Latest posts by Obelixx

Stunted branches on malus Red Sentinel

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 23:10

I think this tree is probably hungry and may well respond to some TLC.

This malus can, indeed, be grown in apot but it needs to be a decent sized one - min 60cms deep and wide - and filled with good John Innnes no 3 compost mixed with a bit of multi-purpose for moisture retention.   Dunk your current pot in a bucket of water till no further air bubbles appear then remove the plant and use you fingers to loosen the roots and encourage them to grow outwards.  Plant at the same depth as before.

It will be netirely dependent on your for food and water and will get stressed if you let it get thirsty of hungry.  You'll need to give it a generous dollop of slow release fertiliser in spring and occasional liquid feeds of tomato food thru the season till mid July at the latest so any new growth has time to harden off before frosts.

Given this encouragement it should put on new growth and may well balance out but, just in case, here's an easy guide to pruning form the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=858 

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 22:58

Ask a  tree surgeon about raising the crown of your oak and maybe thinning the top a bit to allow more light, air and rainfall down below.  

You can improve the soil around your lawn by adding plenty of compost and well rotted manure so that shrubs and other plants can grow healthier.    Dig a decent deep hole for you montana away from the canopy and plant your montana so that it can grow all along your fence.  Keep it watered till established and don't forget to feed it every spring.

If I had a brain I'd be dangerous!

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 21:51

Life is too short to text on a mobile phone.  If I want OH to consider/discuss/do/remember something I send an email.

Seed to buy

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 21:14

Does your daughter know how much your seeds cost?  Maybe get her to fund the new ones so she keeps her mitts off your stuff in future!

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 21:12

Joyce - glad you like them.  I've added 15 more which are pics of some of his sculptures outside his garden.  He has more in Brussels and Antwerp but I didn't have my camera those days.

Pansy - I agree but our Belgian village was dominated - politically and socially - by one very extended family and they didn't take kindly to strangers which was sad as it was very attractive to people moving out of Brussels - fast trains every 30 mins to Brussels or the EU centres in Luxembourg and Strasbourg plus close to the axis of the two main North-South and East-West motorways.

I would love a donkey but they are very long lived.  I did wonder about an alpaca or two.  That would sort out neighbour Luc who doesn't want our other neighbour Bruno's horses in our paddock in case they upset his beef cattle when he's driving them out to pasture - twice a year!

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:50

Watching Jeremy Paxman on The Thames here and recording Vera and Line of Duty to watch later as OH is stuck in the kitchen watching golf.

Being brought up as a northern lass I know the northern counties well and, whilst Derbyshire is OK, it lacks water.  I much prefer the Lakes and the Northumbrian coast and the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales and some of its coast.   I do like a Bakewell tart tho and the Blue John mines.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:42

OH is watching the Masters in the kitchen so we're recording both Line of Duty and Vera to watch another day.

The sculpture chappy is fun.  he's Belgian and has a quirky view of things.   These photos are from a visit to his workshop and garden - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/0806%20Tom%20Frantzen%20Sculpture%20garden?sort=2&page=1 but he also has some fun scumptures dotted about Belgium.

This one is outside the Africa museum in Tervuren 

This one is near Zaventem airport

as is this one 

When OH asked me to marry him I said yes, on condition he bought a dishwasher.  The rule was that I shopped and cooked and he washed up but I was forever having to put stuff back to be cleaned properly or picking up the pieces when we used our crystal glasses.   He resisted til I gave him an ultimatum one day.  When it was installed he couldn't understand why he'd put it off so long and the breakage rate plummeted.   Result! 

Please can anyone identify

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:25

Rhododendrons and azaleas are in the same family as far as cultivation, feeding, pruning etc are concerned.   The RHS offers this comprehensive advice with links to more info should you need it - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=529

Generally speaking you only need to prune them to remove dead or broken wood and then dead head after flowering.   If you need to rpune them to restrict size or renew vigour, there's a link on the RHS page.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 19:19

He looks like a cross between a  Disney cartoon and a Tom Krantzen sculpture.

I like his playful frogs and elephants too.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 18:45

Learnincurve - the quote function is very unpredictable.  Best avoided.

Our gendarme neighbour is originally form teh French Ardennes but grew up in Paris and married a girl form Les Sables d'Olonne.  He's very dismissive of the previous owners here who, he says, are from the village and have never left the Vendée.    We spent 23 years in our house in Belgium but it was outside the village so we never, ever integrated despite our best efforts.  They even treated our farmer neighbour as an outsider because he was sent to agricultural school in Ciney from the age of 12 and only came home at weekends.    Villages can be strange places.

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