Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 16:07

Busy - where did you find your Betty Corning?  I had to leave mine behind and haven't seen one here.

Dove - love the arch but have to say we bought all ours in Belgium for about 35€ - same size but cirved top.  We loved them and had 4 in different bits of the garden, 3 as functioning archways/passages and 1 borrowing the landscape on the edge of the cow pasture.  They all had clems.

Been to a plant fair at Vouvant today and came home with a whole host of goodies including herbs to finish that bed, some more perennials and an experiment.   A list will follow when I've made one.  Perhaps we need an HRT confessions thread - Horticultural Retail Therapy so chaps can join in too.

It's warm here so I've been and watered all the treasures, old and new, and now we're flopping until dinner time.  Better put it in to roast first.

Clari - I've been thinking of a fire pit but we have an old ceramic wood burner stove I found in a brocante in Angoulême a couple of years ago.  I'm hoping that will do the job nicely.  Bought it after seeing someone with a pair either side of their front door in Verteuil - using them as summer plant displays with flowers instead of flames.

Greetings to all I've missed and all yet to come.  Hope you're having a good day.

Fern looking sad

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 23:29

Fair enough.  Be sure to tailor the compost you use to the plant you're growing as some like it free draining and some moisture retentive and make sure you use rain water on ericaceous plants if your tap water is hard.  Use the appropriate feed in spring - depends on the plant and is different for foliage, flowers, fruits and seeds, 

Golden Jubilee Award

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 23:25

The voting for the Jubilee plant is on the GW section of the Beeb website and you have to register to vote and that means giving information.  I've had a BBC ident for years so am not bothered but I can't vote cos I'm not in the UK.

Any complaints about the system need to be made to the Beeb and not here as neither this forum nor the magazine to which it is linked is part of the Beeb.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 18:01

I agree.  You need to concentrate his mind so definitely give a deadline after which you will charge interest plus costs for any further delay (post/telephone etc) and small claims court proceedings if necessary.

Right then.  Dogs have been walked and I need a shower before an early dinner as we're off to the monthly dance practice evening organised by our teacher.

Flower Pot Design suggestions

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:57

If you change the plants each season you need to add fresh planting medium/compost every year anyway.    

If you can fill the bottom beds with gritty compost I would suggest lavender Hidcote or Munstead which would withstand a British winter very well as long as drainage is good.   You'll need to trim the spent flowers back once a year, cutting no more than an inch into the foliage stems and that will keep the plants renewed and vigorous.

A low growing evergreen shrub that might do is hebe youngii  https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/90829/Hebe-Youngii/Details 

You could underplant with daffodils to extend the interest.

Favourite late flowering clematis

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:45

I like the ones with smaller but more abundant flowers eg Betty Corning which is perfumed, Alba Luxurians and Caerulea Luxurians, Little Nell, Princess Diana and, for a big space, Huldine.   Etoile Violette is a good one where you want strong colour that doesn't fade in sun and one of my other favourites is Blue Angel.

You can look up there details on here - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=561 and then try Hawthorne nurseries or Thorneycroft who do mail order if you can't find them locally.

I had all these and many more in the garden I left behind last October.   I brought with me some  of my newer clems still in pots including Lambton Park which is a long flowering scented tangutika type and I have bought an I am Happy and a My Angel which should also flower till late on.

Cutting scented rose

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 15:57

Have a look at Darcey Bussell and Windermere from David Austin - recommended for cutting on their site.

This article recommends roses for cutting - sift through for red and white - as well as how to cut and care for them for a longer vase life - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3348651/Gardening-Top-10-roses-for-cutting.html 

Fern looking sad

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 15:47

Any compost in pots will have only enough nutrients for about 90 days so you need to think about giving an annual top dressing of a suitable fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or seaweed granules and occasional liquid feeds of something designed for leafy plants.

If yours has been in that pot for a few years it is probably ready for potting on so water it thoroughly to make it easier to remove and then give it some fresh compost in a bigger pot or else use your hands or a hand fork to loosen the root ball, trim off the ends and then re-pot in a cleaned pot.  I would suggest a mix of half and half JOhn Innes no 3 and muti-purpose compost and a thorough watering afterwards.

The RHS offers this advice on growing ferns - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=936 

on bed rest!

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:40

I had neck surgery 5 years ago - cage to support 3 vertebrae with knackered discs that had been pinching lots of nerves.   I wasn't confined to barracks but was told to be careful and take it easy for a few weeks - not easy when suddenly free of excruciating pain and feeling very sprightly as a result!  

I completed some old embroidery projects, cuddled cat and dog, read loads of books,researched plants for the garden, made shopping lists for OH, and found new recipes for dinner.  I was president of a dance club so did loads of admin on the PC working out time-tables for all the hall hires and classes and teacher contracts for the new season and posters for publicity.

Fern looking sad

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:29

Could be thirsty, or too wet or been in its pot too long and run out of food so is starving.

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