Latest posts by Obelixx

Oriental Lily Bulbs in large pot

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 22:07

Certainly more likely than if you don't plant them.

I have bought bulbs at Chelsea in late May and planted them straightaway in pots and they have flowered by autumn.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 21:44

Glad it went well Busy.   At this rate, DD will have teacups to spare - which is just as well for when she gets busy.

Clari - OH has a petrol strimmer which is smelly as well as noisy.   Can you fence off your roof with spiky stuff to deter inappropriate children?

Gardeners world , beech grove

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 21:37

You really are the most appalling flamer.   This thread is about Beechgrove and GW now.

Geoff Hamilton, in his day, was far in advance of others with his advocacy for organic gardening and environmental awareness.   He introduced all sorts of experts including women known for their knowledge of houseplants, pests and diseases and design.   He made anyone feel they could be a gardener regardless of the size of their garden or their budget or their skills level.

That long ago even David Attenborourgh was sceptical about climate change.

Blackcurrant harvesting

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 18:26

Blackcurrants are quite sour, even when ripe which is why they are eaten cooked in crumbles, pies, jams or made into cordials, liqueurs and vinegars which all have added sugar.

When all the fruit on one stem are a deep, black/purple, remove the whole branch and then sit in comfort and pick them off at your leisure on the lawn or terrace - outside to avoid stains indoors.  This makes harvesting the fruit a lot easier and automatically prunes out the old wood leaving fresh stems to mature and produce fruit next year.

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 16:32

So were ours and some were still only pea-sized.  It's bl**dy frustrating.

We have a baby in the wilderness part of teh garden.  I'm tempted to dig it up on the autumn and plant it in a fruit cage!

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 16:29

Goodness Hosta.  I'd be seriously despondent losing that many plants.  Took me ages to get over the devastation to evergreen shrubs when we had a -32C - they don't like it and all of them, including conifers, curled up their toes.   Took me a week to get over a hailstorm that obliterated my rhubarb and veggie seedlings and hostas while I was away at Chelsea and came home to see them shredded.

I have applied the evil product.  brushwood killer and recommended for tough weeds such as thistles and nettles and also for unwanted saplings and re-growth on tree stumps.

Now to go and paint, just for a change.

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:52

That's hard B3.  No squirrels here.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:51

Can I suggest a  large pair of rubber gloves and a bottle of kitchen cleaner for you OH Clari?

It is perfectly possible to do a full English/Scottish/Irish breakfast without asking an unholy mess of everything.  Not so easy with croissants and baguettes as the crumbs get everywhere and so does the jam!

Clematis flowers

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:49

Seed heads from early flowers, judging by their maturity.   Most people find them attractive.

Do you know what variety it is?  

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:04

When we arrived in October we found a large and very healthy fig tree with not a single fruit so, after leaf drop, I pruned away all the low branches trailing on the ground and all the weak, broken and crossing stems higher up and gave it a pep talk.

It responded by producing hundreds of little figs, most of which had swelled to about 3cms by last week.   Lots of excitement as we love fresh figs.

Today we noticed there isn't a single fruit left of any size.  No fruits on the ground and no visible insect pests.   Could it be mice or pigeons?  We have two dogs and two cats so you'd think not unless the thieves come at dawn before they're up and out.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
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Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
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Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
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Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
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Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
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Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
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Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
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Erection and siting 
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Cutting garden

Tips please 
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What to do with them 
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Weather station

Recommendations please 
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Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
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Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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Another ID please

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Shrub ID please

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