Latest posts by Obelixx

How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:18

New garden for me and I have just planted out a whole new bed with hostas I brought from my old one.  The problem here is snails which are easy enough to pick off and crush or throw in the road but I have sprinkled slug pellets very sparingly and it is working so far.

Too big an area for copper tape, no meal worms in shops here and, in any case, the local birds are only just learning that we do bird feeders and I have yet to spot a blackbird or thrush that may eat snails tho I've heard some singing in the hedgerows.   My last garden was much wetter so I used pellets from early on to catch the blighters as they emerged form hibernation or hatched from eggs and before they started munching on my hostas and clems and daffs and hemerocallis.   Worked for me.

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:09

Looking good.  On the rare occasions I sieve compost, I use an old enamel colander but it's currently home to some indoor hyacinth bulbs I've put outside while they feed their bulbs and die down.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:01

OH did ours yesterday.

Anyone know any good rain dances?

Starry skies last night, no moon, and at least 3 nightingales having a sing-song.   Cloudy now and breezy but the all day rain forecast has changed to local showers which usually means we get none.

Will have to go to the plant fair with just a warm jacket but not a raincoat or my future rose and clem beds will never get wet enough to prepare a good home for my treasures.

Have fun will all your babies T'bird.   

Is it just a hobby or a professional interest?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 10:47

Culture is a very loose term to ascribe to gardening.  Some British people absolutely loathe gardening and do nothing at all to maintain their plots.  Others like it tidy but that is limited to cutting the grass and straightening edges.

Gardeners are people who like pottering with plants and who care about what they grow and try to make it beautiful whether it's a tub, window box, tiny courtyard, suburban plot of country garden.   Britain is an island so what we can grow is widely affected by different weather patterns from north to south and east to west as well as different soils and rainfall levels - far more so than I suspect is the case in Russia.   Gardeners can be amateurs looking after their own garden or professionals looking after other people's garden or public parks.

Horticulturalists make a living from plants be it research into how to grow and propagate them, developing new varieties, testing new products for pest and disease control, growing in bulk for the mass market or specialising in certain kinds of plants for a nursery, saving seeds and plants in collections to ensure biodiversity is maintained.  They can also be plant hunters, seeking out new plants and introducing them to cultivation and, often as not, saving native populations from encroaching development.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 10:32

Good morning.   It's blustery here and cloudy but none of the promised rain so I've been out to water all the treasures.   When we signed for the house last July we came to inspect and measure and take photos of what there was and I found one lowly clematis stem, 4" high, struggling in a load of weeds in a walled bed.   Weeded, fed, watered coiously and by the time we returned to start painting and strimming in August it had 3 stems and had grown a foot/30cms.   This morning it is big enough to need tying in and is on the verge of flowering.   So exciting.

Meanwhile, all my clems I brought or have bought are desperate to be planted out.   Silver Moon is full of gorgeous flowers, much earlier than in Belgium.  Gotta love a clematis.  Hostas doing well too in their new bed too.

OH is playing golf and I might pop out to a wee plant fair in a village about 20kms away.   Do you think if I put some washing out on the whirlygig it will rain?  Or maybe leave the sprinkler on the future rose and clem bed?

Roast chuck for us too Dove but no lemon meringue pie.   Maybe fresh mangoes.

Hosta - love you fluffy goslings and your hostas.

FG - hope you find a suitable hill.  Saw the meteorite prog and enjoyed it.

Wonky - good haul and well done for planting so soon.

Pat - do you not have a May Day public holiday tomorrow?

Hi to everyone.  Enjoy your day.  No play dough here but maybe mud pies with plants later.


Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 20:50

Round here the French call flat leaf parsley Common Parsley.

I like either as long as it's fresh and young and tender.   

Pieris Japonica

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:09

It's just frost damage to soft new foliage.  Leave them alone until all frosts are over.  New growth should appear and then you can remove the damaged leaves safely.

Dierama pulcherimum (Angels Fishing Rods)

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 16:47

Lovely Papi Jo.  I sowed seed a few years ago and had good germination rates but very few grew after pricking out and none made it to maturity in the garden.  I shall try again here but not this year.

Dierama pulcherimum (Angels Fishing Rods)

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 16:12

They can be slow to establish.   There's some good advice on cultivation on this site - http://www.seedaholic.com/dierama-pulcherrimum-angel-s-fishing-rods.html

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.

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