Obelixx


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Plant a potted clematis

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 15:57

What kind is it and how cold are you at the mo and where have you got your pot?   Sheltered or exposed?


I would make sure the pot it's in is thoroughly watered then give it some feed to encourage new growth and slug pellets to see off the munchers and then plant it out when the ground is neither frozen nor waterlogged and keep up the slug treatment.    You need to prepare a good hole much deeper and wider than the pot and work in plenty of rich compost and/or well rotted manure to improve the soil as clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants.


You should plant it 3 or 4 inches deeper than it was in its pot as this encourages extra shoots and thus more flowers.  Water it well then give it some slow release clematis food and mulch it to help retain moisture.  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 15:38

There have been announcements of French radio about the flu epidemic that has hit hard and early this year and asking people only to go to A&E for real emergencies, to see their pharmacist if they can and to stay at home and not cough and sneeze over everyone else plus regular, thorough washing of hands several times a day and after sneezing or coughing and before meals.   Seems like common sense to me.


I do hope it doesn't get too serious Joyce and everyone else newly suffering and still suffering.


Liri - that sounds like a nightmare.


I have several Bishops and an After Eight to pot up along with some freesias for my cut flower garden.  They arrived this pm from Promesse des Fleurs - ordered Monday evening so very quick service.   We've had to go and do a raid to buy potting and sowing compost so now I can go and play.

Obelisk planting

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 15:27

I think you'll find that 1.5m is really quite small when it comes to providing support for a rose or sweet peas but you could cover it with a clematis that gets to a maximum 3m high if you train it around the structure as horizontally as possible.


You might do better to spend your money on buying some tanalised wood and making a taller and wider obelisk eg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqyvgNAM1CI .

Raised beds - to treat or not to treat wood?

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 13:22

The plastic sheeting is just for lining the inside walls of the wooden frames, not the whole bed.  It stops water in the soil from rotting the wood from the inside so your raised beds will last longer.   We did this for raised beds made form old railway sleepers and 18 years later they're still going strong.   We did not treat the tops or outer façades.


If your wood is pressure treated you shouldn't need any extra protection unless you want to paint them for decorative purposes.  You do not want wood preservative products in contact with plants, especially if you intend them for eating.

Last edited: 08 February 2017 13:23:47

Mixing dahlia in containers

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 08:27

I agree - 40cms is enough for just one dahlia.   Make sure you use good quality compost, water regularly and give top up feeds of liquid rose or tomato food to encourage flowers.   Dead head as soon as flowers go over so you keep new ones coming.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 08:02

Some people are sensitive to paint fumes Hosta so open as many windows as you can till they're gone.


Hope you get your leccy back today Clari and that all lurgy sufferers are feeling better - or will do soon.   First night I've slept thru since the kittens arrived so up bright and early - no toe twinges, no snoring OH and no nocturnal kitten pounces round my scalp.  Excellent.


It's bright and sunny but cold and we're off to explore the market at La Roche along with a couple of "exotic" food shops.  Set to stay dry and sunny for the next few days so i'll be out spraying stuff on the hummocky grass and weeds in the potager ready for the mini digger.


Hope you don't get too hot Pat.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 18:45

Very naughty looking cake Chicky.  Yum!   Happy birthday Chicklet.


I need to find a new weather forecast.  This one has been promising me bucket loads of rain which doesn't arrive.  I need something a bit accurate.


Pdoc - I would say plants are the basis of everything from basic life to great pleasure.  

......the good guys

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 14:21

Another endorsement for Crocus and their customer service from me.


I ordered some dahlias and freesia bulbs for my new cut flower bed and, as they don't send direct to France, had them sent on my SIL with assurances their packaging would mean the plants would be fine for the extra few days.  Unfortunately, the Post Office then refused to send them on.


Crocus have arranged to collect the order and refund me with no quibble and regrets that it didn't work.


Now I shall take my chances with an as yet unknown French supplier and let you know how that goes.

Rose Pruning

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 14:10

NO.  The new shoots will bear flowers but you really need to see if you can encourage that one long stem to grow in a more horizontal or diagonal direction by twining or training it.  This will slow down the passage of nutrients and hormones that encourage flowering so you get a more even spread and no just a few flwoers at the tip.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 13:19

FG - Possum is getting to grips with those sorts of sums too and has now got an app on her phone to keep track of her expenditure.  She has quickly worked out for herself the old adage of looking after the pennies to save pounds and the importance of having a shopping list too.


We might get a thunderstorm later this pm and then it's set to be freezing and sunny for a few days.  Good job I kept my ski socks.

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