Latest posts by Obelixx

Too Late to Scarify?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:17

My OH scarifies when he feels like it which can be early or late and depends on weather conditions more than anything.   If you've already mown this year and it isn't freezing or soaking wet then go ahead.    You'll end up with a scruffy looking mess but it will recover.

If you have a lot of moss then yes, go ahead and aerate by poking in your garden fork deeply and at frequent intervals then wiggle to widen the holes.  Brush in some sharp sand to maintain the holes for drainage and aeration of your grass roots then feed with a lawn feed.

The most important thing you can do is to make sure you don't scalp your grass.  Maintain the mower blades at a minimum of 1" high and higher in dry or cold weather so your grass has enough leaf surface to feed and maintain a strong root system that will help it fight off competition from moss and weeds.

Roses under attack

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 13:52

I found this - https://hedgerowrose.com/pests-diseases/2011/06/01/identifying-and-eliminating-sawfly-larvae-on-roses/ 

No organic spray but some good advice on rose care.  Interesting for me too as I'm planning a perfumed and rose project in my new garden.  

Roses under attack

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 13:49

There's some info and advice on the RHS site about rosa sawfly but my internet is slow today and times out before the page comes up.  Try googling "RHS+rosa+sawfly" and see if you have better luck.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 13:33

She'll have her feathers fluffed up to keep her warm.  Do you have a link you can share or is it just for locals?

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 12:12

Our wet air has become the lightest possible rain but at least we haven't got the cold, penetrating winds of the last few days.

We have been to the Mairie to fetch our planning approval - long wait as they only deal with one person at a time so I started to worry about getting to France Agricole before midday closing.  Managed it with 15 mins to spare - plenty of time for some goodies to leap into my trolley on the way to the MPC pile.  It helps to have OH keen to get the veggie patch started - trays of plugs o f broccoli, pointy and Savoy cabbage, a yellow and a purple/brown sweet pepper, a self-fertile kiwi, trailing geraniums, rosa Lady Emma Hamilton and a trachelospermum jasminoides which I've coveted for years but never been able to grow.  Yum.  All at 10% off too.   Oh, and 10 x 70 litres of MPC at half price.

Hosta - at least it won't last.  Have you seen that there's a Michael Mosely prog on insomnia coming up soon?

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 12:00

Our Belgian house had clean spring water and is the only place I've ever know our cats drink tap water tho a puddle was always preferable, or water in vases........  Didn't stay in long unfortunately so I gave up having flowers indoors.

Compost raid successful.  MPC on at half price so we loaded 10 x 70 litres into the car along with some other goodies that leapt into the trolley as we passed - rosa Lady Emma Hamilton in the most fetching lilac pot, a tracheowotsit jasminoides, some trailing pelargoniums, broccoli, pointy and Savoy cabbage plugs, a purple pepper and a yellow and a bisexual kiwi.   4 terracotta pots for cuttings and 12 jam jars for the mint jelly and, on the way, planning approved for the shower room.

The wet air has become light rain and it is a mere 10C out there so I'm hibernating till it warms up or dries up.

Possum hangs creased clothes in the bathroom while she has a shower.  Reckons it's as good as ironing but then she is a student and wearing mostly sweatshirts and jeans at the mo.

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 11:51

Great idea.  However, the tree peony is over and the wisteria has nearly all gone over and I have no inherited perennials for picking so I'll just keep ane eye for now and join in when I can.

Just had to go out and buy jam jars for mint jelly!

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 09:48

Same here LG, lolling around in sleeveless tops and flip flops.   Socks and long sleeves and a scarf today.   For the first time in ages it is grey and the air is wet but not actually drizzle or rain.   Indoor jobs today then once we've run a few errands and stocked up on a shed load of MPC to condition the soil in my new rose and clem and other pongy bits garden.

Wonky - if you can't find good walking trousers try end of season sales for ski pants - lightweight, warm lined and waterproof.   Thermal liners for gloves too and thermal body warmers to hep you have free movement.  Good luck.

Pat - I once went with an Oz friend from the Brussels embassy, now in Canberra, to the Anzac parades and ceremonies at Ypres.  Very moving but perishing cold all day.

Have a good one everyone.

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Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 09:39

Morning all.  Grey here!  And we have wet air but not proper rain tho they are promising us 5mm today, tomorrow and Thursday.  We'll see.   It's enough to keep adventurous, busy Minstrel kitten indoors anyway.

Off to pick up our application for planning permission for a new shower room and then, the important bit, stock up on MPC by the ton to condition the soil in my new perfumed courtyard project plus some jars for my mint jelly project.   Looking forward to the pongy bits.

M-U - I hope your snowfalls don't linger too long and you warm up soon.   Pansy - teach your OH to iron?   Worked for me.

LB - I had the body of an 18yr old in my late 30s when I was so bored at the office I'd go to the gym for a serious lunch time workout 3 times a week.   Since I've been a lady of leisure I haven't had time to go to a gym and now have a "lapsed" body.

I need a cat proof sofa cover.  They have not been distracted by the cat gym and scratching posts.

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