Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 22/10/2017 at 14:42

First thing is to remove obvious dead leaves then soak each pot in a bucket of water till no further air bubbles appear and then leave it to drain.    Then it's a case of putting them in a well lit position, but not direct sun, and out of draughts and a wait and see if anything grows.

Repeat the dunkings once a week for now but do make sure they have time to drain thoroughly afterwards as they won't want their roots to drown.

If there is no new growth after a month or two, I would bin them and start again.  If new growth does show, try a gentle dose of feed for leafy house plants.  You can buy this in small stick from in good supermarkets and DIY stores.  Just push a couple into each pot.  If they do revive and grow, you can up the feed next spring but stick to the dunking method for watering as it's the best way to avoid over or under watering.   A light shower to remove dust from the leaves every few weeks also helps.


Posted: 22/10/2017 at 14:25

The only dingo I know is a wild Ozzie dog.


Posted: 22/10/2017 at 14:24

Winter pansies and violas, hardy cyclamen, primulas?  None of these is very deep rooted and will flower a long time if you keep dead-heading.  The cyclamen will also give excellent foliage interest.  Just make sure your pots are in a sunny position and don't get frozen solid or your lilies will turn to mush.


Posted: 22/10/2017 at 14:14

I don't think a tilling machine will cope with roots very well.   Sounds like you need a manual pick axe or a mechanical digger.

How to take Penstemon cuttings

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 14:11

I've just done this with two of mine - 4 to 6" lengths taken from th etips of stems then all but the top pair of leaves snipped off and the stem trimmed just below a leaf axil and then all put in a glass of water to root in good light but out of direct sun.  Should take a few weeks and then they go into individual pots to grow on under shelter over winter.

The other method is to place each cutting round the edge of a pot containing seed compost mixed with a bit of grit for extra drainage.  Water, drain and then keep in a cool but sheltered spot til next spring when you can tap out the contents and pot up the rooted cuttings.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 14:08

You should go and see the new thread on church signs DL.  You'll enjoy a giggle.

Funny Church Signs

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 13:11

And this is for Hosta and all other posters having difficulties sleeping well

Funny Church Signs

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 13:09

This one should appeal to all gardeners

maple tree bark

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 13:02

More likely rabbits or deer.  I suggest you put a wire or rigid plastic mesh cage round all your other trees and shrubs to protect them as losing bark like this is usually a death knell.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 13:00

Or it's badly run and inefficient councils using cuts in govt funding to excuse cuts at home.  Either way, there is a lack of long term thinking involved but I'm all for communities taking care of themselves as much as they can.  Having it done for you does nothing for community spirit.

Torrid night here with my system battling to expel some pesky bug whichever way it could and I've been bitten again so when I wasn't in the bathroom I was applying ointment and trying not to scratch.   Windy night too with odd drops of rain.   Just enough to make for paw marks on my clean floor.

As I was feeling crook yesterday pm I didn't go walkie but dis let my fingers do the walking round a seed site.  The big local nursery has a range of obvious things at high prices - 30€+ for a we shrub or tree in a 5l pot so I've decided to grow my own on the ground that babies will catch up fast and be ready for their new home from the start with no issues acclimatising.

Also bought some magnesium tabs after bad cramps and the packet claims they are also good with insomnia and improving sleep quality so maybe worth trying NB and Hosta.

Happy Birthday Nanny B.  Hope you have a lovely day.  

Glad you're feeling better today LP and hope your defences work Liri.  

Shame about WW's hands but maybe this job can lead to something less strenuous but still plant related.

Now to crawl back under a blanket.    Enjoy your Sunday everyone, whatever you're up to.

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