Latest posts by Obelixx

Third budding of climbing rose

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 14:38

Stop feeding.   Normally you shouldn't feed after mid July as any new growth doesn't have time to toughen up before winter and then, in heavy frosts, it can be damaged.  

Roses can continue flowering right into December if the onset of winter is kind enough.  You need to tie in any loose stems that you wish to train on the support.   They don't need pruning until Feb/March except that now is a good time to remove any long, whippy stems that will be blown around in autumn gales and may cause it to loosen the roots. 

Next spring, remove any dead or broken stems and any growing in a direction you don't want.  Feed it with a general purpose NPK fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone and give it a good mulch of compost or well-rotted manure.    You can then carry on the comfrey feeds until mid July.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:37

I found some mincemeat - bought and home made - which are now sat in a crate somewhere.  Must remember to do a wee raid on the patisserie wholesaler for decent quantities of raisins and chocolate chips.   Nearest in the Vendée is an hour away and pricey!

New house - it's a Tardis despite no attic!   More room downstairs and less up but that's what we wanted.

Front view.  3 years ago. That hibiscus in the grass has disappeared under a sea of yellow honeysuckle.

Rear view - grass mowed by neighbour's tractor for pics but usually by 2 sheep, now gone

Back garden nearest house - gravel with occasional beds and very very weedy!   Beth Chatto here we come?

Hen house sitting in fenced off area which may become a veggie patch.

Lots of grass, a few trees, 2 ruins, very tall bamboo, a cherry, a plum and a walnut plus a grapevine, loads of weeds, 2 wisterias and one sad, solitary clem.   No roses!   Ropy lavender and a campsis vine on a world takeover bid.   Loads to clean up and plan and plant........

The dogs love it and the cat has explored some of the "garden" and decided it's OK too but she prefers indoors.    6 years she's been with us and still worries she might be abandoned again.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 15:11

Liri - I have always been busty even when a very slim hourglass so took to making my clothes for work and play - so much easier than altering!   Recently I have found Pepperberry which does clothes for curvy ladies but the dresses are too short for people my height (5'6 and a bit) and age (27+).   Tops are good though it's hard to find cotton.  Don't like man mades.   Longer dresses can be very cool and comfy but I usually end up in loose fitting 3/4 length pants and strappy tops.

We're on the cleaning and last minute errands phase now.  OH has been to the dump with more crud and I have been to stock up on pigs' ears for the doggies - treats on the journey - and some bags of bulbs leapt into my hands - two kinds of scented white daffs, allium Christophii and leucojum Gravetye Giant.   Then I went off to look at new kitchen lights - on sale here so 45€ for 3 sets of 2, 3 and 4 spots whereas similar seen in France in summer started at 40€ for a 2 spot.   Then another shop to buy a weed gun cos there'll be no more glyphosate.

OH is sweeping the attic before I go in and dust and vac.  Seems redundant to sweep but he's decided it needs doing.   Then a quick dust and vac of the rest of the house, floor wash and car clean before we start loading up for our little convoy.  OH gets the dogs and I get the cat.   Last garden jobs will be taking rose cuttings, just to see, and lifting one or two last plants and watering them all ready to go in their transporter tomorrow.

Best crack on. 


Victorian front garden ideas wanted

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:40

Way back on the Beeb they did a series on Front Gardens with Gay Search helping the owners of a row of Victorian terraced houses renovate their front gardens.   All sorts of ideas for designs and plants in keeping with the traditional tiled paths with those "rope" edgers.   

She has a book available from Amazon (or the library) on front garden design which includes a chapter in Victorian gardens - https://www.amazon.com/Front-Gardens-Gay-Search/dp/056336713X  If you don't want to buy, this will give you the ISBN number you need for a library to hunt it down for you.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 09:27

We are camping.   Our house has been packed into two big trucks, one of which is parked on our old cobbled road and the other will return tomorrow with a  trailer to load my plants.  I just managed to rescue our pillows and duvet and we slept on old sun lounger and sofa cushions last night - so exhausted we could have slept anywhere!

Dinner was cooked on a two plate leccy stove I had for doing mulled wine for the dance club.  Ironing board is serving as table and desk.    Cleaning today from the attic down.

Marie-Christine came yesterday to pot up plants for her and me.  No measurable rain for 8 weeks here so much watering needed first.   She's gone off with my spare bags of compost and chipped bark too.

Busy - good for you.   We shall have no internet for our first 10 days because , believe it or not, we can't order it online or by phone but have to go in person!   So much for modern telecoms!

Dove - hope the shoulder eases with the exercises.   No accounting for greed in football and many other spheres of life.

Clari- fancy forgetting the vintage ambulance.

Have a good day everyone.

Last edited: 28 September 2016 09:28:01

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 20:40

We had some rain!  Lasted about 5 mins and just wet the car windscreen enough to make muddy streaks in all the dust from harvesting.   Keep on sprinkling then.

Pat - I do hope you get a better sleep tonight and that your GP can sort you out so you have fewer side effects.

FG - lunch sounds good.  Great to chat.  

I have run out of cartons for packing.   Chappy and team &re coming at 7:30!    best get an early night then.

Sweet dreams all.

Clematis confusion

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 17:57

You shouldn't.    Group 2s are pruned lightly after their first flush of flowers in May/June if they need to be kept in bounds plus some dead heading to stimulate a second flush of flowers in late summer.  Giving them a good feed in early spring and at the June prune also promotes flowering

You can find all sorts of info about pruning groups and individual clematis on this site - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm 

Last edited: 25 September 2016 18:00:00

Can Anyone Identify This?

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 14:13

Not a thug here.  I had one which was happy, grew well, flowered well and had a baby, which I was pleased about, and then one hard winter I lost both.  

Creating an ornamental and edible garden

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 14:11

Attractive yes but never yet had a tasty Lollo Rosso.   I find oak leaf lettuce much more flavourful and just as pretty if done as a "tapestry" alternating with green Cos lettuce or green oak leaf.

Creating an ornamental and edible garden

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 12:15

Have a read of Geoff Hamilton's Ornamental Kitchen Garden - probably out of print now but sometimes available in charity shops and also on loan from libraries.   You can still get it on DVD.

Last edited: 25 September 2016 12:16:17

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