Latest posts by Obelixx

Cutting scented rose

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 15:57

Have a look at Darcey Bussell and Windermere from David Austin - recommended for cutting on their site.

This article recommends roses for cutting - sift through for red and white - as well as how to cut and care for them for a longer vase life - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3348651/Gardening-Top-10-roses-for-cutting.html 

Fern looking sad

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 15:47

Any compost in pots will have only enough nutrients for about 90 days so you need to think about giving an annual top dressing of a suitable fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or seaweed granules and occasional liquid feeds of something designed for leafy plants.

If yours has been in that pot for a few years it is probably ready for potting on so water it thoroughly to make it easier to remove and then give it some fresh compost in a bigger pot or else use your hands or a hand fork to loosen the root ball, trim off the ends and then re-pot in a cleaned pot.  I would suggest a mix of half and half JOhn Innes no 3 and muti-purpose compost and a thorough watering afterwards.

The RHS offers this advice on growing ferns - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=936 

on bed rest!

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:40

I had neck surgery 5 years ago - cage to support 3 vertebrae with knackered discs that had been pinching lots of nerves.   I wasn't confined to barracks but was told to be careful and take it easy for a few weeks - not easy when suddenly free of excruciating pain and feeling very sprightly as a result!  

I completed some old embroidery projects, cuddled cat and dog, read loads of books,researched plants for the garden, made shopping lists for OH, and found new recipes for dinner.  I was president of a dance club so did loads of admin on the PC working out time-tables for all the hall hires and classes and teacher contracts for the new season and posters for publicity.

Fern looking sad

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:29

Could be thirsty, or too wet or been in its pot too long and run out of food so is starving.

Clematis ID

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:26

I think it might be this one - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=154 

French bred so more than likely but there are so many clems out there now, who knows?

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:12

Ever since I saw it I've pictured it with the bench cleaned up, ex kitchen units along one wall for picnic and drinks stuff, lanterns and fairy lights strung up and lots of lovely fun being had.   There's even rampant apple mint growing in the grass round there for Pimms and Mojitos tho I still prefer wine.

North by North West is on so hang the curtains!  I'm doing my nails and watching Cary Grant.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 13:37

Funnily enough I sat thru all of Carol's bit on euphorbias last night going No, No way, Nasty plants and ugly with it.    Hope your eye recovers completely LP.

The ruin is available but, to be honest, is a bit cold and dark and is, in any case, full of stuff like every packing case we're keeping to put on the potager this winter, and bits of ex kitchen and it's all shuttered and dark and damp.    However, we do have 2 barns and one even had a long bench and a dining table and 6 chairs when we arrived plus a table tennis table.    It also has our teak garden table waiting for a feed and its chairs so just a few extra chairs needed.    I have a wood burner in case it's chilly.   

I have skimmed over the last couple of pages but too much going on so greetings all and hope your day is going well.   I am about to battle with curtains.   Too cool and windy for gardening and I need clean-ish nails for dancing this evening.

Twisted willow

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 20:47

Thirst?  It's a willow so will drink a lot.  Possibly frost.

Last edited: 19 May 2017 20:48:10

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 17:39

NO.  leave it alone for a while but give it encouraging pep talks from time to time.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 17:37

I wouldn't buy a Monet either and I'd rather have a plant for the garden than a bunch of flowers but we have been careful to spend our home and garden improvements euros locally as we think it's important to support the local economy where possible.

Just in from walkies which was very pleasant and invigorating in the breeze.   My new dressmaker's form arrived just before we left and is now set up.   It's purple!   Might have to move my sewing room to the lilac room and keep the yellow one for guests.

Now we have a black redstart to add to the nightingales and hoopoe and a 3cm long black beetle with a pale gold metallic sheen at the top of its wing plates.

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