Latest posts by Obelixx

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:13

No worries Daisy.  Sounds like they're worth seeking out.

Kitchen man didn't quite finish today but he has nicely the gas bottle from the now ex-cooker to connect my new gas hob.   Dilemma now.   Wait till I'm up to cooking something lovely to christen it or just do some pasta - not feeling too clever with this damage to my back muscles.

Never used Strulch as it isn't available over here as far as I know but I have seen some good reports of it.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:00

That is amazing.  Well done.  It must give so much pleasure to the locals and passers-by.

Mulching with woodchips

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 18:15

There used to be a theory about wood chip robbing the soil of nitrogen to fuel its rotting process.

The RHS did tests and concluded that it may use a small amount of nitrogen but it would be a negligible amount.   Using a membrane won't stop it consuming nitrogen but it will stop the exchange and feeding of beneficial organisms.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 17:10

Since I have my new feet  - shorter toes an dno bunions - I've also been looking for stylish but comfy flat shoes.  Can't wear heels any more and all my old shoes    are just a tad too big now.  A friend has recommended Sketchers but I haven't been out hunting yet.   It'll soon be flip-flop weather anyway.

Lantana - my OH weeded countless lovely perennials because he said he didn't have time to separate a buttercup from a thistle from a valued plant, even once he saw the amount they cost.  He is going to be trained to be a lot more careful here, given the price of plants - 25€ for a hellebore on Saturday!  I might go back in a few weeks and see if they're still there and have set seeds.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 15:07

I have managed to get out and water all my treasures - both new and those brought from Belgium - and it has been a trial but everything is now OK for a couple of days.  Getting warm enough to strip down to my t-shirt and jeans with no socks.   

Other than that I am reduced to noting the names of all the shrubs and roses and clems which haven't lost their labels and making a spreadsheet of names, sizes, colours, preferred aspect, pruning times etc in the hopes of making it into some sort of record or journal.

Does anyone know where I can find recordings of bird song so I can start to get to know the local birds who, unlike children, are often heard but not seen?

pics of your garden lovelies

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 13:50

And if you don't find what you're looking for, start a new thread with a theme and share suitable photos and comments.

Spray patterns photos wanted for the 8 option Hozelock 2515

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 13:45

We just go to the car wash and get the special chassis wash with protective spray when its all clean and about to be dried.   Never had any rust problems in the 20 odd years we've been doing that and we do keep our cars till they get old.



Posted: 28/03/2017 at 13:41

I can't help with the jasmine but I do find that clematis can spend a year or two getting their roots settled before they put on significant growth and flowers.  They also need careful planting - deeper than they were in their original pot - and plenty of food and water as they tend to be hungry, thirsty plants.

How and where did you plant it?  Deep?  In a pot?  In the soil?

Clematis montana are classed as group 1 for pruning.  This simply means you only prune them after flowering and only if they need to be kept in bounds.   A young one should nt yet need pruning but yu may want to guide any new shoots it makes as horizontally or diagonally as possible to encourage extra shoots and flowers.

Clematis generally appreciate a generous dollop of slow release specialist clematis food in spring but rose or tomato food will do.  Occasional liquid feeds of rose or tomato food between spring and the end of June will help too.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 13:35

I used to go on my own to plant fairs in spring and autumn and buy treasures direct form nursery men and women.  Cost me a fortune and then, when I'd ask OH to weed a bed for me he'd just pull up everything rather than take the time to distinguish weeds.   We had the most expensive compost heap in Belgium!

Then I decided I'd get him to come, tempting him with wild mushrooms on toast at one of the catering stands and he'd pay for maybe half the plants and help carry.  Did it make him realise teh cost of his weeding habits?  No - so I engaged a friend of a friend to come and do 5 hours every 2 weeks and we have become firm friends and did plant swaps and she'll come and visit now we've moved.   OH had to pay her and the compost heaps grew - but not with treasures.

He's now happy to come to plant fairs as long as he gets a local beer and some good food.

We don't drink tea but I do have some bone china mugs with cats on. 

Pricking out grass (probably silly question)

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 13:06

These grasses are usually grown as ornamentals rather than a lawn so yes, prick them out into small pots and grow them on.   Lift them carefully with a pencil or old dinner fork so you don't disturb the roots.  You could put several in one small pot to make it easier and grow them on.  They can always be divided later if they get too vigorous.

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