Latest posts by Obelixx

how to support 24 climbers in small garden?

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 12:52

OH and I have erected plenty of posts in our time for fences, trellises, bird feeders etc and it's possible on your own but definitely easier with 2 people because someone can hold the post vertical while the concrete is poured into the hole around it.   It's a simple enough matter to dig a hole.  Just needs energy and a spade.

Drill the holes through the post before you erect it and mark a line at the base for the burial depth so you get them at the same height - assuming your garden is level.   You can buy tensioners for wires at good DIY stores.

Make sure the posts are heigh enough to support the eventual height of your clematis.  In my experience their vigour increases over the years, as does the number of stems Group 3s especially will push up each year.

how to support 24 climbers in small garden?

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 11:15

Have a look at using concrete posts designed to hold washing lines.  They have ready drilled holes through which you can stretch wires at intervals to support your clems.   They'd need concreting in for strength and permanence.

Failing that, use tall 4" wooden posts concreted in and drill holes thru those for wires.

You can make a simple pergola by putting matching posts opposite each other and then scrwing more posts across them at the top.   Join them with more wires to get a tunnel effect.

I find group 2 clems can be treated as group 3s which makes pruning and combining them easier.   Just make sure they are all buried deeper than they were in their pots and feed them generously every spring after pruning them back and pulling off all the old wood.  This way you will also reduce the potential weight of your clematis and they will all flower over the summer months.

Arabella is not a self clinging clem and can be sprawled - with guidance - thru a shrub or allowed to flop about as ground cover or down a slope or wall.


Posted: 06/01/2017 at 10:55

It tastes lovely when young and fresh but easily gets a woody bit down the middle which I find unpleasant.   I believe it grows naturally in salt estuaries and dunes.

Suttons Seeds have this info - http://suttons.kayako.com/knowledgebase/article/View/371/29/how-do-you-grow-marsh-samphire  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 10:50

OH has just surfaced and is taking the dogs out leaving me with a  singing Minstrel and carrot and ginger soup both on the bubble, so to speak.   I have advanced her op to next Thursday cos by the 24th she'll probably be in heat again and we need our sleep.  

It feels a lot colder now the fog has descended.   Brrr!

Another reason I don't knit is that woolly jumpers make me itchy and angora in anything is a nightmare.    Cotton yarn seems fiendishly expensive but I found some on sale at just 3€ to make my latest and possibly last scarf.    I shall have to master the overlocker and make fleeces instead.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 09:49

Lovely sunny start making the frost all sparkly but now it's gone foggy.

Another interesting night.  Minstrel is in full song again this morning and half way thru the night too.  How long does it last?  OH is still in bed!

Xmas dec dismount today and then a raid on the SM.   No gardening today and frosts set to last all weekend.   Our neighbours tell me there wasn't single frost last year and she left her big pelargonium tubs outside all winter.  They won't survive this lot tho.   Brrrrr!

Hope the museum sleepover goes well Clari.  

Pat - I love banana cake but will have to wait for a few kilos to disappear and then a real oven to be installed before I bake one.

PP - At 10 years old it took me 18 months to knit a baby jacket at primary school and then I gave up till I took to knitting scarves when I was recuperating from new feet 3 yrs ago.   I do not understand instructions for anything shaped - all Greek to me - and I had to google and ask for translations when I progressed to a lacy scarf stitch.  I think one winter is probably too short for a jumper anyway.  Now I have a daylight lamp I shall probably go back to embroidery.  Can't just sit and watch TV and not do something.

solar powered water feature

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 09:36

How did the men get away with such bad hair?

I still do jeans and t-shirts but no beads and bells any more.

On the original subject - we need a water feature or two and should have enough sun for solar powered but is there one that can store energy so a pump or lights work in the evening or are we going to have to lay cables?

Obelisk prices

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 09:26

Have you thought about a pergola structure instead of a line of obelisks?

pet companions

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 09:00

We adopted a one year old terrier nearly 9 years ago - Wheaten look alike so medium size - and she has never eaten furniture or chewed rugs.   When we went to dressage classes she wanted cuddles, not doggy treats.   She likes to bring me a shoe or slipper when we get home but doesn't eat them.

A few years later we adopted a Labrador, about 3yrs old and never been outside - and he chewed the bottom of the sofa covers, my best pair of shoes, the lid and rim of the kitchen bin and most of the contents and he wasn't house-trained.  Bit of a shock. It took him two puddles in the hall to learn to pee and poo outside and never an accident since.  The kitchen bin was moved out to the garage and we bought him chew toys and took him to training and made sure he wasn't bored or lonely.   He's a nervous dog and we learned later that he had eaten a whole wooden sofa in his first home.

We can now leave them together all day and no problems.  Just wish he would learn not to bounce and bark at people.  He's still nervous and, after 5 weeks, is still frightened of kittens who move too fast but it's getting better.

Last edited: 06 January 2017 09:02:22

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 08:41

Brilliant sun just creeping up over the trees on the horizon.  Beautiful frost everywhere.  -2C on the back wall.

Obelisk prices

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 22:42

No hazel here but we do have some very tall bamboo which might work.

Lovely photos Marlorena and Richard.  Thank you.

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