Latest posts by Obelixx

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 15:16

Pansy, you are priceless.   Such courage and indomitable spirit.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 15:14

Thanks LB.   Not so nice here either and no sign of it cheering up this pm.

I've been trawling a website for a second hand wardrobe I can paint and customise for Possum's room and have come across a chest of drawers called a "semainier".   What a hoot - it has 7 drawers, one for every day of the week/semaine.  Now boggling as to what might be kept in it.

Last edited: 25 April 2017 15:14:45

Paeonia delavayi

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:43

This is encouraging.  I've only ever managed to grow the herbaceous peonies in my Belgian garden but have inherited a luscious perfumed pink tree peony in this new garden.  I'm planning to save and sow seeds from a couple of the flowers and dead head the rest.

It's a luscious clear pink with a deeper red centre so I shall have to keep my eye out for yellow ones.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:37

Lantana - lovely, happy doggy.  We have two as well as two cats.  Your suggestion of a pheromone colar worked really well on Bonzo who went from being terrified of the two kittens to fascinated and now plays with them and washes Cosmos.

I too have learned to fasten duvet covers for washing but Oh was ironing one the other day and, when he came to fold it, found a certain white kitten had crawled in.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:28

Still an orangerie as they grew other fruits too.

It is cold and damp out so I sat cataloguing my new plants on a spreadsheet with a view to making some sort of garden diary.   Have managed to mislay a few labels form my Beth Chatto garden treasure so have been trying to find them on her website - such a lovely, drool making sweety shop.

Roses under attack

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:23

They'll be the other pest then.  Also a page on the RHS I can't load at the mo.

Too Late to Scarify?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:17

My OH scarifies when he feels like it which can be early or late and depends on weather conditions more than anything.   If you've already mown this year and it isn't freezing or soaking wet then go ahead.    You'll end up with a scruffy looking mess but it will recover.

If you have a lot of moss then yes, go ahead and aerate by poking in your garden fork deeply and at frequent intervals then wiggle to widen the holes.  Brush in some sharp sand to maintain the holes for drainage and aeration of your grass roots then feed with a lawn feed.

The most important thing you can do is to make sure you don't scalp your grass.  Maintain the mower blades at a minimum of 1" high and higher in dry or cold weather so your grass has enough leaf surface to feed and maintain a strong root system that will help it fight off competition from moss and weeds.

Roses under attack

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 13:52

I found this - https://hedgerowrose.com/pests-diseases/2011/06/01/identifying-and-eliminating-sawfly-larvae-on-roses/ 

No organic spray but some good advice on rose care.  Interesting for me too as I'm planning a perfumed and rose project in my new garden.  

Roses under attack

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 13:49

There's some info and advice on the RHS site about rosa sawfly but my internet is slow today and times out before the page comes up.  Try googling "RHS+rosa+sawfly" and see if you have better luck.

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