Latest posts by Obelixx

Clematis suggestions please?

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 10:46

Been thinking about this and I reckon your shrubs will grow back a lot faster than a new clematis will get its feet down and start to scramble to any size.  I think you'd be better off just feeding the shrubs and then keeping them trimmed to a size/width that suits you and let them knit back horizontally to make a good garden feature.   

Still think you should have a clematis tho so try and find a space in a border to dig a decent home and grow one up an obelisk or an arch or a pergola.   Richard Hodson has a national collection of viticellas and grows many of them on obelisks - https://www.hawthornes-nursery.co.uk/cpg/   He also pops up on here to give advice from time to time.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 10:39

Hi Busy.  I just found it rude.   We'll try again once we've had a recommendation.

What kind of hardware?   There used to be an amazing quincaillerie at Wavre - the kind that weighs tacks and screws in brown bags and all sorts of tools but also sold me a wonderful Italian stainless steel casserole and work clothes, gloves and boots.  It closed when the owners retired, like the fishmongers, delicatessen and many other small specialist shops in Gembloux.   Not a living for younger people apparently.

Wisteria overload?

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 10:33

One would have been fine.  Try and find a home for the other 4.

Here is one of ours this spring:-

You'll also need to know about pruning in order to promote a good shape and prolific flowering - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 

english or spanish

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 10:24

They look hybrid to me.  This is a photo of the native bluebell - also found in parts of France and Belgium:-

As you can see, the flower stem is arched and all the bells hang to one side and are smaller and a more intense blue.

Last edited: 03 May 2017 10:24:48

Wheelchair gardening

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 10:20

Hi Tina.  The RHS offers this advice for disabled gardeners and it includes links to charities that may be able to offer advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?PID=812 

Every now and then GW features an item from a garden designer who does everything from a wheelchair so keep an eye out for him on Friday's progs. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 10:15

16C here and sunny.  No rain expected before Saturday and very little breeze so I shall take advantage and spray the nasties in the graveled area.   Can't hoe them out as the gravel is actually stone chunks of uneven size and shape and too solid feeling.  Lots of horrors with deep tap roots too.

Once that's done we're off to the Troc to look at oak,cherry and old pine wardrobes I can do up for Possum's room and the guest room and then we shall turn our attention to the rose bed.

Not sure about pickling smells but the scent of my recent attempt at apple mint jelly was luscious.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 22:16

My world was full of the former and in various guises for decades FG.  Doing my best to avoid them here.

Haven't found our wee blue butterfly on the net yet.  Hope I see another, with a camera to take his pic. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 21:38

He's lovely FG.  Ours didn't have the white rim.  Must remember to take a camera so I can get IDs for wild flowers too.

If they can't organise rosettes, how do they think they'll organise a council or a constituency?


Posted: 02/05/2017 at 21:10

Victoria, Vancouver - http://www.butchartgardens.com/gardens/explore

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 21:07

Our dogs have expressive faces too when they've been up to mischief or are looking for trouble.  Kittens growing now but nowhere near being proper cats yet.  Very good at looking innocent.

No take-aways here.  The only option is pizza anyway.   I have recently started making my own onion bhajis and have had to do my own curries for years.   Very tasty too.

Doggy training sounds entertaining Lantana.    

We went to a local notaire to make our wills given that there are rules on inheritance in France but she kept us waiting 25 mins without even a hello or, sorry, please wait yet she passed us several times going between her office, the secretary and a printer.   We left after I told her sec I wasn't impressed.  She was shocked.

Last edited: 02 May 2017 21:07:50

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