Obelixx


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My flowers ..

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:39

Thanks Busy. That's probably it.  I did have a Perle d'Azur but over the years I have planted about 60 clems and only have 32 that have survived the horrors of bad winters.  I'm quite good on hardy clems now!


Joyce, I have taken cuttings and divisions and will be collecting seed.   I have a list of essential clems to buy from my favourite supplier here as I haven't found a clem grower near the new house - yet.  It is a bigger garden and is mostly blank canvas and what was managed garden has been neglected for 2 years as the couple selling are divorcing and have had other priorities.  


It will be less exposed and not have all the hard frosts we get here and has neutral to acid soil so I can think about rhodos and magnolias and hamamellis for the future.


There are 2 wisterias on walls, a few good shrubs in a mixed hedge, a magnolia, an albizinia julibrissin, a few trees including a walnut, an apple and a plum to be identified, a rampant grapevine, a fruitless fig and some conifers and bamboo and lots of mint running wild in the former meadow parts.   Two big fat mophead hydrangeas, one teeny clem I found covered in weeds and thirsty and no roses or lavender 


Pretty much a blank canvas so I can plan a winter garden, a white garden, a wildflower meadow (maybe), veg and fruit plots and perennial borders.   Loads of fun.

Last edited: 21 July 2016 10:41:46

Tatton Park

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 09:48

Have a great day.  I've only been once - 2007 with a group of friends from the old GW boards wnd we met up with others and had fun.  I bought a picea abies Rydal Water which is doing very well and some "hardy" grasses which turned out not to be.  Maybe in Cheshire but not here.    Penstemon ditto.


A very good show tho with lovely people and atmosphere.   http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/0707%20Tatton?sort=2&page=1 


Hope the weather holds for you.

Last edited: 21 July 2016 09:48:57

My flowers ..

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 09:41

Me too but I usually only get to spend an afternoon there now as I whizz through on my way to or from Chelsea or some other visit that doesn't include dogs.    Those penstemons are gorgeous and those daisies so crisp and fresh.


Busy I love combinations in your vases.  Might have to try a cuttings border in the new place.


Here's a couple of my hemerocallis from yesterday.  No idea what the first one is but I did buy it at Wisley.



and some clems from yesterday.  First one, label long gone and it came after playing dead for 2 years so no idea.  2nd is Star of India. 3rd is another resurrection clem, probably Mrs Cholmondely. 4th is Blue Angel which has gorgeous stripes on the back of the petals.  5th is Minuet.  6th is Etoile Violette.   7th is perfumed Betty Corning scrambling up a rosa Constance Spry and an acer Sango Kaku.   Last is Chrystal Fountain taken in May.



Not all my clems are purple or lilac but this batch certainly is and I love them all.

Maltese Cross

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 20:56

Mine are planted with other perennials - echinops, achillea The Pearl, geums, rudbeckias.   I have to support the echinops as they are tall and get blown about but the other stuff only falls over it we have gales.

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 20:47

Some rumbles here but only a few drops of rain.   Clouds have all rolled by now.


I've had a very hot and smelly day playing with chairs - sanding down and cleaning and feeding so lots of turps, white spirit, methanol and then oil.   Lovely cool shower to get all clean and fresh again but have to start again tomorrow.   More sanding etc before I can paint them.


I'm convinced appliances know how to pick their moments.  Our first dishwasher chose to flood the kitchen the day before a couple of friends and a family of 5 pitched up for a long weekend the first July we were here.  National building holiday period so 3 weeks till I could get it looked at.   The freezer died 6 weeks later on a hot August weekend with a party on the agenda.....


Recording GW to watch in peace later.    

Last edited: 20 July 2016 20:50:12

Maltese Cross

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 17:43

Mine don't flop.

What happened to the edit facility?

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 13:37

He wasn't happy about the changes to photo loading - frustrating fro him as he is a keen camera and photo buff.   Nora asked him to moderate his comments and criticisms as they were deemed disruptive so he has asked for his account to be deleted and gone off to pastures new.


It's a pity as it means all his posts have gone too.   Nora and Daniel have indicated several times that the photo issue is on their list of fixes to be done but also that available resources are limited and have to be spread across the whole site, not just the forum.   We do get to come here and play for free after all.


We just need to be patient.   The new font is definitely an improvement as is the improved contrast between background and text box and there is a lot less scrolling needed.   We would all like to see the "First unread post" feature restored but most of us seem to be managing without it now.   

Plant or Weed?

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 13:11

Patience.  Some flowers are green and some start green and then turn white or pink or some other colour.    


There's a green pom pom chrysanth much loved by flower arrangers and then a cone flower with greenish petals and all sorts of other stuff like Mathiasella bupleuroides 'Green Dream' which Monty planted at Berryfields in a previous incarnation of the GW programme before it went to his own garden. 

Another ID please

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:38

Thanks Nut.   Would you like me to try and get some seed if it's done in time?  leaving it behind at the end of September but my friend assures me she can give me another baby to take with me which implies it comes true.

Last edited: 20 July 2016 12:38:49

Maltese Cross

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:33

I bought mine in 10cm pots a couple of years ago and they were much admired last June when in full flower so I cut them half back in August so I could collect the seeds to share with friends who had admired it and by early October there were new flowers showing.  


I sowed some seed fresh and had very high germiation rates so lots of new babies for my borders and for friends and they should flower later this summer.


Brilliant plant and very easy to grow and care for.  I have very fertile alkaline loam soil and mine are in a mixed perennial bed that gets no sun till late March.   I cut down their spent growth in late autumn and add some home grown garden compost if I have some spare.  Chicken pellets in spring.  

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