Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 13:49

Dunno.  It's a mystery.  I haven't been in the garden except to water pots, trim a silk tree and wander about between shed and garage and I never see or feel the blighters.

When to move perennials and shrubs?

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 13:47

When the plants are dormant so after leaf fall but whilst the soil is still warm enough for the roots to recover and grow out into their new home, ready to support the spring burst of growth.

Water the plants well to reduce root disturbance and dig them up with as much root ball as you can carry after they've had a chance to soak it up.  Re-plant immediately in prepared planting holes with added well-rotted garden compost or manure and a sprinkling of bonemeal which promotes roots.   Microrhyzal fungae scattered on the root ball will also help.

Vanille Fraise is a paniculata form of hydrangea and will be happiest in the ground.   Too easy to stress it in a pot with lack of moisture, lack of space, lack of nutrients.   They can be pruned back hard in spring so you can control size and shape that way.

Perennials such as osteospermums and cannas can't take frosts so need to be sheltered over winter.  Again, dig up and re-plant or pot up in autumn.  

Autumn is also the best time to move other perennials such as achillea and penstemons but not the late flowering rudbeckias, asters etc.   They're best done in spring.    Penstemons are hardy but to varying degrees.  Usually, the broader leaved forms are more tender than the finer leaved.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 13:18

No W the P in my life till my late 20s which, frankly, is too late to "get it".  

I have itchy bites all over - thighs, body, ankles, backs of knees, arms, shoulder.  Never feel anything but develop more each day.  OH not touched.   Any ideas?

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 12:36

Thought about a spade or better still a fork but would go no-dig.   Then I could swap the sneeboer for a clam shell and have secateurs and keep OH!

Tree identification

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 12:02

Rhus Typhinus - stag horn sumach.  There is a prettier form with dissected leaves.  Both sucker when happy but both forms give glorious autumn colour.

Adam Frost - Gardeners World

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 12:01

My gender in the garden is only relevant when I haven't the muscle power to do something and have to supervise OH who is definitely a labourer, not a gardener tho he's finally learning the difference.  I live in hope.

I'm happy with the occasional contribution from a wheelchair gardener and different ethnicities as well as skill sets.   Far too easy for people to think they can't do something cos they're the wrong age, sex, race, education or other handicap.   That's just one reason the Autistic Gardener series was so brilliant - great gardens created but also great teamwork from what most people would consider and unpromising bunch of gardeners but they all have their strengths and a willingness to learn and to share which is what gardeners are about, aren't they?

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 11:28

Sneeboer trowel, Wolf push-me-pull-you hoe head with long handle and OH - he's my heavy shifter.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 11:26

Yes, but she'd have Possum screaming for her mum or running for the hills.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 11:01

How often do you go up the loft straight after Xmas dinner?  

Please help me get rid of this!

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 10:57

Some deep rooted plants just take several applications to get the hint and die.   It's best to apply a systemic weedkiller when the plants are in active growth and take the active ingredients right down to the roots.  That is usually spring and early summer.

If you can't wait that long, try strimming off all the top growth at soil level and then spray whatever re-grows but you'll have to do it now while there is warmth in the soil and air and before they shut down for winter.   It takes at least 2 weeks for the chemicals to penetrate and do their job.

If you want stable paving slabs and no heave, you'll need to make sure it's all dead so wait till spring to see if there's any new growth and zap that.  Then dig out as much as you can so you can lay ballast in the form of rubble and gravel before levelling the surface and laying your slabs.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - January 2018

A home for friendly chat about owt and nowt 
Replies: 1135    Views: 40216
Last Post: 01/02/2018 at 08:10

SOS Allotments appeal

Petition to save allotments in Huddersfield 
Replies: 21    Views: 1364
Last Post: 19/12/2017 at 20:58

Wisley safe - for now

Threatened by plans to widen the A3 
Replies: 6    Views: 739
Last Post: 08/12/2017 at 16:45

Taxonomists and name changes

When did this happen? 
Replies: 51    Views: 2498
Last Post: 15/11/2017 at 16:37

Sphaeralcea - globe mallow

Anyone grow this? 
Replies: 0    Views: 354
Last Post: 26/10/2017 at 17:43

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
Replies: 16    Views: 704
Last Post: 24/09/2017 at 20:02

Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
Replies: 12    Views: 585
Last Post: 09/09/2017 at 19:19

Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
Replies: 1319    Views: 44003
Last Post: 01/10/2017 at 10:13

Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
Replies: 10    Views: 444
Last Post: 11/06/2017 at 09:04

Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
Replies: 4    Views: 553
Last Post: 03/06/2017 at 09:22

Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
Replies: 9    Views: 548
Last Post: 20/05/2017 at 14:26

Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
Replies: 6    Views: 452
Last Post: 06/04/2017 at 17:42


Erection and siting 
Replies: 4    Views: 490
Last Post: 18/02/2017 at 17:32

Cutting garden

Tips please 
Replies: 22    Views: 1984
Last Post: 08/06/2017 at 22:33


What to do with them 
Replies: 11    Views: 699
Last Post: 14/11/2016 at 21:06
1 to 15 of 37 threads