Obelixx


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Any rose experts out there?

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:41

My Malvern Hills in Belgium needed guiding so yes - use some horizontal wires as you have for your other rose.  It will help you train the stems horizontally or diagonally and thus induce more flowers.  Dead head regularly to keep it flowering too.


I liked mine so much I've bought another for this new garden and will be training it over a rigid wire mesh fence.

Last edited: 19 May 2017 14:42:59

Wood burning stove in greenhouse

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 09:56

Thermal vests, thermal socks, coat, hat gloves - much better for the greenhouse and the plants and carbon footprint.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 09:52

A lot of ignorance, incompetence and complacency too Dove.  Didn't watch it as I knew I'd get angry.


Clari - OH still needs reminding on how to pack a boot efficiently and can't ever estimate space, lengths etc.   So much for men being more spatially aware.  At least now he eccepts the need to measure, measure again and use a spirit level for some jobs.


Guests have now gone and are en route for their home in Belgum - ex garden group friend and, since we were up and dressed and on parade, we've been to the big DIY at La Roche-s-Y for a curtain track I can screw to the ceiling as there isn't enough gap for a pole if we want to open the windows.....   We have shutters so don't really need curtains but I find they make the place ook and sound more cosy and I did bring my lovely toile de Jouy and others with me.  Better hanging round a window than hanging around on a shelf.


Might do some gardening later but first another coffee and maybe a snoozle since Cosmos was very playful and cuddly in the night and OH was snoring.   Feeling a bit wiped out.


Happy gardening all but have fun whatever you're up to.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 14:27

Yum!


Shower room chappy has been and gone.  3 hours!  re-drawn plan to take into account stone wall at back of house and swap over loo and shower positions and check finishes.   He's off now to Saintes which is, at least, on the way home to Bordeaux.   Lots of lovely Roman stuff in Saintes, if ever you get the opportunity to visit.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 12:20

Lovely clem Dove and worth saving if you can.  I've had lots of "resurrection" clems.


Chappy has just called to say he's here.  Don't think so.  Satnav telling porkies.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 11:54

No drainage probs here GWRS.  Plenty of rain overnight and all morning and all soaking into a very thirsty garden.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 11:38

Cool here and wet which is great after I planted so many treasures yesterday but now we're confined to barracks with stir crazy dogs and one kitten all mithering for play and attention.  Cosmos isn't bothered at all and happy to play indoors.  We've been doing h****work and have had a thorough clean so a conscience free weekend of gardening and a plant fair to come.


Chappy is coming to talk about the shower room today but is late cos of traffic at Bordeaux and then we have an SM raid to do before some friends arrive on their way back from Portugal to Belgium.


Glad you've had a good sleep Hosta.   Bit like Mrs Thatcher - 3 hours all week or more and then one long one to catch up.  


Sounds like you need a smelly honeysuckle Dove.   We had a gorgeous deep pink and purple one in Belgium and have inherited a soft yellow one here.  Yum!


Clari - 2 dogs are great fun as long as they have separate feeding places and plenty of toys.   Our terrier type is a demon for pinching toys off the Lab and he hoovers up his food and will steal hers given half a chance.   Not cheap tho - vets, food, baskets, leads, collars etc. 


Busy - hope you're enjoying a lovely cuddle.


Greetings to all I've missed.

Rose and clematis combinations

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 22:18

Etoile Violette is a cracking clematis - strong purple flowers over a long period and good for any aspect.  


Given the right planting conditions and spring feeding she goes from strength to strength producing more stems ever year.  She will look fabulous with Teasing Georgia but may well make Generous Gardener look insipid.  If you like GG, try a softer purple such as Blue Angel which is a very good clematis for a NE aspect.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 22:03

We have had rain too since mid afternoon but light so all new plantings have had to be watered thoroughly as the soil id bone dry.


LG - grow them just like cucumbers and give them some support to climb.   I quite fancy trying them but have't seen seeds here.  Maybe next year.  Meanwhile, I found this info - http://homegrown-revolution.co.uk/savoury-fruit/growing-cucamelons/ and you may find some info on Beechgrove fact sheets as they have covered them once or twice.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 21:23

I hope it all works out for you Clari.   Just nee dto get OH trained now.


Definitely not going anywhere near our garden in Belgium.  The new owners are not gardeners and Marie-Christine is, apparently, in depsair every time she passes and she only helped out every other Tuesday!


Feeling more like 72 than 27 now.   I have spent a cool, wet afternoon planting the two beds in the graveled area and am now stiif and achy in places I'd forgotten about.   I shall need more plants so roll on the polytunnel and cold frames.


However, tomorrow is mega cleaning day and bed linen changes and we have friends stopping by on their way home to Belgium from Portugal so no gardening tomorrw.

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