Latest posts by obelixx

Hedge at end of the garden

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 13:22

Letting branches grow high won't encourage the stems to bush out and thicken so shorten them.   Feeding and frequent light cuts as advised by Cottage should also help.

If you didn't see GW last week, watch it on i-Player for the hedge trimming advice on order of cutting and the shape to cut.

You can't expect the bit shaded by the tree to recover or grow as fast as the rest so be patient.


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:51

Yesterday we had a glass of fizz before dinner and toasted our 33 years.  "Here's to the next 33" I said to OH.  Poor chap looked askance.  However, he's the one with the ambition to play golf when he's 100 and he'll need me there to keep him eating healthy food or he won't make it.

Clear blue here too.  The attic is going to be fun!

Can anyone tell me what this is please, and is it ok to eat?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:47

There's a song called Poke Salad Annie by Tony Joe White - talks about plant leaves foraged by poor folk in the southern swamps.

All the advice I have seen is to make sure that the plant is kept away from livestock but I do know that the local wild birds love the berries.  It also self seeds liberally so I spend a lot of time pulling it up in spring and not eating it.  If I want spinach type leaves, I use fresh baby spinach from the supermarket because it won't grow well for me or else the slugs get it.

Prefer rocket.

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moving house/moving garden

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:41

Me too so I've been potting up plants, cuttings and divisions since spring and will be taking divisions of other treasures in September but not now while it's hot and they're in full flow.   I'm also collecting seed.

As Ladybird says, in the UK you sell your garden and its contents with the house so need to inform the buyers of any plants you wish to keep and make sure you don't leave a garden full of holes.


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:33

We're both filthy.  Like Dove, should have been dressed up in city clothes for a day out but decided to be good and sort stuff.  Barn and cow shed done.  Lunch had.  Coffee now and then off to tackle the attic.

I have found a purpose for all OH's old silk ties so we won't be throwing those away.  Was looking for info on a patchwork expo coming up in the Vendée in November and came across this exhibitor who does pictures with ties! - http://www.carolineregnaut.com/ Amazing.

Pat E - my dad used to take electricity board apprentices for a week of "bonding" and team building in the Lakes every year (60s) and always brought me back Derwent crayons which I loved.   Have fun with your new set.

Dove - bit hot for knitting sweaters isn't it?  But I suppose you'll be needing it soon enough unless we get a lovely Indian summer.  I love 3/4 length sleeves on anything - shirts, jackets, dresses, jumpers....

LilyP - hope you are enjoying your personal time tho it's good to see family too.

Hosta - don't moan.  Have to have some funds to pay for all your babies and treasures.

Enjoy the sunshine everyone.

Any rose lovers about?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:19

OK - I've had a look with my sewing reading glasses (stronger) and I agree it's a proper shoot.   Tie it in as horizontally as possible and it should throw up lots of shorter flowering shoots next year.   

Any rose lovers about?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 09:36

Looks to me like a sucker coming from the graft union where the rose you wanted is joined to a more vigorous rootstock.    Best wait for some more expert opinions before removing it.

Ideally, the graft union should be planted one or two inches below soil level to help discourage suckering.  Having said that, I rescued a Geoff Hamilton from the border where it was struggling last year and planted it in a big pot at the recommended depth and it is now suckering like mad.   None of my other roses does this.

Suckers are best pulled off before they provide too much competition for nutrients and thus weaken the real plant.


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 20:55

I learned much of my English in Lancashire but had Geordie/Durham parents so use nesh for people and plants that feel the cold and succumb at the vaguest hint of winter blasts.   When it is a bit draughty I will say 'Put 'twood in th'ole" and when OH or Possum are in the way I often say 'Tha's in't road"

Possum came out with 'Tha's in't way' the other day.   She can't help it.   Brought up on BBC and Disney English.

Not going out tomorrow now.  Saving it for after the move as we just have too much to do and lost a lot of time and impetus with the am dram dog today.    She's fine but hobbles when she knows we're watching her.   Horrible dog.

Hope everyone gets a good sleep and is neither too hot nor too cold.


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 15:55

Thanks.  I don't need anything that big but I do want sturdy, if I buy one.   I shall have to see what's available in the new location and do some price comparisons.


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 14:33

Leave the stalks and their leaves to feed the roots and make them bigger and stronger for next year.  I reckon you can safely pick a few stems from each next year without harming the plant as long as you leave enough to keep feeding the roots and thus build up vigour.

In any case, you should stop picking by about mid July because there are increased levels of oxalic acid present by then - not good for flavour or anyone with arthritis or gout - and because the plant needs to rest and re-invigorate its roots.

In autumn, when all the stems have died down, remove them to the compost heap and give the crowns a generous dollop of well rotted garden compost and some horse manure if you can find any.   Some garden centres and DIYs sell it bagged.

I cover my crowns to protect them from serious frosts.

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