Obelixx


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Onion plant

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:58

You need to learn patience.  You won't get harvestable onions for 2 or 3 months yet.   Keep the soil between them hoed to reduce competition from weeds for water and nutrients so they can grow in peace.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:55

Let's hope a move up the ladder helps you get the problem identified Hosta.


Ever wondered what you'd make with a 3D printer?  I've seen stories about plastic guns in the USA, bone replication to help with graft operation in the UK and what does Belgium do?  Chocolate of course - https://all3dp.com/3d-printed-chocolate-miam-factory-belgium-mouthwatering/ including a chocolate beer bottle!


Cosmos has now come indoors - to wash his ears.   I'm off to weed the silk tree bed.

What's eating my clematis flowers??

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:42

Well done.  There will be more and the small ones are really hard to spot.

Growing ornamental grasses in troughs

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:41

Until last October, we gardened in Belgium and I found stipa tenuissima to be too nesh for cold winters.  In fact all the stipas and pennisetums I tried failed.


Have a look at Carex buchananii, calamagrostis and shorter forms of miscanthus.   Personally, I find grasses on their own to be very dull so would add some tall alliums to the mix for late spring spheres of purple and something airy like verbena bonariensis which will add texture and colour without volume.

Cuttings from Wisteria?

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:34

I think you should read it all again.  Seed grown plants may take 20 or more years to produce a flower and it may not be the same as the parent.   A successful cutting will produce flowers in 2 or 3 years.


You can try one or all of 3 methods:-


layering, where you peg a stem to the ground or into a pot of compost and wiat for roots to grow before severing it from the parent and potting on.


soft shoot cuttings in spring to mid summer


hardwood cuttings in winter


The RHS thinks layering is the most reliable.  See here for more info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=173

Growing ornamental grasses in troughs

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:27

It depends on the grass as they have different cultivation needs.  What are you thinking of planting?

What's eating my clematis flowers??

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:26

I have moved from a sluggy garden to a snaily one.  No trails that I can see and very fond of clematis and clever at hiding.

Plant ID - not a jasmine !?!

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:25

It may well be a jasmine, just not native.  See here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=3299

Is this a lily beetle caterpillar- should I remove it?

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:20

No it's not. Lily beetle larvae cover themselves in their poo for protection so look gungy and are usually under the leaves.  They can blasted off with a hose pipe spray.


No idea what caterpillar that is but I would remove it anyway as the holes are not pretty - unless someone comes along and says it's a rare butterfly or moth in the making and you may be OK to sacrifice the look of your lilies..  Then again, it may just be one of the sawflies.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:13

Only 4C less than us!  Don't knock it.  This may be your summer!


Guess who doesn't approve of factor 50 being smeared on his ears.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
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Snake ID please

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Clematis ID

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Opinions please 
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Polytunnel

Erection and siting 
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Tips please 
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Walnuts

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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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Beechgrove has started

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