Latest posts by Obelixx

Is this potentilla ok

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 08:13

It's early for shrubby potentillas to be coming into leaf.  Dunk each pot in a bucket of water till no more air bubbles appear and then let them drain.   Remove any moss, lichen or weeds from the top of the compost and top dress with fresh.   Keep them somewhere sheltered till you're happy they're growing well.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 08:10

Up early for me today.  Dressed and on parade.   Normally I get juice and coffee and lie reading and cuddling kittens for a while but today we have 3 carpenters and 2 electricians here to play.  The second electrician is also a plumber and he's here installing a real sink in the pantry/scullery.

It's fine and sunny so far but set to cloud over later.  We had nearly 2cm of rain yesterday and it ahs all soaked in.   Need to hasten with the wisteria pruning but there are now vans in the way.

Glad you have some drizzle Pat and hope it turns into rain.  Chicky - good luck to Chicklet for getting her grades and choice of university.  LG - good to see you again.  Hope you get some dry weather soon.

Greetings everyone.

Why have my bitter gourds stopped growing?

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 23:06

You're going to have to be patient.  It's more usual to wait to sow plants like gourds and squashes just 4 to 6 weeks before the last frosts are expected so April for most people in the UK.    They need light and warmth to grow and there isn't enough this early in the year unless you have a propagator with constant heat and then a greenhouse with constant heat to grow them on till it's safe to plant them out.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 19:06

Hope you thaw soon Joyce.

FG - drop scones are small, thick and fluffy cos they use SR flour instead of plain.  A bit of sugar is optional and I often use vanilla sugar in the mix.    I've googled and Scotch pancakes look very similar.  

Getting windier and wetter here.   Nearly 2cms of rain today.    

Portuguese Laurel Trees – To pleach or not to pleach?

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 16:45

If you want them on stilts you have to pleach them by removing all the lower stems to the desired height and then pruning the upper stems to remove outward growing stems and tie in the horizontals you want to meet up.  You also need to cut the top stems at, our slightly below your maximum desired height level.

I have a feeling that laurels are so vigorous, especially in response to pruning, that this may not be a successful experiment but give it a go anyway.   It is more usually done with beech, hornbeam, bean tree and such which I have seen used very successfully.  

I Need Help

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 16:39

Your link does not lead to a survey.......

White and orange evergreen plants

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 16:37

Midwinter Fire suckers like mad when it's happy and can sulk when it isn't.

How about choisyas - evergreen foliage, white flowers that smell of orange blossom.  Available in deep green or golden foliage forms.   Berberis linearifolia Orange King would make a good contrast as it's foliage is much finer.  Berberis darwinii is another possibility.

For perennials, have a look at beared iris with orange or white flowers.  They will enjoy a well drained sunny position and, when not in flower, their glaucous foliage spikes will contrast well with dark greens and rounded forms.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 16:31

To Bee or not to Bee?  Or, as Aaron Neville said,

"Bee honest, Bee nice.  bee a flower not a weed."

Last edited: 01 March 2017 16:31:38

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 14:36

Great stuff Hosta.   You two Yvie.  I missed your post.  3 stone is amazing.  Post a pic of your before and now on the fridge to help quell naughty urges.

Chief chappy has been.  They're going to cut off the top of the door and lower the lintel.   Fine by me and OH.

I'm off to ponder paint and curtain fabrics and think about shrubs and clematis and potagers.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 13:12

Love Chorley cakes too.  Anything made from left over mix like that was called a sad cake.  Yummy.

Looking forward to having a proper cooker again.  Carpenters are back form lunch and I've explained our wee technical hitch with the door.   Much scratching of heads.   Quite funny really.

Last edited: 01 March 2017 13:12:58

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