Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 23:23

The gardens great and small programme is on again at 2:05am if anyone's interested.  Ihave it set to record so I can whizz thru if I find Dee as irritating as her daughter.   Shouldn't clash with golf at that hour!

Dacha - the Irish, like the Scots, get everywhere and seem at home there..   

Ferdinand Pichard gone blind

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 21:52

Are you feeding it?  Roses like a generous dollop of slow release, balanced fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone every spring and again during the first flush of flowers.   Yours is young yet and still establishing roots and shoots.   Extra levels of potassium may boost flowering.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 21:36

I used to post on both too but it became too time consuming reading back all the pages every day while I'm currently so busy.     Chose to stay on this one.   Others have chosen Resurrected.   No doubt things will change again when all the summer activities and autumn projects and visitors are done with.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 20:31

Reassuring news LP.  Just need to be patient and careful now.  

PP - lots of cake on the Virtual Café thread.

Dove - I bet you're glad that's done.  Have a good sleep.

Gunnera Help

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 20:10

As I understand it they like bog, not water so I would create a boggy bit to the side of the pond and plant again in there.  It worked for me for years until a surprise -8C frost in October wiped it out.   I now have a new one, growing in a pot for the last 3 summers till it gets big enough to cope.  Just as well as we have moved to a new garden and it has to wait for some pond edge clearance to be done before I ca plant it.   I keep it moist, but not drowning.

Overgrown Garden!

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:48

Not a mechanical digger.  We are in a new garden - to us - and are converting a former donkey pasture to a potager - 29m x 25m.  Digger chappies said spray to kill everything then we'll dig it all over and then move it around to level it and then come back and harrow it to a fine tilth.

All duly done and dusted by early May - since when it has grown a fine crop of bindweed, dock, weedy persicaria, mallows, nettles, thistles and other weeds I haven't met before.   It has been resprayed but more have grown from seed or unkillable roots so now we're tackling it one bit at a time as we build each raised bed and OK is hoeing each new bed once a week so the roots will eventually give up and no annual seeds will establish.

Perennial Shade Collection

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 12:47

I would let them get a bit bigger and then plant them out in a well prepared bed.   The slugs and snails will only go for the poppy I think.  In my experience, foxgloves, geraniums and alchemilla are not attractive to slimesters.  You could protect the mecomopsis with copper rings and a much of lime free sand and grit within the ring.

Utter Confusion

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 12:44

You've answered your own question haven't you?  Beans will fail to set or grow pods if they're in poor soil, undernourished and/or under watered.

Make a better trench next year and keep them fed and watered, especially once flowering starts.

Shrub Rose for a shady front garden?

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 12:42

I agree really.  Forget roses and plant a hydrangea paniculata such as Vanille Fraise or Moonlight or Limelight or, if you can cope with the name, Pinky Winky.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 12:38

Did "spur" painting last August and that worked well but no we are now waiting for a tiler to do the floor in the annex and a whole cluster of messy people to build our shower room extension and bash a hole in a wall to get to it.   Everything else is on hold pending the end of those messes.   Meanwhile, projects in the garden are on hold awaiting an end to the drought.

You can just imagine how much is spinning round in my head!   When we do get the new shower and change bedrooms Possum wants to move into our current bedroom which then has to become blue.  Our new room is currently a limey olive green and fierce turquoise so needs a complete overhaul.  The living and dining rooms need painting and curtaining for cosiness, not warmth.   Never doing blinds again!  The hall and landing need finishing and 3 bedrooms need things like skirting boards and door frame surrounds.   Endless ideas and colour schemes going round and round.   OH is now pondering a colour for our gates which he's been sanding to clear rust.   Doesn't "see" the indoors stuff so is not bothered.

Sorry you're no further forward Hosta.  Glad you're feeling better NB.  LP - hope the eye visit has gone well.   Liri - I have simple tastes in cheese but have been training OH to try new ones here and make sure they're raw milk if poss.  He's having fun.  We have a cheese bell and a dedicated tupperware for his self propelled cheeses.  I have to leave the room when he gets them out.

Discussions started by Obelixx

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?

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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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Another ID please

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Shrub ID please

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