Latest posts by Obelixx

Snake ID please

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 21:58

Oh crikey!   Rasta doggy and Minstrel pussy do spend quite a lot of time patrolling around there.   I hope this mating business is over soon and everyone can be peaceful again.   

Snake ID please

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 21:40

OH spotted these enjoying the sunshine late this afternoon.  They scarpered towards a big compost heap but he had time to take a couple of pics.

Anyone know what they are?  About 3' long - 90cms to you younger folk.  We're in the Vendée so not just a choice between grass snakes and adders.   Not worried about us but we do have 2 dogs and 2 young cats nearing a year old.



Posted: 02/06/2017 at 21:10

GD - you need to get to know the RHS website and plant database - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/156323/Argyrocytisus-battandieri/Details

I'm not sure it's a good idea for cats to eat it.

identifying this veg

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 20:25

Resize the image to make it smaller.  Then load it.

identifying this veg

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 19:58

Looks like a brassica.  Not clear from the photo but if it has a swollen root it's probably kohl rabi.

Scented climber NE facing

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 17:18

Falstaff - another short climber from David Austin but I reckon Teasing Georgia is more prolific in flower and also beautifully scented when she gets going.   Mine took a couple of years to get her feet in and she wasn't keen on very cold north winds but was then a mass of flowers once she settled.  My Generous Gardener - also in last garden - was a very sturdy plant and spread well over 4m when trained horizontally so as to encourage all those lovely flowering shoots but you could always keep it trimmed to the height and width you want..


Posted: 02/06/2017 at 14:34

Which lychnis - there are several forms - and have you watered it since?

Fig tree in a container

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 14:26

Have a look at this then - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/figs  They recommend a feed with tomato fertiliser once fruits are formed.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 13:30

Looks lovely Busy.   I hope the journey home wasn't too tiring.

I still haven't got a clematis or a rose or a veggie in the ground but we're working on it.  Meanwhile, they're doing fine in pots and troughs.

Fig tree in a container

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 13:19

The nutrients in commercial composts last anything from 80 to 100 days.  When I had mine in a pot I fed it a generous handful of slow release food every spring.   Make sure you protect it from frosts over winter and it should produce more fruits each year. 

In this garden there is a huge one in the ground which produced masses of leaves and no fruit last year.  I pruned all the lower stems back to the main trunk and reduced a lot more last autumn and didn't feed it.  It is now covered in fruits but it does have access to all the nutrients in the soil.

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