Latest posts by Obelixx

Fuschia Division

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 10:26

Cuttings for me too and then the original plant is safe to grow on in the unlikely event they don't take.


Posted: 12/03/2017 at 10:25

Great minds Bob?

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 10:12

Joe Swift for beginners?  Nooooooo.  He rotavated a weed infested plot! And di odd shaped beds for the arty look rather than production.   Loads of scathing comments at the time from other people on that site and plenty more when he abandoned it in a state after filming finished.

I'd like to see Monty be thorough.  This would cover basic info for beginners - sometimes a useful reminder for old hands - but also mentioning stuff useful for more experienced gardeners such as hardiness, soil, propagation, likely pests etc.   He could also suggest people research their plants or at least assess theirown gardening conditions before rushing off and buying and making expensive mistakes.

I also get the feeling he does what he feels is good on teh day so it all looks unplanned which is probably how most people garden - as and when they can - but for real success you need a plan and some structure and a view of the end results.

I like Adam but I agree the photography wasn't great and the borders looked messy but then I also don't like them to look too manicured.   A blend of harmonious and striking is good or you get complacent.

The vine pruning was good for us.  I made OH come in and watch it as he is now OIC grape vine and has a history of black thumbs..

As I said, it's a good relaxing half hour with a suitable drink.


Posted: 12/03/2017 at 09:58

The wisteria stems will harden and go woody as they mature so better to cut out the trellis than the stems although you should have shortened the longest, whippiest stems back to a couple of buds to encourage flowering.

Supports for training across the house are best done by screwing in vine eyes and tensioning wires between them.   Tie in the stems rather than winding them round.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 09:54

Morning all.   Dull and grey and wet here.  Another bad crampy night so need a second coffee before I get going.  Minstrel has been up the wisteria on teh annex wall and Rasta has expressed her disgust at the new stretch of Ratsa proof fencing between us and the neighbours.   She'd been lifting the mesh on the old one so she and onzo could go and mmither a hedgehog.  Nothing quite as funny as mixed squeals of delight cos she's got a hedgehog with cries of pain as she tries to pick it up.    Both dogs and both kittens now indoors and feeling silly so lot's of to-ing and fro-ing with Bonzo "guarding" his kitten.

Painting continues today including sanding the newly finished plaster board in teh annex ready for painting.   No rest and all that.

LG - It'll be hard but you need to start distancing yourself.  No matter how much you try to fix there will still be problems and someone else will have to handle them after you've gone.   Do your best by all means but don't get so stressed you harm your health.

Hosta - that looks like a marathon delivery route.  Hope the weather lets you enjoy the scenery..

Dove - dishwasher now in garage.   Fine for tea and coffee stuff but the upper rack is too low to take our dinner plates on the bottom but also too high to take our wine glasses.  The real dishwasher is adjustable so we can manage both.   I'll have to find it a good home along with that cooker.

Wonky - lots of progress.  Well done.

Fairy - if you can't fnd a summit how about a valley trail round a lovely loch?   Watched that Scots chap on Skye last night.  It looks lovely but a bit too cool for me and OH and we'd need a cottage that allows doggies so we can do walkies.

LP - fingers crossed for the assessment.  Lovely thing to do for people needing comfort.  

Happy cooking Busy.   Our neighbours here seem to thing we need appointments to chat so they don't disturb us when we're busy.  Tuesday morning for horse and paddock chat then.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone.

Is this a crazy solution for llandeii conundrum?

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 21:39

I think those leylandii count as a hedge and the convention is that hedges should be a max of 2m high.   However, if your neighbour isn't complaining you can probably leave them that high for a while and just trim back the side growth as far as possible whilst staying in the green bits.  Once you cut back to brown stems and foliage it will no longer re-grow.

However, if you can, I think the best solution is to bite the bullet and have them taken out, lock, stock and tree trunk and roots.   You can then re-invigorate the soil with plenty of compost and soil conditioner and plant what you like.   You could then maintain your privacy with a hedge on stilts or else tall posts with wires stretched between them to carry clematis and rambling roses or rope swags to carry the climbers.

Phlomis Russeliana

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 21:05

I think it will be fine as long as you leave whole new leaves at the base and remove larger, older, tattier leaves.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 20:57

Not me. I see it as a quiet half hour with a glass of wine or a coffee depending on when I watch it.  Long gone are the days when I watched on Friday night and went to bed inspired and itching to be up and at it on Saturday morning.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 19:14

Don't tell OH but I was cutting some of our tussocky grass behind the ruin with the blades set on high and the mower complained and over-heated.......  I put him away hoping he'll be better when he's cooled down.

TB - this paint is Dulux.   The blue one is gorgeous but so thick I can barely stir it and it's hard work wit a roller.  The terracotta is a mix and has come up really red and was alsoi a pg to push with a roller and dries patchy.  The peachy shade is just the terracotta mixed with loads of normal white acrylic and glides on beautifully.  It will all come together when I get the curtains made and hung and chappies have been with the new kitchen.

I've used Farrow and Ball before when I was doing some furniture painting.  I can get ot here if I tae out a mortgage.  Even Dulux is about 3 times the price in the UK.

I have aching shoulders now but can't have my shower till the lemon meringue pie is cooked.   Trying it out in the combi oven so need to keep an eye on it.    Barnsley chops and sweet potato rosti with some green stuff for mains.   Saturday is not for dieting!

Bon appetit everyone.

What is this?

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 19:04

Best to wait till flowers appear as lots of spring plants have leaves like that.  If it is Spanish bluebells it's best to dig them out so they can't hybridise with any native bluebells and destroy their genetic purity.

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