Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 14/06/2017 at 22:10

You either need barriers round your plants, or plants that rabbits don't like or a dog or a hunter/gamekeeper.  Rabbits never come in groups of 1.

Plant supports

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 21:57

I buy mine in 5m lengths and cut them in two then bend the middle round a railway sleeper before bending it with a plank to get my legs.   I find this leaves me enough length to to get a decent footing in the soil but still support plants such as echinops and purple phlomis.   I do overlap them and am happy to use 3 or 4 to support a clump.   Better, in my experience, than one hoop.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 20:01

Wasn't there a dreadful fire in east London not so long ago where building regs were found not to have been followed and fire inspections not done and so on and so forth?   I can't believe it's normal for a block of flats to go up in a fireball in just one hour so something somewhere was badly wrong be it design, materials or regs not being followed.  

You have to be able to get people out safely even if they lose their belongings.  Nor should you have to throw children out of windows.  It's appalling.

Last edited: 14 June 2017 20:06:45

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 11:16

Had to turn off the news and go and potter.  Can't bear the thought of fire destroying homes and lives even when accidental and nothing to do with builders/architects/planners getting it so badly wrong thru incompetence or greed or stupidity.  

It's warm here after a thundery night with some rain.  Feels pleasant so OK for pottering about between cleaning and tidying and painting and pottering.  OH has disappeared off to golf leaving me to field the chipped bark delivery when it arrives.

Good to see FG and LGL popping in.  Greetings to all.

What happens if I don't uze support for a climbing rose?

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 10:58

Good advice from RG.   Climbers have quite rigid stems compared to ramblers.  If you don't support them somehow they're likely to wave around in the wind and snap at the graft union and you'll lose your lovely roses and just have basic rootstock dog roses.

Don't plant near a tree or too close to a wall as the tree will suck all the nutrients and water and a wall will suck water.  Roses need fertile soil and a good water supply to do well.  When you plant them, prepare the hole a bit deeper than they were in their pot and twice as wide so the roots can spread in search of nutrients and anchorage.  Bury the knobbly graft union a couple of inches below the finished soil level, firm in gently with your foot and then rake smooth and water well.  Mulch, if you can, with some good quality compost, well-rotted manure and keep them watered during dry spells until autumn.

Dead head each flower when it fades and that will keep them flowering till the frosts.  

Plant supports

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 10:50

Yes.  A builders' merchant will stock them.  They are called re-bar and come in several thicknesses.  You want the 5 or 6mm size.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 18:09

It's stayed fairly cool all day today cos of cloud cover which eventually developed into very light thunder and about 3 drops of rain.   Managed to get quite a lot of bitty stuff done so that's OK.

Off to dance class this evening with another group cos we can't go on Thursday.

I garden in old shorts and old strappy tops when it's hot Busy.   No dresses scruffy enough for gardening.  Chucked them all out before we moved.  Bindweed here is different from in Belgium - smaller leaves and flowers and no great vertical ambitions.  It's riddled through all our grass along with apple mint in many places - lovely pong when mowing.

Joyce - hope OH is good after his next unit.  Clari - are you looking at stones, slabs, grass.....?

Beans and cucumber died!! :(

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 15:21

Got your message.  Plants like cucumbers and squashes need a great deal of watering and, in confined spaces, I find it's best to grow them up a support so they don't trail all over the ground.  This also helps them ripen better as they are in the sun and also protects them from slugs and snails and just plain rotting if left on the ground.

Do try again with beans or peas.   


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 14:05

It likes a well drained soil and presumably not a wet winter which is why mine only came back once in my Belgian garden.  .


Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 13:41

Good news LP.

It's gone grey here and feels cool till you start moving and then it's back to strappy tops.   OH has gone to strim some more paths thru the wild grass and I am pottering between painting, plants and cleaning and laundry.    Much cooler in the house.

Chappy is coming to deliver 10 cubic metres of chipped bark tomorrow.  Now to decide where to put it as we need it in two different ends of the garden........... 

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