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Latest posts by obelixx

what utter confusion!

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 10:33

Yep.  I chat with friends face to face or via email.  Don't use Facebook or twitter or  texts and don't do the chat threads.  I'm here for the gardening.  It is a gardening forum after all.

Wee Jean fae Aiberdeen

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 15:57

Depends on the variety.  Group 2s will if you dead head once the first flush is over at the end of June/beginning of July and give them a feed.

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:56

In Belgium we do it on Remembrance Day - national holiday with services at the bigger memorials and wreaths laid at every village war memorial to those lost in the two wars.   In my village that includes those deported to slavery in the factories and those shot for resisting as well as soldiers killed in the fighting. 


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 14:01

Verdun - too soon to say.  Phantom and Pinky Winky were only bought and planted a couple of weeks ago so I don't yet know how they do in our winters.   Vanille Fraise is doing very well and so is Mega Mindy, both planted last autumn.


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 10:40

I have that one and it's lovely and copes with my winters which is even better.  I've also just bought Phantom which stays white and Pinky Winky which, despite the dreadful name, is a lovely deep pink.  The growers of that one are probably connected  to the ones who named Mega Mindy, another lovely hydrangea with name issues. 

No dig gardening

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 16:28

I had my neck done in March last year and both feet this year.   It's very important to rest and recover from the anaesthetic properly although I do confess that when I came home from the neck surgery I was so energised by being pain free that I spent two solid days in the garden pruning clematis and roses and pressure washing the terrace.   Then I had to flop a bit to get over the anaesthetic effects.

Don't fret about jobs that need doing.  More important to get fit again and be able to take tasks slowly and enjoy the results.


Cat on new felt roof

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 13:31

I really can't see the harm in cats sunbathing on you shed roof.  If you don't want them sharpening their claws on it, give them an old door mat or a piece of wood.  You could also get a second sonar and place it as you need.

The only foolproof cat scarers are

a) a dog but that won't protect your shed roof

b) a water scarecrow which sprays them when they pass a sensor.  Works on foxes and herons too.  Google the name for info.

You can also spray them with a water gun but you have to be there all day every day.......


Posted: 22/10/2013 at 13:24

You want your roses to be putting energy into making new roots for next year's growth and flower show so yes, prune any flower buds off now.  

Next spring, cut any dead or damaged stems back to a new bud and feed your rose with some slow release food such as blood, fish and bone and give it a liquid tonic of rose or tomato feed. 

No dig gardening

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 11:59

Good luck with the surgery.  I hope it goes well.

Japenese Barberry

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 11:57

Lyme disease is spread by bites form infected ticks.  Not from plants.  Go ahead and move it.

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