Latest posts by Obelixx

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 16:32

n01 - it is you who are, if anything, insulting us.   Had you had the wit to do some research on gardeners and gardening let alon had a look round this forum to see what sort of thing gets posted, answered and what kind of folk you are you wouldn't have posted such an ill-considered, open ended question.

As it is, you seem to think we're all stupid, unimaginative, uninventive, uncreative ...............

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 13:45

Papi Jo - I've been given a plant called Reine des Celtes but can't find any info on it.   Do you now it?

All I get is stuff on Boadicea.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 13:21

Well done Oz!    Good vote.

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 13:17

Strange.  Most of Wales is stunningly beautiful hills, valleys, mountains, coastline.   Gorgeous!  East Anglia isn't all flat and boring either and has lovely areas and all those lovely Cromer crabs.   Why deprive yourself?

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 12:50

LP - have a great trip and celebrations.

LG - lovely to see you popping in.  Glad the migraine has been conquered.

Dove - pond still scary and we really do need to see how far it will fill up before I can plant things.  Seeing it in clear daylight there is a shelf at the higher end that may be better for the gunnera and one of the willows but it's all guesswork at the mo.

Plant based screen ideas?

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 12:46

And, if those are your neighbour's conifers, why did you let them leave you with such an eyesore?

If you can't get fence posts in it's unlikely plants will be able to get their roots down far enough to thrive.  Those conifers will have sucked all the nutrients and moisture out of the soil too.   If you can't take them all out for some reason I suggest you try and erect a plastic covered, wire mesh fence with thin metal posts which will be easier to bang in to the depth you need then add the mesh which can be flexible diamond weave mesh or rigid rectangles.  Do this right up against the bare trunks or as close as possible.

After a good downpour, pile on a good thick layer of well-rotted manure and leave it over winter for weather, worms and micro-organisms to work in and then plant some good climbers such as clematis, honeysuckle, rambling or climbing roses which can cling to or be tied in to your fence so they grow to cover it.   

You will need to make decent planting holes for them to thrive and water and mulch them well.  If that's not possible then a mixture of ornamental grasses, verbena bonariensis and other tall perennials and spring bulbs will provide interest and a disguise.

Hoe, hoe, hoe?

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 11:32

I too use the Wolf system and have two of those double edged heads at 4" and 6" widths.  The wide one is good in the veggie plot between rows and the small one for closer plantings in borders and so on.  We also have rakes, cultivator heads, a pruning saw, lawn edger and so on with different length handles for different jobs.

Connifer Trees!

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 11:30

Show us a pic when it's done.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 11:29

Nanny B - RHS membership gets you a monthly magazine with interesting, informative articles; free access to RHS gardens; free access to partner gardens; members only days at the big shows; free access to advice from experts: seeds from the big gardens; special seasonal events and shows at the main gardens and in London.   What is not to like?

That's a lovely tree Chicky.  The leaves look like our silk tree but not the flowers.

Hosta - keep taking the magnesium, even on hols.   In France they're sold in packs as a 3 month "cure".

I hope Wonky's feeling better today and Pdoc and OH are also relaxing together.

Chappy has been back to smooth out the mound along the back of our paddock.   I shall try and plant it with some baby mimosas spawned by our tree over on the other boundary and some shrubs I can coppice for colourful bark and flowers for wildlife.   They may have to be desert plants!

That hole looks even bigger this morning.  Yikes!  You can just see chappy in the far right on the mound.

Frosty start again but warming up now.  Tree and shrub seed sowing this pm - after I've been out to buy some labels!

Hope you're all getting some sun today.   The new car will be fun once you've broken it in Pat.

Birds - Territorial ??

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 11:11

All birds have their territory but some like to live in social groups.   We have cats and dogs so our birds are currently fed by peanut, fat ball and insect block feeders hung from a metal obelisk, planted away from pouncing cover with loose seed underneath for ground eaters and it attracts sparrows, blue and great tits, chaffinches and a few other brown jobs plus the occasional turtle dove and magpie.

Robins do, in fact, migrate for winter and are fiercely territorial with other robins but not other birds as far as I have observed.

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