Latest posts by Obelixx

Shade loving plants

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 22:43

Sharp sand is usually dry so easy to mix  in and the grains are pointy and sharp so there are gaps even when they are compressed.  Builders' sand is smoother, smaller, round grains and won't open up clay soil in the way you need.   Waste of money for soil improving.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 22:09

Clay is usually very fertile but needs opening up to allow in air and improve drainage.  Before you plant anything you need to add a good thick layer of well rotted garden compost or cheap multi-purpose compost and some sharp sand (not builders') or fine grit and then fork it loosely in.

All sorts of lovely plants will do well if you can do that - astilbe, astilboides, aquilegias, brunnera, candelabra primulas, chelone, hostas, ligularia, hakonechloa, hostas, ferns, cornus canadensis, tiarellas, epimediums, geranium phaeum.....

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 22:01

Just back from dance class.  Very aerobic with an hour of non stop Paso Doble, Cuban Bolero and Samba.,    They were talking about the Saints Glaces - 3 Saint's days on 11th, 12th and 13th of May after which there should, in theory, be no more frosts.   Good.  

Desperate to get toms outside but haven't dared.  As it is, one of my hamamelis planted in the shade/foliage bed has been badly frosted but everything else, including the other two hamamelis still in pots up next to the house, is all OK.  The tiny 4" high clem I found struggling under weeds last July has grown 4 strong stems and several feet and has had loads of big fat flower buds for 2 weeks now but they refuse to open while it stays cold and wet.

Relaxing now with a glass of wine and Great British Menu then bed.

Sweet dreams all.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 17:03

What kind of soil do you have?  It makes a difference to what will thrive - sandy, clay, loam, stony, chalky, acid, alkaline?

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 16:35

Dave - Try investing in a couple of oriental poppies instead.   They come in various sumptuous colours now.

What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 14:15

Yes - typo in my post.  It should read Fork In not Fork On.

If you can afford as much compost etc as you need, maybe consider getting some help too?  

What to do with this Peony

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 14:08

Petals fall when the flower has done its job and been pollinated.  If you leave the seed heads on the plant will put energy into seeds which is fine if you want to save them.  Otherwise, cut them off, taking the stem back to a leaf node and then give it a feed of slow release granules such as pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone.  The foliage will look attractive for months and will also build up the plant for a good flower display next year.

Moving House

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 13:59

If you're selling the house, the roses should stay with it unless you've told the buyers in advance.

To move them well, I would advise you to water them well and let it soak in and then dig them up with as much root as possible and re-plant in pots using good John Innes 3 compost.   Remove the blooms and half the foliage to reduce stress on the roots and keep them watered, but not soggy, and sheltered from sun and winds till the move.   Then you can care for them in their pots until you have the time to plant them properly in their new home.

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 13:55

23C here now and the sun is out between cloudy bits.  Lovely comfy temperature for me but I shall paint that wall anyway.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 12:51

That's a pity as it has a good little nursery full of tempting asters.

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