Latest posts by Obelixx

Why won't my wisteria flower

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 15:23

We inherited this one and I gave it a good tidy in December/January.   After flowering it was much too wild and woolly so I cit back all the stems that were hanging too low or too far out or trying to disappear under the roof behind and it has not only grown back well but is flowering again, as is its pal which only had a light prune after flowering.

OH is so chuffed with them - both lilac - that he bought me a white one to grow on a trellis and pergola we haven't yet built.  It's sat in a pot with framework and doing well.

They do need two prunes a year to promote flwoering buds instead of just growth. For info, see this advice form the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242

Monty Dons Trowel

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:51

Lots of different trowels available here - https://www.sneeboer.com/en/our-collections/trowel-3335216/ 

What does Oh particularly like about his Chicky?

Help to identify plant/weed

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:48

That's a matter of opinion.  I don't like it.  Unattractive i fnot well grown and it can be a thug if happy and the devil to dig out.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:44

Yes.  I've even got strawberries growing in window boxes while they wait for their new bed.  

Given I've just read on t'net that I need to wait 6 weeks for the brushkiller spray to dissipate before I can plant anything it'll be cream teas for the neighbours next year then.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:40

No clotted cream here but I have found a recipe and a copper preserving pan.  Just need to find some unpasteurised cream now............

Don't think George O needs the extra pension but expect he thinks he does   Rich people never seem to have enough do they?- http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/george-osborne-highest-paid-richest-mp-parliament-how-much-earn-uk-politicians-a7498696.html  

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Gardeners world , beech grove

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:30

Not from GW but cracking stuff nonetheless.  Geoffrey Smith's Fruit Garden - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_ZSPCs8yTY

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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:22

Joyce - maybe a minimum one full day or night a week working with the homeless, the long term sick, the poorly housed and pensioned, council "sink" estates, school assistants in poor areas where kids have no breakfast or dinner, old people's homes for those who can't pay fees, casualty on a weekend, community support officers, community mental health workers all struggling under inadequate resources and/or bad management..........

Then, maybe they'd understand about how offensive all that is in one of the richest countries in the world and act to help people change their lives instead of imposing from on high.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:59

Lovely mug.  Now they need one for people who don't have a parliamentary pension to fall back on.  Under Gordon Brown it was quietly increased to 1/40th of final salary for every year served as an MP and they now earn £76,000 so that's quite a chunk and their own pension contributions are paid for by public funds so, in effect, they're being paid much more.  https://www.ft.com/content/1082473a-3979-11e7-ac89-b01cc67cfeec

Time for some austerity for MPs. 

Patty's Plum Poppy

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:45

I think you're being too kind.   Stop watering and mulching as they need to be well drained.   Poppies naturally grow in spring, flower and then die back leaving space for other plants to shine later in summer.  Treat yours a bit more mean and they should flower.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/86697/Papaver-orientale-Patty-s-Plum/Details for more info.

Hardy geraniums - pruning

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:42

Thought as much.  They're very good in dry shade and I don't suppose you have much dry anything most of the year.

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