Latest posts by Obelixx

miserable skimmia

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:07

It looks a bit chlorotic - yellowing of leaves showing magnesium deficiency.  Try a foliar feed of Epsom salts using a ratio of 15ml of salts to 5l of water.   Works on rhodos and azaleas and conifers too.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:30

A friend posted at the weekend that it was snowing at our old house in Belgium.   The wind here has swung more to the north which means the front of the house - south - is lovely and warm now.  I've been out watering treasures and putting rusty obelisks on enthusiastic clematis waiting for permanent homes in the ground.  Frost expected Wednesday and Thursday so I'm been moving things about too to give some protection.

OH has been manfully digging away the edge of the grass where it has grown over the drive in teh last few years.  Hard labour and we're going to need to edge it somehow.

Cosmos has been rolling in the fine grey gravel chippings that make up the drive and is no longer white.  Minstrel has been patrolling her territory for insects and small mammals.  The neighbour tells me she will also find grass snakes.  Cosmos hasn't a clue about hunting bu does love to chew cardboard boxes and leave confetti all over the floor for him to kill later.

Growing Garlic and Spring onion

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:21

How many times have we said MPC is not good for herbs?  It is only fit for conditioning soil before planting in the ground.

Get some John Innes formula compost.

Garlic suitable for growth in the UK is traditionally planted in the ground in late autumn or early winter as it needs a frost to make the cloves in the bulb.   Do try doing some research as previously advised eg here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/garlic

Spring onions are easy to grow from seed.  I do mine in a small window box filled with a loamy compost.  i like the red ones best.


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Please help with plant, tree and weed ID

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:16

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Plant identification please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:41

Gardener's Garters is a thug when let loose.  Beware.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 14:41:13

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:18

I left several lovely geums behind assuming I would find loads here but so far, only Totally Tangerine.  Hoping the ones I did bring grow well and spread.

Dove - lots of fairly dense hedgerow here and some wild bits of land not too far away with scrubby bits.  This song was coming from trees along the road where our garden meets the neighbours' garden.  They have lots of shrubs and small trees in their corner.   

Far too cold and windy too do much without donning so many layers I won't be able to move so may just curl up with a book myself, indoors, now that the mint jelly has got to the straining phase.  Took me ages to find where I've stashed the muslin!

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:05

Deep countryside here Pansy and no riots  We're in a wee hamlet and are a few kms from the nearest village.  Lots of people about at the local Mairie to vote when I went to the SM this morning but all very cheery and relaxed.

No jackdaws here so far but we do have 2 magpie nests in trees in the garden and on the boundary with next door's.   We did get several visits from sparrows coming down our chimneys after we had them cleaned in October.   Hadn't been done for over 3 years apparently.   Very few small birds about by day but plenty of song and we get them coming to feed later afternoon and early evening.   We were serenaded by a nightingale when we got home from dancing.  Lovely.

Expandable hose

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:46

There was a thread about these last year and many folk found they soon developed leaks or knots or other problems.   I reckon a normal hosepipe on a reel is likely to be more sturdy.   I had one of the guaranteed none kinking type that lasted over 20 years.  On my second one now.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:41

Clear blue skies, brilliant sun, 17C in shelter but feels freezing in the nasty easterly wind.   No rain in sight.   Farmers already worrying.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:32

It is so cold out there, despite brilliant sunshine, I've decided to stay in for a while and,make mint jelly which is something Possum can eat in industrial quantities but I can't buy here.   OH brought me 3 kilos of Bramleys from the English shop in Belgium and they need using up soon.  Had to rug up to go and pick the mint.  I've saved 3 to make an apple crumble but the rest are now simmering.

I've done some research on the RSPB and reckon our songbird is a nightingale.    I hope they'll like all the insects my new perfumed borders should attract and eat the ones that will no doubt find the veggie patch.

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