Latest posts by Obelixx

Clematis root shade

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 15:35

Good, fertile soil and a deep root run are far more imporatnt than shade.  I grew lots of clems in full sun in my last garden and have brought some and bought more for this new garden which is much hotter and sunnier.

Make sure you feed them every spring and water them well in dry spells and plant some ground cover or a supply a good layer of mulch and they'll be happy.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 15:31

We have been out for a lovely long lunch and have managed to ignore the election results till now.  Hubris is a terrible thing.  Politicians do have a nasty habit of thinking everyone cares about politics.  Clearly they don't.  They care about their daily lives, their job security and their families and gleefully "reward" politicians who forget that.   Scottish vote was very interesting.

Got home in time for the tree man to come and discuss our two dodgy ash trees and for kitchen man to arrive and replace the wrong wall cupboard. 

Music festival in the village this evening and we're off t meet people and have a bit of fun.

Cutting garden

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 22:33

It isn't Busy.   I'm waiting for weeds to die before we mark out beds and get planting.  I have tomatoes, peppers and squashes waiting to be sunk in the ground along with dahlias for cutting.    The freesias I planted in  small troughs are doing nothing yet.

Might have been a bit ambitious thinking I'd have one this year.  

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 22:28

Got busy today and found ourselves with too little time for dinner and showers before dancing so showers won.   Dancing was good but hard work as there were just two couples there so no respite or rest.   Came home in a thunder storm to cook an easy wholemeal spaghetti alio, oilo, peperoncino and pour a large glass of wine.

I shall have a second glass and then go to bed.   Can't cope and staying up to watch won't change anything tomorrow.

In Belgium, prescriptions are subsidised according to status which includes age, illness, able bodied or not, long term illness or not, permanent condition or not which seems logical to me.   Painkillers and so on are only available from pharmacies, not supermarkets or drugstores.  So far, France looks similar but I haven't had need to explore further yet.

Fairy - good to see you popping in again.

Clari - maybe have an open day on a weekend when more people might be free?  Get publicity on local radio, social media etc.   Sounds very disappointing and hospices are so important.

Top heavy clematis

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 22:17

Take photos and notes as things emerge so you can look back and decide what was good, what was OK and what you really disliked so you can tweak the garden and plants to make the garden your own.

Make a list also of things you'd like to add - a particular tree, shrub, climber, perennial etc and also any seating or play areas you need to add.    Then you can work out what to do and in what order according to need, time and budget.

Enjoy - and don't worry about asking for lots of advice and info on here.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:32

The RHS doesn't mention any pests for begonias but this site seems to think that slugs, snails, caterpillars and aphids may be a problem - http://homeguides.sfgate.com/eats-begonias-71258.html 

Don't worry about dyslexia Ruby.  Lots of us have dyslexic fingers, if not brains.

Whose idea was it to paint an old IKEA LP storage unit red?   It's going to be like those pesky stripes and need umpteen coats, despite thorough surface prep!

Need to go and get clean now as we have to leave for dancing in an hour!

Weak and wilted young avocado

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:25

Why?  Have you any idea how big these trees get?  You'll have to throw it out sooner or later unless you live somewhere hot the doesn't get frosts and has good rainfall.

If you must keep it, try dunking the pot in a bucket until no more air bubbles appear then let it drain.  Repeat weekly.   This will ensure it has enough moisture but isn't drowning.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 15:44

Love dogs.  Got two but wouldn't leave them tied up anywhere.   I did get the feeling the chap presenting that item found it embarrassing.  

They could be covering the upcoming French elections where the new president hasn't a single MP yet because he's a whole new party of 1 - so far.   Should be interesting for France and the EU and Brexit.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 15:07

I wasn't suggesting they discuss politics PP but they could cover attendances.  After all, they've done pics of dogs left outside polling stations whilst their owners vote!

Top heavy clematis

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 15:05

That looks fairly typical of a group 2 to me but, as I said, you can encourage fresh stems and flowers lower down by judicious pruning, feeding and subsequent training.

I don't know of a Firefox clem.  There is a Fireworks but that has a mauve bar on lilac tepals - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=171 

Photos taken as portrait format often load sideways and photos over a certain size don't load at all.  Several can be put on one post.  Try re-sizing your other image and posting it on a separate thread to get an ID.

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