Latest posts by Obelixx

Need help with Oriental Poppies that have just been ripped up...

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 19:12

It's worth watering it and giving it a feed to help it along.  Then cross your fingers and be patient.  You may see nothing till next spring.

scented Rose

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 17:20

David Austin English roses are known for their perfume so I suggest you have a look at their website to see what you fancy.   You'll need one that can be grown as a short climber if you're putting it up an obelisk and Gertrude Jekyll is indeed strongly perfumed (delish), otherwise I can recommend Sceptr'd Isle as a pale pink, highly scented and healthy shrub rose.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 16:48

I loathed weddings in my youf - odd family I expect - and made it very clear to OH when we got married - aged 32 and 30 - that I wasn't doing it more than once so he had to get it right.  So far so good - tho he does get grumpy when he's digging in hot weather.  It's not urgent but he's on a mission.

I have tho, been to some excellent weddings in Belgium where they now how to party.   Any French person we've met here that tells us they have spent time in Belgium always says they had a great time as they work hard and play hard and take having fun very seriously.

Clari - where will you put a second dog?

Pat - do you have a conservatory or a covered verandah? 

Olive care?

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 14:40

Where are you?  Warm and sheltered or cold and exposed in winter?

Olives come from hot, dry regions and are used to putting down very deep roots to get the moisture they need.  They don't like to be soggy in winter or  deeply frozen.   I suggest you start with a small one in a pot so you can grow it on until it's big enough to cope with life outdoors and then you can take it with you when you eventually have a home of your own.

Have a look here for some info from the RHS -

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=138 - includes tips on growing in pots


Propagating roses

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 14:02

The easiest way is to make a slit trench in a shady spot in the garden.  Simply push your spade blade in all the way and wiggle it back and forth to make V shape.   Pour some sharp sand or fine grit in the bottom - about an inch or 2 - and then place pencil sized stems of rose in there and push the soil back.  Water well and leave for a whole season.   

You need to choose semi ripe stems in late summer or woodier stems in autumn.  Trim them just below a leaf node and then remove all but the top pair of leaves and any flower buds.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 13:35

Busy - what lovely news.  Congrats to all concerned.

OH and I have retreated from the sun for a while to have lunch.  I've been planting and he's been digging for my new rose and clems beds.   It's quite noisy out there - lots of birdsong and crickets doing what they do.   Frogs have gone quiet tho.

Clari - you need to teach your OH to iron his own shirts.  Keep him out of trouble.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 10:29

Our favourite SM has installed 3 "daisy" solar panels dooberries in the car park.  The panels open up from the centre like daisy petals and the whole thing turns to track the sun.  Folds up to reduce wind resistance in bad weather.  Brilliant.  I just don't understand wind turbines in a place like this as it's sunny, even in winter.  Even in Belgium we generated loads with our roof panels.

Wonky - invest in some factor 50 and train mates of OH to apply it to the parts you can't reach.  We even have some for Cosmos' ears as white cats round here can get skin cancer.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 09:50

Good morning all.  Good to see you Bushman.

We had thunder last night but distant and no rain.   Clouds all gone now except for some hazy stuff and heading for another scorchio today.   I ended up waiting for the relative cool of the evening to start planting the new bed.  The soil is bone dry so will need lots of watering.  

Clari - I have a feeling your OH won't notice the state of the house as he'll be exhausted.

Dove - have you got knitting to keep you distracted?   Bird watching?

Great photos FG.   Pat - your peppers should ripen on a  sunny windowsill.   Love the colour of those streps. 

Gravel garden

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 23:42

I think what struck me most about Beth Chatto's garden, in the dry garden, canal garden and woodland, was the amazing use of green in all its shades, forms and textures with colour and added texture and form from flowers as highlights.    

I think that could be done in a smaller space and with a limited palette to keep it cohesive.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 23:26

 It's the Chelsea Flower Show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.   It's supposed to be about horticultural excellence with plants as the main course, not as an afterthought once all the concrete, stone or whatever are in place.

We've had British quarry gardens feature on GW and also in the RHS magazine but they are nothing like the drab, arid mess of that Maltese pastiche.  They are lush with trees, shrubs, water - because the UK has rain - and all sorts of plants that will glory in the conditions and make you forget it's essentially a hole in the ground.

I also think the Beeb should spend more time in the marquee showcasing the remarkable plantsmen and women who grow and develop such amazing plants in all their variety and to such high standards.

I can't be the only person not remotely interested in celebs or what they think about it all or what they do in their own gardens.   The place is heaving with experts.  Let them speak and inform.

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