Latest posts by Obelixx

Blue vs purple flowers

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 09:16

I like the blue of forget-me-nots but prefer the better behaved brunneras which have such lovely silvered foliage to set off the blue.   I also like the icy blues of scilla forms but that's beacuse it's perfect for spring light.

Generally though, I prefer richer purples and lilacs especially later on in spring and summer and autumn when the light doesn't suit clear blues. 

What is this?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 09:08

It looks a lot like the corms of hardy cyclamen we've just dug up in a bed we're clearing of Spanish hyacinths.   Not sure which one but the leaves have beautiful mottling and the flowers are small, dainty but very tough in autumn weather and either pink or white.  

I shall be re-planting mine, along with the autumn daffs we've rescued, in another bed while I wait for any more unwanted Spanish bluebells to emerge in the original bed.

Silk Tree/Albizia julibrissin

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 21:09

We inherited one here.   I have pruned it to raise the canopy.

Wilting Wisteria

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 15:21

That compost looks very dry.  I suggest you water it.  They're coming into leaf quite strongly now and added wind means they'll be transpiring a lot of moisture.

Epsom salts

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 15:05

I have used it as a foliar spray for chlorotic plants once or twice but never on veggies.  However I read somewhere that adding a mix of 4 parts Epsom slats and 1 part sugar to a planting hole helps plants get off to a great start so I'll be trying it when I put my tomatoes and peppers and maybe squashes in their final planting hole.

Honeysuckle Powdery Mildew

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 15:01

Yes, easier to move the herbs but you could also dig a hole and bury a 1 Litre water bottle 2/3rds down on either side of the honeysuckle - pointy end down and bottom cut off and then pour water down through those so it goes directly to the honeysuckle and less to the herbs.   That will help it recover and thrive.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 14:56

A dog will make you laugh and keep you company and get you out for walkies even when you feel like staying under the covers all day.  Great therapy and good fun and you'll make new friends out with their dogs too.

Just had neighbour Bruno round to talk about using our paddock for his horses.  Just need to replace a few rotted fence posts and make a secure entry.   Good.   He's very verbose so it's taken nearly 2 hours to establish these simple things.   Now  I have to rush out and get the plums we need for OH's chosen dinner and then I can get my herbs planted.    I shall have to look at the photos of Malvern later.

Mothers' Day in Belgium tomorrow and France next week.   Go figure.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 13:32

That garden for a couple retiring to France had me sniggering scornfully.   No way.   The trousers were awful too.   Don't understand why Monty wasn't there himself as he's previously declared it to be his favourite RHS show in one of his favourite places and handy for home too.

Cool again here thanks to the wind but warm in shelter.  Tackling the new herb bed this pm while OH marks out the placement for the polytunnel.  

Wonky - hope the tingling stops soon. 

PDoc - glad you're home in one piece but maybe time to find another way to feel useful that doesn't worry the boss to bits.   Maybe the shards in your bum are karma?

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 23:31

From 2000 till last June; GW has always been recorded to watch after we got home from dance class and I always fell asleep.   These days I can watch it live but still fall asleep. so end up watching recordings with my finger on FF.   I'm afraid Monty has a very soporific effect.   Just not exciting or inspiring and too much time wasted on those dogs, long shots of him pushing his barrow and plants I just don't want or cannot grow.

I've recorded if for years - since the mid 80s - so have always been able to FF through the crud or linger over gems - not many gems on GW for the last few years.  Beechgrove has been a revelation by comparison.   I'd love to grow my own lemons and limes but can't see it happening, even here.  I'm pleased the boring box balls have gone but I see he still has box hedges elsewhere.  Why?   And how boring are those grasses?   

And given that Malvern is supposed to be MD's favourite show and on his doorstep, why wasn't he there?   I do like Adam and am so pleased he's championing roses.  Carol is great too and I love that epimedium.  Joe Swift is a waste of space and I was too distracted by the dreadful shirt and trousers to listen to the new girl talking about plants of no relevance to me or my garden.

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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 19:40

Clari - par for the course I'm afraid given past performance.  You are well out of there.  Aw Wonky says, the people you welcomed and trained and hosted on their various visits appreciated you.

Wonky - maybe you'll develop gardening friends thru work.  Sounds like you're having fun there.  Enjoy yourself with Dove tomorrow and let her cosset you.

LG - I recognise the problem of thinking but not typing.  I'm sure we all do as we all seem to lead busy lives.

My plans for this pm went west.  Rain meant we couldn't do walkies straight after lunch and I fell asleep on the sofa instead of painting a bedroom wall.   Oh well.  There's always tomorrow.

Have a good TGIF evening everyone.

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