Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 16:29

Goodness Hosta.  I'd be seriously despondent losing that many plants.  Took me ages to get over the devastation to evergreen shrubs when we had a -32C - they don't like it and all of them, including conifers, curled up their toes.   Took me a week to get over a hailstorm that obliterated my rhubarb and veggie seedlings and hostas while I was away at Chelsea and came home to see them shredded.

I have applied the evil product.  brushwood killer and recommended for tough weeds such as thistles and nettles and also for unwanted saplings and re-growth on tree stumps.

Now to go and paint, just for a change.

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:52

That's hard B3.  No squirrels here.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:51

Can I suggest a  large pair of rubber gloves and a bottle of kitchen cleaner for you OH Clari?

It is perfectly possible to do a full English/Scottish/Irish breakfast without asking an unholy mess of everything.  Not so easy with croissants and baguettes as the crumbs get everywhere and so does the jam!

Clematis flowers

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:49

Seed heads from early flowers, judging by their maturity.   Most people find them attractive.

Do you know what variety it is?  

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:04

When we arrived in October we found a large and very healthy fig tree with not a single fruit so, after leaf drop, I pruned away all the low branches trailing on the ground and all the weak, broken and crossing stems higher up and gave it a pep talk.

It responded by producing hundreds of little figs, most of which had swelled to about 3cms by last week.   Lots of excitement as we love fresh figs.

Today we noticed there isn't a single fruit left of any size.  No fruits on the ground and no visible insect pests.   Could it be mice or pigeons?  We have two dogs and two cats so you'd think not unless the thieves come at dawn before they're up and out.

Euonymus with purple flowers?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 11:36

What shape are the flowers - flat and petalled or frothy and plume like?

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 11:35

Ruby - I recycle old t-shirts and sweatshirts for gardening and painting and then they eventually end up in the recycling pile at the dump.   Anything more structured gets kept or sent to charity.

To post a photo you need to click on the camera icon at the top right of the message box.  It will then ask you to choose a file from one on on your PC and then load it.  If it doesn't work, your file size is too big so you need to resize (google resize for free apps that do that).


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 11:28

I think it's carrying an awful lot of flower for such a small plant and that will put stress on the roots to keep up.  I suggest you remove the worst affected flower heads and then plant it in the ground somewhere where it can let its roots spread and find their own water and nutrients.

Make sure the roots and compost have a good soak before planting into a well prepared hole and back fill with plenty of moisture retentive garden compost or multi purpose compost mixed in.   Water well and then give it a bucketful of water at least once a week until the autumn rains come.   

leave the remaining flower heads on.  They will gradually dry and change colour over the summer but should still look attractive.  Remove them next spring after the worst frosts so they can protect the new flower buds forming just behind them.

Euonymus with purple flowers?

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 10:32

I wonder if you're not confusing a euonymous and a hebe.  Both can have have cream and green variegation on the leaves but hebe is the one with purple flowers. 

Gardeners world , beech grove

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 10:30

At least Jim on Beechgrove talks to the nurserymen and women about their plants and advises viewers also to go and talk to the experts about how and where to grow plants.   As FG says, they always visit that show and why would they not?  It's supposed to showcase the best of Scottish plantsmanship.

Been too busy to see either programme yet this week but will catch up in a quiet moment.   

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