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Latest posts by obelixx

Growing Tea

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:22

Don't drink tea but I think you may be pushing it a bit to grow it outside of the warmer, sheltered, south western counties or a walle dgarden protected by the Gulf Stream if you're further north.   You also have to consider the drying and bendng and storing aspects and you'd need a lot of plants to get a crop to make a brew given that it's made frm just the newest young leaves..

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:19

I was given one of those for Xmas 2009 Dove.  It died on January 6th recording -25C.   My ordinary wall min/max recorded -32C that night.

Haven't had such horrors since but the winters of 2009 and 2010 often got down to -25C.   -15C is a more normal low here.

I lost so many plants and got rather disheartened so haven't recorded temps since.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:28

No gardening today apart form clearing all the stuff I hacked the other day.   Driving sleet has stopped play.

So many frosts

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:17

It's winter.  Frost is what we're supposed to have.

Once spring comes it will come with a whoosh.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 14:11

Me too.   I have been out to prune some more clems and plant some impulse pots of purple crocus in a bigger display pot but it is perishing out there today so, apart from walking the dogs I am retreating indoors.

Odd corrections?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:56

Nor me.  It happily lets me mis-type words and I don't always notice in time to Edit them afterwards.

idle curiosity.....

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:07

Ooh Bookertoo.  Where in Zambia?  My dad left home to go and work there in 1969 - medic for the copper mines.   Had an avocado and a mango tree in the garden.   Luscious.

Ornamental Grass/Sedge help

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:08

Spring is the best time to split ornamental grasses.   Give them a good soaking, take them out of their pots and then just divide up with a spade, bread knife or two forks.   Plant the new clumps straight away either in the ground in a ready prepared bed or on pots again.  Unless they are evergreens such as carex, you should now be cutting back all the old, dry top growth to allow the new shoots to come through.

Can't help with the Red Sedge.

idle curiosity.....

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:04

You might want to read this thread about sweet potatoes on A4A.,78551.0.html


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 15:07

I have been out to play.   Had a friend yesterday to help me tie in windbreak fabric along the northern fence and have done some hacking - enthusiastic pruning? - of shrubs, clems, hellebores and roses plus taken off lots of dead material on perennials.   Loads left to clear and tidy away and then weeding needs to start as the nettles and buttercups are already growing.

Garden last week at -6C

 Garden this week at +8C

 Still have the woodland corner and pond beds and shady beds and front to do but it's good to have made a start at last.

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