Latest posts by Obelixx

Where have the April showers gone?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 21:59

I dunno.  last spring was so wet and miserable we were all moaning and this year it's dry and we're still moaning.

Gardeners!!  Never happier than when bemoaning the weather.

Thank you!

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 21:49

Haven't you done well.   Concentrate on resting and healing now and you'll soon be back out there.   Good luck for a speedy recovery.

Ideas for tall, evergreen privacy (& maybe flowering!)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:43

Ceanothus can be grown as wall shrubs and I expect are often used as hedges in their native California.  The RHS has this advice and also recommends them as wall shrubs - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=354 

Droopy Thalictrum

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:36

I grew this in Belgium in good, rich loamy soil with plenty of organic matter.  It was in full sun all day once we got into late April.   It got so big I dug it up 3 years ago and moved it to an even sunnier spot with more moisture and it grew well there too, but never as tall which suited me fine.  It was a triffid in its first location getting well over 2m high.

I suggest patience and see if it perks up.  Don't let it dry out but don't drown it either..

Can you identify this?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:09

Speedwell - veronica chamaedrys.

miserable skimmia

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:07

It looks a bit chlorotic - yellowing of leaves showing magnesium deficiency.  Try a foliar feed of Epsom salts using a ratio of 15ml of salts to 5l of water.   Works on rhodos and azaleas and conifers too.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:30

A friend posted at the weekend that it was snowing at our old house in Belgium.   The wind here has swung more to the north which means the front of the house - south - is lovely and warm now.  I've been out watering treasures and putting rusty obelisks on enthusiastic clematis waiting for permanent homes in the ground.  Frost expected Wednesday and Thursday so I'm been moving things about too to give some protection.

OH has been manfully digging away the edge of the grass where it has grown over the drive in teh last few years.  Hard labour and we're going to need to edge it somehow.

Cosmos has been rolling in the fine grey gravel chippings that make up the drive and is no longer white.  Minstrel has been patrolling her territory for insects and small mammals.  The neighbour tells me she will also find grass snakes.  Cosmos hasn't a clue about hunting bu does love to chew cardboard boxes and leave confetti all over the floor for him to kill later.

Growing Garlic and Spring onion

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:21

How many times have we said MPC is not good for herbs?  It is only fit for conditioning soil before planting in the ground.

Get some John Innes formula compost.

Garlic suitable for growth in the UK is traditionally planted in the ground in late autumn or early winter as it needs a frost to make the cloves in the bulb.   Do try doing some research as previously advised eg here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/garlic

Spring onions are easy to grow from seed.  I do mine in a small window box filled with a loamy compost.  i like the red ones best.


Last edited: 23 April 2017 15:22:03

Please help with plant, tree and weed ID

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:16

No photos visible here.  Try reducing the size and loading again, using the camera icon above the box..

Plant identification please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:41

Gardener's Garters is a thug when let loose.  Beware.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 14:41:13

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