Latest posts by Obelixx

unknown rather pretty invader

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:56

I have it in my garden which is in rural central Belgium.   I know to keep it away from the border with the cow pasture next door but have had no problem with the cats, dogs or daughter that have grown up in the garden and who have all also survived the terrors of foxgloves, aconitum, nettles, thistles and all manner of poisonous, spiky, thorny, stingy things.

Bug hotel

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:51

The chicken wire's a good idea.  I regularly fill the front of mine with pine cones and the flipping birds come and root them all out to get at what's in there.

Mine has a roof garden though - sedums for the insects and gravel in between with upturned shells to gather rain water for the insects to drink.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:26

They are Joyce but they're not gardeners so I'm replanting stuff I know will survive neglect and shall be taking special treasures with me.   2 trucks then.

Yvie - sympathy.  Maybe a rota agreed in advance or, like Joyce says, a call?

Ties - I was googling about for patchwork classes near the new house and found a patchwork Expo to coincide with the departure of the Vendée Globe round the world yacht race.  One of the workshops is by a woman who makes arty wall hangings with silk ties - https://www.google.be/search?q=caroline+regnaut&biw=1600&bih=775&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjJxqqm7ozPAhUDPxoKHXt8DCEQsAQIHg 

Winter crafties anyone?

Fan shaped Day Lilly Plants

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:03

I reckon day lilies need lifting at least every 3 years to keep them flowering or their roots get congested and they just make leaves.  

Water well, leave for an hour then dig up as much as you can.  Split the clumps carefully so you can extract what you want to keep and bin the bits you don't.  Rinsing the roots in a bucket of water helps you see what's what as well as limiting damage to the treasures.


Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:56

Good news.  Love it when a plant co-operates and rewards care, especially a clem.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:51

Been gardening all afternoon - collecting seeds, potting up treasures, pruning this and that, pulling bindweed, forking over a previously cleared bed and planting filipendula and hemerocallis for starters.   Water sprinkling now so I can re-plant more goodies tomorrow.

Just had my first taste of home-made blackcurrant cordial with a glass of sparkling water.  Delish!  Have given a bottle to M-C along with a hosta, a rooted layer of cornus alba sibirica and some Firebolt lilies.

Off for a shower now before making decent dinner.  Possum has 2 friends over for dinner and a sleep tonight so they can all go and collect 1800 croissants tomorrow for a welcome breakfast for the new intake at college.  She's on the student council now and it's her "baby".   Might just put her off committee life for ever.

I too get the urge to get the scissors out when I see those flaps flapping and also young (usually) people with miles of dreadlocks that look unwashed all wrapped round their heads in knots.  Decent haircut and some Frizease please!

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Forum layout is terrible

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:44

It has been clearly explained several times that the changes are to allow the forum to be accessible to other devices in common usage among and increasingly diverse audience which is why there is so much apparent blank space on a relatively large PC screen.

It's happening in similar ways across all sorts of websites.  Whether the techies have selected - or been given - the best tools to satisfy forum users is another matter entirely but we also have to remember that the forum is a small part of the whole GW site.

We need to bear in mind that this free forum is part of a commercial site and organisation that needs continuing audience participation to generate the profits that make it available for us and I, for one, haven't found a better, more knowledgeable, more friendly community on any other gardening forum.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:38

5:30pm and 30C in the shade where the sun doesn't shine all day.   At least it's dry, not muggy, and there's a breeze.    Expecting more of the same tomorrow and then set to get cloudy and wet.  My garden will be pleased.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:45

I have an acrylic cardi or two too cos I'm allergic to wool and cashmere.  It's the hairy bits.  I can wear woven wool challis dresses OK - or did when I had to be smart for the office.  

Haven't heard from LL on here for a long time.  Do you know how she is?   Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

It is too very blinking hot out there but needs must.  I'm collecting seeds and watering things to lift for M-C but we'll have to leave most of it till next time in 2 weeks cos it's just too dry.   Last time!  She's succumbed to one of my perfumed hostas.  No idea what it is anymore but pale lilac, open, upward facing flowers and a cream edge to the leaf.   Gorgeous.  I already have one in a pot for me and mum is still in the garden.

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:58

Victoria - change your methods and care for your tools!  Dig out smaller clumps of clay instead of one big one - better for your tools and your back.  Use an appropriate weapon.

I used to garden on deep clay in Harrow and used a stainless steel Spear and Jackson ladies fork with an ash handle to great effect.  I still have it 30 years on.   I use Wolf trowels and toolheads for other weeding, hoeing, raking etc and a stainless steel round tined hand fork for tricky bits.   They get cleaned after use and oiled for their winter rest.

I have friends with a seriously heavy clay garden.  They have dug out all new beds just one spit deep using a fork and then applied lorry loads - literally - of local council compost over the years.   The only other digging is for planting holes for trees and shrubs.   No broken tools.

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