Latest posts by Obelixx

Please tell me the name of this tree

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 20:45

Ask your hubby to get a close-up of the flowers and any foliage opening out and also a bit of stem.  That'll help identify it.

Sticky buds

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 20:43

I grew up calling it sticky bud because the seeds stick to one's clothing - inspiration for Velcro don't you know!   Most people on here seem to call it goose grass.

It's dreadful stuff because it just won't go away and, whenever I weed it, I get a nasty rash on any bare skin. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:41

Exactly!  I already have some irises in there and loads of alliums.

Bulb virus

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:35

Easy mistake.   I have a new garden this year having moved from a colder, wetter but very fertile garden to a much sunnier, warmer, drier one here which is practically a blank canvas so fertility unknown as yet.  I have noticed that the daffs that have popped up in the ground go over a lot faster than I'm used to.   On the other hand, the autumn daffs we discovered in October when we arrived, still have green leaves just starting to go brown.   Odd.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:29

Evening all.  Been out all day to Noirmoutier which is an island off the Vendée coast.   We've explored villages and a market and had a lovely lunch of moules frites (steak for Possum) and then explored some more and strolled on a couple of beaches.   Came home via the causeway as it was low tide.  Loads of people hand foraging for oysters and clams and some professionals out with tractors tending their oyster and mussel beds.

Rapturous welcome home from two dogs and Minstrel.   Cosmos eventually strolled downstairs and flopped in a sunny spot on the step.  

Lots of sunshine and fresh sea breezes all day so feeling very sleepy now.  1C this morning when OH got up to walk the dogs.   No sign of frost tho.  Same again tonight apparently.

Yesterday afternoon I went to weed a small bed to plant some irises but found it riddled with couch grass.   We missed this buried in the solid clay under the weed fabric when we cleaned up the bed and dumped a very thick layer of MPC all over it last autumn.  Fortunately this made it easy to remove but I now need to leave it clear to see what I've missed.  That means I need to go and buy more compost tomorrow so I can pot on the irises which really need some root space now.

I hope you're all enjoying these longer evenings, despite the cold.


Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:01

I like Adam Frost too and have been enjoying his projects and explanations from his new garden.   He's got excellent design credentials, as Dove says, plus he knows his plants and can DIY with proper wood and tools and not endless string and hazel sticks which are not easily accessible for most, especially urban, gardeners.

I like his veg plot layout which makes excellent sense for perennial and rotational crops.

As for Monty - he's calming (except when he gets it wrong) and eloquent but I still can't get past the problem with the "nation's favourite gardener" presenting GW when he hasn't even got a proper lawn.  How many times do we get asked about lawn care on here and yet he can't ever cover it on GW.   OH thought the guest slot on lawns last week was really good and liked the chap too which helps.

Bulb virus

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 18:51

Don't feel silly.  We all make daft mistakes on our learning curve and there's plenty of scope in gardening as there's so much to know.   Well done for asking, do your best to fix it and come back with more questions as needed.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 21:33

They do seem very odd names.   Ripe for bullying too.  I assume the latest is a boy......

Possum has finally got around to trying her local artisan Easter egg and has discovered to her horror and mine that they've used the wrong fat.  OH, who lacks such discerning taste buds, does not understand why he suddenly has an egg all to himself.

Both kittens fast asleep on the back of the sofa, heads and front paws entwined.   Busy day for both of them.   Minstrel has been hunting and playing and tree climbing most of the day.   Takes her feline duties very seriously.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 19:26

He might enjoy the pub but doesn't want a moan.  He's been very happily stuffing himself, running round the garden, playing ticky with Minstrel, teasing Bonzo and so on.   Hasn't missed his bits yet.

Unusual tulips

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 19:24

Have a look at peony flowered tulips.  They're double so loads of petals.

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