Latest posts by Obelixx

Purple and blue

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 22:43

Echinops ritro and echinops bannaticus - globe thistles with impressive foliage and blue globe flowers that are very attractive to bumble bees, honey bees, hoverflies and butter flies.

Buddleias - purple flowers and plain or variegated foliage depending on variety.  Full of nectar so magnets for butterflies and bees.

Foxgloves - digitalis purpurea - loved by bees.

Hardy geraniums with blue or purple flowers - white too if yu want to add a bit of zing and contrast.

Erysimum Bowles Mauve - short lived perennial with long flowering season for pollinators. 

How is my Chinese wisteria growing?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 19:55

It will grow better if planted properly with a well prepared hole.  In its first year after a spring planting it will need watering in dry spells to keep it going.   Once the leaves grow the plant will start photosynthesising to produce food and will then have the energy to grow but it does need to develop a good root system too..

What's this plant

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 23:15

It's a group 1 clematis.  Prune after flowering giving a light trim to tidy it up or keep it in bounds or else go back hard to just above the lowest 2 buds  in order to rejuvenate.

Whichever you do, give it a generous feed of slow release clematis or rose granular feed and a liquid tonic of tomato feed.   Train in new growth as and when.

Peony refuses to flower

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 21:48

Yes, they are best in the ground where they can spread their roots and ge all the moisture they need.  Planting depth is critical - too deep and their flower buds never develop, too shallow and they can't develop.    Thus, they always need to be bought in flower and planted at the same depth as they were in their pot.

Can you think back 7 years and remember whether you were too kind and planted it too deep?  Or maybe squished it in an unsuitable pot and plated too shallow?

Punning a Weeping Willow Tree

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 19:34

In my experience, pruning weeping willows like you have leads to some very vigorous re-growth.  It should be fine but be prepared to have to repeat prune on a regular basis.

No tree will live forever and weeping willows have a failry short life span of about 50 years because they are such rapid growers.  The info on this website may provide support for yu if the local authority carrie son being silly - http://sciencing.com/lifespan-weeping-willow-6497094.html

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 19:07

Some lovely photos.   Best wishes from me too Berghill.   Hope all goes well and you'll be back in form soon.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 18:41

I've just sent OH out on poo patrol Lants.   He never cleans the bathroom so he gets to deal with cat and dog loos instead.  Seems fair to me.

Warm here at 22C earlier on but clouding over and feeling quite dark now.  At least the wind has died down so it's comfy out there.   The forecast is for proper rain overnight.  Seems eminently sensible to me unless, of course, you're a nocturnal critter looking for dinner or amagpie sat on eggs high up in th trees - we have two such nests.

Water butt hunt only partially successful.  Only 2 left in stock but while waiting for him to fetch them out of storage I found an acer Sango Kaku going for 18.95€ so it came home too.   The SM where we do grocery shopping had half price plants so I've rescued two pots of 3 good sized osteospermums that just need a drink and dead heading for 2.25 each and a nandina domestica Fire something for 4€.  Bargains.

Dogs walked, kittens let out to play.  Time to be thinking of dinner and a glass of wine.

Well done to all bamboo shifters.  Mammoth task.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 13:16

Same here Liri.  Far too hard to maintain a cut tho I did have a bob for years when I worked in an office.  Have spent most of my life with long hair.  Only a bovver when it's really hot and it refuses to stay up - too smooth for grips and clips and so on.  Apart from a few white streaks at the side it's mostly still my natural colour too so looks OK long.  Pity about the front view!

Fuchsia pink Moroccan kaftan fixed, pants altered and a skirt half made.   Lunch has been had - full English except for black pud - and now to get washed and dressed for water butt hunts.


Posted: 05/05/2017 at 13:04

Too wet.  If grown in pots they need to be in good quality loam based compost - John Innes no 3 - and to have regular feeds of liquid tomato food form spring to mid July.   They do not want to be soggy.

I suggest you check your roots for pests and, while it's out of the pot, treat it to some fresh compost then water generously to get it established again and settle the compost round the roots but then only when a finger pushed into the top inch feels dry.

Birds nesting in roof eaves

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 12:59

We ended up with a large colony of sparrows in our roof eaves in Belgium.  The only thing we did was block off the tight angle of the roof from the inside to reduce the number fledging inside into the attic - and being caught by our cats.   Worked a treat.

Our letter box was on the garage wall below and its lid needed a regular clean as the parents ditched poo sacs but that's all.

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