Latest posts by Obelixx

What's eating my clematis flowers??

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:09

Slugs, snails and/or earwigs - all of which hide in the daytime.  Try looking with a torch after dark.

Identifying a hedge

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:07

Hawthorn - best planted in autumn so it can get its roots down while the soil is still warm and there's plenty of moisture.  You can buy bundles of single stem whips very cheaply.  Plant in well prepared holes and water well then trim to about 9".

I did this and they grew 6' in their first season.  We then cut them back to 3' and fed them with pelleted chicken manure to encourage them to thicken up and we ended up with a strong, thick hedge which was great for wildlife and made a good windbreak.  Just remember in future years not to cut it back before mid August so that any nesting birds can get their last broods safely past fledging.

Last edited: 16 May 2017 13:08:14

Covering an ugly fence by a patio area

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 12:48

Why not just paint it and then hang some fairy lights on it?  If there's no leccy nearby, hang candle holders or outside lanterns on brackets.

Plant herbs in the bed for cutting for the kitchen and BBQ.   


Posted: 16/05/2017 at 12:18

If your dead flower heads are long an pointy you have the kind that can be cut back hard and will produce flowers this year  Prune and feed as Dove has advised.

In my last garden I always cut to two lengths like this and ended up having a longer flowering season as the longer stems produced flowers ahead of the short ones.  Dead heading the central flower as soon as it goes over encourages the 2 side shoot flowers to grow bigger and stimulates more lower down.


Posted: 16/05/2017 at 12:12

Yes.  Their roots like to go deep.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 12:12

We have 2 huge bays in the garden already which is great because I never managed to keep one thru winter in Belgium, indoors or out.   I don't really use sorrel but see that a red veined one has seeded in one of the pots I brought so that's a possibility if it can cope with sun.  

There's already a rosemary in the herb bed Pat.  It was in a big pot I brought with me along with the green sage and an oregano - all with root balls too big to stuff under the membrane so occupying 3 of the triangles.

Cosmos has chosen today to go and sunbathe.so i'd better go and put some screen on his ears.  This could be interesting but our vet warned me about white cats and skin cancer from burned ears.   Don't want him losing his ears.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 11:21

Much too sunny and hot for parsley and chervil.  I have parsley in a trough in the shade and will do the same for chervil.   Needs to be a hot and sunny herb.


Posted: 16/05/2017 at 11:05

I think you should be safely free of frosts by now but you could always protect them with a layer of fleece if a late one is forecast.

Plant them in a block, rather than in rows, to get maximum pollination.  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 11:01

Hello everyone.  Hot here and still climbing.  26C so far.

Seem to be a lot of minor injuries and ailments so I hope everyone heals well and takes the time to let healing happen so they don't get worse.  Jabs all up to date here too.

Busy - those buffets are great.  I never seemed to get past going back for all the lovely fish and shellfish at the smorgasbord end and it's a great way to keep OH's tum so busy it doesn't notice the swell.   The only better way is a full English on board.

Any cooks out there?  I planted up my herb garden yesterday - rosemary, 2 sages, 2 oreganos, lemon thyme, winter savoury and fennel.  4 squares and 1 triangle left.   Mint and basil and coriander will need more moisture and maybe some shade so will be planted elsewhere.   Any suggestions?  I'm thinking of dill and different thymes - if I can find them.   I also have some white chives that could fill a triangle on their own or round the rosemary.

 Chipped bark will cover the fabric and I have more stones to finish the square edges.

Stay safe, whatever you're up to today and good luck Clari.

Last edited: 16 May 2017 11:01:37

Group 3 Clematis flowering too early

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 21:45

Warm weather early on?   Plants don't go by the date.  They respond to conditions which can be anything from daylight strength to daylight hours, heat, moisture....


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