Latest posts by Obelixx

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 12:07

I like photobucket Chicky.  Easy way to share photos with friends and family and on here if you have more than 2 or 3.   It helps to organise them in a sequence you like in your own folder and then just go and have a cuppa while that uploads to Photobucket.

Here are the Picton Gardens near Malvern last September - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1609%20Picton%20gardens?sort=2&page=1

Just in case Busy gets a chance to visit while she's there for the flower show.

Clematis Montana

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:49

Sounds like frost damage to me.  They can be susceptible to late frosts damaging new foliage and flowers.   It should recover if only the tips have been affected.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:46

Missed that one Chicky.   Not keen on the gaudy tulips but really love the Collector's garden and stumpery. 

Any more pics of Keukenhof this year?

Plant Identification Please...

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:43

I agree.  Lysimachia punctata can be a thug and has unattractive - IMHO - yellow flowers.

You can check cultivation info for all of these on the RHS website or just google "plant name+cultivation".

What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:40

I suggest you have a good read of the info and advice on this link - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=410  It covers soil preparation as well as laying turf when the site is prepped.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 10:10

Thanks Liri.  I can get the prunus near here in a range of sizes and prices but only betula Jaquemontii and that starts at 35€ for a diddy one!  Prunus it is then.   Maybe a wee grove of the white betulas for my birthday.  Now there's a thought.  Just right for autumn planting too.

Plant Identification Please...

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 09:58

Left plant on bottom photo looks like Solomon's Seal - needs moist soil and dappled shade as it's a woodland plant.  Protection from slugs in early spring too.

The one on the right could be either a hardy geranium - huge variety with different planting needs - or a Japanese anemone.  Grow it on a bit to see how it develops.

Can you post closer pics of each individual plant to make it easier to see detail in the leaves?  Meanwhile, keep them watered but drained and not sitting in puddles and maybe give a feed of liquid tomato food while you decide where to plant them.

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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 09:52

Sleep programme is on at 9pm BBC1 - Michael Mosley suffers from insomnia so has been investigating the long term effects of lack of sleep and how to sleep better.   

Our light local shower has now been tipping down for 3 hours...........   Goody.

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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 09:45

Montanas don't like late frosts after they've started into leaf and flower.  I had one covering 15m of wire mesh fence and just about to burst into bloom when it was zapped by a heavy frost in April.    Same thing happened to an alpina and 2 macropetalas.  Hoping to have better success here but, of course, haven't found anyone selling alpinas or macropetalas.  Don't want another montana as it's an awful lot of plant space for just 2 or 3 weeks of flower.

Same with dwarf dianthus.  Love them but they didn't like Belgian winters.  However, I brought a few I'd been coddling and planted them out last autumn and they're in full flower now.   I'll take a pic when the rain stops.

Gardening advice from the RHS

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 09:34

If you are a member you can get one to one advice from RHS experts if you can't find what you need on the site.  They even tell you how to package samples if emails and photos don't provide enough detail.

I find googling "RHS+plant name+cultivation" answers most of my questions assuming the plant is on their site.  Non-members can do that too.  They also have a plant selector feature which lets you search for suitable plants for a given site depending on soil, aspect, exposure, moisture, colour and size.

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