Latest posts by Obelixx

Kilmarnock willow

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 11:40

Another mulberry fan here.  Loathe Kilmarnock willows - short lived, fussy, ugly when they become just a mound of overgrown hanging stems with dull foliage.

Reckon you've got a bargain to treasure.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 11:38

Greetings everyone.  Busy morning so far as Monday is cleaning day with all hands on deck.   Just need to steam clean the floors now and we're done.   Dentist this pm.  Not my favourite pastime but needs must.

Doctor tomorrow.  Haven't seen one of those for several years either.  Not since i got my new feet but I think it's time for the equivalent of a 13,000km service.

Hosta - I hope the agents got the rent before they paid back the deposit!   £150 would just about cover the cost of 3 tins of paint in France and Belgium.   We did a cross Channel raid to Canterbury when we needed a load to smarten up the Belgian house for sale. .

Doors - this house has them downstairs so we can shut the dogs in the kitchen and dining room at night instead of putting them in their cages.   All doors except the loo and most windows open all day to allow free movement of critters and air except when it's cold or windy.  The Belgian house had no doors between the living room, hall and kitchen so we're used to having free movement.

Sport cheats - definitely a lifetime ban and more rigorous testing systems and the same for checking the powers behind - promoters, managers, agents, sports bodies.  Just look at FIFA and then tell yourselves they're the only ones fiddling the books and odds.   Yeah, right.

Congrats to Liri and OH and the choir.  Well done.

Hope it's a good start to the week for everyone.

Lifting my bowl of beauty peony

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 21:18

Plant it out and give its roots room to expand!

Sarah D - if it's a temporray measure while you sort out borders and the soil, your peony will be fine in a pot but do make sure you water it well before digging it up and after potting and that you take as much roots and soil with it as possible.   Re-plant as soon as its new location is ready and be careful to plant it at the same depth as before.  peonies are fussy about depth.  Too deep buries potential flowering buds an dthey fail.  Too shallow exposes them to frost and dryness and they fail so all you'll get is foliage.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 21:05

Don't just look at the leaves.  Take a serious weapon to every stem at ground level.

FG and AR - glad you've had a good day in your own ways.   Always a good feeling to have.

Dove - don't know what the French do to beef when butchering it but I did love the Yorkshires, carrots, broccoli and gravy made with red onions and red wine, not to mention the Mirabelle cobbler.  Have told t'other pair if they want any more beef they should order steaks when we're out.  I'm off beef for months now.

Nearly bedtime here too.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 17:35

Wonderful.  Thanks everyone for sharing - and taking all that time to upload so many great pics!

Help! Immortal Weeds

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 17:27

Picture?   Use the camera icon on the right of the message box.  If it doesn't load, try reducing the size as there is a limit.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 16:51

I wondered that too but decided Virginia is a more girly name than Boston.

Have just finished my frock and am very pleased.  Off to sow a few broad beans now.  In loo rolls as the ground is too dry.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 15:26

Does it go red in autumn?  Maybe Virginia creeper.......


Posted: 06/08/2017 at 15:11

Go to Citizen's Advice Bureau and your local council environment and/or neighbourhood services for mediation before you go down the insurance route.   Document dates and events and yes, cut back all the branches that encroach on your space but give them back.

Try suggesting safe alternatives that will give him privacy without damaging your house or garden. - trellis with climbers, hedges on stilts and so on.

Dying Roses

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 15:07

You need to show close-ups of the damaged roses to get any real help but do, please, put away the chemicals and concentrate on feeding the soil and the roses so they can grow as healthily as possible.  Then they can fight off diseases and the good guys can come along and eat any pests such as aphids.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Taxonomists and name changes

When did this happen? 
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Sphaeralcea - globe mallow

Anyone grow this? 
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Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
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Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
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Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
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Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
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Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
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Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
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Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
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Erection and siting 
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Cutting garden

Tips please 
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What to do with them 
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Weather station

Recommendations please 
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Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
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Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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