Latest posts by Obelixx

Need Some Wisteria Wisdom Please

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 20:36

When a wisteria is happy it can be very big and boisterous.   You only need one to cover a decent area of wall or fence.

I suggest that, in autumn when it is dormant, you move it back to the south facing position and give it a very well prepared planting hole (compost, nutrients, depth, watering, mulch).   Make sure they both have a strong framework to train them in and support them.    Feed them well and prune in July and Jan/Feb to contain the vigour and direct it towards producing flowering shoots.

The RHS has some good advice on pruning - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 and care - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=173

I know it's not a weed but

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:33

The only non toxic way is to keep pulling up every scrap until it gives in.   Other than that, weed killer spray or gel or a flame gun.

Covering a weedy patch?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:31

To be honest, if you want good crops you need to fork over the whole area and add plenty of well rotted manure and garden compost to make sure your new fruit trees and shrubs have the best conditions for growing well and producing good crops so you may as well just get on with it and remove as many roots as you can.

Neither bindweed nor couch will be very much weakened just by covering in my experience.  You need to spray or hoe the top growth and leave it to die and dry completely then burn it or bin it but not compost it.

As Dove says, you then need to spray any new growth that appears with a  systemic weedkiller.  I would suggest one for brushwood as bindweed and couch both have very strong root systems and need, in my experience, several applications of glyphosate to kill them.

There's time to have a go at this now, assuming you get a mild autumn but, as Dove says, the best time is spring when they are in active growth.    You could also try covering the entire area with layers of cardboard in November.  This will stop any new weed seeds germinating and it will also rot down into the soil and improve its structure so it will better support your fruit once you've cleared the perennial nasties.

If you don't want to be bothered with all that, just use cardboard anyway or weed proof membrane available from DIY stores and garden centres and plant through it and finish it off with a 2 or 3 inch layer of chipped bark after you've watered all your new shrubs and trees in.  

Be prepared to watch the planting holes like a hawk and pull out all unwanted weed growth the minute you can grab hold of it and before it swamps your treasures.

Shrub Rose for a shady front garden?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:16

Shrub roses tend to like a bit more sun than you can offer but some climbing roses do OK as they can get higher towards the light.    In my last garden, I planted a David Austin Falstaff shrub rose in a bed next to a north facing wall - direct sun before 9am and after 3pm in the height of summer.   It was healthy but didn't produce many blooms tho they were lovely and well perfumed.

Have a look at the David Austin website which lists roses they think suitable for shade and also Heirloom roses.   Then, when you find one or two you like, contact their help desks for advice.   They'll be happy to help.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 14:46

Perfect Vendée day here - blue skies, odd bits of cotton wool floating about, gentle breeze and temps creeping slowly up to 25C.   We have been out to Fontenay-le-Comte for a vide greniers and then on to Vouvant for a picnic lunch and a stroll with the dogs.   Possum has been on Bonzo training all day practising his walk to heel and not being nervous of people and situations so we can have more days out with the dogs..  

OH thinks he's fine but I need him not to lunge if I have him or both of them on walkies and we meet people.   OH also has difficulty grasping the correct sequence of commands and accompanying hand actions, or not.  I got really cross with him once and said if he couldn't master 8 simple words how did he expect Bonzo to do it?   

Flopsy now then dead heading pelargoniums and then more flopsy no doubt.

RG - were they using satnav or just being lazy?  Liri - roses sound effective.  We find having the two dogs loose stops everyone at the gate!

FG - hope you get to do a hill, and see it!

Pat - good to get out of the house but do take it easy.  You need to be fit for your coming summer with no relapses.

Hosta - Ho ho ho.

Dacha - lovely bag of goodies.

Chicky - Adelaide's cricket ground is lovely.   How was Wisley?

Last edited: 20 August 2017 14:47:39

Pink rose for front garden...repeat flowering?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 08:58

This photo has been posted before.   Any pink David Austin rose would do well as they repeat flower and have great perfume but there are also good roses available from Harkness and Peter Beale so take a look at their websites.

The blue flowers are a mix of veronicas/salvias/lavender and nepeta.  The greeny yellow flowers are on alchemilla mollis.

Allotment progress.

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 17:43

Exactly!  I have no idea why OH thinks I can stretch further than the average human being.  I know he thinks I'm superwoman but honestly, there are limits!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 17:41

With you on Madonna.  Very limited vocal range too but knows how to pick a song.   4 Minutes is my favourite but mostly because Possum and the girls did an amazing RnB dance routine to it - after only one hour of class to prepare a demo.   Vogue was another routine they did during that year.   I do not have fond memories of Thriller or Pirates of the Caribbean which was done when she was in a younger class and I had to listen to them over and over every week for a whole 30 week season of classes.........

Baking going well - banana and blueberry muffins for Possum's breakfasts are done and smell very tempting.   Courgette and goat's cheese muffins in now and then the pastilla will follow and while that bakes I shall make Korean bulgogi stir fried beef for dinner.

I have been watching Paradise Gardens while sewing.  Includes a very young Adam helping with the planting and Cleve West on water features.  Visionary chap our Mr Hamilton.   GW on in background while I bake.  Hmmmmm.

Last edited: 19 August 2017 17:42:20

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 17:04

Possum has had us watching Hidden Figures - a fascinating insight to how NASA did calculations before IBM arrived with its computers - with interesting characters, social history (civil rights) and good acting.   Then The Dressmaker which was glorious on several fronts - well cast and acted, hilarious and sad.  I have ordered The Sting and Fried Green Tomatoes for her to watch.

Listening to a song on the radio the other day she asked "Who's Elizabeth Taylor?" so clearly needs some educating.

No idea what we'll watch tonight tho.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 15:11

Steam mops are great as they do it all without chemicals.    I wander round barefoot a lot so need clean floors.  Hate bits of grit and stuff under my feet.   Given the muck that is lifted off our tiles on a regular basis, either by steam or a normal quick mop, I hate to think what is lurking in fitted carpets and it's also a lot easier to get up dog and cat hairs and bits of thread.

I could dry your washing for you.  The whirly wotsit is free cos I've done all ours.

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