Latest posts by Obelixx

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 14:02

Pansy - Drizzle for me is wet air that you can just about see.   Rain is when you can see and feel and often hear it without trying.  We have the latter at the mo.   Lovely stuff - wet enough to confine us and dogs and cats to barracks for the next hours or so.

M-U - we moved here to lessen Arthur tendencies and I've had very few twinges but blimey I felt stiff when we got home from dance class.  One hour of non stop Paso, Cuban bolero and Samba then 45 mins in the car equals one Obxx feeling over 27.   

I have nearly a 100 red onions sets growing in modules and nearly ready to goo into proper soil and I bought some Jerusalem artichokes at the SM today to plant in another bed and a selection of brassicas that would appreciate being planted out.   That's tomorrow sorted then.

In Belgium I always provided a coffee pot and freshly made cake or biscuits for builders of any persuasion plus a table and chairs so they didn't have to eat lunch in their van.  Anyone who was only there for a couple of hours was offered coffee.   Happy workers do a better job.

Here in France they refuse coffee and also go away for a 2 hour lunch at home or back at base so no need for treats and, in any case, the bloody oven wasn't up to cakes and biscuits or anything else for that matter.  New oven good but no workmen since.

Moving House

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 13:32

I did this last year as we were moving too - tho I did it before we put the house on the market last Easter so they had all summer to establish in their pots.  We arrived here on October 1st and they are all still in pots as we are only just getting round to creating the first border - blank canvas garden with lots of grass and the odd tree and shrub but no beds!

The last thing you need after a move is pressure to get plants in quickly.  Much better to have them potted so you can think carefully about their new home and carry out good soil preparation.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 08:50

Cloggie - agreed.  The rpevious owner of this house mixed some builders sand in the paint for the downstairs loo!  Two walls are textured yellow "beach" and the other two are smooth blue "sea" with starfish mirrors and tropical fish stickers.  She's a child minder and wanted the loo to be fun.

Brickman - Just hostas and brunnera are not enough for me.  Too similar in shape.  You need changes in height and texture and leaf form and something that looks good in winter when they're ll below ground.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 22:43

Sharp sand is usually dry so easy to mix  in and the grains are pointy and sharp so there are gaps even when they are compressed.  Builders' sand is smoother, smaller, round grains and won't open up clay soil in the way you need.   Waste of money for soil improving.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 22:09

Clay is usually very fertile but needs opening up to allow in air and improve drainage.  Before you plant anything you need to add a good thick layer of well rotted garden compost or cheap multi-purpose compost and some sharp sand (not builders') or fine grit and then fork it loosely in.

All sorts of lovely plants will do well if you can do that - astilbe, astilboides, aquilegias, brunnera, candelabra primulas, chelone, hostas, ligularia, hakonechloa, hostas, ferns, cornus canadensis, tiarellas, epimediums, geranium phaeum.....

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 22:01

Just back from dance class.  Very aerobic with an hour of non stop Paso Doble, Cuban Bolero and Samba.,    They were talking about the Saints Glaces - 3 Saint's days on 11th, 12th and 13th of May after which there should, in theory, be no more frosts.   Good.  

Desperate to get toms outside but haven't dared.  As it is, one of my hamamelis planted in the shade/foliage bed has been badly frosted but everything else, including the other two hamamelis still in pots up next to the house, is all OK.  The tiny 4" high clem I found struggling under weeds last July has grown 4 strong stems and several feet and has had loads of big fat flower buds for 2 weeks now but they refuse to open while it stays cold and wet.

Relaxing now with a glass of wine and Great British Menu then bed.

Sweet dreams all.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 17:03

What kind of soil do you have?  It makes a difference to what will thrive - sandy, clay, loam, stony, chalky, acid, alkaline?

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 16:35

Dave - Try investing in a couple of oriental poppies instead.   They come in various sumptuous colours now.

What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 14:15

Yes - typo in my post.  It should read Fork In not Fork On.

If you can afford as much compost etc as you need, maybe consider getting some help too?  

What to do with this Peony

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 14:08

Petals fall when the flower has done its job and been pollinated.  If you leave the seed heads on the plant will put energy into seeds which is fine if you want to save them.  Otherwise, cut them off, taking the stem back to a leaf node and then give it a feed of slow release granules such as pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone.  The foliage will look attractive for months and will also build up the plant for a good flower display next year.

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