Latest posts by Obelixx

Identify a small hedge plant

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 21:13

Lonicera nitida?  

Brown magnolia flowers

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 21:05

How long is it since you bought and planted it?  If it's just a couple of weeks I reckon you could de-pot it, soak the root ball till no air bubble appear then tease out the roots and re-plant.   Make sure there are crocks in the bottom of the pot to stop the drainage holes being blocked.   

Plant it at the same depth it was at before and add a small amount of feed to the compost you use to fill the pot so it is well spread and not concentrated anywhere.   Water well and then mulch with some gravel or chipped bark or expanded clay pellets as you prefer.  This will stop moisture evaporation on hot or windy days.   

If the drainage holes are kept free and you stand it on pot feet or bricks, it will be hard to over water.  You can tell when it needs watering by poking in a finger.  If the compost feels dry, water.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 20:56

Now there's a thought!  I planned to dead head it to save energy but I could maybe let it ripen one or two seeds heads............

Brown magnolia flowers

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 19:23

When you planted it, did you soak the root ball in a bucket of water first and did you water it well afterwards?

It may just be very thirsty and sacrificing flowers to save the leaves which are its food factory.  Look on your other thread for the correct link now.  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 19:12

Tom C - that is a vast improvement in plan and planting space.  Congrats.

Joyce - sumptuous.

My tree peony is not only in flower but has a glorious perfume.  It looked very dead when we arrived on October 1st and I had no idea what it was so a lovely surprise.  I have fed and watered it and given it a pep talk.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 18:58

See previous post H.   Once I get the rest of the shrubs in I can do the rest of the hostas.

Growing magnolia tree (help)

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 18:57

Sorry.  Posted the wrong link.  It's a magnolia stellata and teh RHS thinks they can be grown in pots but I would suggest the largest one you can manage so as not to restrict the roots too much as this will reduce growth.


The brown is either frost damage or just natural aging as the flowers go over.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 18:51

Good hot shower for me most days but, after a long, cold and dirty day in the garden it has to be a bath with bubbles and a glass of fizz too.

Have only had an afternoon out there today and - fanfares and rum rolls - I have planted my first treasures in a proper bed - hydrangea "Prim White, eunonymus Silver Queen, creamy variegated ivies, wild garlic, lily of the valley, violets, a pieris and one whole hosta but split into 4 chunks so 2 in the ground and 2 in pots for later on.   More hostas, some acers and some azaleas tomorrow.

Feeling stiff so a hot shower is called for to ease those bruised ribs.

Hope you get the mower sorted H.  We ended up taking the collectors off our first one as the grass was always so lush and juicy it clogged the tubes.  This model doesn't collect at all so OH has to rake it up and dump it all in the bins.  He may well want one with a collector next time.

Glad you're feeling better about your garden this year Dove.

Good to see you PDoc.

Last edited: 03 April 2017 18:52:09

Resurrected Ten

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 16:20


Lovely pics Joyce.  Maybe you're on the colder side of Scotland M-U?

Plant ID/alternative suggestion

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 14:51

Yes.  My wee brain couldn't get past veronica gentianoides and I know it's not that.

Last edited: 03 April 2017 14:54:35

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