Latest posts by Obelixx

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 16:06

Zzzz is all you can do in the presence of snooker Joyce.   I go elsewhere and busy myself.

Condolences and sympathy for SGL.  You're having a rough time poor thing.  Hope you get through it all OK and on to happier times.

Pleased the doggy is OK Hazel.  Hope he heals well and isn't too traumatised.

Have you pallet admirers seen this thread? - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/garden-design/pallets/249488.html Some amazing projects.

Not a lot happening here.  Still can't get pegs in to mark the new beds and then start leveling what will be a seating area - paved or shingled, haven't decided yet.  We need some rain.   I shall have to stick to watering treasures and sowing seeds for now.   Rain expected tomorrow but I'm not holding my breath.

Mimosa Acacia Dealbata

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 14:37

In the UK they need to be planted in full sun in well drained soil and sheltered form strong winds and heavy frosts as they are only hardy to about -5C.  Here's what the RHS says - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/24107/Acacia-dealbata/Details

I have one in my new garden here in western France and its rather large and didn't bat an eyelid at the -6C we had this winter.  This is it in full flower in February.  I have since removed the lower branches to allow us to pass with the mower but it remains quite a considerable tree.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 21:51

Hi Kay.  Country lanes here.  One set of neighbours are farmers and have nothing in their garden that they can't eat apart from 2 huge pots of pelargoniums in summer.  They very clearly think all my pots of treasures and projects for new beds are the height of frivolity if not insane.

The other side have a paddock for 3 horses and lots of trees and a bit of grass with more trees.     Everything else on our walk is unpaved lanes thru pasture for beef cattle or crops to feed them in winter.

We saw a speckled wood butterfly too - taken me ages to identify it.

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David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 21:38

Grace is quite a pale oange.  More apricot.

Since I moved to France last October I have adopted the same policy and ordered DA roses thru a French supplier, mail order this time, and been very pleased with both the quality of the plants and the price.  3 were bare rooted and 4 came in pots.   All now potted up or on and growing well.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 21:27

Have just watched last night's Beechgrove.  Excellent and covered so many topics and have all this week's garden rescue thingies recorded so not missing GW today.

Went for first walkies with OH and the doggies since I broke my toe in January.  It was lovely - hedgerows full of blossom and spring flowers - several white flowers I don't recognise and not all daisy types, white campion, purple clover, purple wild orchids, proper blue bluebells, one or two cowslips still in bloom, speedwell and some escaped blue flowered pulmonaria with very pointed spotty leaves that I might have to go and rescue..  Much tweeting of birds, some crickets but not a lot of buzzing from other insects.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 19:52

Having spent 25 years living in Belgium and seen the price of bare root roses direct from DA I decided to reduce the risk and ordered all of mine form a rose specialist in the Ardennes who sells them potted up.   I assumed, correctly, that any he sold would be hardy enough for a Belgian winter.  Even so, for their first year I would pot them on and take them under shelter for winter before planting out in the borders.

The only ones I had problems with were early bare root purchases direct from DA - William Shakespeare and Grace turned out to be wussy in winter.   WS struggled and Grace just gave up and died.

They advertise their roses as disease resistant   If you grow them well, they'll be fine but if you plant them in poor soil already infected with black spot spores you're inviting trouble.

Clematis suggestions please?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 19:41

Crumbs Richard.  Gorgeous and perfume too but it will probably swamp Judy's shrubs.

Thompson Morgan - dead plants, dead customer service

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 16:32

Write a letter to the managing director.  Talking to a minion on the phone never works in such cases.

Explain the problem clearly and politely and give them week or 7 working days if you prefer to respond and fix the problem with decent plants or a refund.  Tell him or her that if you are not satisfied with the response you will go public on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest as well as the GW forum.

Don't believe customer review sites.  Companies often add their own positive reviews to them.

Climbing rose

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 16:18

Sounds like you arch is going to be busy so an obelisk would be a good solution.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:23

We have nightingales here but he/she only sings on clear starry nights and it's lovely.  Never heard one before and had to check out the RSPB site to confirm.

I also like my home to be reasonably clean and tidy so we've bought a robot to do regular floor cleaning and that leaves me with dusting once a week and sending OH round with his bloody Dyson to get in the corners and skirting boards about once a month.  

Cosmos is helping OH do the ironing, rolling himself in sheets and duvet covers....

Woke up to a frost this morning.  2 days in a row in April!!  They're promising rain on Sunday with no caveats such as local or intermittent.

Off to SM soon.   Tiler still hasn't appeared so will have to make some calls first.  Hope the perisher does turn up.

Fingers crossed for the dog Hazel.

Mustard is for sauces and salad dressings!

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