Latest posts by Obelixx

Opinion about watering assistance

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 20:14

It would help if you'd made your link just a click instead of having to copy and paste it.

I take it retired people don't garden or have houseplants or the time and funds to indulge in horticulture for fun or any other reason.

Can you start a rhubarb in a container?

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 20:06

Yes.  I have 3 new crowns bought for my new garden but it has been so dry we haven't been able to lay out the potager and make a home for them so I potted them into bigger pots and have watered them all summer.   They'll go out this autumn - when we've had some rain.

Tree Peonie?

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 17:26

Lorraine - this is the second week of our second year in this garden.  That tree peony was bald and very sad when we arrived last year but I've watered it thru the drought and fed it pelleted chicken manure last spring and I dead-headed it except for a few I left to set seed.   It looks a lot better this year than last and still has leaves on it.   I'll be collecting the seed to sow this week some time.

The flowers on mine have a lovely perfume.  I hope yours will enjoy the extra space it will get and produces some lovely blooms.  Try feeding it in spring, as above, or with slow release rose food which also encourages flowers.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 14:22

It's all about time isn't it?  When Possum was about 8 I took her up to the Lakes so my dad and his wife could take her for a week's camping in their caravan.   They showed her Alnick castle and Seahouses and Grace Darling and Northumberland beaches and ruined castles while I jollied up to Glasgow to see the Burrell collection and Rennie Mackintosh.   

We lived in and around London for 15 years but only "did" things when we had folk visiting and that tended to be things like boat trips on the Thames.   Long working weeks and busy weekends of rugby/cricket/riding/dinners/friends etc so I didn't visit Kew or the BM or the Tate or the National Gallery or the Portrait Gallery or the Design Museum till we'd left and were back visiting old friends.   Still have to see the V&A and Natural History museums.

We seem to have seen more of Belgium than lots of our Belgian friends.  It is full of hidden or unsung treasures and history that we were keen to explore whilst Belgians are bound up with family, friends and homes.   We've done lots of visiting and exploring around here but then, we have the time and the impetus to discover our new surroundings.   Going to Bilbao with Possum at Halloween but, having looked on the website, we think we'll make do with the outside of the Guggenheim as none of the stuff mentioned inside "grabs" us as a must see.   What people built and what happened there is much more interesting to us than dubious daubs on canvas.

Definitely a country girl now but good to have sea (and all the fresh fish) close by tho I have yet to see the Atlantic looking excited.  It's been a very calm year.

Pruning back a large Forsythia/Beech hedge

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 12:10

Forsythia can be pruned back hard and will recover but, if you do it now, you will lose next spring's flowers.   

Not sure about beech but I would have thought it can be cut back hard and will regenerate as long as you make clean cuts and do it when no frost is forecast so the wounds have time to heal naturally.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 11:50

We live 20kms from the sea and have seen it quite a bit this summer with having visitors in May and June and then Possum all July and August and into September.   Mostly go for lunch or a stroll but I did actually spend one pm just flopped on a rug while t'other pair did daft things like going in the water!

Took my scientists for a stroll along the beaches and they loved it.  The Belgian coast is a mere 60kms long and very "developed" but our bit is not so much and has views along the coast to La Rochelle and across to Ile de Ré so they were thrilled.

I have been to the dentist this morning.  More filling replacement.  Such fun and more to come in November.....    I've been bitten again so itchy bits in the night and Cosmos was very playful so I am functioning on caffeine.   Went to the SM afterwards and they now have their autumn wine displays all geared up and are working on the Xmas displays behind screens.  Thence to a new, to me, garden centre where I found penstemons reduced and bought 2 to take cuttings plus some hardy cyclamen for my winter pots and some spring bulbs to grow thru them.

Horses can be stupid about what they eat.  I planted out a lovely Korean Abies after it had served as our Xmas tree one year.  They stretched their necks and ate all down one side so it is now a lop-sided, crown lifted tree.   Did the same to an oak I planted too close to their paddock but it has recovered well.

I hope your aches and pains are better today DL and Busy.  Feet and bruised ribs can hurt for ages so do be careful.    Good luck with the new wardrobe FG.    Greetings to all not mentioned.  Hope you all have a good day.   Downhill to the weekend now, honest.

chocolate teapots

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 17:20

I have leg warmers from when I've had to be out in -15C and worse and ski socks weren't enough to keep the blood warm down my legs.  Very handy when I had a foot op in January and had bare toes in an orthopedic boot.   Not for public consumption but very comforting so I've kept them, just in case.

What to do with a small North facing area

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 16:46

If you can sort out the drainage issues you might consider taxus baccata (yew) which is evergreen and very hardy and can be clipped close and even back to brown wood, unlike juniper.  It is a very dark green but can be clipped formally to look very smart and solid.  There are golden forms available too.

Another possibility would be escallonia which has small, evergreen leaves but also pretty blossom and grisellinia littoralis is worth considering.

Last edited: 09 October 2017 16:46:53

chocolate teapots

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 16:36

What's wrong with socks, thicker as it gets colder, or leg warmers or even a rug when you're curled up on the sofa?  

Tree Peonie?

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 15:36

This is our tree peony flowering earlier this year.  There are other colours than pink but the leaves should be similar if yours is a tree peony.

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