Latest posts by Obelixx

What kind of tree is this, Zakynthos, Greece?

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 12:00

Given the climate difference between Greece - hot, dry, no frosts, plenty of light even in winter - and Sweden I think you might be able to grow one in a very tall conservatory with added daylight bulbs.

When you get home, look up robinias suitable for the Swedish climate and ask at you local nursery or garden centre if there are any other trees with similar foliage.

Last edited: 10 August 2017 12:01:41

New Wisteria pruning advice

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 11:58

The pruning not only keeps it to shape and size but also promotes production of flowering spurs.   I have a young, white one in a pot waiting for a permanent home and have done the pruning of longer tendrils, partly to keep it to its current frame support but also to encourage flowers.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 11:56

Good grief.  The man is a two-faced, double standard, patronising, self-delusional, dishonest (even for a politician), money grabbing a**ehole!  And that's the short version.

Takes all sorts I suppose.

Snap PD.  Toulouse sausages taken out of the freezer an hour ago for dinner tonight.  Courgette fritters for lunch, a bit later cos I made Possum some banana and blueberry muffins for breakfast and she only surfaced 50 mins ago.   Since the oven is on and I have excess grated courgettes I've got a "healthy" chocolate courgette cake in there now.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  Best eaten the following day apparently but the spatula licking tasted good.

Mystery bush

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 10:16

Even bushes are babies at first Chloe and it's definitely not a herbaceous perennial so bush it is.  That looks like goat willow to me too and needs pulling out before it gets too big and its roots really take hold.

Anti dog bush!

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 09:47

I don't want to rain on your parade but if my pair (a Lab and a Wheaten terrier) see, hear or smell something, nothing keeps them off the beds.  I've had to fence a new bed off in this new (to me) garden to stop them trampling it while they "wave" at next door's dog.   

Having said that, any sturdy shrub should do well and there are all sorts of shapes and sizes from horizontal conifers and cotoneasters to more upright version plus more roses, hebes, euonymous fortunei  (evergreen varieties) , lavenders, osmanthus, pittospermum if you're not exposed, patio version of buddleia and so on.

Chris on Beechgrove

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 09:40

I think he's great too - so knowledgeable and clever with design and keeping up with new techniques and plants whilst loving the old too and communicating it all so well.  

Had a chat with him at Chelsea in 2007 - the only designer to stand outside his garden and meet people.  Another old poster - Rhoda Dendron - and I quizzed him about hebes (old GW joke),  Flying Gardener and Hidden Gardens.  He was very friendly.  I've since seen Matthew Wilson and Adam chat to people too and let them take photos whereas Monty just turns his back.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 09:33

TB is not a good way t o start or even end a day.  What were the Beeb thinking?

Have been for my blood test and, as ever, te nurse had trouble finding a vein so I'm full of holes in both arms.   Now I'm having a coffee before I attempt anything else.   Feeling fresh out there.  16C now but a wind chill - in August for heaven's sake - that makes it feel like 11C. 1.5mm of rain is the storms that failed to appear which makes 60mm since mid Jan.

I shall go and weed anyway as soon as I've finished Possum's new top.

AR - we've been watching John Torode in Korea so ordered up some spices and pastes to try a few recipes.  The Korean blast will now be this weekend and Possum can help.

Didn't watch the Partition programme cos I knew I'd get cross.   The Foreign Office had no idea then and probably still no idea now.  Same sort of chaps who did the partition of Africa between Britain France and Germany in the 1880s with no regard to geography or tribal territories.   Where do these people get "educated"?

Hope OH gets better soon Pat.   I leave mine alone if he's rude enough to get grumpy when I'm looking after him but I do ply him with drinks and tempting morsels or just soup.   He likes soup.

RG - I have been known to have words with plants about doing or dying.  Seems to work most times.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 21:36

Being late to the parenting game means we have been restricted to school terms since 2000 when she started in primary school.   One more year of bachelor's then 2 of Masters and we'll be free although restrictions now are more about her coming to see us rather than us going on hols.   Definitely planning to stay at home for future school and college hols.

What's already been done to that church is sacrilege.   Surely no architect involved there, just a bodger.

Got distracted sewing today and t'other pair said nothing till 9pm so threw together a quick stir fry rather than the Korean blast I'd been plotting.   Another night then.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 14:43

Power to your elbow Liri - and your secateurs and loppers!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 14:13

Pat - I hope hubby improves.  Sounds like you need to change pharmacy and she's right - better to know what to look out for and react early than have full blown pneumonia hit you both over the head, so to speak.

Don't like coffee creams but do love proper Turkish Delight with all the nuts and no chocolate, not even Belgian.

We now have 18.5C and Possum has put on some heavy winter baggies with her sleeveless top as she was feeling cold.  Minstrel came in very cross about a 5 minute shower that stopped play and proceeded to have hysterics upstairs, aided and abetted by a wild looking Cosmos.   I now need to re-file quite a few boxes of sewing patterns.......

Can't do owt about the weather here either so have now accepted that I won't get my rose courtyard or my clematis and rose arbour or my fruit cage until we've had some serious autumn rains (fingers crossed) and sourced a lorry load or 3 of horse poo.   Meanwhile, much watering.  Even the new herb bed is struggling with the prolonged drought.

NB - Hugs.  Glad you got your washing done.  Leaves more time for gardening!

Last edited: 09 August 2017 14:14:20

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