Latest posts by Obelixx

Clematis that doesn't want to flower

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:53

Food and water shortage most likely.   I also find some clems take 2 or 3 years to get their roots established before they flourish upstairs so try a good drink of liquid tomato food now and make sure you feed it generously with a slow release clematis food next spring and occasional tonics of tomato feed from then to mid summer.

Which lawn mower should I buy?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:50

Our Flymo has a collection box.   Best of both worlds but OH does only use it to cut the side bits we can't get to with the big mower.

If your lawn surface is smooth a wheeled model would handle the slope just as well as long as it's not too steep.   

Go to a decent shop and check the weights and cutting widths of various models and ask for some advice.   Check what your neighbours use if they have a similar slope.


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:44

Dew here too and the lawn is full of big fat slugs on their way home for the day's sleep or whatever slugs do.

Mish-mash day here running errands - Possum's apartment to hang curtains and collect a second set of keys.  IKEA for bits of this and that for the apartment.   TROC to pick up a sofa etc etc.  Unfortunately all in different directions so loads of miles to do too.

Then we have loads of pots to move into the watering zone while we're way next week.  OH's favourite job is moving pots............

Hope everyone has good plans for today and the weekend and the weather to enjoy them.   DD - good luck with the furniture collecting and installing.   Keep your "independence day" in mind when things seem difficult and remember we're behind you all the way.

My little blank canvas

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:37

DD - make a good nest for you and Charlie to feel safe and then get him involved in choosing any containers you buy and planting them up afterwards so he feels a sense of ownership and belonging too. 

You'll both get a sense of peace and achievement that will help carry your forward on your adventure.


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 22:42

Linda - have a look here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/horseradishsauce_1304 

Clari - no hedgehogs spotted here this year but we do usually have one around, with babies.   Use dto have loads of bats but now I only ever see one flitting back and forth.  Been like that for years so I don't know why he or she doesn't bring their pals to help hoover up the insects.

ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 22:21

Me too.  They are gorgeous plants and I'm off to a new garden soon but need to wait and see if there are rabbits and what winters are like.


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:45

Not really but it is flipping cold for August.

We had curry too but home made.   Tried a new recipe for OH's lime pickle last time and it smells awful but OH likes it - but then he likes self propelling cheeses too.

ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:40

They can take several years from sowing to flowering and resent disturbance and the seed need to be sown fresh and kept frost free for good results.   I didn't know this when I sowed seed a few years ago and most of the babies died off after being pricked out and the rest didn't survive winter.    

Can you plant honeysuckle in shade

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:28

It's a lot to expect a plant to grow, let alone thrive, in the starved and dried up soil at the base of a conifer which will have depleted all the nutrients and whose canopy will stop rain water getting through.   Better to plant it in a well prepared hole at the edge of the tree canopy and then wind the new growth through its branches.   

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ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:20

Dierama - aka Angel's fishing rods?

Not a fan of monkey puzzle trees but that's because they're usually planted in completely the wrong place, like a front garden in front of a window.   Expect they look quite good in a large space.

Last edited: 04 August 2016 21:22:57

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