Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 11:42

Hello everyone.

Cloudy and cool here today but dry so, once the rest of the indoor jobs are done with I shall be back out playing with my hostas.

We brought our weeping benjamina but find she's rather large - 37 yrs old now - so I've taken her outside and put her under shelter to enjoy fresh air and light but no direct sun while I decide what to do with her - certainly not a bigger pot but maybe some root pruning and new compost to keep her healthy but limit size.

Wonky - happy Birthday.  Have fun with OH and the greenhouse but do read the destructions at least once before beginning or you'll end up doing it all a**e about face.

Busy - hope your connections improve.  Very frustrating for you.

Yvie- well done on the weight loss.  I have slipped off the wagon during all this kitchen stuff and now it's chocolate egg season......    Back on the wagon during the week then.

Pat - sorry you had a rough day.  Hope all is well now.

Hugs to all who need them for personal or family crises and/or illness and happy gardening all.

Are ducks in the pond a good or bad thing

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 11:32

Ducks will eat anything and can be messy but are also wildlife and will be interesting if they lay eggs and hatch them successfully.

You have to way up the pros and cons.  If you like the ducks then try leaving some poultry food out for them to reduce predation on spawn and everything else.  If you decide against ducks, borrow a dog.  Ours always chased visitors away so the never stayed long  enough to do damage.

Which pressure washer to buy for professional use?

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 11:27

I like Karcher too but a recent comparison test on TV showed that a similar budget Bosch did well too.   Karchers do have a special head for terraces which reduces the splash and mess factor.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 22:56

Neither cool nor damp here in summer Joyce.    There's been a drought between mid July and mid January and less than 20cms since we set up a weather station in mid Jan.   Warm enough to garden in a sleeveless t-shirt this pm.   Mine is also growing in grass so any babies will be mown unless I cut some grass away and clear its feet.

Identify a small hedge plant

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 22:49

You are a fount of wonderful knowledge Nut.   Thanks.  I didn't know about pileata but it's now on my list.

Identify a small hedge plant

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 21:13

Lonicera nitida?  

Brown magnolia flowers

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 21:05

How long is it since you bought and planted it?  If it's just a couple of weeks I reckon you could de-pot it, soak the root ball till no air bubble appear then tease out the roots and re-plant.   Make sure there are crocks in the bottom of the pot to stop the drainage holes being blocked.   

Plant it at the same depth it was at before and add a small amount of feed to the compost you use to fill the pot so it is well spread and not concentrated anywhere.   Water well and then mulch with some gravel or chipped bark or expanded clay pellets as you prefer.  This will stop moisture evaporation on hot or windy days.   

If the drainage holes are kept free and you stand it on pot feet or bricks, it will be hard to over water.  You can tell when it needs watering by poking in a finger.  If the compost feels dry, water.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 20:56

Now there's a thought!  I planned to dead head it to save energy but I could maybe let it ripen one or two seeds heads............

Brown magnolia flowers

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 19:23

When you planted it, did you soak the root ball in a bucket of water first and did you water it well afterwards?

It may just be very thirsty and sacrificing flowers to save the leaves which are its food factory.  Look on your other thread for the correct link now.  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 19:12

Tom C - that is a vast improvement in plan and planting space.  Congrats.

Joyce - sumptuous.

My tree peony is not only in flower but has a glorious perfume.  It looked very dead when we arrived on October 1st and I had no idea what it was so a lovely surprise.  I have fed and watered it and given it a pep talk.

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