Latest posts by Obelixx

Clematis Pink Fantasy

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 23:16

I don't think there is a problem but try dead-heading as each flower goes over and give it some liquid tomato feed to encourage more flowers.   If you prune it back to the lowest pair of buds next spring and give it a good handful of slow release clematis food - about March - you should get more and more stems produced each year as the root system develops.

Train and tie these in as horizontally as possible and you will end up with a magnificent clematis but, as Hogweed indicates, they need a year or two to get their feet in the ground.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 23:11

We have had a lovely day at La Rochelle being touristy and strolling round the old harbour and back streets and a garden with knitted socks for the trees - done by patients in the hospital - and the cathedral which is Roman style rather than gothic but very light nonetheless.  Lovely fishy lunch and then a quiet dinner out in the garden watching the sun go down and the stars come out.

Haven't seen any TV or any news and I give up on politics in general.   Too depressing.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 09:01

Was showing our friends round the ruin yesterday and found about 10 beautifully made swallow nests in different rooms so we didn't hang about very long, just in case.  No noise form cheeping chicks tho so maybe already fledged tho we do see adults going in and out thru the windows.   Haven't seen anyone's babies tho we do hear a lot.

Re the fire - I don't understand how any building can be clad with a materiel that hasn't been thoroughy tested for fire behaviour.  That stuff behaved like polystyrene ceiling tils which were banned long ago.  Nor do I understand how one flight of stairs can be deemed adequate to evacuate a tall building in the dark with people panicking.   Sprinklers seem to be an obvious necessity.

I'll shut up now.

Off to La Rochelle today as P &E have never been this far south in France.   Les Sables d'Olonne tomorrow so we ca do the fish market as they love fish and shellfish.   Yum.

Now to water treasures before we go.

Have a lovely day, whatever you're doing.  Hope OH is OK Joyce and that you are sleeping well.

Young wisteria with flower buds

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 13:29

Some wisteria flower before they put on leaves and some afterwards.  Both forms are beautiful.

You can grow it as a standard if you don't have room for it to spread and you can also keep it pruned back to the width of space you have.  

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 13:11

Seriously - had 2 new feet and the boot is essential to good healing.

Any ideas?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 12:08

To post a photo, use the camera icon on teh top right of the message box.  If the photo doe snot load successfully, re-size it as there is an upper limit.  You can post several photos or else use something like photobucket to make an album and post a link to that if it's easier.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 12:02

Been cleaning all morning including making a  space in the garage for friends' car when they arrive - it's a soft top so will get sunburn - so the last of the painting bits are now in the annex for their last touches.  Al showered and clean myself now and a leek and goat's cheese quiche in the oven for lunch.  

No gardening for a few days apart form watering pots every day.   Scorchio here but not humid.  Love it.   Might even do a bit of sunbathing or just a siesta later on;

DD hope your meeting has gone well.   Sounds like it's all coming together well.

Joyce - how is OH?  Home soon?

Dove - keep that boot on at all times except for bed and shower!

Hi to everyone else and hugs where needed.

Which plants would you relegate to the compost heap... for good?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 11:51

Any and every euphorbia including poinsettias.

Plasticky looking begonias and impatiens.

Petunias cos they're sticky and felty when you dead head.

Forsythia - especially when grown next to flowering currant which can also go in the heap.

And, it goes without saying surely, any of the bl**dy weeds growing where I haven't left them in a wild corner for insects.........


Posted: 14/06/2017 at 22:10

You either need barriers round your plants, or plants that rabbits don't like or a dog or a hunter/gamekeeper.  Rabbits never come in groups of 1.

Plant supports

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 21:57

I buy mine in 5m lengths and cut them in two then bend the middle round a railway sleeper before bending it with a plank to get my legs.   I find this leaves me enough length to to get a decent footing in the soil but still support plants such as echinops and purple phlomis.   I do overlap them and am happy to use 3 or 4 to support a clump.   Better, in my experience, than one hoop.

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