Latest posts by Obelixx

The Roses Are Here

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:40

I found Graham Thomas weak too and had to rescue it form the borders and put it in a pot.  I've brought it with me but time will tell if it copes.  I also have Munstead Wood which needed rescuing a year or two ago and is now doing very well in a pot.  Gertrude stayed behind as she was strong and vigorous but I did take cuttings.  

Other DA roses that performed superbly were Crocus White, Generous Gardener, Falstaff, Sceptr'd Isle, Queen of Sweden, teasing Georgia and Tess of the D'Urbevilles after I moved her to a more sheltered spot.  I also had to rescue a Benjamin Britten, Jacqueline Duprée and a Geoff Hamilton and they are now doing very well in big pots and will go out in a new rose and perennials border when I decide where it will be.

Malvern Hills struggled to grow tall in my old garden cos of cold easterly winds but always produced lovely flowers so that's on my list of new ones to order for this garden along with Teasing Georgia and some coppery coloured roses.   

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:24

I too amm up before daylight for a plumber who's coming to fix a leaky bathroom basin.  The water just flows down the hole and into the cupboard below so a bit disfunctional.

It's very misty so I have no idea what sort of day we'll have but pot shopping and maybe some more bulbs are on my list of things to do while I gear my brain up to get cracking on some painting.

Pat - your visitors need training.  OH too so he leaves broccoli and co out for awhile when cooking.

Hide an ugly fence

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 20:52

Clematis montana can be a thug when happy and it ahs a very short, tho spectacular flowering season.  I'd go for a later flowering group 2 hat will give you two flushes of flowers if well cared for or a group 3 which will flower all summer.   Plenty to choose form in either group.  This website lists hundreds - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm and can be searched by pruning group, aspect, colour, size and flowering period or you could look at commercial growers' sites such as Taylors or Evison or Thorncroft or Hawthornes which was founded by a poster on here who is a natonal collection holder of viticellas.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 18:39

I swing on Berghill's side of the pendulum, finding Monty mostly irritating in his mannerisms and projects but not quite unbearable.  There's enough good stuff elsewhere in the programme now but I do watch recordings so I can FF.

The fungae weren't actually in the compost but scattered on the roots at planting time.  

There was an interesting item on the stuff growing naturally in woodland on Countryfile and, apparently, plantain weed roots are also full of it so the scientific chappy's advice was to dig some up with its roots and a good lump of soil which you then cut into chunks and mix into your compost where, with luck, it will grow in symbiosis with your plants.  Especially good for strawberries apparently so i'll be digging some up to try it on my 30 new plants which have to go into troughs while waiting for a bed.

The Roses Are Here

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 18:32

Put them all in a bucket of water to keep the roots moist till you can plant them.  Soak them anyway to rehydrate them.   When planting, follow DA advice and plant them with the gard-ft union below soil level as this reduces the likelihood of suckering.   Prune back any obvious dead or broken stems but leave the rest of the pruning till spring when you know how hard a winter you've had and what else has been damaged.

What is this shrub

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 16:44

Looks like a dahlia to me - herbaceous perennial which is not reliably hardy except in mild areas.   Once the first frosts have blackened it, you need to dig up the whole root which will be tuberous so be careful and use a fork to lift the whole clump.  Cut off the stems at about 2" high and then turn the plant upside down and let it drain for a day or so on some old newspaper in a frost free place.

Then you need to turn it right way up again and store somewhere frost free, wrapped in newspaper or in damp sand until spring.  Then you spread the tubers in a shallow tray of potting compost, give it a drink and, again, keep it frost free but somewhere light.  As the new shoots get to about 3" high you can take some off to make cuttings.  Once the frosts are over in mid May or so you can plant it out in teh ground or in a big pot of your prefer.  Protect the young growth from slugs and sanils who think of it as caviar.

Alternatively, if you are in a mild area, remove the frost blackened stems and cover it with a thick pile of good garden or bought compost to protect the crown from frosts and wait for it to make new shoots late next spring.

Identify this please.

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 16:31

I can't tell without a close up of the flowers and a leaf but, for watering, when in doubt, I immerse the whole pot in a bucket of water till no further bubbles appear then let it drain completely.   This way it never sits in water which can drown the roots.  You can tell when it needs it by feeling the compost with your finger.  If it's dry one inch down it needs watering.

Perenial Bee Attracting Plants

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 14:57

Snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, early flowering geraniums like macrorhizum and pheum followed by later varieties of your choice for colour and form, then Japanese anemones, physostegia and sedum spectabile to take you into late summer and early autumn.   Probably plenty more but these have worked for me and will take you through most of the year.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 14:52

I thought the ban came in this January.   Good.  I have a fine patch of bulrush to clear.  Otherwise, just lots of nettles to strim and sling on the new compost heap.  Can you believe in all this space there wasn't one?

Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 14:20

Modern sequence dance is hugely popular in the UK.  I tried to get the Belgians at it after seeing it done at Blackpool Tower ballroom when over for a nephew's wedding and staying not too far away.  It's lovely because all couples dance the same steps at the same rhythm in a huge circle round the dance floor so older dancers who are getting a bit frail have no fear of being run over by faster couples.  There was a couple who must have been in their 80s who only did those dances and were lovely to watch.

There are waltzes, tangos, rumbas, sambas and all sorts now as well as the older stuff.   I appealed to Len's school for info and they were very helpful, pointing me at sites and sources where I could get the steps and the music.

We loved it but the Belgians prefer their line dances which also encompass all the rhythms, not just C&W.  I love them too but the sequence dancing in couples is altogether something else.

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