Latest posts by Obelixx

No flowers on sea holly

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:18

I think you would do well to re-pot it in some decent John Innes no 3 compost mixed with maybe a handful or two of MPC so it has better drainage with a bit of moisture retention.   I only ever use unmixed MPC as a soil conditioner for beds.  Try using a ceramic pot to maintain a more ven root temperature as black plastic can lead to over heating on warm, sunny days and doesn't provide much insulation against cold in winter.

Bear in mind also that all commercial composts only have food supplies to last for 90 to 100 days at best so your plant is probably starving.  If it has to stay in a pot, give it a spring top dressing of pelleted chicken manure or rose fertiliser and then regular liquid feeds of tomato food from April to mid July.  That should perk it up and have enough spare energy to produce some flowers.

Breeze Block Garden

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:09

That's a good, solid looking raised pond.   Great idea for aging knees.

Love the breeze block raised beds too.  I shall be pricing some up for our own veggie plot before springing them on OH.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:06

OH and Possum have got into comic books too - very Belgian to read "bandes dessinées".   I have a friend in Belgium with an entire room lined with made to measure shelves for his collection.   They have an annual festival in Angoulême where lots of the walls have cartoon murals.

Snails here Dove.  Greedy beggars so maybe OH should donate some beer for a wee pub too.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 10:41

Cheyngel - remember to soak its roots first.  What kind of shop?   Will it be fun?

Dove - not flat here either but it is nearer the coast.  The Dutch holidaymakers should feel at home there.

Insects of the day

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 10:37

Great creepy crawly photos.  Must go out with my camera and be a bit more observant.  We have some ragwort in our paddock so I'll check that too before I pull it up to make it safe for its new tenants - 3 horses.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 10:30

Maybe they've changed Drontal cos, for the first time ever, we had to con our Lab into finishing his the other week.   Expect such bovver with Rasta and disguise it in cheese or minced beef but Bonzo usually just hoovers it with his dinner.

Possum and I have been for a bike ride this morning.  Hard work now I've discovered/remembered how to work the 21 gears!  Grew up decades ago with 3 gears and not convinced 21 are an improvement.  Now she's cooling down watching John Torode on Korean food eating raw octopus which is still wriggling.  One for the squirm thread.

Next for me is doing a spicy rub on a slab of belly pork then bathroom cleaning and then weeding so I can plant my new shrubs.   

FG - another good photo.   Pat - I agree.  Zinnia warriors sounds much more fun. NB - definitely good not to have a sickly grandson adding to your mess.   Dove - a pox on all flamers and idiots.

Cloudy and breezy here.  Fingers crossed please.  They think we might get a shower later on this afternoon.

Last edited: 23 July 2017 10:31:19

Things that make me squirm

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 23:47

Short list - bad grammar, begonias and euphorbias, nearly all offal, pink flowering currants growing next to yellow forsythia, dyed plants such as those frightful heathers, karaoke, atonal music in general, rap versions of classic pop from my younger days, bad table manners - and that's just for starters.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 23:28

NB - don't tell them there's a plu side.  Just concentrate on what they've got wrong which seems like quite a lot.  Do not pay final bill till happy!

FG - are they paying her for all the hours?

Off to bed myself now.  Hope everyone gets a good night's sleep, especially the ones who tend to the insomniac side of life.


Posted: 22/07/2017 at 21:14

Hydrangeas like moist soil so are sure you want to keep one in a pot and water it every day thru spring and summer and into autumn?   There are other shrubs with white flowers that would do better and cope with a dessicating wind.

Last edited: 22 July 2017 21:14:18

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 21:10

HI Yvie.  Good to see you popping in.    Showers this way please.

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