Latest posts by Obelixx

Which plants / shrubs can take a battering?

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 09:09

I agree with Posy.  They grow up soon enough.  Some of th ebest gardeners and plantswomen are those who only got into their gardens once the kids stopped using it as a playground - Roemary Very, and the like.

Meanwhile, it's unfair, and possibly expensive, to expect young shrubs to cope unless you can build a barricade to keep balls and kids and big footed OH off, in which case, anything can be grown according to soil and situation. 

Richard's Clematis

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 09:01

Here she is with the new clems lurking at the back.

Richard's Clematis

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 08:50

She is a beauty.  No seeds here but I shall post a pic of the wee Maxima plant Richard kindly sent me last autumn.  it's doing very well.

I bought a My Angel the other day along with Astra Nova, I am Happy, Jackmanii Purpurea and Tie Dye.   All now potted on into deeper pots while I get on and make new beds.   It may be a while......

Clematis get going much earlier here than in Belgium and I already have good strong growth on Blue Angel, Crispa, Jan Fopma, Lambton Park and two more whose labels have mysteriously disappeared - all brought from Belgium in big pots.

I'm looking forward to finding some good alpinas.   They always got frozen to death in my Belgian garden.

Last edited: 29 March 2017 08:51:39

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 08:43

Mice or rats.   If you dip the seeds in paraffin before soaing it puts them off.  Lovely daffs.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 08:36

Good morning.   Slept well last night - no OH snoring so might just make up teh spare bed for him when he gets back.  Naughty Obxx.   However, it makes a huge difference desn't it, a good sleep.  Sore ribs and middle feeling much better and more mobile.    Glad yours is too FG.

Kitchen chappy is back.  Last lap I hope.    I have t keep the dogs confined while he's here or they go and help.  I'm going to whizz up a "voile" for the landing window which is just by the bathroom door and overlooks our neighbours and then pot up some bulbs and nerines that have arrived by post.

LG - this week will fly by and then you have to adjust to freedom.  It will be wonderful once you adjust.

Sorry about your toe Pat.  Best to keep it elevated till the swelling goes down.

Hosta - how's the bike?

Busy - OH knows I like Soul so he bought me a Soul version of the messiah.   Yikes.  Not my cup of coffee in either form but I do hope OH's concert is a success for all concerned.

Have a great day all.  So lovely having long light evenings after work or workmen.


Resurrected Nine

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 22:03

I had a Kiftsgate in Belgium and it was glorious - healthy foliage, masses of flowers and then hips later on and always full of chattering sparrows and covered a lot of the boring brick façade of our house.     In Jan 2009 all but one short stem was frozen to death by a -32C frost but it recovered and did even better with recent milder winters.  It even had babies so I've brought one with me.

Why have I never heard of Hotters?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 20:40

The Belgians understand that, whether it's business, educational, social or good causes, if you want to get people to come together constructively and amicably you have to provide good food to entice and loosen people up and pu them in a positive, can do frame of mind.  Nothing worse than hungry tums or grotty grub.  Doesn't have to be extravagant but does have to be good.

OH got used to this at work for meetings, conflabs, joint projects, whatever so it was a huge culture shock when the Dutch acquired the company and he had to travel up to meetings there.   Bad fillings on bad bread.  No imagination.

Recording Stargazing cos OH has a new found interest in night skies since we moved here and can see them clearly.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:13

No worries Daisy.  Sounds like they're worth seeking out.

Kitchen man didn't quite finish today but he has nicely the gas bottle from the now ex-cooker to connect my new gas hob.   Dilemma now.   Wait till I'm up to cooking something lovely to christen it or just do some pasta - not feeling too clever with this damage to my back muscles.

Never used Strulch as it isn't available over here as far as I know but I have seen some good reports of it.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 19:00

That is amazing.  Well done.  It must give so much pleasure to the locals and passers-by.

Mulching with woodchips

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 18:15

There used to be a theory about wood chip robbing the soil of nitrogen to fuel its rotting process.

The RHS did tests and concluded that it may use a small amount of nitrogen but it would be a negligible amount.   Using a membrane won't stop it consuming nitrogen but it will stop the exchange and feeding of beneficial organisms.

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