Latest posts by Obelixx

Snazzing up the front of a house

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:30

Anything planted along the front of the house will be squished or bashed by passing traffic and also struggle in poor, dry soil at the foot of the walls.

I agree with TB about losing some grass and either widening the drive to allow a decent planting space at the foot of those walls or else a new border of evergreen shrubs or mixed shrubs or perennials mixed with spring bulbs to extend the season.

Looking at the number and size of those windows there really isn't a lot of bare brick left and you need to be very careful about any climber that may get into nooks and crannies and cause problems with that lower bit of sloping roof.

ID please?

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:22

Looks like common spurge to me - a native form of euphorbia and a weed.  Be careful of getting the sap on your skin as exposure to sunlight can then lead to a nasty rash.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:16

Exciting TB.  I had some roses delivered the other day too including Lady if the Lake who will cover the taller of the two fences being built today.    I shall have to go shopping for a clematis partner though as I don't have a suitable candidate for colour contrast but I suspect I won't have that much choice round here.

Have you thought of making obelisks?  Could be cheaper than buying and would be much less expensive and the size you want - http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/make-an-obelisk-for-climbing-plants 

How to cover trellis

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 12:55

I agree about both using someone else's fence and Russian Vine.   It grows like the clappers, has unattractive foliage and creamy flowers that look good for about 10 days and then fade ti an unattractive brown.

I suggest you ask their permission to train a rose along it.  David Austin have a good range of repeat flowering rambling roses that would give you good growth and flower cover.  Malvern Hills is good in poor soils and will give you plenty of soft yellow blooms over a long period and perfume too - http://www.davidaustinroses.com/eu/malvern-hills-rambling-rose  If you can beef up the soil to provide extra nutrition and root depth it should do the trick very well.

Bird disease

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 11:35

I try and keep my feeders regularly cleaned.  Now that OH is around most of the time I soak them in soapy water with some vinegar.  When he's not looking I put them thru the dishwasher.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 11:33

Typical Dove.  Cos of all the paws here we get the vacuum cleaner out straight away to clear floors after checking surfaces.   

It is almost lunch time and I should be taking the dogs for walkies while the chaps disappear for 2 hours but I am fading and will try and have a snoozle instead.   I've been outside in some fairly frisky breezes rescuing ly first wheelbarrow load of daffs.    Went to start planting some in the bed under the silk tree and it's suddenly full of celandine and baby lords and ladies.   Lots of clearing to do there then.

I took the dogs out for a bit of air and a pee and the kittens scooted thru the open door.  They're now helping the fence men.   Cosmos was 6 months old a few days ago.  I shall book him in for his op once all these strange men have done their stuff so the dogs are calmer while he's feeling tender.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 09:54

Thanks Dove.  Much appreciated.

I'm off in a mo to collect daffs drom the potager.  Over a dozen large clumps of lovely, pale creamy daffs have come up through the lumpy bumpy turf and weeds but were too deeply buried for me to extricate with my trusty spade so digger man has shifted them for me.   Definitely worth saving if I can.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 09:14

Sorry - so tired I forgot to wish everyone a good day and a wish for Hosta and a diagnosis at the doc's.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 09:03

Good morning.  NOt a lot of sleep.  OH in snore mode all night.  Thank goodness he's gone to Belgium today and I can get a good sleep tonight.   No chance of a zizz today as kitchen man is here plus two chaps and a cement mixer for the new fencing and another chap with a mini digger.   Bonzo dog is beside himself.   

It started off perishing cold but bright and sunny.   The promised thunder storms didn't materialise but we have had 11mm of rain.   That makes 1750mm since the 20th of Jan.

Judging by the holes for the fence posts and what we've found in the beds we've cleared so far we have claggy clay soil underneath a layer of varying thickness humussy stuff from being cow pasture.  Nothing like the loamy depths we had in Belgium but our gendarme neighbour says we can have lots of horse poo for our compost so it will improve.  

I have moved my new treasures from the shelter of the garage to full sun for the day and now I definitely need another large coffee.

Just need to vent...

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 08:39

I tend only to watch BBC news and find that they are labouring points, speculating, repeating and re-explaining as tho we're all very stupid and didn't understand the first time.   I know it's been a traumatic event and feel desperately sorry for all those hurt as well as the families who have been bereaved but we don't need it to be re-hashed over and over, we don't need endless interviews and re-tellings by those on the periphery and nor should they be feeding the vanity of the people who incite this sort of attack.

There must be some other real and relevant news out there today, good and bad, that isn't being reported or investigated while everyone is on this feeding frenzy.

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