Latest posts by Obelixx

Feature tree for my front garden

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 17:20

Try one of the red stemmed acers such as Sango Kaku - lovely fresh foliage in spring with good autumn colour and then the red stems all winter.   Or how about acer griseum - snake bark maple or the ornamental cherry with rich, mahogany bark in winter - prunus serrula.

If you go for sorbus kasmiriana it will have pale pinky white berries that stay on the tree a long time because the birds don't eat them until late on.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 17:03

Possum was lusting after one of those at the almost classic car rally on Sunday

What tree?

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 15:34

Wait till you do and can do a soil test to see if it's acid or alkaline and how much it needs beefing up with compost/manure etc.   Autumn is the best time to plant new trees so you have time to work it out and select the best tree.

Having said that, you already have trees growing on other land behind and to the side of yours and they will grow bigger, probably faster than any tree you plant - and cover it without taking up space in your garden.  I would think, instead, about how you want to use your new garden for your own activities, where the sun shines most - another factor in choosing plants - and then think about building a pergola to support climbers that would cut the view of the warehouse from your garden and give you colour and possibly perfume to enjoy.

That view from the upstairs window isn't going to be your main outlook is it?   Patience and forward planning are important gardening tools that can save you time, money and effort.

Acer Palmatum

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 13:37

Sounds to me like your acer is starving and also thirsty.  Give it a thorough soaking asap and repeat every day or so till the root ball is thoroughly rehydrated.  Give it some liquid seaweed or other fertiliser to perk it up.   Keep it well watered..  Apart from anything else, this will make it easier to remove from its current pot.  

If you plan on any root pruning, I would wait till the plant has lost its foliage in autumn and has gone dormant.   Then take it out of its pot, scrape off as much of the worn out compost as possible and trim back some of the longer roots using sharp secateurs to make clean cuts.   Then repot in a bigger pot if possible or in the same pot if you must and use best quality John Innes no 3 compost with a crock over the drainage holes.   Firm it to the same depth of soil as before and make sure you leave at least an inch at the top of the pot to allow for generous watering or, better still, 2 inches so you can mulch it with expanded clay pellets, gravel, chipped slate or pebbles as you prefer.  This will help with moisture retention and also keep down weeds.

Do the final watering and mulching once the pots is in its final place and check compost levels before you mulch.   It will be much harder to more or correct after you've watered.

Every spring, give it a handful of slow release fertiliser such as blood fish and bone and keep it watered throughout the growing season.  An occasional feed of liquid seaweed will keep it happier too.


Posted: 17/08/2017 at 12:50

There's nothing to stop you inserting vine eyes outlining the shapes you want and just stretching wires between them but, as said before, growth and training will not happen overnight so you will have visible wires until it does mature.

cant kill this plant/weed?

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 10:40

Have a read of this.  It may frighten you but it will point the way forward - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=218&cID=1037 


Posted: 17/08/2017 at 10:37

Then you need wires until it has grown and been clipped to shape as it won't cling to bricks by itself.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 10:28

No.  I've tried fruit leathers and don't like the texture or the flavour much.  Don't use much dried fruit other than raisins and apricots and dates.   I'd rather buy an extra freezer for excess apples (when I get a tree), pears - ditto, plums etc.   We have a couple of grape vines but no idea what the fruit is like yet as this will be our first harvest here.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 10:00

Congrats to Chicklet and her family.   Hope the celebratory lunch is good.

We took Possum to La Rochelle - again - yesterday.  It's her favourite place at the mo and this time we did touristy things and visited the Bunker museum - bomb shelter cellar dug out under a hotel by German occupational navy to sit out bomb raids.  Packed with info including stuff on Vichy and Jews which always makes me cross and a memorial list for those shot, including 3 women added by another hand as the list was only men!, and those deported as slave labour.  On a more cheerful note, it was sunny and we also visited the taller of the two towers guarding the entry to the old port.

Some shopping for Possum and she and I stayed on to have dinner by the old port and hope for sunset pics while OH went home to check his doggies before coming back to fetch us.  I caught a bit of sun on my shoulders and have more pink bits than the sunset.   Next time, we'll take one of the cruises that goes out into the bay and tours islands and other sites at sunset.   It's a lovely town with a great atmosphere and fascinating people watching as the place is buzzing with locals, tourists, entertainers, street markets ........

Grey today but the wind has swung to the south so none of hoped for rain falling here after all.   Hosta - need to send it here please.   Too dry to garden so I'm on sewing again.   

Have a good day everyone and get well soon, all those with lurgies.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 09:42

Have a look a this LP - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/best-dehydrators-and-how-use-them 

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