London (change)
Today 19°C / 11°C
Tomorrow 19°C / 11°C


Latest posts by obelixx

Bearded Iris

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 18:38

I agree with you chaps.  Here it can take a season or two after division for them to hit flowering stride and one year I had to give one slow group a stern talking to.  Flower next year or you're out!  They duly obliged.

If I changed them every year I'd never get any flowers.


Posted: 29/06/2015 at 14:49

Or one of these - she does rats and moles too - and a very good chain link fence buried below burrowing depth.


ID needed please!

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 14:32

There was a new golden leaved jasmine that came out about 10 or 15 years ago here - Fiona Sunrise.  That may well be the first one.    You can google for pics to be sure.

Edible ornamentals

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 13:12

Hemerocallis flowers, though I prefer them on the plant, and hosta flowers are supposed to be tasty too.   Rose petals in strawberry jam or Moroccan tagine dishes.

Cant locate open garden

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:06

Are you on the right website?  The BBC site, not this one which is the magazine site and independent of the Beeb.

Just watched Monty Tonight

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 09:12

Just watched this while having the second coffee of the day.   I loved the gravel garden with its colours and textures and contrasting forms and letting things seed where they're happy.  It's what I try to do but on deep, rich, fertile loam so constant refereeing of weeds and thugs.

Not so keen on the perfect lawn though.   Much rather spend my time on plants and the veggie plot.   Our grass is a green foil for the beds and a playground for dogs now and Possum and friends when she was a bairn.  it's also riddled with mole tunnels and holes and a fair amount of daisies, clover and speedwell.   I don't mind as long as it's green.


problem patch

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 22:33

Fresh manure need to be left to rot down for a few months before it can be used for plants.   If used too soon it can burn plants.   You can keep it in the bags or put it on a compost heap while it rots down..


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:12

Kill it first.  Watch for any new growth and kill that.  Landscape later when any that's left has been killed or at least severely weakened.   Better to have a bit of patience now than expensive regrets later.  be vigilant about any new bits that do appear and treat them as soon as they are the size in your photos so their leaves can transmit the active ingredients down to the roots.

Consult your solicitor too as your developer may be liable for any further treatment needed.


What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 16:59

It depends which bit of the garden I'm in.  Out the front I have horsetail and bitter cress and thistles and nettles.   I pull the horsetail regularly and put in the waste bin.  The others get pulled or dug up and go on the compost heap.

Out the back I have thistles, nettles, couch grass, sticky bud and creeping buttercup plus bindweed in one big bed around the natural pond and now trying to invade the big bed above the lawn.   I get bird sown brambles and bird sown wild roses too.   Every year I work my way round clearing them all and every year they come back with a vengeance because we are surrounded by arable fields and pasture so they creep in from the edges or fly in as seeds.  

I have now given up trying to grow fancy plants and stick with good doers that can cope but so far I have had to rescue 2 hydrangea paniculata planted last year and not doing well plus 3 new roses from last year - all now in pots to be nurtured till next spring in the hope they will get bigger and stronger so they can survive out in the borders.   Fingers crossed for this year's new perennials.


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 14:25

My garden is just too large for nematodes to be an effective solution.

I now use the wildlife and pet friendly slug pellets (no metaldehyde) which I start scattering very thinly around susceptible plants like hostas, hemerocallis, daffs, clematis and rhubarb starting on Valentine's Day as it's easy to remember.

Repeat weekly or after heavy rain throughout the season.  This ensures you get them as they emerge form hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they have time to eat your treasures and breed more slimesters.

Any slugs I find when gardening I throw in the road to get squished by passing traffic.  No messing with beer, salt or scissors.

Before doing this system I would go out at dark with a torch and pick hundreds just off the daffs in spring.   Life is too short and there are many nicer garden jobs to occupy my time.

Discussions started by obelixx

Plant id for Obxx

Who knows what this is please? 
Replies: 5    Views: 219
Last Post: 01/07/2015 at 16:53

GW 2015

Programme content discussion 
Replies: 46    Views: 1631
Last Post: 16/03/2015 at 18:44

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 1703
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 09:30

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Catch up chat 
Replies: 3    Views: 801
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 09:18

Mare's tail

Replies: 3    Views: 1145
Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 17:01

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Replies: 23    Views: 1515
Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:35

Beechgrove this weekend

Replies: 6    Views: 807
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Weekend 22 March

Chat about plans for the weekend 
Replies: 108    Views: 4218
Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 18:19

Good Morning - 21 March

Replies: 33    Views: 1968
Last Post: 22/03/2013 at 09:57

Choosing chillies

Replies: 3    Views: 1141
Last Post: 23/02/2013 at 18:47

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Replies: 32    Views: 2907
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 18:12

New shed - any tips?

Replies: 24    Views: 13171
Last Post: 22/02/2015 at 15:50
12 threads returned