Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 21/06/2017 at 15:02

I have just cleared the stems of my two up to head height and trimmed back a lot of the whippy new growth.  I did this in January and after the flowers went over in April - early this year cos of a mini heatwave.   They are both flowering well again tho not as prolifically as in April.   Fabulous perfume.

I think yours should respond to pruning as indicated on the RHS website and you can try giving them some liquid tomato food as a tonic to help promote flowers.   Give them some slow release rose or tomato food next spring.

Help Identifying small tree like plant with white flowers

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 14:53

Plants need energy to produce flowers and those pots look very small.  Most potting composts only have food for 90 days so your tree may well just be hungry and maybe thirsty.   I would start by giving it a very good drink to help slip it out and then plant it in a bigger pot with fresh planting compost under and around the root ball.

Top dress with some slow release fertiliser every spring and make sure the compost is kept moist, but not sodden, especially in the growing season and give it an occasional boost of liquid tomato food in teh water between Feb and the end of June.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 14:46

Oops - forgot to offer best wishes to LP.  Hope it gets cleared up soon.

I don't do bedding either but found a free pack of alyssums when I was cataloguing seeds and decided to sow them.  I now have a mini forest in plugs but can't plant them out just now with it registering 43C outside and no rain in sight.   Love sisyrinchums but thy'd not grow in teh Belgian garden.  Something to try here.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 13:55

Hello everyone.  Not quite as hot today.  We have all the shutters down and windows open to let breezes in and it's a comfy 28C indoors.  Nearly 40C outside so a quiet afternoon in store and more painting at about 5pm.

We walked the dogs at 9:30 last night which was lovely but lots of hares about so Bonzo ran for miles chasing one and then another.   He never gets close but tries anyway.   So hot and exhausted last night that for the first time ever he didn't finish his dinner.

No sign of an end to the heatwave here nor any rain or storms.

Good to have OH home Joyce and even better that you're having some "me time".

DD - do try and stop occasionally, just to draw breath and reflect before ploughing on.  

Busy - you've gone quiet.  Have the pain meds worked?  Are things improving? 

Enjoy the day, whatever you're up to everyone.

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 13:36

Thank you Leadfarmer.  This is on my list of places to visit and the DVDs are on my prezzie list.  

Looking forward to more photos.

Last edited: 21 June 2017 13:36:49


Posted: 21/06/2017 at 13:19

It might just be the heat.  I've always done better with min in some shade and with moisture retentive soil.  The darker red astrantias do better in more sun but the pale ones like it cooler.  Try watering again at dusk and also spray the foliage to cool it down.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 22:24

Instead of freebies or discount for cuttings, see if you can organise a plant swap with tea in September when most tourists will have gone but regular locals will still be around and can get rid of spare plants form sowings, cutting and divisions.  Set aside a table or two for plants and then let the customers order their tea and cake and pay for it.

Let Charlie run the plant tables, charge  1€ per plant or something token and then you can snaffle the best.  Might be worth trying in May anyway when people have spare seedlings and divisions.

Glad that it's all coming together.

Last edited: 20 June 2017 22:26:10

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 21:45

Nothing wrong with the odd wilt day LG.   Had one myself today which ended up spent indoors in the cool doing stuff on the PC.  Finally tackled some painting at 5pm and then pot shifting and dead heading roses and tidying up a wisteria.   BBQ dinner outside and then walkies at 9:30 so the dogs didn't overheat.

Just cooling down for half an hour before my shower.

My veggies are all still in pots and troughs and cells but OH says he'll rotavate a strip for me so I can plant out my red onions from their cells and get the sweetcorn in too as it is ready to romp after being sown late.  We have already harvested 2 courgettes and 2 cucs and there are toms and peppers and squashes forming.   Very exciting after last year's total non performance in the Belgian garden.

Never heard of The Room but will record it and have a look.

I hope everyone is coping with the heat and that the injured and poorly are healing/mending/getting better.

More hozelock woe

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 20:21

The bits are easy enough to find and not that expensive so yes, replace the male part as well as the female on the end of your feed hose and see if that helps.

If that doesn't work, contact Hozelock directly for advice.

Last edited: 20 June 2017 20:22:29

Florence Fennel bolting - can it be saved? And when to sow (for future reference!)

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 18:37

I my experience, wishful thinking.  The flower stalk grows thick through the middle and the outer stalks get dry and stringy and none too tasty.

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