Latest posts by Obelixx

Artificial grass HELP!!!

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 16:17

It should be lying on a flat surface and fitted smooth because it isn't supposed to grow or shrink.

Don't pay the final bill till it has had time to "settle" and make sure they come back and fix it before you do.

May I ask why artificial grass?

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 15:42

Dove - I got into grasses in a big way a few years ago but apart from miscanthus zebrinus and miscanthus something else with leaves like the above and frothier flowers they all froze to death and even those two aren't wonderful after the cold wet spring and early summer.   A recent purchase of some molinia "Transparent" is doing well over by the pond and some bronze carex is self seeding all over the woodland path.

On the whole I'm coming back round to thinking the place for grass is short and green and in a lawn with clover and daisies and self heal!

Keukenhof - have you been ?

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 15:21

Hello Anni.  I've done it twice - once as a day trip from Belgium with my garden group which would't be feasible now given traffic levels and once staying in Amsterdam and meeting up with a fellow boarder and her daughter in 2007 - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/200704%20Keukenhof?sort=2&page=1

I would advise you to stay in Leiden which is a beautiful university town nearby with easy links to Amsterdam and the Hague which are also good possibilities for lodgings.   Check out buses and trams and train links to Keukenhof on their site.

get there early to be ahead of the crowds.   Plan to spend a good few hours if not the whole day.  There's a café and restaurant or you can take a picnic.  Make sure you have bottled water to save queuing for drinks, comfy shoes, a waterproof and that your camera is fully charged and its disk is empty and you have a notebook and pencil to jot down varieties you covet and combinations you like.  Beware the chalets with catalogues of bulbs.  Too easy to get carried away with your credit card.

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 15:07

Looks like one of the miscanthus to me with taht central stripe down the leaves but who knows which one?

Verdun likes grasses so maybe he recognises it.

Moving House in Winter

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 13:31

BF - you can move your roses as bare roots as long as they are going to be re-planted straightaway.  If you do that, keep the roots wrapped in damp paper to conserve moisture and soak them in a bucket overnight before planting.   Otherwise pot them to keep the roots safe.

Sam - it depends where you are and how sheltered your garden.   Most UK gardeners have to lift their gladioli corms and dahlias once the foliage has died down or been frosted and blackened.  Dry off the soil, trim the stems and store in a cool, dark place till next spring.  South western and big city gardeners may get away with leaving them in the ground.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 10:36

We're in deepest French speaking countryside Hosta and the books include lots of fiction but also a whole series on photography and some cook books and guide books and so on - useful to ex-pats nearer Brussels but not here.    We have found a chap who collects unwanted bits and bobs and sells them for charity but not English books.

I too find that Trump chappy offensive and abhorrent and just have to wonder about the state of US society that people feel drawn to him as a some sort of saviour even tho I can understand their distrust of the alternative.

No thunder here but the clouds are building up.   Radar shows it's on your way Dove but not here.  Quite colourful over East Anglia really - http://en.blitzortung.org/live_dynamic_maps.php?mobile=1 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 10:16

In the absence of a post from Biofreak and given that my usual online calendar has techy trouble, I am posting this link for the bio rhythmic lunar calendar - http://uk.rhythmofnature.net/gardener-calendar

It would seem that OH's picking of 5 kilos of damsons on Wednesday was a good move - 1 kilo now soaking in gin, another in vodka and the rest made a compote to eat as crumbles or with ice cream over the next week or so.  Already have lots of jam and chutney from last year!

I shall be taking my rose cuttings on the 19th and any other divisions I need too - assuming we've had some rain by then.  Dry and rock hard out there at the mo.   

Last edited: 16 September 2016 10:16:28

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 09:57

DD - sounds like you are keeping busy with plenty of variety.   Enjoy - and do have a lie-in tomorrow.

Yesterday evening's excitable winds came to nothing in the end with just a dribble of rain.   Needless to say a deluge is forecast for tomorrow when we would like to be donating boxes of books to the autumn book sale for charity.  It's held in a car park so gets cancelled if it rains.   What to do with all those books?

Having watered all my pots I shall now be good and sew two last cushion covers for Possum and then paint her chairs.   Packing boxes arriving late afternoon and dance club Open Doors evening tonight so busy times here too......   Self inflicted but daunting nonetheless.

I've been and checked our fig this morning.  Dozens of decent sized fruits that are not likely to ripen enough now despite a month of very warm sunshine to do the trick.  Grump.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 09:27

Papi Joe - It is this early in the year!  Let's have autumn first, and Halloween and Guy Fawkes and Armistice and, for those of us in Belgium and the Netherlands, St Nicholas!

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Plant ID and do I put in greenhouse?

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 23:43

First photo looks like a form of impatiens which is frost tender but can be brought in and treated as a houseplant over the winter.

Agree about antirrhinum, cistus and coreopsis.   Cistus is hardy as long as it doesn't get its feet too wet in winter.  Coreopsis are short lived perennials that don't much like UK winters so are often grown as annuals.  Worth trying to over winter in a frost free greenhouse.

The iris look like iris sibirica.   To keep these flowering they need to be lifted and divided every 3 years and replanted in soil improved with garden compost and they appreciate a handful or two of pelleted chicken manure in spring.   You can also cut out the spent flowering stems when they go over as this stops the plants wasting energy on seeds.

They also need their foliage - as long as it's green - to keep them fed and healthy so cutting it back will weaken the plants.   It can safely be tidied up once it all turns brown and flops.    Maybe trim back the lawn a bit to create a new edge?

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