London (change)
Today 26°C / 17°C
Tomorrow 28°C / 18°C

obelixx


Latest posts by obelixx

Badly explained help!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 11:41

They're different.  A bract is a leaf like structure found just below a flower.  Usually the flower is insignificant in form and size but essential for reproduction so the bract is brightly coloured to advertise it.  

Leaves are for transpiration and photosynthesis.

Sports personality

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 14:55

Not remotely interested in who won Sports personality as I don't care but I expect they had all the candidates lined up for a possible presentation wherever they were.     I do watch Strictly and am keen that Susannah gets to the final as she does have personality which she puts in to every dance as opposed to Sophie whose performances seem very reserved - except for her Charleston early on - and Nathalie who seems cold and clinical.

I'd like to see Abby win as she has made excellent progress from the first show and has turned out to be a very talented dancer and equal to every challenge.

I'd also like a revamp of Strictly itself as it's current format is getting ever more farcical and the direction of the camera work is appalling and the fancy new lighting effects often mask the dancing even when they do focus on it.   There are an awful lot of keen social and amateur dancers like OH and me out there who want to see the dancing from footwork to hold and topline and not how clever the techies are.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 14:00

Wrapping plants with bubble wrap reduces ventilation and encourages rotting.  better to insulate the pots with bubble warp and the plants with fleece which breathes.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 12:05

If it's an aluminium greenhouse you can buy special clips that slot into the framework through the bubble wrap and hold it up.  If it's wooden then you can staple or pin it it to the frame.

Clematis identificationn and pruning group ?

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:35

Can you remember which months it flowered?  If so, you could use this site to identify your clematis - enter colour and flowering period and see what you get - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm

It will then give you the pruning group which you can then look up on the same site.

Fox gloves

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:27

Not if it's the biennial kind.  The aim of any plant is to reproduce itself.  Annuals grow, flower, set seed and die in one year.  Biennials do it over 2 years.  Perennials can last anything from 3 to many years and will usually flower form their second year on.

Some foxgloves are perennial but are short lived and tend to last only 3 or 4 years but they set seed and self sow quite liberally so, as the original response said, keep an eye out for seedlings next spring and transplant them to where you want them to grow.

 

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 09:50

Me too.  I suspected it was case of cruelty to plants and somewhat naive of the person who came up withteh idea and stupid of Joe S to go along with it.

People who like them enough to take care of them usually already have some.  

Wooden Raised Beds

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 19:20

Thank you.   It was, but I've had some disastrously cold winters since I took those photos and lost a lot of those plants.   I've also lost a year in the garden thanks to needing remodelling of both feet and having surgery in January and April so the weeds have been having a field day.   However, I'm starting to get back on top of things and am adjusting my plantings to suit the colder winters.

It will be much better again by spring and better still the following year - optimistic folk we gardeners.

 

Madame Alfred Carriere

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 13:50

Have you the space to put up training wires to tie it in horizontally?   Climbing roses and ramblers flower best on spurs coming from horizontally or diagonally trained main stems as this aids the flow of nutrients along the stem.

If not, I suggest you find a good home for Mme AC and consider replacing it with something like a City of York rose which won't grow quite so long and has repeat flowers.  

Wooden Raised Beds

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 13:35

We have raised beds built from a combination of a railway sleeper retaining wall to make the ground level and then roofing beams for the beds.  The railway sleepers have blck polythene stapled to teh inside to prevent any chemicals leaking into the soil but also to prevent water seeping in from the soil and rotting them prematurely.

The sleeper walls have been in place for a good 15 years and are doing fine.  The roofing beams are recent and have been treated with an oil based wood stain to give added portection.  They replaced ordinary untreated planed pine planks which had had 2 coats of Cuprinol.   They lasted between 10 and 13 years with no other protection. 

We placed them on the soil and screwed them to short vertical posts bashed into the soil to hold them up and keep them firm.  We have gravel paths between the beds on a weed supressing membrane.  Here's a picture of part of it with the old blue stained pine boards - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/media/2008%20garden/080826005.jpg.html?sort=2&o=71

 

Discussions started by obelixx

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 944
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 09:30

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Catch up chat 
Replies: 3    Views: 466
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 09:18

Mare's tail

Replies: 3    Views: 595
Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 17:01

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Replies: 23    Views: 920
Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:35

Beechgrove this weekend

Replies: 6    Views: 520
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Weekend 22 March

Chat about plans for the weekend 
Replies: 108    Views: 2997
Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 18:19

Good Morning - 21 March

Replies: 33    Views: 1481
Last Post: 22/03/2013 at 09:57

Choosing chillies

Replies: 3    Views: 769
Last Post: 23/02/2013 at 18:47

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Replies: 32    Views: 2062
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 18:12

New shed - any tips?

Replies: 18    Views: 5292
Last Post: 12/01/2013 at 08:55
10 threads returned