Latest posts by Obelixx

Plum tree

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 09:20

It's more likely frost problems which either kill the flowers before they've been pollinated or else make it too cold for the pollinators to fly and visit your blossom.

If the other trees are producing fruit it may just be that they flower at a slightly different time and escape frost problems or else they have other pollinator plants around them to attract the insects to lurk in their corner rather than yours.   Try under planting yours with bulbs and early spring flowers which will provide pollen and nectar to feed the pollinators and entice them towards your fruit trees.

A mahonia shrub will provide food over winter and early spring and then snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores and narcissus will continue the food supply and encourage pollinators to hang about for your fruit trees.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 09:12

Enjoy the sunshine Liri.  Hope it's a good trip.   

Sunshine has now broken through and broken up the cloud which now looks more like a shoal of fish with silver backs and dark bellies.   Swimming upside down?

Dove - I find feather cushion pads don't flatten and can be easily refreshed for heavy winter duties with a quick wash and a tumble in a dryer if needed.  Taht said, I do need to go to the fabric shop at Olonne that sells ready cut foam pads for dining and garden chair seats.  Need a set for the dining room chairs I'm renovating.   The previous owners left a full, extendable oak table and 6 chairs in what will become the party barn and I've decided its corner legs are more practical than our own which is very solid Belgian oak with a pedestal support with spreaders that are carefully designed to crash with the chair feet.    It all needs a good wash down and then a good feed to bring it back to life after a year or more out in the open barn.

Suggestions for what ground cover to grow along with creeping thyme

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 08:22

Agree with FG - that path is too narrow to allow very much to hang over the edge.    There are so many forms of thyme that you could have a mix with variegated leaves in there and different flavours such as lemon and orange.   You could also try prostrate rosemary in the sunnier, drier end and wintergreen in the shadier end.   If you go for alpine strawberries make sure you taste one before you buy as some are highly perfumed and delicious tasting whilst others have almost no flavour.  

Apple mints is endemic in my garden and in the local lanes.  It grows low here and doesn't mind being mowed and smells good when cut but it will creep into your grass.

I agree also with Will.  You will still have to edge the lawn occasionally to make it look good so be prepared for blurred edges and invasions..

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 07:52

Good morning.   Giddy doggies here.  When OH gets up and lets them out they eat the toothy chew and then go and frolic outside.  For me they do that then come back and have a giddy all over the living room while I try and drink my coffee and watch the news.    They've collapsed in sofa nap heaps now so I'll sort the sofas out later but all the cushions are decidedly askew.

Blue skies above but there's a wall of solid grey cloud to the east, north and west.   Silver linings too but the wall to the east is climbing faster than the sun so it's feeling dark and very still.  

Now to think about what to do today while OH is away................

Hope you've all had good sleeps.


Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 20:53

Depends on the variety.  Elizabeth and Rubens Superba easily get to 10m.  Broughton Star 7m.

You may well have bitten off more than you can chew but certainly better to have a laurel covered in clem than just green and boring.   Make sure you plant it at the edge of the laurel canopy so it gets light and rain and give ita  good deep hole back-filled with good quality soil and compost.   Water well.

Clematis identification and problem solving

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:17

Maybe too many petals for a Jackmanii so maybe Etoile Violette.  Look them up on here - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm

It is normal for the leaves to turn colour at this time of year.    However, I would say your clematis looks hungry so weed gently around the base to remove competition then give it a mulch of well rotted garden compost or manure for the worms to work in over winter then feed ita generous dollop of specialist clematis food next spring.  

Don't worry about broken stems as you can cut the whole lot back to about 9' or the just above the lowest pair of new buds every spring.   Tie in new growth to spread the stems across its supports.  With generous feeding, it will grow back stronger and more floriferous each year.

creating a rose bed

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:04

DA says height 8' for Snow Goose but maybe it spreads further when it's trained.   I suggest you ask DA via the website.   They're happy to answer questions.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 18:56

Can't find any NZ wines here at all but I do like their Gewurtz.   Really dislike the German/Alsace versions.   Petit Chablis is OK but can be expensive.  We prefer St Véran and Macon Fuissé, both Chardonnay from neighbouring vineyards and unoaked.  Lovely stuff.

A friend of mine who's seen the jungle/sculpture garden photos suggests I take up welding!  I rather think I'd have to invest in a fair bit of kit and at the mo I'm busy with furniture renovation and plotting garden progress.   Tried weeding but the moisture is superficial and only goes a few cms deep so still hard work.   Maybe if I do another wash load tomorrow I'll get some more rain but maybe not as none forecast for 10 days now.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 17:21

Thanks Pdoc.  Been trying them but supplies and flavours are inconsistent which is why I like O and NZ wines.  You know what you're getting each time.

creating a rose bed

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 17:18

Roses are hungry so make sure you prepare the soil well by adding in plenty of well rotted manure and garden compost to add nutrients and improve texture.   Before you plant your climbing or rambling roses, make sure you screw in supports such as vine eyes to hold tensioned wires horizontally between them at 15 inch intervals.  You then tie in the stems - loosely for growth - as horizontally as possible to get as many flowers as possible.

Snow Goose will only grow to 8' so you'll need 4 to cover that wall.

Gertrude Jekyll is a gorgeous rose with strong perfume but she also has vicious thorns so you may want to re-think having her either side of an arch that people walk through.

Planting distances depend on the eventual width of your chosen roses - eg 4' wide means 4' apart so each rose can achieve its circumference without being pushed for space.   The David Austin website offers plenty of info on colours, perfume and sizes of its roses.   Have a look also at Harkness and Peter Beale's altho ordering from just one site is more likely to get you a discount for bulk or special off

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