Latest posts by Obelixx

Covering an ugly fence by a patio area

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:23

Good.  looking forward to the pics.

Clematis ID

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:21

Thanks.  It does look a lot like Elsa Spath in form but today the central rib of the petals is darker and this site suggests they should be paler - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?bkey=158 

Climber or rambling rose??

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:16

There are climbing roses that barely get bigger than 2.5 metres hig and wide and ramblers that will get to 10m.  generally speaking, climbers have stiffer stems and are not as rampant and are repeat flowerers unless you go for old-fashioned roses.

Ramblers are more flexible so easier t train on arches and other structures and there are now repeat flowering ramblers available form places like David Austin.

Your choice will depend on the area to be covered and the colour desired and the size of support you plan to use.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:11

FG - our ruin and barn are just like the other farm buildings and houses round here.  Just a bi more shambolic.   We have wood pigeons nesting in one barn and blue tits under the eaves on teh east side of the house and somebody under the overhang of the donkey shed so all sorts of possibilities - in theory.   I'll put up nest boxes and see if anything comes.

bed all weeded and forked over.  Pots all watered.  Wind has risen and cloud cover developed so down to 18C now.  Planting treasures this pm so I'll have fewer pots to water.

That's a good haul Hosta.  No freecycle here but I did see at a couple of plat fairs organised by garden clubs that punters are allowed a stand to exchange plants for free.  No selling allowed.

Good news Dove.  I hope it continues well for you.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 11:24

They were wearing suits Joyce.   

Planting leeks in a raised bed

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 11:19

For leeks and onions I plant 4" in (wide enough for the cultivator head to pass) and plant 4 to 6" apart but I would make the rows across the short width, not the long.  That's how you'd get more rows in.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 11:16

We now have a light cover of cloud so the temp has gone down to 25C.  Perfect weeding weather.  Just as well as the silk tree bed is full of them - creeping thistle, creeping buttercup with added swollen roots, some sort of miniature bindweed, sticky bud, grass, dandelions..........   Making lots of space for treasures tho.

Dogs went berserk earlier as two JWs rang the bell at the gate and wanted to chat about faith.  Offered me a pamphlet too.  No thanks.

Sounds like a long haul Hosta but it will get sorted eventually.  Hang in there.

Liri - I think i'll investigate owl boxes for the barn and put up some swallow nest cups just in case..

Planting leeks in a raised bed

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 09:37

I squeeze mine in a bit tighter, allowing room for the width of my rake head between rows so I can get in and out easily with my favourite double edged Wolf hoe head.   That's about 9 inches which would give you extra rows.  

Clematis ID

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 09:32

I have been nurturing a teeny 4" stem of clematis that I found here last July when we bought the place.   It now has several stems and loads of flowers which have finally opened.

It's probably a group 2 but who knows?  I'd just like to know who I'm talking to.

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