Latest posts by Obelixx

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:37

Rowans are often recommended for small gardens so keep at least one but both if possible.  Ash trees get huge and are likely to get ash die-back disease so I would get rid now before it becomes a major logistical problem.

I would also consider lifting slab at the feet of the trees to allow more light, air and water onto the soil.  You can improve the soil with some bought in compost and plant some spring daffs and maybe allium Purple Sensation for later on and ground cover such as geranium macrrohizum which has a long season of interest - flowers in late spring/early summer and good foliage which turns red in winter.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 10:25

Linda - constant weeding (Forth bridge syndrome here) can feel like outside housework but more rewarding when the proper stuff gets to thrive and shine.  I'm retired too but have many other interests.

last coat of paint on the bedroom walls this morning then gardening all afternoon.   Bit blowy still but nothing like yesterday.   Should be fun.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 10:22

Morning all.   Since we're thinking of selling up and downsizing while we have the energy to sort out a new house and garden I think I might sow annuals like cosmos as OH loves them and they'll fill gaps in the borders very nicely.

Have to wait another 2 weeks tho as going on hols next week and Possum is house and cat sitting but doesn't do plants.

Well done Clari.  Not a scouty person myself as I got thrown out of Brownies for not wanting to dance in circles pretending to be a fairy and Possum didn't take to the pluralist mixed scouts here.

Spring bulbs - what to do with ones I have found?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 23:09

They need to be planted in pots or in the ground or they'll wither and die.   I potted some up 4 weeks ago after finding them hiding in my garage.   Most are shooting and the hyacinths have flower buds.   Even if they don't flower this year they'll grow foliage and roots and feed the bulb for flowers next year.

What are your most diisease free roses?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 23:02

Nearly all my roses are David Austin.   I don't get much black spot except on Constance Spry and Zephirine Drouhin and the birds deal with aphids.   What worries mine more is winter which can be long and wet and very cold.

Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle, Generous Gardener, Teasing Georgia, Queen of Sweden and Crocus Rose all do very well.   Falstaff looks to be OK.   William Shakespeare is a wuss and Malvern Hills doesn't like cold east winds.  Who does?

Tess of the D'Urbevilles is happy since I moved her to a spot less prone to east winds.  Hot Chocolate and Jaqueline Dupré are only a couple of years old so not yet tested.  I've had to rescue Geoff Hamilton, Munstead Wood and Graham Thomas and keep them in pots in the greenhouse over winter to protect their roots and get them going again.   Might just keep them in pots.

I like repeaters and perfume so don't do old roses.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 22:43

Ours is a pull along Dyson and winds its own cable.   Fine for cleaning but a pain to empty and clean when it should be designed to be convenient and easy.  It will definitely become the backup machine.   

Katie blew her last - I think - as I was cooking dinner.   Gardening tomorrow then, just as soon as I get the second cat done on the walls in Possum's bedroom.  Former bedroom now.

Lots of weeding and pruning to do and windbreak to tie down - again.   Snowdrops to split, heleniums to move, miscanthus to cut back.   Loads of fun.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:51

Rescued two plastic cloche tunnels form being blown all over the garden and put the dustbin cloche back on the rhubarb with a large brick to hold it down.

Not gardening weather here..

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:49

 It's the singalong thing.  I know so many words without having to think.   Not so good on 70s or 80s when I had less time to listen to radio and so much dross since with just a few treasures. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:32

Do you feed it?  try some liquid tomato food to see if that perks it up.

Anyone got a Dyson?  OH chose ours when we needed a new vacuum cleaner in January.  It sucks very well and has lots of useful heads but the whole process of emptying and cleaning it drives me round the bend.   It' supposed to be his toy but he doesn't empty it and is never there when I need it!

What's wrong with having a bag that doesn't get dust all over the place and doesn't need washing?

Yvie - fingers crossed.

Joyce - I've told OH that if I start to go doolally and lose the plot he just needs to play 60s music all day long and I'll be happy.   He said he'd have to have the 1966 football final on TV...........

Trellis & Posts

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:25

We are doing ours now.  We had 6 x 1.8m trellis panels dividing th eveggie plot form the mai garden and the posts have gradually succumbed to strong winds and heavy rains and leaned more than Pisa whilsts the panels have rotted or have their middles blown out of their supporting frames.   

We used metposts the first time.  This time all but two of the posts are out and will be replaced by new ones buried in concrete boots.  We will then attach 5m x 2 metre panels of builders' wire mesh for reinforcing concrete.  It doesn't rot, doesn't break and will support my assorted clems and roses.   We already have some along the back perimeter and I use it to support pumpkins and trained blackberries and tayberries.

We also have a honeysuckle over on the far side and its trellis needs replacing so I shall simply cut back what I can't "untrain", put in new metal trellis as above and let the honeysuckle.  It doesn't need tying in but does need twining through to guide and support it.

Posts and metal mesh come from a local builders' merchants who are happy to deliver.   Cheaper than garden centres too.

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