Latest posts by Obelixx

Maple placement

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 20:59

All Japanese maples  enjoy shelter from wind as it desiccates the foliage and turns it brown and crispy.  Since the foliage is the main attraction, best to avoid such damage.

Purple acers colour up best in some sun but green ones usually like dappled shade.

They like neutral to acid soil with good moisture retention but not boggy so a mix of ericaceous compost and John Innes no 3 is best for future growth.   Keep the moist thru the growing season and until leaf drop.  Feed them in spring and remove any dead twigs after winter frosts are over.

I think it would be a good idea to apply a mulch of pebbles, slate chippings, gravel, chipped bark or expanded clay pellets after a good drink as this will help with moisture retention as well as keeping down weeds.  Looks good too.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 19:30

Begonia Dacha.  Have a listen to this for an unwelcome alarm clock -


Light chilil prawn linguine here but slow roast belly pork with crackling for dinner tomorrow.

Salix Kilmarnock

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:32

These things are grafted to the top of a willow stock stem and roots.  They do not grow taller but their branches do get longer.  Yours looks so short you should consider planting it in a pot on a pedestal or you'll be forever shortening the stems.  

In my experience, these things are short lived and very thirsty so don't let it go dry.

Identifying clematis

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:23

And does it have perfume?  There are hundreds of clematis out there so every little bit of info helps, including leaf shape and size and flowering times.

Last edited: 02 September 2017 17:24:36

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:20

No fog or mist here.  Lovely sunny day.

Been out for the day and had lunch at teh seaside on a cosy veranda protected from the breeze and with views across sparkling Atlantic to Ile de Ré.   Snoozle in the sun since and a read of the Times which is the first one I've seen here.  Normally it's the Mail or Telegraph which we leave on the racks.

B3 - Beechgrove tried those things one year.  Waste of time as they gave poor yields of both spuds and toms.  Space saving I suppose if you're gardening on a balcony and determined to have veg.

.Pat - our friends in Manley Heights had a kookaburra nest outside their guest bedroom window.  I learned to dislike them a great deal as the cackling started well before dawn.

Busy - hope you had good weather for your BBQ and that all went well.   You too for your hill FG.

Liri - hope the neighbours have come home OK and the cats have been fed.

Hello to those I've missed.  Off to water the pots now.


Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:03

Like any bulb, if you want to maintain vigour and build it up for next year you remove the spent plant stalk and feed it.

If you want babies, let it seed.   Stand it in a tray of gravel mixed with some compost and you'll get babies germinating from fallen seed that you can grow on but it will take a great deal of patience and potting on before they get to flowering size.  Alternatively, feed it and let the seeds mature on the plant then collect the seed and sow in trays or cells.

Where to locate seating area?

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 21:55

ON cool days you want to sit in the sun.  On hot days you want to be in the shade.  I agree with Fairy.  Have both.     It is, as has been said, your garden and you'll be there more than anyone else.  Do what suits you and your needs.

ID needed please

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 21:19

PP - Behave!  Not even Halloween yet!

Monty Don books

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 21:16

He does write well but if I want to learn about practical gardening I go to Geoff Hamilton and Alan Titchmarsh and Beth Chatto and others.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 21:10

First immersion trip with 17 scientists (me teaching English conversation) was to Dublin and we did a tasting at Jameson's.    Learned to tell the difference between Bourbon, Scottish blend, Scottish malt and Irish.  I still don't like any of them but we had great fun.

I have finished Possum's new top and she doesn't like it!  Dolman sleeves for ease of movement but she thought it was going to be batwing.  Humph!

Meanwhile it turned out sunny and quite warm but with thundery bits around us - Clouds to the left of me, clouds to the right of me.  Here I am, stuck in the middle with sun.  To paraphrase Steeler's Wheel.

The first of the autumn daffs are in flower round the well but nary a sign of the big clump that was by the gate post.  Not ordering any bulbs but happy to have "impulses" in garden centres later on when I go hunting violas and pansies.

Busy - Lamb  isn't too bad round here and Leclerc had lamb shoulders at 10.95€ a kilo yesterday instead of the usual 15.90.   I have been known to bone it and mince it for koftas since I never found lamb mince in Belgium either..   Possum has discovered she prefers Irish steaks to Limousin or Blonde d'Aquitaine which both grow in fields round here so I'll stock up her freezer for her in Belgium, along with mint jelly for her lamb chops.


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