Latest posts by Obelixx

What will deer leave alone, hopefully

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 10:01

The RHS has a list of plants they reckon to be resistant, if not completely deer-proof:-


You can check the care and cultivation needs of each one to decide if it will be suitable for your situation - sun, soil, rainfall, exposure to wind and frost etc...

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 09:57

Aym - go and visit Beth Chatto's garden.  It's in Essex and she gets very little rainfall and has done that experimental dry garden which is just fabulous.   Even OH got excited when we visited last week.   There's one at RHS Hyde Hall too but it's at  the top of a mini hill and contains large rocks and is somehow less cohesive than Beth's.

We visited Hyde Hall last Thursday - 


and Beth Chatto's on Friday - 


She did lots of soil preparation first and then watered the plants in after planting and now they have to cope with whatever rain they do or don't get.  She also has a damper garden with a natural spring feeding her "canal" garden which is a series of long ponds.   She has a plant nursery with perennials sorted by dry or damp and priced form £4.60 a plant.   I just bought 6 individual plants I haven't seen here and plan to grow them on in pots and then divide and plant out when they're big enough.

I would be very wary of buying plants at sell-off time at Chelsea.  They've been forced on or held back for the show and then kept in pots for the duration and then have to survive a journey home and new conditions.  Stressy and no guarantee of surviving in your garden.

I did buy seeds at Chelsea - clematis koreana, fancy primulas and so on - and some new lily bulbs - £5 for a bag of 3, all perfumed.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 09:37

Does it matter?  Who is she anyway?  A B lister?  Expect she's on google then.

It's another damp, dull, drismal day here but supposed to get better this afternoon.   I hope so as there's loads to do outside and the grass needs a cut when it dries up and the weeds are proliferating in the beds I haven't got to yet.

Chicky - OH's mum had a minor stroke and recovered well so, with care and attention to diet, your dad should be fine.  I hope so.

Dove - lovely that your amelanchier's been well soaked in.

Hosta - how big are those polytunnels?

Slup pellets

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 09:23

Yes, it will if they eat them or any slugs affected.   I saw a report on TV a few days ago about slugs in Essex, Suffolk and hereabouts devastating farmers' crops of rapeseed so I can understand but I don't see why they can't use the newer, wildlife friendly pellets.

I do and find they're very effective.

Treating chlorosis in Holly

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 21:19

It can also be caused by magnesium deficiency.  To fix that, give a foliar feed of 15ml of Epsom salts in 5 litres of water.


Posted: 30/05/2016 at 17:43

Yours has such striking foliage I don't think it'll need a flower for a few years yet while it grows bigger.



Posted: 30/05/2016 at 17:09

If you've already bought it and have the name, you can check it online.  Those with perfumed flowers should mention it on the plant label or info in the nursery or garden centre.    Otherwise, trial and error - when your hosta's big enough, let it flower and see if it's worth it or not and then leave or snip accordingly.

Slup pellets

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 15:48

I'd have thought they'd make them ill if not dead.  This extract is from Toxipedia.  Who knew there was one of those?

In addition to laboratory studies on mice and rats, data indicate that the compound is toxic to various other organisms. Although LD50 values, the median lethal dosages, are unavailable for birds, several cases of death have been reported for birds feeding in metaldehyde-treated areas. Likewise, poultry living in exposed areas have shown tremors, muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, and diarrhea. Metaldehyde does not seem to affect aquatic organisms (#EXTOXNET). Pelleted baits have been reported to be toxic to multiple organisms. Likewise, these baits are appealing to dogs, and therefore numerous agencies recommend that pets be confined during the application of the chemical. 


Posted: 30/05/2016 at 15:41

Some of my hostas have lovely white flowers and some are perfumed and some are deeper purple than the usual lilac which I like anyway.

Most young hostas do better if the flower stalks are removed for the first year or two so they can bulk up and, unless you are a breeder, spent hosta flowers should be removed before they go to seed as that signals to the plant that the leaves can die down now, job done.   Not wasting energy on seeds prolongs the life of the foliage.

If you really are growing them just for the foliage, remove all flower buds and stalks every spring.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 14:44

It is cold and very wet here?  Persisting down half the night (didn't sleep well so heard it) and all morning and is still at it.  Now we have water running along the road and a nice bit of aquaplaning on the level part towards town.  

Have done a horror shop and am now stocked up with organic eggs and lemons to make lemon curd for the ladies at my patchwork class on Thursday.  One really likes it and the others have never tasted it.   Not a Belgian thing.

We have a schedule of train strikes here - anti austerity and so on.  Possum starts her exams tomorrow so one of us has to drive her to Namur, hang around an hour, drive her to Jambes for her Patrimoine project and then fetch her home.   There won't be any parking available and traffic will be heavy - but nothing like south London on Saturday!

BL - you must be so frustrated.   Hope you get to Norfolk OK.

4P - I like your arch and agree about roses needing perfume.  If the sun ever shines, my Kiftsgate will be flowering in a few days and I'll take a photo.  You'll have to imagine the pong.

Hope your trip goes well Dove.  We stop every couple of hours too when we go on hols but that's to let the dogs stretch their legs tho we now find they can do 4 hours no bovver as they just sleep now they're used to it.      

It is so cold here I need to go and find a cardi.

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