Latest posts by Obelixx

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....


Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 21:07

Never found sunflower hearts in Belgium but I can get them here in small bags.   Not cheap but good quality.

Sorry FG - too much to paint here first.  Maybe in a year or two..........

It is still warm here but pleasant as it isn't humid.  I have the window open and there is a loud chorus of crickets and other insects chirruping away.  They do it all day long.  OH says he can't hear them!  Even if I turn off the TV!  He also swears his ears are functioning well.....

Identify plant

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 20:54

Azalea.  Maybe Coral Bells.  Also called rhododendron Coral Bells on some lists.

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