrations on weeds and then pot on when the rain starts.

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 12:55

I comment because I am British but wasn't allowed to vote.   Other ex-pats will be in a similar position and, to be frank, living outside the UK most probably gives us a view of the wider picture both in the UK and Europe and the rest of the world.   

I happen to think the vast majority of the political classes, not just in the UK, are bozos who have lost touch with their electorate, do not understand what concerns they have and don't communicate well with their voters.   They are too short termist in their view and lack any vision beyond the next election day.

I do think everyone with a vote has a duty to vote wisely and not blindly - to inform themselves and consider the issues and not just vote the way their parents did or their union or their newspaper or their perceived class says they should.   It's important to think through the implications for everyone and not just oneself.

I believe people are stronger together, working to a peaceful and prosperous community with equal opportunity for all.  Brexit takes the UK in a different direction and may well lead to its being broken up.  Who then will pay to subsidise Wales and the poorer English regions where people can't or won't work to pay for themselves?   At the moment there is a huge discrepancy across the home nations and English regions between income per person and government expenditure per person.   Do you really think there won't be some fall out?   London is already thinking about special regional status within the EU.   Scotland and Northern ireland too. 

There are no signs yet of leadership, no signs of joined up thinking, no signs of strategy for taking the UK forward to a bright future.  I hope some is forthcoming soon because whilst the British character is to bear up and triumph in the face of hardship and conflict from outside it doesn't work in a rudderless ship.

As for that bus there never were 350 billion and the politicos who said it could be saved and spent on the NHS are not actually in power so have no say in where taxes will come from or be spent.


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