Obelixx


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Removal Of Ivy On Asbestos Garage Roof

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 12:29

Cut all the ivy stems as close to their base as possible then leave a few weeks to wilt, after which they'll be easier to pull off in bits, as and when you have time.    This will also give time for insects and other invertebrates living in it the chance to decamp.


It will be dusty anyway so make sure you wear a mask and gloves.

Himalayan birch and ginkgo biloba advice

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:40

I can't see the point of buying a tree that wants to grow to anything between 12 and 20 metres high and 8 to 10 across and then keep it at 3ms.   It will look unbalanced and need a great deal of maintenance.


Better to choose a small tree in the first place.  The RHS has a list - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=117 that will make a good starting point.

HELLO FORKERS AUGUST EDITION

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:29

I have a full length window next to my bed which lets in the dawn from the wee, small hours in summer so I hung a very thick, thermal lined velvet curtain and that did the trick.  However it has now been recycled with its mates for Possum's apartment - curtains and sofa covers and cushion covers - and I now have the original toile de Jouy which is very pretty but lets in loads of light..........


It's cool and grey and blowy and intermittently damp today so I'm carrying on with my sewing but hoping to get some dead heading done later.  The roses have been magnificent after a slow start and need some encouragement to continue.


Need another coffee before anything else though.

Controlling an old large tree

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:36

It's a process called lifting the crown and is perfectly practicable.


As Fidget says, cut the branches off in sections so you - and the tree - can manage the weight without any damage to you or it.  If in doubt, get a tree surgeon to do it for you.

Plant or Weed?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 17:46

No apology necessary.  I just thought you should know that there are lots of different geraniums available and suited to many different garden styles and situations.  Wonderful plants.

HELLO FORKERS AUGUST EDITION

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 17:36

FG - I cracked 3 ribs not jumping over a fence with a horse years ago and I can still remember it as being exceedingly painful.   I was practising for a charity competition the following day which I still did as I had £300 of sponsorship to win.  The judge asked me if it hurt.  "Only when I breathe!".   Dressage went OK but I have to confess I did faint as I got off after the jumping.    Collected all the lovely sponsorship though and spent the next couple of weeks with strategic cushions at my desk at work and no lifting.


I do understand that parent.  Teens can be hard work.


Possum's curtains all done.  Now to tackle the covers for the sofa bed.........   Bits of old rose pink velvet fluff all over the place.  I suspect I'll go off pink for a while too, as well as orange!

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 16:43

I might let you off Dove - but not just yet.  7 coats covering this lot - and at least one more coat needed - means I'm off blue with orange too


Plant or Weed?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 16:39

Michaelmas daisies can be tall, medium or short and have flower colours ranging from white to pink to lilac and purple.   They can have simple, starry flowers or doubles with far more petals.  Have a look here for some ide of the variety available - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/search-results?form-mode=false&query=aster+novi-belgii 


Hardy geraniums can be suited for shade or sun and have rounded, spodgy and or toothed foliage in colours ranging from golden green through green to glaucous and bronze or purple and there are some that turn red in winter.   See here for 10 of the best - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/graham-rice/10-hardy-geraniums and there are many more.

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 15:10

Dove - not only is it a begonia but it's orange!  I'm off orange too at the mo.


Love lupins but they are martyrs to slugs and don't like my alkaline soil here either.


I shall be sowing dahlias next spring and loads of other stuff that wouldn't stand the winters here.

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