Latest posts by obelixx

Connecting Horticultural speakers and gardening clubs

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 15:20

Good luck with this but I take it you know the RHS already publishes a list of garden speakers.

Gentle advice ... for an old newbie.

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:04

Hi.  I take it what you have is a newly cleared and simplified garen with some roses and bare soil that needs filling to keep down weeds and set off the roses and you want to keep it low maintenance.

I suggest you stick to growing dahlias in pots as specimens as they are fairly high maintenance plants - tender, so need lifting every autumn and starting again in a frost free place in spring before planting out after the frosts and they are slug magnets.

Good companions for roses are hardy geraniums which are available in many sizes and colours from white through pink to deep agenda and shades of blue with different leaf shapes and shades too.   Not slug fodder either.   If you want hot colours such as yellow, orange and red, have a look at geums.

Alliums are bulbs which will give height in late spring and early summer and are supposed to be good at deterring greenfly which might attack your roses.    Just plant them in autumn and leave them to do their thing.  Add daffodils, crocus, snowdrops and so on to give an extended season of interest.

You can use this facility on the RHS site to help you find plants that are low maintenance and will suit you soil, aspect and colour scheme - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/search-form 

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 18:20

Thanks Aster2.  I'll have a look in the January sales.

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 16:37

I don't know most of these shops - one of the benefits of living in Belgium with no ITV on cable.   I like cotton, linen, wool and silk and am not shop shaped so usually make my clothes but have recently discovered Pepperberry which does tops and dresses sized for boobs.   The dresses are far too short for my height and age but there are a few good cotton tops hidden in there.   

Other than that, M&S T-shirts on my annual raid and jeans.   OH retires on Thursday and will no longer need formal shirts except for posher dance evenings so I'll be sewing him casual shirts too - once we've been to the sales and bought a new machine.  My last one was declared DOA when I sent it to the docs after it fell off its shelf.

The new one can be a late Xmas prezzie I will really treasure.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 13:52

I couldn't get to Harlow Carr but have photos as some of my good friends did.  I met up with them and others at Chelsea and Tatton shows and another at Malvern.  Still chat daily with 4 of them by email.

Many of the old posters moved to different boards or started their own boards or blogs when the Beeb announced impending closure but I like it here - good mix of experience and friendliness on the whole so easy to dip in and out.   

December sprouting?

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 11:10

My bulbs seem to be keeping their heads down apart form the early snowdrops but there are fresh stems of soft green growth - several feet - on some of the clems, the hamamellis has already finished flowering, the hellebores are pushing out fresh new foliage, the rhubarb has new shoots showing so will need a blanket of compost and I had to cut the grass on the 19th of December and it's grown again.

Roses and penstemon still flowering and the cornus Midwinter Fire is in flower too.

Balmy weather makes for barmy growth.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 00:40

There were hilarious bits and informative bits and silly bits and some firm friendships made.   We had days out on a magic bus and escapes down tunnels to avoid trolls and a garden gallery and plant and seed trials.  It was good.

So are these boards - just different.


How much bird food do burds eat a day?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:55

It depends on the season.    I buy a 25kilo bag of mixed seed and a 15 kilo bag of peanuts and bags of 25 fat balls at a time as well as slabs of fat and fruit or fat and mealworms or fat and insect mix.   It goes faster in winter and spring than it does in summer and autumn.  

Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:44

We don't have problems cutting our hawthorn.    I take the secateurs to the garden side after flowering finishes so I can get to the beds and OH does the top and field side with secateurs, loppers and shears once the nesting season is over.   No nests yet but the hedge is very busy with birds all year.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:33

Verdun - what an unsympathetic reply.  Mollis is probably just wanting to say hello to old friends.  Why seek an ulterior or sinister motive?


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