Latest posts by Obelixx

Help me identify this Plant!

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 14:42

Looks like one of the argyranthemums to me.  These can be annual or perennial depending on which you have.   Yours looks like "Butterfly" which is an annual but who knows?  There are hundreds of forms and it may come back or have self seeded.

Zephirine Drouhin

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 14:23

Is there a special reason you want this as a hedge.  It isn't the strongest rose and has a sorry tendency to suffer from black spot which weakens it further.

help - large tree close to house (conifer??)

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 10:43

When we bought a house in Harrow on clay soil in '83 we found a "hedge" of conifers 30' high down the back garden.   First thing we did was strip off the lower branches to just above fence height then top them to fence height so we had posts to wriggle the roots free.  There was no heave in the path we revealed - gained about 10' of garden width - and the roots soon rotted down enough for us to remove.

As yours are so close to the house you need a tree surgeon to remove them without damaging your house or the neighbour's.  They will have the necessary tools and insurance and should have qualifications too.  Get several quotes.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 10:36

Supposed to be bright and sunny out there but we had another 8mm of rain last night and it's still at it.  That's 747mm now since mid December.  Clever to concentrate it all in the "off" months.

Have finally surfaced form a nice warm bed and my Kindle and we're off to an indoor car-boot which they call "vide-grenier" round here - emptying attics.

Thought you weren't supposed to prune in frosty weather Dove.  We have buds bursting here too and fresh new foliage on that big perfumed, pink tree peony.

Hope your role playing isn't too trying Joyce.

Why did you join this site?

Posted: 17/02/2018 at 21:30

I joined the boards back in 2005 or 2006, can't remember now, when they were part of the BBC's forum offerings.  I wanted to ask about a particular plant.  Ended up making friends, having fun, meeting up at RHS plant shows, having one to stay in Belgium, staying with another in England and just generally found it a good place to share and swap info and learn too.

I have stuck with it as the forums have gone thru "evolutions", tantrums, spats, prima donna stomps and mass walkouts to new boards and all sorts.  Still chat every day by email with one group of friends, 2 of whom I've never met but now know well.

It's a source of laughter, comfort given and received and an incredible range of knowledge gladly shared amongst enthusiasts.

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Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 17/02/2018 at 17:25

Good to know FG is OK.  Looking forward to having her back on board.

RG - I hope you'd had a good nap before the trembling woke you up.

programmes to watch

Posted: 17/02/2018 at 17:23

Won't be watching Troy.  The author made a right pig's ear of Night Manager making all sorts of unnecessary and stupid changes to the original plot so heaven knows what he'll do with Troy.

Haven't seen Marcella before but it's set to record, as is Shetland, just in case.

That Monty series is a repeat anyway so likely to pop up haphazardly when they have a wee hole in their schedules - not, I would think in Olympics time.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 17/02/2018 at 14:13

Thanks Pat.  Plenty to think about so I shall carry on with other sewing and leave that on the back burner for now.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 17/02/2018 at 11:39

They're beautiful and very appetising except for that skull.  What is that?

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 17/02/2018 at 11:37

Any experienced quilters out there?   I signed up for beginners' quilting classes when we still lived in Belgium and was made to do lots of different blocks to practise assembly techniques.  Now I've joined 9 of them up to make a wall hanging and have tacked it to wadding and a backing layer but haven't a clue how to start quilting.  Given they're all different blocks should I just quilt the "tram lines" or should I start with the tram lines and then do something on each block or vice versa?

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