Latest posts by Obelixx

Whats eating my lilies? No sign of beetle.

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 17:04


whats this please

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 17:03

It's lovely.  It's hardy.  The colour sings out.  

I grew them for the first time 2 years ago.   Last year I collected seed and dead headed.  Got a second flush of flowers and lots of babies from fresh sown seeds as well as spare seeds to give away to friends. 

Abandoned garden

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 15:18

It depends on size of lawn and budget available.

Have a look around in local garden centres and DIY stores to see what's available and don't forget freecycle.

Infestation on my Day Lillies

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 15:10

I think that's hemerocallis gall midge whose larvae eat the flower buds.

The RHS has this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=742 scroll down to Control.


Posted: 26/06/2016 at 13:20

Pat E - both Hyde Hall and Rosemoor are former farm gardens bequeathed to the RHS and I suspect Rosemoor is the one Monty visited.

You can "visit" both on the RHS website.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/search-form?sortReverse=false&sort=venueTypeSortOrder

I have posted photos of a recent visit to Hyde Hall on the garden visits thread.   

Meanwhile - yet another deluge here with squalls.    Lovely.


Posted: 26/06/2016 at 13:03

I have more or less stopped coughing but have had a wobbly tum for the last 3 days.   Whatever this bug is it's thorough!

Hope all sofa sickies get better soon.

Today is supposed to be warm with sunny spells.  Instead we have heavy grey clouds sweeping in and strong winds so I'm expecting stormy weather.  Rain forecast all tomorrow.  Enough is enough say I.

I've been out to buy 3 more big bags of potting compost for treasures and OH has strimmed all the lawn edges and mown it.   I'm off outside to vent frustrations on weeds and then pot on when the rain starts.

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 12:55

I comment because I am British but wasn't allowed to vote.   Other ex-pats will be in a similar position and, to be frank, living outside the UK most probably gives us a view of the wider picture both in the UK and Europe and the rest of the world.   

I happen to think the vast majority of the political classes, not just in the UK, are bozos who have lost touch with their electorate, do not understand what concerns they have and don't communicate well with their voters.   They are too short termist in their view and lack any vision beyond the next election day.

I do think everyone with a vote has a duty to vote wisely and not blindly - to inform themselves and consider the issues and not just vote the way their parents did or their union or their newspaper or their perceived class says they should.   It's important to think through the implications for everyone and not just oneself.

I believe people are stronger together, working to a peaceful and prosperous community with equal opportunity for all.  Brexit takes the UK in a different direction and may well lead to its being broken up.  Who then will pay to subsidise Wales and the poorer English regions where people can't or won't work to pay for themselves?   At the moment there is a huge discrepancy across the home nations and English regions between income per person and government expenditure per person.   Do you really think there won't be some fall out?   London is already thinking about special regional status within the EU.   Scotland and Northern ireland too. 

There are no signs yet of leadership, no signs of joined up thinking, no signs of strategy for taking the UK forward to a bright future.  I hope some is forthcoming soon because whilst the British character is to bear up and triumph in the face of hardship and conflict from outside it doesn't work in a rudderless ship.

As for that bus there never were 350 billion and the politicos who said it could be saved and spent on the NHS are not actually in power so have no say in where taxes will come from or be spent.


please help make this border better!

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 12:28

The soil under those trees and near the hedge will get very dry very quickly and also be nutrient poor so it needs a good sort out but it's best done in the autumn unless you are really impatient and willing to risk losing a few plants by starting now.   I think it could also be made wider so that when it is growing well it won't look squished up against the hedge and unbalanced.

Water well then remove the plants and pot them up in good quality potting compost.  Keep them watered and out of full sun till they settle down.   Fork over the soil to loosen it up and then pile on a generous few inches of well rotted garden compost and leave it for the worms to work in over winter.    If necessary, buy cheap compost at the end of the season when it'll be on sale to make space for Xmas displays.

You can plant bulbs at this point but use a cane to mark the spot.  You can then replant your stuff saved in pots, adding some pelleted chicken manure to help improve fertility.   Water them in well.

Make sure plants like lavender and cistus are in full sun and well drained.  They don't like damp or wet roots.   Most roses like full sun and so do hollyhocks so choose plants that do well in partial shade.  Quite  a few of the hardy geraniums will like it there and then there are foxgloves, some forms of persicaria (affinis would make great ground cover), hardy ferns, primulas, phlox, hellebores and so on.

How would you group these plants?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 23:57

Think about contrasts - height, leaf shape, texture - so you put rounded foliage next to fine and feathery to offset each other and glossy next to matt, hummocky next to tall.    Then think about flowering times so the interest is spread along the border.   Google each plant name+cultivation to find its eventual height and spread so you get planting distances right for the perennials.   Fill gaps with the annuals such as nicotiana.

Agree about keeping mint and lemon balm separate.   Lemon balm is used here to deter pesky insects so good idea to put it in a pot on the seating area.


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 23:21

Sounds rough SGL.   Hope it's all OK now.

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