Obelixx


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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 23:18

Me too.  Off to be myself as I need to recharge the batteries for tomorrow - fence men with any luck unless it pours again; kitchen man and digger man with any luck and weeding and prepping and planting to do for me.


Sweet dreams.

Apple tree choice?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 23:15

Do remember that apples need a pollinator nearby so check around for other apple trees or crab apples or consider a "family" tree which has more than one variety grafted on it.  Remember also that the rootstock which will determine the vigour of the tree.

Do subscribers still get free gifts on Cover?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 22:40

Only in the UK postal area.  I cancelled my subscription years ago because the postage to Belgium didn't cover the freebies yet I could buy the magazine with them included in Belgian shops.

Looking for Wisdom

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 17:15

I suggest you go to the library and borrow Beth Chatto's book on creating a Dry Garden.   She explains all you need to know about soil preparation and plant choice.  She created hers on a former car park and there are large trees.


Some photos here for inspiration, taken last May - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 17:05

I could read it.  Saw on the news while having a coffee after the SM shop that they've arrested a man in Antwerp for attempting to mow down a crowd.     Copy cat?  Co-ordinated but got his timing wrong for yesterday?  


Pleased with SM tho.  I bought some Fiskars loppers with parrot blades and extendable handles in late Jan/early Feb and had to take them back today cos one of the handles ended up in two pieces.  No quibbles.  Found our purchase in tehir records and offered us money back or a swap as they had no more in stock.  Went to see what they had and found their last pair on the wrong hooks.  Brilliant.


Thence to DIY shop for noxious goodies for prepping furniture.  No methanol.  Never heard of it.  Really?


Home to find kitchen units all now mounted and now awaiting adjustments to doors, fitting of handles, shelves and kicking boards and a good clean before he installs the oven and dishwasher.  With any luck the work top will be delivered tomorrow pm or Monday am and then it's all go for the sink and hob and I'll be in business.

To cover a bare wall or not?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 13:34

Climbing plants can be grown up a trellis panel - or 2 or 3 depending on size - and these ar best attched to the wall using wooden battens about 2 inches thick.   The battens can be painted to match teh wall and the trellis can be attached with hinges at the bottom and hooks or screws at the top.  This allows you to drop the panels down for any wall maintenance or painting.


As it is south east facing and will get quite hot in summer you need the biggest, deepest pot you can manage or, better still a large trough, filled with good quality compost and with regular watering and feeding.   Then you can grow one of the smaller repeat ramblers - see David Austin website for ideas - or a group 3 clematis because they're easy to prune and train.   Honeysuckle is another possibility.  Don't go for anything too rigid and woody as it won't appreciate being bent over for maintenance.


As you chosen plant will be entirely dependent on you for food and water you need to prepare the trellis well and then get the pot and plant choice right and keep it adequately fed and watered.  It will use up the nutrients in the pot in 90 to 100 days and rainfall on its own will not suffice.  

Feather grasses

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 11:28

I have been looking at prairie plants for a dry border in my new garden.  I don't really want grasses or a prairie so much as the perennials but this article is very informative on planning, prepping and planting a prairie bed and lists some suitable grasses and other plants that won't be too invasive - http://www.prairienursery.com/prairie-nursery/neil-diboll/documents/designing-and-planting-your-prairie-garden.pdf 

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 11:21

Mostly.

Wild garlic pesto

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 11:11

Sorry, I meant hazelnuts may be too strong.  Doh!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 11:10

Don't get a complex.  It's a perception, not a fact.   A friend of mine is just back form a long weekend away in Budapest and spent the night a a B&B near Gatwick run by a gay couple.  She says it was so beautiful and perfect in every small detail.    


When I started work in computing, Jan '77, at a place in Soho Square, one of my new colleagues turned out to be president of a London gays association and he was the scruffiest urch with badly fitting suits and curly collars and his tie always skewed.   Another was bi and also scruffy but a sublime cook.

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Clematis ID

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Another ID please

 
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