Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 20/06/2016 at 11:06

Morning all - just.   Had a good day yesterday - dry for once - doing the entries for friends holding an Open Garden.  80+ visitors in the end.   It closed at 5 so at 4:45 I decided it was probably safe to close the cash box and go round and do my own visit but 8 more turned up!   It's a one hectare garden and some people spend 2 hours in there taking it all in.   Flipping cheek.

We've had constant rain for 3 weeks now so the blousier roses were looking soggy and bedraggled but still lots of roses looking good, plenty of buds to come out and all the summer perennials still to do their thing.  Lots of variety of form and colour and texture in the foliage of assorted trees and shrubs, a new epimedium and hosta bed - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160619%20Fleurisart?sort=2&page=1

Cold and windy again today with rain on its way but I have treasures to pot up and that can be done in the garage or shed if needed.   The weeds are having a laugh and the slugs a feast so I need to get cracking on those as and when rain permits.

DD - I hope you get things sorted as best as possible and don't have to give up the house after all the hard work you've put in to both B&B and garden.

Busy - sounds like you're having a fine time.

Panda - good colours.

Happy gardening to all who can and get well soon to all the crocks on the sofa.

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 00:23

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/chelsea-photos-2016/981488.html for photos of the gardens, big and small plus the pavilion and sundry other stuff.

Hosta alternative

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 00:18

Hosta - Years ago she came and gave a talk on hemerocallis to a gardeners' club in Brussels and cunningly left catalogues about.  I found myself ordering so many hostas and some of her husband's grasses that it was cheaper to drive to Apple Court and collect than pay the postage.  Then, having thus saved on the postage I squeezed in some extra plants..............

The hostas have nearly all thrived and spread and been swapped and offered but the only grass I have left is Ice Dance.  The others were either too invasive or too wussy.

Garden Visits

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:41

Absolutely but at the mo I have a large garden with wide borders.    For smaller gardens the 3 rule works very well.  Question of scale.   

Hosta alternative

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:36

I started my first major hosta plantings in full sun, buying specimens from Diana Grenfell who was an expert on hostas and hemerocallis.    They did so well that after just 2 or 3 years I had to lift and divide the lot.  

There is a small hosta called Gold Edger which is happy in sunshine and, as the name suggests, good for edging beds.   Sum and Substance is a large leaved gold coloured hosta that needs sun to keep its foliage yellow, rather than green.   Gold Regal, Gold Standard and Sundance are other possibilities for a sunny site.

The hostas with fragrant flowers need sun to develop the perfume - Fragrant Bouquet, Royal Standard, Honeybells.  Invincible has glossy green leaves and perfumed flowers and is supposed to be slug resistant but in my garden it's the first one they go for, whether in the ground or in a pot.

As Dove says, you do need to make sure your soil is beefed up with plenty of organic matter - garden compost, well rotted manure etc - for moisture retention.   Avoid white and cream variegations as these scorch in the sun.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:02

I watch the Sewing Bee and sit there mostly horrified at the projects they come up with.   Why, in today's world of machines that thread their own needle would you want to set a challenge using 60s machines that can barely do zigzag and PVC macks as a transformation project?  Why the transformations in the first place?

From the first series, why, if you can sew something that fits from the start, would you bother transforming an oversize t-shirt into anything other than dusting cloths or just wear it for gardening or decorating? 

Having said that, anything that starts people sewing again instead of buying crap from Primark has to be a good thing.   I just wish they did styles that appeal to younger people like Possum.

Have to wonder what on earth Esme was wearing for the 60s programme but love chappy with his sharp suits and wry comments and willingness to be quirked.


Posted: 18/06/2016 at 14:58

Downpours all day with occasional dry spells.  Have spent my morning at the AGM of the AFCD - French speaking dance clubs - discussing accounts, projects, forming a new federation with the clubs in the Ligue........ then apéro and lunch and more chat with old and new friends.   Home now but still living with Mr Chestikof so will take myself off for a snoozle as we're off out tonight to a Japanese restaurant chosen by Possum to celebrate the end of her exams.

Tomorrow it should be drier.  I hope so as I'm manning the gates for an Open Garden hosted by friends with a 2.5 acre plot.  i wa sthere for garden group in May - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160510%20Fleurisart?sort=2&page=1 so it will have changed a lot.  Should be ablaze with roses but I suspect they're going to be a tad soggy and bedraggled.

Get well soon to all with bugs or injuries or new bits to bed in.

Happy gardening to those who can.

Garden Visits

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 14:15

Thanks Busy.  If there's one thing Beth Chatto's garden and your lovely photos illustrate it's that I have to stop planting groups of just 3 or 5 and go for 7, 9 and 11 and make big bold groups of all my plants - so much more impact.

Can anyone know or recognise the identity of this plant.

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 16:25

I let mine scramble around on the ground as well as guiding it into a cotinus coggyra.  Hendryetta is another pretty, non clinging clem which isn't quite as vigorous as Arabella.

Why has my rhubarb gone mad!

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 16:22

Ours is huge too and I have 7 plants.   Mild winter, cool wet spring.  perfect conditions for rhubarb.

I bake a batch regularly for OH to have with ice cream and make cakes to give away or feed groups and then there's chutney, jam, freezing for autumn........

Safe to pick and eat till mid July after which levels of oxalic acid build up so best avoided by anyone with arthritic or gouty tendencies and the plants need a rest to build up energy for next year's crop anyway.

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