Latest posts by Obelixx

Greenhouse Shading Alternatives

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 15:00

Netting here too.  Easy to sling over and peg down in no time at all.   No painting, no cleaning.

You can also get it in a roller blind format so you can roll it up on dull days when you want more light on the plants and down again when it's scorchio.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 14:38

I loved those arches too and the way the pots picked up the gorgeous colour.  Clever.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 12:32


Overgrown espalier pear trees...can I rescue them?

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 12:31

The same thinghad happened to an espaliered apple tree which was featured on Beechgrove Graden a couple of weeks ago in their "rescue" slot.   Have a look at their website as they do fact sheets.

I suggest you have a read of this info from the RHS as it is important to time pruning to avoid loads of water shoots and encourage flowering and fruiting spurs:-




Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 12:11

Hi SGL.  Hope you are well and life is looking a bit brighter.  Lots of hugs available here if needed.

FG - a bit of sanding done but have to be quiet now so I've got some sun cream on, been out to take a few photos and chat with some shrubs that will be moved in autumn.  I'll need ID help with one later when I load the photos but had to put camera on charge.   One of my new clems is not as advertised.   Says it's a Jackmanii Purpurea but turns out to be a very rich, dark violet colour.   It will be perfect for growing with my Malvern Hills rose.  

I'm off to plant things.  Hope you get a hill somewhere FG.

Clari - when we bought our latest car we already had a Zafira with extra seats in the back for ferrying Possum and friends about.  I suggested an Astra estate would do nicely but OH took one look at the boot and said there wasn't enough room for Bonzo dog to sit on top of a case when we went on hols so we got another Zafira - very practical for carrying plants, especially clems with tall sticks, furniture, lots of bags of compost and the occasional dog.  We also sling a box on the roof rack and have a wee cool box fridge that plugs into the rear lighter socket for when we go shopping and buy fish or ice cream in hot weather or need a picnic keeping fresh.   There's even room for Possum when she's here - tho she's as likely to be the driver these days.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 11:34

I've been to Chelsea, Hampton Court, Malvern and Tatton.   HC was the first or second one and I didn't like it but I think it's improved since then.   I love Malvern and Tatton - OH is from Worcester so I feel at home there and Tatton Park was on my doorstep in my teenage years so I feel comfy there too and, of course, you can buy some great plants.

However, the quality of the gardens at Chelsea is in another league altogether, as is the variety in the marquee so Chelsea remains my favourite.   There is so much to see and discuss and compare that I can see no excuse for the constant repetition of coverage on the Beeb other than laziness or budget constraints so I have to wonder why they devote so much air time to it.  Better to raise their game or schedule something else given nearly everyone can set their recorders now and miss nothing.

I don't go to concerts or theatres or football matches or any other extravaganza but a ticket for all day access to the best flower show in the world seems an excellent investment to me.    

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 10:15

Good morning.  Bit of a broken night's sleep so alte on parade.  Woke up with a cramp at 2:30 and then kept awake by a "son et lumière" as a storm broke all around us.   Had to go and close the landing window.   Repeat performance an hour later and a cuddly Cosmos at 6am.  

24C now which is 10C cooler than yesterday and we've had 8mm of rain so I'm off to do some sanding of furniture before the midday curfew on noisy machines and then this pm I can finish planting my new island bed.

Hope everyone has a lovely day.  

Just bought a house with a long tiered garden.

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 22:37

Live with it for a year to see what comes up, where the sun goes round, where there's shade, what kind of soil you have and so on.    Keep on top of weeding and dead-heading and take lots of photos and notes to remind you of what is where, what needs to be moved or got rid of and how you'd like to improve it for your needs.

Think about what you'd like - seating/eating/entertaining areas, kids' play area, flowers for cutting, climbers, perfume, veggies, herbs, work area for potting and propagating, compost corner and make a list.

Then you can plan it and change it to your needs and order plants or seeds to change the palette to your taste.

Thin conifers suitable for a north facing garden.

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 19:21

The problem with conifers  - and just about any plant - is that they do grow bigger than when you first buy them.   Even when one is sold as a dwarf conifer, they are only referring to the height after 10 years and they do continue getting bigger.  

What made you decide to look for a thin conifer?  Size, colour, need for privacy, a focal point?

Something else to consider is where you are in the country, exposure to strong winds or frosts, the kind of soil you have - sand/loam.clay/silt/stony and whether it is alkaline or neutral or acid.

Tell us more.

Need help with Oriental Poppies that have just been ripped up...

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 19:12

It's worth watering it and giving it a feed to help it along.  Then cross your fingers and be patient.  You may see nothing till next spring.

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