Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 15:32

We have lovely buff coloured collared doves here and they're very welcome.  Not so sure about the pigeons in the barn tho I expect they'll move on if/when I get around to making it a party barn!

Cosmos has been very busy this morning, playing around OH's feet while he built our garden table pergola thingy.   Flopped in the shade now.   Rasta supervised both of them with a  happy grin on her face.   Minstrel brought in yet another mouse.  Bonzo is just baffled and waiting for walkies.

Corkscrew Hazel - replant / start new

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 13:19

First see what it looks like bare after you've taken out any straight stems and then, by all means remove lower branches to lighten the load and raise the crown evenly to make a good shape, but do make sure that is done when no frost is forecast as it can damage the cells around new wounds and lead to disease.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 13:16

I gave my feet an extra good scrub in the shower the other day as they looked dirty.  Turns out it's tan, just from wandering about in flip-flops.   Still trying to persuade Possum  to get some sun.

Received my copy of The Garden today.  Got to love the headline on the front "Make space for Cosmos"!

Dove - I had 3 egg yolks going spare after using the egg whites for my Greek style roast chuck on Sunday.   Hid them in spicy courgette fritters with gram flour for dinner last night.   Delish.  Just did miso brown rice and broccoli for lunch.  Underwhelming.  Shan't do that again.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 11:05

Possum is still looking positively milky.  I have tried to persuade her to go and get some rays so she can go pale cappuccino instead and build up her vitamin D to help fight off colds when she goes back to a rainy grey Belgium autumn.  Naturally, she is now parked in front of a Disney film soaking her feet for a pedicure.

I'm off to plant some new brassica plugs and then sew.

Love the wildlife photos Pat.  Galahs are very pretty but a bit stoopid aren't they?   Haven't seen or heard the local hoopoes lately so I assume the babies have fledged.  Haven't heard the cuckoos either so I assume they're on their way back to Africa.   Green woodpeckers vocal but invisible and the swallows are a-swooping with a vengeance.

Not surprised that bat is sticking around DL.  Easy food and warmth while it's growing big and strong.  Why would it leave yet?

Corkscrew Hazel - replant / start new

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 10:59

You can re-plant it but need to wait till autumn when the leaves have dropped and it is dormant.   You can prepare it now by sinking your spade in all round the root ball in a circle to sever the roots and encourage new fibrous roots to grow and support it in a tighter root ball.   Make the circle as big a diameter as you can manage to lift between you - min 60cms - then water well and feed it some bonemeal.   Keep it watered in dry spells.

In autumn, dig out a new planting hole and prepare the soil well with some well-rotted garden compost or MPC and a handful of bonemeal.   Water the hazel thoroughly at least and hour before digging it up and remove any straight stems that have grown.   Lift it and re-plant straight away.  You may need secateurs or loppers to sever roots below the root ball.   Then replant at the same depth as before, working in the prepared soil and compost mix around the roots then scatter on some more bonemeal and water generously.   Stake it for the first year or so if it is in an exposed site.

The other alternative is to take semi-ripe cuttings but those will require a great deal of patience and your hazel is still a movable size.

Crocosmia v. agapanthus

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 23:57

Yes.  Free the agapanthus.

Combining climbers

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 22:02

In my Belgian garden I had one a few years old that covered a 1.8m x 1.8m panel of trellis very nicely and bushed forward too.   Don't get hung up on diagonal and horizontal.  The trick is to bend the rose stems gently so they don't break and to get them off the vertical as this encourages more flowering spurs and shoots.

The clematis can then be encouraged along the stems and the support wires but you'll need to be regular and vigilant.   Mine had a habit of taking off when I wasn't looking.

You can find the expected height and spread of roses on the supplier's website so David Austin for Teasing Georgia.   Clematis are listed on this website that can be searched by name, colour, pruning group, flowering time and so on - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm 

Plant Database

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 21:14

I have made spreadsheets for my seeds, have started one for plants bought for this new garden and store interesting and useful internet pages as favourites in a Garden folder.   No database needed as I can look it all up easily.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 21:10

Oh my!  Did you see Nadia doing a potato crisp and chocolate tart with salted peanuts?

Jane Grigson and Elizabeth David for me.  A treat to read even if I'm not cooking.      Lots of ethnic stuff and Italian and vegetarian.   Whittled my collection down to 2.5 metres or so before we moved.   Gave the rest to Action Aid in Brussels for their twice yearly book sales to raise funds.

Combining climbers

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 20:46

No grow the clematis thru the rose.  It will help support it and also look fab with that purple against the golden yellow.  In my experience, Teasing Georgia lends itself more to diagonal stems than horizontal.  Fabulous rose with lovely perfume and Etoile Violette is a very good, strong clematis.

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