Latest posts by Obelixx

Plant Identification Please...

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:43

I agree.  Lysimachia punctata can be a thug and has unattractive - IMHO - yellow flowers.

You can check cultivation info for all of these on the RHS website or just google "plant name+cultivation".

What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 11:40

I suggest you have a good read of the info and advice on this link - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=410  It covers soil preparation as well as laying turf when the site is prepped.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 10:10

Thanks Liri.  I can get the prunus near here in a range of sizes and prices but only betula Jaquemontii and that starts at 35€ for a diddy one!  Prunus it is then.   Maybe a wee grove of the white betulas for my birthday.  Now there's a thought.  Just right for autumn planting too.

Plant Identification Please...

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 09:58

Left plant on bottom photo looks like Solomon's Seal - needs moist soil and dappled shade as it's a woodland plant.  Protection from slugs in early spring too.

The one on the right could be either a hardy geranium - huge variety with different planting needs - or a Japanese anemone.  Grow it on a bit to see how it develops.

Can you post closer pics of each individual plant to make it easier to see detail in the leaves?  Meanwhile, keep them watered but drained and not sitting in puddles and maybe give a feed of liquid tomato food while you decide where to plant them.

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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 09:52

Sleep programme is on at 9pm BBC1 - Michael Mosley suffers from insomnia so has been investigating the long term effects of lack of sleep and how to sleep better.   

Our light local shower has now been tipping down for 3 hours...........   Goody.

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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 09:45

Montanas don't like late frosts after they've started into leaf and flower.  I had one covering 15m of wire mesh fence and just about to burst into bloom when it was zapped by a heavy frost in April.    Same thing happened to an alpina and 2 macropetalas.  Hoping to have better success here but, of course, haven't found anyone selling alpinas or macropetalas.  Don't want another montana as it's an awful lot of plant space for just 2 or 3 weeks of flower.

Same with dwarf dianthus.  Love them but they didn't like Belgian winters.  However, I brought a few I'd been coddling and planted them out last autumn and they're in full flower now.   I'll take a pic when the rain stops.

Gardening advice from the RHS

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 09:34

If you are a member you can get one to one advice from RHS experts if you can't find what you need on the site.  They even tell you how to package samples if emails and photos don't provide enough detail.

I find googling "RHS+plant name+cultivation" answers most of my questions assuming the plant is on their site.  Non-members can do that too.  They also have a plant selector feature which lets you search for suitable plants for a given site depending on soil, aspect, exposure, moisture, colour and size.

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 08:36

Yesterday they were forecasting serious rainfalls for most of today after a dry start.  Today they reckon it will be light localised showers so, of curse, it is tipping down now.  Wet OH and doggies after early morning walkies before he disappears off to golf.

Cosmos is turning out to be a home loving boy who can sleep for France and England and Belgium and only goes outside to sunbathe but this morning at 6am he decided he needed cuddles.  Lovely.  I shall need lots of leaded coffee this morning.   Minstrel loves her cuddles too but only after she's patrolled the garden and climbed at least 2 trees and a wisteria.   Busy girl.

I've had poor results from those vacuum bags from IKEA and Lakeland.  Any recommendations cos I need to squish duvets soon?  No attic to hide them in any more.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 08:24

Dove - Sounds like the estate manager is a sensible person.  Good advice for we amateurs too to change positions and tasks.  Agree about jacarandas.

OH has just left to play gold about an hour away.  It is still tipping down but each to their own.  The locals reckon he plays well in the rain cos he's used to it, being British and with all that extra practice in Belgium. 

I need more coffee.

Transplanting a mature Jacaranda - help needed

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 08:20

Hi Sydney.  I've posted a link to info for you on  the Forkers thread.  Unless you can "Bonsai" the tree by root pruning and top pruning and training I think you should decline the offer with regret.   A pot will never provide the nutrients or anchorage a jacaranda needs to achieve its growing potential.

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