Latest posts by Obelixx

Achillea struggling

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 17:31

Friends of mine grow this in well composted, well drained terraced beds.   It doesn't do well in the beds but self seeds and grows with gay abandon in the gravel paths.

Don't cosset it with extra food and watering.

Pak Choi

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 17:28

You need to get to know the BBC Good Food website - search for recipes by ingredient or nationality.

Here's pak choi - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search/recipes?query=pak+choi 

Plant names

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 12:57

PP - I shall buy seeds from seedaholics and see what different colours I get in the mix - and then  can label them how I like.


Posted: 01/07/2016 at 11:16

I have a friend here whom I've known for 25 years.  Her daughter is Possum's godmother.  She's from Glasgow and has lived nearly all her adult life in various locations in Europe and speaks French, Flemish and Italian very clearly but when she gets excited about something in English I can still find her accent impenetrable and have to ask her to slow down and repeat.

Bearded Iris division

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 11:10

Mine are in transit, waiting for permanent homes.  I certainly wouldn't put them in pots for display as they have such a short flowering time and they need both to have the rhizomes baked for producing the next show as well as other plants around for contrast with the sword-like foliage.  

Display pots need to have a long period of interest from a succession of flowers and good foliage or else need to be mono planted and then tucked away out of sight when that plant has done it's thing.  In that case I'd put irises in wiser, shallower pots and mix some grit into good JI3 compost for them.

Plant names

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 10:55

I have a clematis princess Diana and it's a cracker - healthy, free flowering, grows well whatever the weather throws at it.    There's another called prince Charles which I couldn't have bought even had it been attractive.  Blekitny Atoll (now called Blue Angel) is so much better.

I admit to hesitating a bit over hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky but the label has long gone so I can't tell which is Vanille Fraise and which is PW now.   Both gorgeous plants which is what counts in the end.

That geum borisii looks gorgeous doesn't it.   Apparently it's named after Boris III of Bulgaria who accompanied a plant hunter on expeditions.

Bearded Iris division

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 10:42

I meant fine in the sense they're alive.  What they really want is to hang on long enough till I can get them into a well drained border with sun to bake their rhizomes so they can make flowers for the following season.   Even the ones I have in te ground are looking abit sad since Flaming June turned out t be one long downpour.

Creating Raised Beds Help

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 23:49

My vegetable plot is raised and levelled land behind the house and it is held up by proper railway sleepers which were impregnated with preservative stuff for life on the tracks.

Our chaps lined them with black plastic sheeting to protect them from water in the soil before they shipped in top soil from a field where the farmer was clearing soil to lay foundations for his new tractor shed.   Every autumn we bung on the contents of our compost bins for the worms to work in ready for spring planting.

They've been there about 18 years now and are still going strong.

Forum design update

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 23:38

Have to agree about first unread post being re-instated.   Such a time saver.

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 23:32

I find it more shocking in Europe and the UK where we do have a social safety net - in theory.- but yes, in a country like the US it's frightening because they tend to have guns and nothing to lose and that was what I saw in Texas  and New mexico in 1988 when we hadn't had the banking crisis and all this austerity.

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