Latest posts by Obelixx

Overwintered chilli plants

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 10:21

When I over-wintered chillies I only cut the back if they were too big.  If yours are already flwoering I wouldn't cut them back but yes, pot them on  and give them a good feed and drink to encourage more flowers and fruits.

What's this buried under our garden?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 20:34

We dismantled some ghastly red marble fireplaces when we renovated our Belgian farmhouse.  The slabs that survived ended up being used to top a bottle walla t seating height and one small one ended up as a windowsill in the downstairs loo.


Very excited about my RHS birthday present

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 20:04

You can use the RHS website t access info about the RHS gardens which are free to members, partner gardens which are free to members at certain times or all year, depending on teh garden.

You get preferential entry to the big shows - Chelsea, Malven, Hampton Court, Tatton and a new one at Chatsworth plus free access to help and advice from the website and also by email from RHS experts if you can't find what you need on the site which also includes a plant finder and a plant selector so you can find which plants will suit your garden and who is selling them.

And you get a monthly magazine full of news, advice, visits to gardens and the possibility to order seeds collected from RHS gardens.

Lots of lovely stuff.

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 11:11

You should definitely go Wonky.   I dragged OH off to Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto's last year after a day at the Chelsea flower show.   We both loved BC's gravel garden which is flat and manages to be lush with foliage and colour but not so much the one at HH as it is a mound with great rocks all over the place and lots of acid yellow.  Our gravelled area is flat.

It already has an oval bed around an albizia julibrissin that we have cleared of crud including landscape fabric and rocks, piled on 10 bags of compost and planted up with bulbs and some perennials.   There is a smaller bed witha  lilac tree that has just had the same treatment.   The rest of the area has to wait till some building work has been done but I have found both autumn and spring daffs growing in it so they need rescuing.

I have a picture in my head but do try and draw things to scale.  For the veg plot, I'm playing with Sutton's vegetable planner software as it will be raised beds with grass paths.

There's an entry charge for BC's garden but you can also by a season ticket which may be worth thinking about if it's near enough to go a few times and see it through the seasons.

May 2016 - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1 


Last edited: 25 February 2017 11:14:32

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 11:05

Glad that new ways of thinking are helping Pat.   I think we all need that or we get stuck in a groove, even for every day stuff, so it must be a boon when you have real troubles to get thru.

Plan A today was get washed and dressed while OH walked the dogs and then head off out to explore and have lunch as soon as he was sluiced.   However, Possum was only just starting her morning exercise routine and has has only just got out of the shower so plan B is brunch at home and then explore.    She'll just have to video my "restaurant" instead.


What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:03

Pergola sounds good Wonky.  You could grow grapes across it if the aspect is right or maybe perfumed roses and honeysuckle and go all romantic.

Pretty well a blank canvas here which will take years of fun to sort out.   Plans include a potager to be almost self sufficient in fruit and veg and cut flowers; a fenced, courtyard garden with perfumed plants and winter interest; a gravel garden because we have the gravel but not yet a garden; shady beds for my hostas, pond clearance and re-planting to make a home for my gunnera; pergoal'd and trellised seating area and so on and so forth.    

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 09:57

Here's one article - http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/chelsea-flower-show-setpiece-gardens-slashed-after-sponsors-pull-backing-a3475556.html 

It could be a golden opportunity for some designers.  Remember the year of the crash when smaller people got in and James May did a plasticine garden?    I doubt it will affact the floral pavilion as that's mostly nurseries displaying their own stock and well deserving of a thorough browse.

Bright and sunny here but fresh.  Up late today as Possum didn't land till 1:30.  OH is out walking the dogs and then we'll all go and explore the coats and a fishing port for Possum's video project and lunch.

Surely Trump doesn't really believe that excluding news organisations with a record of investigative journalism will stop them finding and reporting the truth?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:55

It does seem that we are very busy at the mo.  So much for a quiet retirement!  But once the basic work is done on the house and in teh garden we can potter along at our own pace.

Gertrude Jekyll is a lovely rose.  I took cuttings of mine before we moved, along with Teasing Georgia, Queen of Sweden and another whose label has disappeared and I can't rememeber if it was Generous Gardener or Crocus Rose.   Looks like at least one of each is growing so fingers crossed.   I have others that were already growing in pots and more on order so lots of lovely roses to come.   There isn't a single one in the garden.  I do hope your deer fencing works.

Wonky - heroic.   My windows need a good clean but they can wait till after the earth moving and kitchen projects.

Yvie - sounds like a good lesson learned.   Love the look of your Lady of Shalott.   Let us know how she gets on.

Starting off dahlias

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:39

That's good to know Busy.  I was intending to grow them all in raised beds as cutting flowers so it's good to know I can leave them out all winter and not faff. 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:37

Thanks Floralies.  There are a couple within striking distance.  have to say they're the worst in terms of pots, compost and plants but I'll happily check out their bird feed range.  I found the shelled sunflower seeds in small packs in France Agricole.

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