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Latest posts by obelixx

Are my roses sick?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:33

I shouldn't worry.  Just make sure you feed the rose generously every spring with slow release rose fertiliser or blood fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure and then give it occasional drinks of liquid tomato food up until late June.

That way your rose will be healthy enough to flower well and fight off any pests and diseases that may have a go at it.

 

What do you carry you hand tools around in?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 09:35

I just use my hands and yes, I lose trowels and secateurs and then find them again, sometimes months later.

Nowadays I try to be disciplined and stay in one spot at a time and finish what I'm doing before being distracted by something somewhere else.   I also now have a plastic tool carrying trug that keeps things together.  

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 16:50

Just cut ours too before the storm that's brewing hits us and I've oiled the newly sanded teak table again to keep that safe and I'm just about to go and give a bigger obelisk to clematis Omoshiro and plant some new geraniums - Eureka Blue - with some orange rudbeckias and next to a patch of red geums.  Getting colourful in my old age.

Not looking at the weeds in the pond bed.  Too depressing.

 

 

 

Orange hawkweed

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 11:08

For me it would be golden rod, euphorbias, laburnums and yellow lysimachia.

I have some orange hawkweed in pots waiting to be planted out in a slightly wild area next to my insect hotel.   It can spread where it likes in that spot and any seeds will be blown onto the adjacent boggy pasture where they won't like the conditions so it won't be a problem for neighbours.

Any ideas on these two plants?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 16:38

It may well be ornamental rhubarb.  I have two forms and both have foliage more cut than my edible rhubarb and neither is ready to flower yet whereas the edible stuff has been trying for a couple of months.

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 16:34

Can't mow mine till I clear the pots of treasures I'm trying to put together for planting in gaps in the borders.

Tomorrow will do though.  Set to get to 30C so more important to get babies in and watered well.

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 15:00

I shouldn't worry too much Dove.   I have a bed of huge blue and variegated hostas which was shredded but they all came back after I removed all the broken stems.  This spring I've mulched them all and taken out a couple of conifers so they have more space and they're much bigger and very healthy looking.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/81277.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

 

Orange hawkweed

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 14:52

It can be invasive if allowed to set seed but as long as you dead head it should be OK.  

It's native to European alpine regions so likes good drainage and poor soils.   Not the sort of thing you want invading Oz or Canada or other parts of the world with their own native diversity to nurture or control.

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 14:12

Yes, eventually.   The rhubarb and hostas were all cut back to the ground to remove broken stems and then fed and watered.  They recovered very well although the hostas had much smaller leaves than usual.   This spring I took that hosta out of the pot and made 9 babies which are all growing away very strongly, some in new homes and all with the normal large leaves.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/81276.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

The roses and clems were also fed and pruned as needed and recovered eventually but the roses and other woody shrubs had pitted scars from the hail which looked very manky and was also weak so I pruned it all out before winter and they've come back well this spring.

 

 

Good intentions ...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 13:59

But there's always that wee bit you miss which starts it off again or some kind bird which distributes seed.

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