Latest posts by Obelixx

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 11:40

Yes Papi Joe.  It's a ruin in our new garden.  Moving at the end of next week.

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 10:39

I agree - patience and no pruning as this kind flowers on last year's wood.  Just pinch off the dead flower heads next spring when they'll have done their job of protecting the new flower buds from the frosts.   As yours gets bigger it will need some space and some judicious pruning to maintain shape and vigour but that's just a case of removing any dead or broken stems and maybe thinning one a few each year to promote fresh growth and vigour.

The picture below shows plants like yours which are tucked right up against a north facing wall and have not been pruned or fed for 3 years and are covered in flowers.   

Polemonium advice

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 09:52

I would sacrifice the marigolds which are destined to die anyway and keep the polemonium happy so it goes on for several years.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 09:22

Hazel - I have reading glasses all over the house and a specially strong pair in my sewing box for doing embroidery and patchwork.

Pat - you're going to miss the cat!

Well done Hosta for sleep and inches loss.   I like country verges to be a bit wild and have their Flanders poppies and ox-eyes and cow parsley but I keep the edge next to teh footpath mowed or we end up with no path.  The council hasn't maintained the road edges further up and the grass has expanded so there are no more surface drains so water just runs down the road and then, in winter, freezes into a skating rink - all for the want of a bit of verge maintenance.

Item on Radio 4 news this morning about marauding cats - the domestic cat is no longer a detrmined, skillful predator and the stuff they kill in the UK is usually sick and not destined to live long anyway.  Yes - someone has researched it.   The trick is to keep domestic cats indoors at night so the nocturnal life can get on in peace.

I have to take OH to the station so he can have a farewell lunch with former colleagues and then he'll stay on to have a farewell dinner with an old friend and colleague from his golf club and need a lift hme from teh station.   That leaves me in peace t do a last coat of paint on Possum's chairs and sort some more fabric.........

New hedge height advice?

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 20:14

Escallonia is worth considering.  Small evergreen foliage with flowers in early summer.  It won't mind being kept low.  See this link for a selection of varieties - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/search-results?form-mode=false&query=escallonia 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:59

I hope you're pleased with your tidying up Hazel.

In Belgium we are required by law to keep our property edges clean and clear so we have to remove any litter tossed out of passing cars, weed the road edge and cut the grass along the verge of our paddock.  In winter we're supposed to clear snow..... 

I hope all that layering hasn't done your neck in again Hosta.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:22

Agree DD.  You've made your escape so the hardest part is over.  Adjusting to new found freedom and all that entails is bound to have ups and downs.   Once you do have your own place and maybe even a tea shop you'll be very busy so regard this period as precious quiet time to gather yourself together so make the most of it.

I can get belly pork here with the skin on but I do have to go to just the one supermarket for it.  I once asked their butchers to prepare me a loin of pork with the skin and they gave it to me dressed French style - so fat trimmed - and with the skin in a separate piece.  Doh!   Going to have to cultivate the local butcher I think.

Smelly now - lots of white spirit for the paint I inevitably get on me so a shower before tackling fabrics.

Climbing across my fence

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:14

My cirrhosa kept its leaves all year till hammered by à -25C which it didn't like at all.  Exit one clem.  Well, several actually and some other stuff too.

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Posted: 19/09/2016 at 13:17

The dictionaries define a hedge as a closely planted line of shrubs or trees creating a boundary.   One or two separate trees or shrubs do not a hedge make!

I agree with the others - the neighbours are trying it on and have no right to a view over your garden whereas you do have a right to privacy.   Stick to your guns.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 13:10

I know people are enjoying Poldark.   Each to their own.   I just think that given the Beeb is supposedly strapped for cash they could possible re-show the old versions on daytime or night time TV and make something new for evenings.

I have just looked at our local forecast and it seems to think we may get a drop or two of rain next Tuesday.   Far too late and too little!   There were storms here but they went south and north and left us high and dry in the middle.

Back to the packing now.  Books, CDs and DVDs done.   Now to tackle the sewing stuff.  I may be gone a while.   Lots of fabric..................

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