Latest posts by Obelixx

flag Irises

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:14

Maybe trunks and a snorkel?  Dive and cut the iris off at the roots if you can't pull it up?


Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:12

They are spindly and airy, judging by the ones I've bought here.  They should be safe from frosts now so plant them out and take cuttings later on to ensure you have some stock to keep sheltered over winter.

Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:09

Fox poo definitely dark messy and stinks.  Cat poo is not messy unless they're ill.  I thought fox poos was the worst - our terrier likes to roll in it - till she discovered coypu poo.  Yuk!

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:45

It is outrageous but, it seems, all too common.

Changing the subject completely, here's a pic of part of yesterday's plant fair at Vouvant.

Those red/bronze phormiums in the foreground were going for 39€!!  I paid between 2€ and 5€ for all my treasures.

Identify please

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:30

Centranthus ruber aka Valerian - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/93739/Centranthus-ruber/Details 


Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:16

Slugs and snails love these and so do aphids so be ready with defences.   I never had any success in my last garden which was very fertile but apparently too alkaline so i'm trying again here and bought The Page yesterday - lovely soft red.

Yours look very healthy.  As soon as the flowers go over, remove the stem and feed it.  You may then get secondary flowering later on.

flag Irises

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 13:50

A wee boat and a large rake?  Bundles of barley straw stuffed into old tights and weighted down with a brick should help with blanket weed.

Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 11:09

Water scarecrow is the way to go - cats, foxes, herons, unwanted visitors of most kinds - just remember to move the sensors regularly so they don't learn the trigger points.

An upturned wire mesh hanging basket over the nepeta till they grow big and strong enough to cope - tho, with all those cats about it's asking for trouble.

On the other hand, I have ought some for my two young cats and they haven't shown the slightest interest - yet.

Help with identifying fruit trees

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 11:04

Some fruit trees, especially apples, need a pollinator for fertilisation and fruit.   Can you remember what you ordered so you can check if they were suitable?   Another problem may be late frosts killing blossom before it is pollinated or strong winds and cold weather preventing pollinating insects such as bees from flying.

Ants farm aphids which suck sap and produce honeydew which the ants then feed to to their young.  Not good for the plants affected.   Blast the aphids off with a spray from a hosepipe and put down poison for the ants or else drive them off with a solution of 5 litres of water mixed with one small bottle of essential oil of cloves (health shop) watered all over the base and roots of the tree.

Remove the suckers as they are coming from the root stock and will reduce the supply of nutrients going to the desired grafted tree.

Remove all grass and other plants form around the base of the tree to a diametre of 1 metre.  Loosen the exposed soil with a hand fork and apply a generous dollop of slow release fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone then water well and cover with a mulch of well rotted leaf mold or chipped bark.  This will remove competition for nutrients and help the tree produce flwoering spurs for next year.

aquilegia and geranium seeds

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 10:56

Fresh and in trays or modules so you can see what's what and grow them on in safety.

Aquilegias are notoriously promiscuous so you may get a desired parent or some wonderful new form or colour combo or you may just get the muddy pink they eventually produce.   Good luck.

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