Latest posts by obelixx

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 15:36

I have seen some of these as I record them but tend to watch just the beginning and the end result after getting very frustrated by the middle part.

Let's not forget that these garden makeovers are aimed at people who haven't a clue and can't even manage basic watering or grass cutting so astro turf is definitely a good idea for them.  If they find they get the bug looking after their new plants they can always put down proper grass later on and add more plants for interest.

I don't like the format of the show but anything that gets more people gardening has to be good and maybe this will.

Creeping buttercup - opinions please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 10:06

It will grow anywhere and get tangled in the roots of treasures as it sends out runners.  It is a pernicious plant and really hard to get rid of once established.  I clear it from my borders every spring and still find it popping up all through the growing season but then I am surrounded by arable land and pasture.

If you want ground cover, get yourself some alchemilla mollis which also has yellow flowers.  It will self seed with gay abandon but at least it doesn't do sneaky runners.  A word of warning though - most people find it too invasive too.

There are all sorts of ground cover plants that would be more attractive and make a better foil for your other plants so I would advise you have look at the RHS Plant Selector feature on their site and have a look at these too for starters 





old man's beard

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 22:23

I know, but I had to find out why I was paying for a wuss when a perfectly healthy, robust and equally perfumed alternative was growing wild, for free.

old man's beard

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:39

I met this in the boundary of the gite we rented on hols.  The flowers smell of almonds so I had to ask our host about it,having paid €15 each fro 2 clematis flammula for my garden because they have small but prolific white flowers that smell of almonds.   One has died and the other is struggling this year after doing really well last year.

My host assured me the stuff is rampant and they take shears to it to keep it in control but they like to keep some for the perfume and the insects.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 11:04

My pleasure Lily.   The redcurrant marmalade has turned out well too.  Very tasty.

1 kg redcurrants, 2 large sweet untreated oranges, 240g seedless raisins, 1 kg sugar

Wash the currants, thinly slice and chop the oranges and then put all the fruit into a large pan or preserving pan.  Warm gently and, when it starts to simmer, add the sugar and stir till dissolved.   Turn up the heat and boil for 20 minutes.   Test for setting then pot and seal. 

Taken from Home-Made Preserves by Jill Nice.

The Autistic Gardener

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 08:50

I found out about this too late so only saw the last programme and thoroughly enjoyed it from the presenter/designer's commentary to the drawing out of the different abilities and growing interaction of all the team members and the garden they achieved.  

It was a very good programme and I hope there will be more.

This morning's visitor........

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 22:59

No English papers in my village so I don't read them except on holiday Jo but I do watch the Beeb news every day.   


This morning's visitor........

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:10

Have you not see the news items about suburban foxes getting so used to humans they are entering homes and biting young babies and toddlers?

I certainly won't be encouraging any that venture onto my patch.

Happy to feed birds and hedgehogs and make insect hotels and log piles but I draw the line at foxes - and moles.


Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:06

I have grown beetroot for years but the last few seasons have had no success whatsoever so now I cheat.

I buy little modules of beetroots in trays of 6 in April and pot them up and keep them under cover with no heat.   When they're bigger I plant those out.   Meanwhile, I buy another set of plugs to pot up and sow some of my own in modules so I have a succession.

It has worked very well and I have had a fine crop of normal beets and my own home sown choggias are just the size to start eating.   Meanwhile, the Swiss chard I sowed and then planted out at the same time has bolted but that's another story...........

Hosts question

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 22:41

I split my hostas in spring, whether in pots or in the ground, when they start to show their noses and then pot up and sell spares at an annual charity sale I help with and swap any others with my gardening pals.

If I split them in autumn I find they sulk and often die so spring divisions for me. 

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