Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 14/06/2016 at 09:54

We have a tin bath too for parties but I prefer fizz to beer.  Never liked beer.   It's one of those galvanised jobbies and I painted it black.   Might just repaint it and decorate it and drill a few holes for a planter instead.

Glad you're sleeping better Hosta and hope all the chestikovs are better too.   Mine's still tight but better than it was so admin and supermarket this morning then gardening this pm.   I have my gardening group coming on teh 28th so desperately need to get things sorted.

Hope you get to Norfolk OK Busy.

Rhododendron novice

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 16:21

It's much easier to establish smaller plants than big ones but it's entirely up to you and your budget.  Just make sure that whichever you choose to do, you water the plant in its pot thoroughly, prepare the hole well, back fill with soil enhanced by leaf mould and/or well rotted compost and manure and water in well with rain water.  

Best time to do this is the autumn when natural rainfall will keep it moist until its roots start growing out into the soil and it can fend for itself.   Never let them dry out in August September as this is when they are forming their buds for the spring show.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 16:05

Our new vacuum cleaner is a Dyson (OH chose it) and I hate it - no more powerful than the old Miele, a pig to empty and gets blocked because of the narrow gap between the sucking hose and the muck receptacle.  I have now repaired the Miele (German built motor in Chinese body apparently) to use upstairs in my sewing attic and OH gets to do all the rest of the house.  

I'm saving up to buy an EU built robot and the Dyson will be kept for cleaning the cars and garage.  

EU jobs and companies first choice for me.

My poppies out but is it pattys plum?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 15:04

My Patty's Plum is much more purpley and dusky but who cares?  That's a gorgeous poppy and works well with the other colours - both flowers and foliage.

Which Lavender should I choose?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:58

I have Hidcote growing as a mini hedge along the edge of a bed held up by a railway sleeper retaining wall.  It is in full sun and well drained tho the soil is rich and fertile.  It is a lovely deep blue and is covered with bees when in flower.  

It is in full sun and we do get very wet winters but nevertheless it thrives and has withstood some seriously cold winters down below -20C, with and without snow.  OH takes the shears to it every autumn to cut it back to just below the spent flowering stems so it stays compact and tidy and hasn't got woody and leggy.


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:49

Me too.  Floating between sofa and PC and kitchen and patchwork where my brain is boggled with calculations.  Can't think straight when coughing and wheezing.


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:33

Persicaria bistorta in my garden does best in moist soil in sun or dappled shade and spreads slowly over time.   I love it.   The clump I have in a dryer spot seems more static.

I also have forms with finer spikes of deep red flowers which are also well behaved in full sun.   I have the low, ground cover form persicaria affinis which makes a carpet and seems to prefer dry places.  Then there are the spotted and V marked variegated forms for shade which I also love.   Pesicarias are attractive and versatile plants and not thuggish.

Red Dragon is another good one if you don't suffer from very cold winters.   Too cold for white flowered forms too.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:24

Not just that but Europe as a whole is richer than when it was just individual countries.  Greece, Spain and Italy have had to improve their systems and standards of employment and industry and law to do it which is a good thing and so will the east European countries in time.

Meanwhile it's still apparently OK for companies like Primark and Benetton and others to export misery and take advantage of non existent labour protection in Bangladesh and other Asian countries to make clothes on the cheap using women and children with no health and safety or minimum wage protection. 

I know which system I prefer.


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 13:05

No.  It's buried under the plants.


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:35

There's an old trick of putting banana skins in planting holes for flowering shrubs, especially roses.   We just put ours on the compost heap but yes, it would work as a liquid feed and no, don't dry them first.  Easier to blitz when fresh.   You do need to add some water or you'll knacker your machine.

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