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Latest posts by obelixx

Best Fuchsia

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 10:04

Why has fuchsia become future in my post?   Mystery.

I have some more tender fuschias a friend gave me and I've overwintered those under a skylight in an attic that doesn't get below -5C and they're looking very sad.  i think we'll have to have a chat about being positive.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 10:00

J-G - how big a pond?

Lillies in pots should be OK BPK.   I always lose any planted in the ground anyway.

Bunny - I have a big Labrador and a smaller Wheaten style terrier of unknown parentage.  Both very "helpful" in the garden.   He like sto sprawl on the beds and watch and he likes to dig out moles and other rodents.  Both play ticky with gay abandon all over the lawn and beds.

Busy, whereabouts near Poitier?  We holidayed near Ruffec last year and loved it so are going back to explore some more.  If Belgian winters carry on like this we'll probably head that way permanently once OH retires and Possum finishes uni.   Long, cold, wet winters are bad for my soul and my incipient arthritis.

PP - very virtuous but you'll be conscience free when the good weather does come and you escape outside.

Gardening Shows

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 08:54

There's also a monthly show in London organised by the RHS at its own halls.  I went a couple of times when we were still in teh UK and they were very good - excellent plants and also a lecture.   Local shows are good too.

Here in Belgium there are spring and autumn shows I like to go to.  No show gardens but lots of good stalls selling plants and gardening goodies.  I have developed good relationships with a couple of nurseries who will happily let me order plants for collection at the show and save me a trip to the Ardennes to their nurseries and I have a favourite clematis Man who tells me which will cope with teh cold in my garden and labels his plants with hardiness in degrees centrigade to -25C.

If anyone else is gardening in Belgoum, PM me for a list of shows this April, May and June.

Best Fuchsia

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 08:46

Getting back to the question of a hardy future, I have a variegated magellanica which has survived outside for 5 or 6 years despite winters down to -25C.   It's in a well drained spot in fertile soil and gets full sun in spring and then is shaded in summer.

It  can be late getting going again after a very hard winter but it does survive and I dare say if I gave it more TLC would recover faster.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 08:34

Good morning everyone.

I realise that much of Britain is under snow or exeperiencing heavy rain today and hope you and your gardens come through OK.    Perversely, here it is sunny again but freezing and the ground is  like iron.

No outdoor gardening for me then today but I shall ask OH to help me tidy up my work area tomorrow so it's ready for action when spring does arrive with intent.   On Sunday we're taking Possum and a friend to Antwerp to see a Hip Hop Battle competition so no gardening then either.

So, today is more seedling turning for me.   What about you? 

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 08:28

None of my hostas is showing yet Bunny but when they do there are a few I want to lift and move and maybe divide depending on how big they are.    I think you'd be best waiting till yours are active.  The only thing is that the big leaved hostas produce smaller leaves their first year after being split and then they recover normal form from teh following season.

As for chocolate, I live in Belgium so am spoiled for choice.  There are the big names like Côte d'Or for bars and then lots more doing pralines or filled chocolates and our local baker/patissier makes his own too.........   Nowhere to hide really.

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 21:54

Never fear Bunnny.   They'll shoot soon enough.   I've discovered here that after a long winter spring tends to come in a whoosh and can run away with you.

Gardening Shows

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 16:02

Chelsea.  It' sthe 100th edition thi syear and should have some extra oomph and fun to it.  I laos like Malverna nd tatton.  Haven't been to Cardiff or GW and didn't like Hampton Court because access is so difficult for people who have to come by car and, as  I did the year I went,  have a pushchair and toddler to drive along with all the plant purchases.

New border with complications?

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 15:57

Another way to get red is cornus alba sibirica which will give you red stems all through winter and fabulous red and purple foliage in autumn as the leaves turn before they drop.

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 15:54

I don't do Jazz dance.  I just look after it.  Hip Hop too.  Not doing any of my dancing this season as having new feet means I'm incapacitated.   I have till April 15 to get loads of house and garden jobs done before the boot is literally on the other foot after it gets done too.

I'd have thought someone wanting to live in such a place as the mill would love a gorgeous garden and don't understan anyone concreting any garden when there are so many attractive and practical alternatives.

Netherfield - how long have you had sciatica?   Must be frustrating.  


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