Latest posts by Obelixx

Paving & Plant Suggestions - Wiltshire Cottage

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 13:31

Bear in mind also that it needs to be in tune with your cottage.  Using bricks, for example, would look odd with stone walls or flint.    Think also about how modernist or traditional you want it all to be and, of course, easy to maintain and keep looking good.  

Beware of box as it is increasingly subject to an unsightly and ultimately fatal blight.   There are alternatives if you want a low clipped shrub.

Help identifying tropical looking plant

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 13:13

The question, surely, is do you like it enough to care for it and keep it looking good?   Those brown leaves need removing every year which means, one day, you'll have a very tall stick with a green hat well above window height.

Personally, I think it's unattractive and out of place with no other planting to make it look like it belongs so you either need to get rid or change the adjacent planting to make it look as if it's in the right place.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 11:18

That's a long day even if you're not 27!

NB - have you thought of freezing them for later or maybe making chutney - just need jam jars:


Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 10:24

I have had a very busy morning, honest, lying in bed reading and cuddling two teenage kittens and a cat crazy doglet.   Oh has been playing with the new chandelier for the dining room.   It's a bit OTT sparkly and I love it.

2nd coffee being drunk and then furniture coddling for me.   Chairs to finish sanding smooth and then all of it to clean down and feed with lovely nourishing oil.  It can have a coat or two of that and week to soak in while I cover the seat pads I bought yesterday.

Great that dad is getting better and Chicklet is exploring.  Hope you're OK too Chicky.

Pat - Hope your OH is OK too.  It sounds exhausting.

Liri - he should know by now to take a brolly if he wants it not to rain!   Hope he doesn't get soaked.  Yours too LP.   Wet golfers not good.

Greetings to all.  Hope it's a lovely day whatever you're doing.  Safe journey home for Busy too.

British Gardens in Time - TV

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 21:32

Thanks FG.

Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 21:17

I rew these in my Belgian garden which could get very cold in winter.  Leave the seed heads on and also the dead stalks and flowers as they protect the crown.  You'll either get newly seeded plants in spring or new growth on plants that have survived, in which case, you just trim off the dead stalks in spring and off you go again.  They have a delightful habit of popping up in unexpected places which turn out to be just right.?

British Gardens in Time - TV

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 21:14

Time?  Channel please?

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 19:06

Why did spellchecker intervene?  Harry's brakes are broken!   

Fingers crossed you never need one then NB.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 17:52

Only since July 25th BF?   Here it's been 13 months and counting still.  One inch of rain in the last week is not enough to break the drought so 14 months now.

I grew pumpkins up trellis in Belgium - frees space and also get the fruits up into the sun for better ripening and no slug munchies.

Anyone know these plants?

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 17:47

Top is buddleia and bottom I know as Korean honeysuckle but brain has forgotten its botanical name.  Someone will know.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Taxonomists and name changes

When did this happen? 
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Sphaeralcea - globe mallow

Anyone grow this? 
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Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
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Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
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Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
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Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
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Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
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Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
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Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
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Erection and siting 
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Cutting garden

Tips please 
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What to do with them 
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Weather station

Recommendations please 
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Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
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Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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