Obelixx


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Wisteria

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 13:04

Too wet.  If grown in pots they need to be in good quality loam based compost - John Innes no 3 - and to have regular feeds of liquid tomato food form spring to mid July.   They do not want to be soggy.


I suggest you check your roots for pests and, while it's out of the pot, treat it to some fresh compost then water generously to get it established again and settle the compost round the roots but then only when a finger pushed into the top inch feels dry.

Birds nesting in roof eaves

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 12:59

We ended up with a large colony of sparrows in our roof eaves in Belgium.  The only thing we did was block off the tight angle of the roof from the inside to reduce the number fledging inside into the attic - and being caught by our cats.   Worked a treat.


Our letter box was on the garage wall below and its lid needed a regular clean as the parents ditched poo sacs but that's all.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 10:21

Butty!  What's taken them so long to realise you need a CT scan?   Progress indeed.  Have fun with Lyn.   No new hostas here till I see how the ones I brought with me do in the new bed which is now a foliage bed with lots of hostas.


OH is ironing.  Dogs and kittens all flopalot.  I'm off to sew.

New to gardening - caring for plug plants

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 10:18

Pot them all on now into small pots - too big may lead to roots rotting so it's best to pot on in stages as they grow.


Pinch out all flowers and flower buds so they concentrate on root and leaf growth for a while as this will make stronger plants that flower better.  They'll soon catch up and produce more flowers.  An occasional liquid feed of tomato food will help.


Keep them watered, but not drowning, and keep them sheltered from winds and late frosts and cold nights.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 10:12

Liri - I have never lost a bird that came down the chimney or in thru the window.  OH clearly needs a talk on tactics.


Good luck with the mane taming.  I now just grow mine long enough to tie back and give my fringe an occasional trim so I can see out.  Any other "style" means I can't see when I'm bending over in the borders.


It's a long weekend again here in France as Monday is the VE day holiday.   Big day on Sunday too.


Plant hunting tomorrow at an organic veggie garden and nursery that has an Open Day.

Passion fruit leaves yellowing and falling off - what to do?

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:22

Not an expert but it looks hungry to me and I think that pot is too small.  Planting composts are usually formulated with a max of 90 days' worth of nutrients so I suggest you feed it some liquid tomato fertiliser which will help with flowers and fruits and give it a top dressing of slow release granules for the longer term.   


This is what the RHS has to say about growing this plant but bear in mind they are not reliable hardy outdoors in the UK so adjust as necessary - www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=295

Wisteria overload?

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:15

You could plant one of the spares in a bed and wind it round a strong central post and train it as a standard.   Could be a feature in your front garden?


Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:07

Good morning.   Too cold in the wind for gardening at the mo so more sewing this morning.  No voiles!


I have begun the cull of Spanish bluebells with a spray on those on their own or in grass.   Others will have to be dug out so we can rescue the real daffs and cyclamens we want to keep.   There's a whole bunch of them in a narrow bed round the old well and there's a campsis now pushing through with a vengeance since we hacked it last autumn.   It had done a triffid all over the drive but we'd like to keep it and train it over the well if poss.


Found some proper bluebells in the plant fair at the weekend and am keeping them well away for now but hope to establish a good colony.


No hanging baskets here so far.  Not a single hook or bracket for them!   Pots for now then.


Have a good day everyone with lots of dollop.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 08:56

Morning all.  Cloudy bits here but dry and very blowy with significant wind chill.   Definitely an indoors morning to begin with.  Sewing again.


Silly sparrow in the chimney this morning.  OH opened the fire door and out it flew, only to panic and bash itself on a window.   Rasta got to it first and is now looking for more.


Clari - your house progress sounds good.  How's the garden, and job prospects?


Well done Pat.  Job well done.


Have a good day all.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 22:24

You have to apply Liri and in time for all the admin to go through - https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk/postal-voting 

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