London (change)
Today 12°C / 3°C
Tomorrow 8°C / 8°C


Latest posts by obelixx


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:53

See this thread -

They don't need acid soil but they do need never to dry out.   My one in a pot gets alkaline tap water and is fine.  The three in the garden get rainwater with top ups of hard water form the hose when we have a drought.

Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:48

In that case I suspect you have to be in a warmer climate to get the berries.  I've never seen any on our rhus typhina dissecta and I've had it 25 years.   I shall go and investigate closer this autumn.

Getting desperate after 8 years.... WISTERIA, help please

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:15

Mine took years to flower too but now it does it twice.   This May we had the best ever show and then it produced some more in late July.  

Worth waiting for.

Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:44

No idea how to gather it or prepare it for storing. I bought my sumac online.  It gives a lemony flavour without being too tart.  Very good sprinkled on the skin before roasting a chicken and features a lot in Persian cuisine.

Beware - sumac berries that make the spice are not the same thing as the stag horn sumach in your garden -  

Acer leaf drop

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:38

Now, just in case there are spores of whatever is causing the problem in the compost in its pot and that can reinfect.


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:25

It seems this shrub naturally produces both pink and white flowers - 

Acer leaf drop

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 09:29

One of two things - thirst makes acers lose their leaves or turn crispy and start curling.   The other possibility is an illness that can strike at acers.  I can't remember what it's called but the acer struggles to get going but, with food and watering, does well for a while but then loses its leaves.

I would try repotting with fresh, John Innes 3 compost and remove the top layer of soil and any fallen leaves.   Give it a good drink and then leave it in a shady, frost free spot out of the wind and wait and see if it recovers next spring.    Wind really dessicates their fragile foliage so you'll need to water it more than you'd think to counteract moisture loss.

useful non- gardening tools.

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 12:18

Bread knife for sawing up clumps of plants to make divisions.

Builders' mesh for reinforcing concrete - makes a transparent fence between us and the field behind and a trellis between the main bed and the woodland corner of our garden - great for supporting blackberries and pumpkins and sweet peas and clematis.

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:57

Happy birthday Panda.

 As seen at Paira Daiza, near Mons, last year.

How much to charge...

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 22:24

Start high and then go low for the last hour and lower still for the last 15 minutes.  

If that doesn't clear the spare plants, put them outside your front gate with an honesty box and a suggested price.

Discussions started by obelixx


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 2    Views: 275
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 15:29


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 0    Views: 280
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Replies: 9    Views: 444
Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 10:01

Lawn care after moles

Replies: 4    Views: 279
Last Post: 05/08/2015 at 23:00

Plant id for Obxx

Who knows what this is please? 
Replies: 8    Views: 586
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 12:49

GW 2015

Programme content discussion 
Replies: 46    Views: 1944
Last Post: 16/03/2015 at 18:44

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 1935
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 09:30

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Catch up chat 
Replies: 3    Views: 939
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 09:18

Mare's tail

Replies: 3    Views: 1352
Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 17:01

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Replies: 23    Views: 1737
Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:35

Beechgrove this weekend

Replies: 6    Views: 925
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Weekend 22 March

Chat about plans for the weekend 
Replies: 108    Views: 4646
Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 18:19

Good Morning - 21 March

Replies: 33    Views: 2145
Last Post: 22/03/2013 at 09:57

Choosing chillies

Replies: 3    Views: 1327
Last Post: 23/02/2013 at 18:47

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Replies: 32    Views: 3184
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 18:12
1 to 15 of 16 threads