Latest posts by Obelixx

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:29

Lovely FG.  No spiraea here.  Must get some.

Organic Pest Control

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:28

I never spray anything except a blast from a hosepipe if aphids arrive before the ladybirds are out in force.

I use organic slug pellets from very early on and very sparingly and that seems to work for my hostas and other slug caviar but when I found the perishers munching I would lob them into the road to be squished.

I had a deal with the garden birds - I'll feed you all year round if you feed caterpillars and aphids to your chicks and save my veg.  It mostly worked.   Nets worked to keep pigeons of brassicas.

I did buy sachets of poison when the rats got to cheeky - country garden so inevitable but sometimes they just encroached too much from the fields.

No-one was allowed to squish wasps or spiders.

More of the same in this new garden except we have snails now, not slugs.


Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:09

It all depends on size needed, style preferred and budget available.

In my Belgian garden I had simply, 30cm deep wooden ones to lead between garden zones but also a cast iron one that was over a metre deep.   Climbers up and over them all.

We've brought the metal one with us but have yet to decide where it will go.  I'm planning to build wooden ones with pergolas and trellis attached for this garden so I can choose the dimensions myself depending on what I grow up them.  If all goes to plan the structure will only be visible in winter anyway.

Having had one tubular steel obelisk which always blew over or bent in strong winds, I would not recommend that as either sturdy or stylish for any garden structure that has to support plants.

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:01

Lovely flowers and colours Nut.

M-U - used to have a friend who was deeply into Japanese style flower arranging.  Not my thing at all.  i was just accommodating some rather long wisteria blooms.

Thrilled to find the choisya as its perfume is knockout.  I've only ever had the golden form before so didn't recognise this till I found the flowers today.

Last edited: 25 April 2017 17:03:03

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 16:05

Just shrubs in mine: Viburnum, choisya I didn't know we had till I went to pick a spray, photinia, weigelia, fig, Japanese quince, Japanese honeysuckle, hawthorn and a late bit of wisteria.   Lilacs and kerria all gone over already.

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 15:16

Pansy, you are priceless.   Such courage and indomitable spirit.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 15:14

Thanks LB.   Not so nice here either and no sign of it cheering up this pm.

I've been trawling a website for a second hand wardrobe I can paint and customise for Possum's room and have come across a chest of drawers called a "semainier".   What a hoot - it has 7 drawers, one for every day of the week/semaine.  Now boggling as to what might be kept in it.

Last edited: 25 April 2017 15:14:45

Paeonia delavayi

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:43

This is encouraging.  I've only ever managed to grow the herbaceous peonies in my Belgian garden but have inherited a luscious perfumed pink tree peony in this new garden.  I'm planning to save and sow seeds from a couple of the flowers and dead head the rest.

It's a luscious clear pink with a deeper red centre so I shall have to keep my eye out for yellow ones.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:37

Lantana - lovely, happy doggy.  We have two as well as two cats.  Your suggestion of a pheromone colar worked really well on Bonzo who went from being terrified of the two kittens to fascinated and now plays with them and washes Cosmos.

I too have learned to fasten duvet covers for washing but Oh was ironing one the other day and, when he came to fold it, found a certain white kitten had crawled in.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:28

Still an orangerie as they grew other fruits too.

It is cold and damp out so I sat cataloguing my new plants on a spreadsheet with a view to making some sort of garden diary.   Have managed to mislay a few labels form my Beth Chatto garden treasure so have been trying to find them on her website - such a lovely, drool making sweety shop.

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