Latest posts by Obelixx

Rambling Roses

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 23:32

David Austin have one called Lady of the Lake - repeat flowering, perfumed, disease resistant and pink with an open centre so good for pollinators. Gets to about 15' which is ideal for training along horizontal wires stretched between wires attached to your fence posts or a trellis.   

I haven't grown one myself but it's on my list for a new rose feature I'm planning.

Moth Alert - watch your cabbages

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 16:12

I live in Belgium and eat loads of organic broccoli, cabbage and cauli grown in Belgium mostly as well as growing my own and PSB.

Never heard of these moths devastating crops or had any in my garden.    

Big brassica growers and eaters on the continent, not to mention all that sugar beet, so I assume the locals know what to do about them and, if not, you'll need EU scientists working together to find a solution if they do invade and are indeed resistant to most pesticides.

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Very large Allium bulbs

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 15:55

I would plant them now so they don't dry out but mark the spot to avoid accidents with the border spade or fork later on.

I buy some every autumn to add to my garden stock and have planted them in borders and pots so I could sink them in gaps in the borders later on - purple sensation, sphaerocephallum, nectaroscordum, and a white one.   I have a Christophii which has self seed into a pot and produced a huge flower head this year.  I shall move it to a border when the flower is done.

They like a sunny, well drained site and don't do well if it's too cold or exposed or they get water-logged but are otherwise easy and gorgeous plants to grow.

David Austin potted roses

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 13:55

I have bought bare root roses from DA in the past but shipping to Belgium makes them expensive.  I have since found a rose grower in the Ardennes who comes to a local plant fair in spring and brings me DA roses in pots and planted by him.   He advises me to keep them in the pot till autumn so they can develop their root systems undisturbed and to be ruthless about dead-heading to conserve energy.   Having had a few that struggle even so because of hard winters or the competition I now pot them into bigger pots and keep them there for 2 summers.

I would advise you be patient and wait for autumn delivery of bare rooted roses.  That'll give you time to prepare their new home well.  When they do arrive, soak the roots overnight in a bucket of water and then plant them out and they will have the rest of autumn and all winter to concentrate on making a healthy roots system.

I find Gertrude quite prickly but the colour is a gorgeous clear pink and the perfume excellent so she's worth it.   Munstead Wood is a good rose too but I did have to rescue mine from the border and pot it because it was getting swamped by all the other plants.   Same with a Benjamin Britten and Geoff Hamilton and Graham Thomas.   I have Falstaff, Generous Gardener, Queen of Sweden, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Teasing Georgia, Jacqueline Dupré, Malvern Hills, Sceptr'd Isle, Crocus Rose, William Shakespeare and Constance Spry all doing well in the borders as well as Kiftsgate and a couple of ground cover roses which are not DA.

Last edited: 14 June 2016 13:58:38

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:07

Some cracking stuff here.   Love the sedum pictures and the bird feeder.  I've been collecting a few over-sized wine and fizz bottles to make a still to be dreamed up water feature but I think bird feeders are the way to go.   That bench from a  bed is inspired too.

Do you sell those walking sticks?  They are so smart and elegant.

Hazel - I love the stitch on the blanket.   Can I find it on the internet?

What a clever lot of people.


Posted: 14/06/2016 at 09:54

We have a tin bath too for parties but I prefer fizz to beer.  Never liked beer.   It's one of those galvanised jobbies and I painted it black.   Might just repaint it and decorate it and drill a few holes for a planter instead.

Glad you're sleeping better Hosta and hope all the chestikovs are better too.   Mine's still tight but better than it was so admin and supermarket this morning then gardening this pm.   I have my gardening group coming on teh 28th so desperately need to get things sorted.

Hope you get to Norfolk OK Busy.

Rhododendron novice

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 16:21

It's much easier to establish smaller plants than big ones but it's entirely up to you and your budget.  Just make sure that whichever you choose to do, you water the plant in its pot thoroughly, prepare the hole well, back fill with soil enhanced by leaf mould and/or well rotted compost and manure and water in well with rain water.  

Best time to do this is the autumn when natural rainfall will keep it moist until its roots start growing out into the soil and it can fend for itself.   Never let them dry out in August September as this is when they are forming their buds for the spring show.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 16:05

Our new vacuum cleaner is a Dyson (OH chose it) and I hate it - no more powerful than the old Miele, a pig to empty and gets blocked because of the narrow gap between the sucking hose and the muck receptacle.  I have now repaired the Miele (German built motor in Chinese body apparently) to use upstairs in my sewing attic and OH gets to do all the rest of the house.  

I'm saving up to buy an EU built robot and the Dyson will be kept for cleaning the cars and garage.  

EU jobs and companies first choice for me.

My poppies out but is it pattys plum?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 15:04

My Patty's Plum is much more purpley and dusky but who cares?  That's a gorgeous poppy and works well with the other colours - both flowers and foliage.

Which Lavender should I choose?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:58

I have Hidcote growing as a mini hedge along the edge of a bed held up by a railway sleeper retaining wall.  It is in full sun and well drained tho the soil is rich and fertile.  It is a lovely deep blue and is covered with bees when in flower.  

It is in full sun and we do get very wet winters but nevertheless it thrives and has withstood some seriously cold winters down below -20C, with and without snow.  OH takes the shears to it every autumn to cut it back to just below the spent flowering stems so it stays compact and tidy and hasn't got woody and leggy.

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