Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 18:58

I liked Steely Dan enough to buy Can't Buy a Thrill but don't remember anything since.

Definitely can't see Hosta rolling in the snow.

Didn't Clari say something about a few days away?  and wasn't Pdoc planning hols sometime?  Can't remember details tho.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 16:35

Those are big pussycats.  Mine have some way to go.  Still just babies, well maybe early teens.

Don't faint but we've had a spiffing half a millimetre of rain!!  Whoopee!

ideas for espalier?

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 15:37

Mirabelle are small and very sweet with no tang.  We have a couple of trees in this garden and I've made jam (Possum's favourite) but too sweet for me.   

Since you're sheltered and south facing, why not try an apricot?

Identifying clematis

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 15:35

Can't find it in the flammula group so far.   How tall does it get or how far has it spread?   

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 15:03

Cold water swimming is supposed to be good four physical and mental health.   Happy to believe it but don't want to try.   My best hot chocolate is hot milk with a good dollop of 54% chocolate chips melted in.  Yum.

We have rain too FG - not enough to get excited about but enough to make me bring in the washing which was almost dry despite a bit of spitting.  Did everything I could think of - 2 hours of sprinkler, another hour going round with the hose pipe or water from the butts doing pots, hung out the sheets to dry, sent OH out with the dogs............  Still just a dribble.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 13:23

How ever did you guess that Joyce??

I have to water the pots every 2 days at the mo FG.  Every day in the heatwave, even tho I'd moved most out of direct sun between 11 and 4pm.   I did them last night and will do them all again this evening and then OH can do them on Tuesday.   That should be OK.

Just found some cyclamen corms we lifted when extending the sunny bed so have been giving them a soak.  Off now to plant them in the wisteria bed.   Going to christen my new Sneeboer trowel.

Non invasive climbers

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 13:17

If the wall is damaged it would be best to repare it and then attach either battens to support trellis or vine eyes, screwed into the wall in rows 12 to 18 inches apart - 40 to 45cms - to hold wire tensioned between them.

Then the choice is wide depending on which season of interest you are after.   There are clematis that flower in winter, others in spring, some in late spring then a lesser flush in late summer and others all summer.  They can grow to a wide variety of height which gives length when trained horizontally.   Wide variety of flower shapes and colours too.  Have a look here - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm using colour or flowering time or aspect or all three as your search criteria.

Then there are climbing and rambling roses offering a wide variety of colour, perfume, repeat flowering or not and honeysuckles.  Jasmine or passiflora if you are in a mild area.  

Identifying clematis

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 12:05

Good.  Saw your clematis too.  It is lovely.

Cuttings tips

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 12:00

Patience.  Cuttings can take several weeks to start producing roots and then need to be left alone to develop a bit.  You also need to kep an eye on them in case any rot off so you can remove them before they affect the rest.

Have a look here for a few tips - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=404 


Posted: 03/09/2017 at 11:56

To be honest, that pots looks a wee bit small.  in your location you should be able to grow them in teh ground as you don't get hard frosts.   

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