Latest posts by Obelixx

Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 15:19

We have a well in the middle of our drive with a teeny, narrow bed round the sunnier side of it.  We know nothing has been fed, watered or otherwise tended in the garden for at least 3 years before our arrival so please, do you think these are feeble, unfed hyacinths or naughty Spanish bluebells?

We're planning to dig everything out anyway, remove the ghastly concrete and re-point the stones then widen the bed and improve the soil to put back the plants as there are some lovely autumn and spring daffs in there plus cyclamen.

Plant ID/alternative suggestion

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 14:06

Looks like several shrub roses to me.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 13:02

Not me!  Kitchen sorted.   However we do still have a bit of contents and furniture clear away but can't until the tiler has been to do the floor in the annex.  Mind you, if all goes well, we'llhave people bashing a hole in a wall in the back room so we can build a shower room and that will be messy.

Might have to borrow your phrase Joyce.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 11:43

Can't say I ever thought about it Dove - not my kind of music.  These days I have no idea who even performs the stuff I like or dislike as I tend to have the radio on for driving or h****work so don't listen to the blather in between.

Sunny today but breezy.  More planting for me this pm after lunch.  Making roasted butternut squash soup.   Possum has embraced soup in our absence.

Fairy - you can buy new batteries for lap tops.  Cheaper than a new PC.   Look online for good suppliers.

Liri - bright side - maybe he'll have some scaffolding boards he wants to re-cycle.  Can you use some?

Hugs to all the sleep deprived, injured or bug ridden.  Have fun to all those able to garden or even just dream about it today..

Last edited: 06 April 2017 11:44:25

Resurrected Ten

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 21:41

I hate sticky bud.  The pesky plant was all over parts of my Belgian garden and needed constant vigilance and always gave e a nasty rash on my arms.    There's some here but only on boundaries and I will spray it while there's nothing precious near it.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 21:31

Chicky - there will be an awful lot of edges to mark.  The bricks were not very thick and rather bland and I think would be a nightmare to lay and maintain cos you can bet your boots he'll just lay them on the soil.   We have a great pile of odd stones of the local creamy yellow rock (think Cotswold colour) which would look a lot better and be more rustic.  personally, I think it's too soon to be thinking edges.   Our bikes all need a major overhaul and new tyres.

Linda - only been up there twice and look forward to exploring further.  It's only just over an hour away so we'll be doing that when we've got more time.  Back in the garden tomorrow and Friday.

Overgrown weeds

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 18:59

If you use a glyphosate weedkiller it will take 2 weeks for the active ingredients to work their way down to the roots and kill the weeds but some are very persistent and may come back and need a respray.   It is not a good idea to rotavate live roots of couch grass, bindweed and so on as they just become so many little cuttings that grow into new plants.

Check your weed killer for the words glyphosate and systemic to make sure it does go down to the roots or you will end up with dead surface material, probably within days, but living roots that will re-grow.

Once you're sure it's dead you can rotavate the soil to prepare it for levelling and treading before either sowing seed or laying turf.   You can hire a rotavator if you don't have one.  Seed is cheaper but slower and is best done in April or September as that is when temperatures and rainfall are at their most favorable.  

Whatever you do, don't hurry or skimp on the preparatory process, even if that means trying to sow in May or June.  There's bound to be a cool patch that will do for sowing.  Just avoid a heatwave and have a sprinkler handy in case it's dry.

Here's some advice from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=424 

Last edited: 05 April 2017 19:01:10

Sorry I've Been AWOL

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 18:50

Good luck DD.  Not long to hang on for your decision and fingers crossed it's positive.   Then the fun will really start and there'll be plenty of support from friends on here.

Enjoy your marathon this weekend.   Keep in touch as and when you can cos we're all rooting for you - and should it be a no, come back for support and encouragement anyway.

What to do with this polygala

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 17:24

Check and see if it is pot bound.  If the roots are all squished and growing round in circles you should pot it on to a bigger pot with some decent compost such as John Innes no 3 and maybe give it a feed of liquid rose or tomato food as an instant tonic.

The fertiliser in most composts lasts a maximum 100 days and often less so I think your plant is hungry but, when you do take it out of its pot, check for pests such as vine weevil grubs too, just in case.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 17:19

Went to the covered market at Les Sables d'Olonne this morning and stocked up on fresh fish, clams, Barnsley chops and fruit and veg then a stroll along the front to our favourite restaurant round by the old fishing port.   Lovely lunch for me and OH but Possum - who will insist on ordering steak - doesn't like caramelised stripes on her steak - which yo always get in French restaurants - so had a moan.  Had to have words about sandwiches in future.

Thence to the Leclerc SM at Chateau d'Olonnes which is different and more cosmopolitan than our usual one at Luçon which is, in its turn, so much more cosmopolitan than the two at La Roche-sur-Yon.   Then home for a sort out and a snoozle and watering my pots.   They all have garden promotions on at the mo and OH was trying to persuade me we need some pale cream ybricks to edge our new beds.   NOOOOooooooooooooooooo!

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