Latest posts by Obelixx

Hardy geraniums - pruning

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:31

Geranium macrorhizum foliage is scented FG and, in a mild winter, turns red and stays until spring when it can be tidied up in time for flowering and fresh green foliage..

I cut all my geraniums back, regardless of type, once they finish their first big flush of flowers.  I just cut them all back to an inch or two, scatter on some general purpose fertlitiser such as pelleted chicken manure and water them.  In 3 weeks time they'll have grown back fresh, healthy leaves that look good with our without new flowers.

My scented leaf pelargonium has only flowered once and that was years ago.  Now I keep it pruned and tidy so it has fresh leaves for my ice cream infused with its foliage.  The flowers are really insignificant anyway.

Potatoes sprouting from mounds

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 11:48

No.  These are new stems with extra foliage that will help feed your tubers.   Earth them up if you can as this helps protect the spuds below from going green if the soil is a bit thin and lets in sunlight.


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 11:46

Our pleasure.  If you give your clematis a liquid feed of tomato food it will soon put back what the slimesters ate but you do need to protect it from them..

Roses in basket

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 11:27

I would use John Innes no 3 compost which you can buy in good garden centres and DIY stores.  It's a formula, not a brand, so there may be a choice.    Use a decent sized pot, minimum 60cms wide and deep and feed it some slow release rose or tomato fertiliser every spring with occasional liquid feeds of rose or tomato feed from March to end of June between normal waterings.

In a pot it is entirely dependent on you for food and watering as planting composts only ahve food for 100 days at best.   Feeding after early July can lead to soft new growth which doesn't have time to harden up before the winter frosts.

Dead head each bloom as it goes over so that you encourage more blooms to follow and, as long as it's a repeat flowerer, you can have flowers form late May to December.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:45

Odd choices for me too.   I agree the way we use plants is more important than the what but also think that has changed a lot since my youf at least, if only because the choice of plants available in easily accessible shops like supermarkets has changed.     

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:28

I think there's a lot of viral catch up form all those nasty bugs in the winter.  Can leave anyone feeling tired and lifeless without politics on top.    Take it easy FG and look after your OH Pdoc.

Very pleased to see that a third of USA states are joining together to stick to the Paris agreement regardless of what the Trump and federal govt do and that some of the Oceania countries are signing up to the no plastics in the ocean agreement.  We'll get there yet.

24C in the shade now so I'm in for lubrication before carrying on.  I seem to have a positive forest of miniature bindweed coming up from very deep down in the silk tree bed.   It's going to need constant vigilance and a day to dry out any teeny bits I miss before I can plant and water again.

Painting is indoors or under cover and in the shade.   The house is, thankfully, very cool but I might go and sunbathe later or Ill never get my legs brown cos of wellies for gardening.

RHS Chatsworth

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 09:26

Jason M - It's £27 for a whole day's entry to Tatton - if you order and pay in advance - and hours of fun.   That makes it £é to 3£ an hour depending on how long you stay.  

Take a picnic and a bottle of water and you'll only need to buy an ice cream and some plants.

Seems like great value to me.  Compare it with a concert, a football match, a theme park, a day out anywhere else........


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 09:18

They prefer the flower buds don't they?

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 09:04

Curioser and curioser!


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 08:42

Slugs and/or snails.  They love fresh clematis foliage.  

Treat by picking them off around dusk when they come out to feast or with nematodes or slug pellets.  If you use this last, do it sparingly and keep away from pets, children and hedgehogs.   You could also try a beer trap - saucer or cup of beer placed in a shady spot near their target plant.  Clean every morning.

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