Latest posts by Obelixx

Will a garden get the same amount of sun each year?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 12:11

Saving a change in the earth's rotation on its axis and its orbit round the sun you can expect the same light levels from one year to the next on all sides of your house with the most sunlight being in southerly and westerly aspects.

The variables will come from cloud cover, tree and shrub growth, new builds or extensions next door and, less likely, potential cooling and shading from catastrophic volcano eruptions shading the sun as happened around 1300AD.

Pruning Very old climbing roses

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 12:04

I would get a qualified tree surgeon to have a look before I did anything drastic.   They will at least know if the tree is worth saving and can clear away all the resulting crud from pruning, should you accept his or her quote for the work.

If you choose to do it yourself then the advice above for taking out all the obviously dead wood and then reducing the length of viable stems and then feeding generously is good.

bishop dahlias: which red one?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:54

Well!  Got seduced by the crocus site and its dahlias and cannas and freesias and then find they only post to the UK.   Bums.

bishop dahlias: which red one?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:21

Sarah Raven has Auckland for sale and says they need to be planted 30"/90cms apart so that would be one per pot Newb.   It does look good.  Llandaff is just a bit too scarlet red for me but I do like its purple foliage.

Crocus have Auckland for a bit less plus a 20% off for your first order.  Only £9 for 3.

Last edited: 27 January 2017 10:24:46

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:17

I'm good at parking - so far.   OH not so much.  We've had some cracking prangs involving him and parking.   No idea how he does it.   So many radars about these days I'm even good about speed limits these days.   Given the changes in rules and new signs I reckon everyone should have a refresher course and test every 10 years except for youngsters and oldsters every 3 years.

For the first time in ages we have no frost and a whole half millimetre of rain.   Quiet pottering this morning, Thai pumpkin soup for lunch and then we're off to Les Herbiers to fetch my broken sewing machine and raid an outlet store for shoes, boots, slippers.......  Possum arrived home at midnight last night so is having a lie in with the kittens.  I was good and didn't let them in till 10:30.

Pics of the rock Hosta?

Edging Tools - University Project Help

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 20:22

Me too but, to be honest, OH does a much better job with teh edger on the strimmer than either of us can be bothered to do with the manual edging tool although I do like that for marking out new beds.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 20:19

Close call Fidget.   Lot of it about.  Some old chap pulled out of a side road in front of me this evening, completely ignoring the mini roundabout and my right of way.  Lots of swearing and glowering and all mys hopping on the floor of the car.

Now I'm on tenterhooks as OH has driven to Nantes to fetch Possum.  I hope the loons are staying at home.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 17:08

Careful Hosta.  You won't be able to sleep with all that excitement!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 17:06

No spring breaks for me this year.  We're having a new kitchen installed so have to dismantle the old one and prep the walls.   Also leccy and plastering work on the annex - all indoors.   I hope by spring that the potager will be up and running with at least some beds ready to sow and plant and maybe some ornamental beds on the go too.

Which plants are best to grow indoors

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 15:13

There are loads of houseplants on the market so you really need to think about things like budget, aspect (light levels and direct sun or not), ambient temperatures, hummidity (som edo best in bathrooms and some in dry air), how much care and attention they need (are you there all the time or occasionally absent for a week or two or more?) etc.

The RHS has this initial advice and then you can search its site for more specific info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=947

As for herbs, it depends on what you like to cook and again on how well you can care for them. eg Plants like mint and basil need more moisture and less direct sun than thymes. but none is worth growing if you won't use it.  Then there's parsley, coriander, rosemary, bay, French tarragon, which are all essential plants for my kitchen but maybe not yours.

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