Latest posts by Obelixx

Small Garden?

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 10:28

Size goes with house building eras and also location.  In London suburbs, as they moved out into Metroland, plots in the 30s were much bigger than those that went with Victorian and Edwardian terraces in places like Ealing.   Same in the post war 50s building.  By the 60s houses were becoming boxes and so were their gardens and now, with land prices being what they are, gardens are verging on postage stamp dimensions for many new builds.  It's all down to economics.

It's also subjective.  If you love gardening and have time what is small to you may be medium or large to others and vice versa.


Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 21:16

It's a place that takes your unwanted furniture and household items and sells them for a share.  House clearances and stuff.   Source of wonderful goodies on occasion.  http://www.troc.com/fr/magasin-184-les-sables-d-olonne-chateau-d-olonne.htm#.WdfkemiCyM9 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 20:42

Ours is getting new brake pads next Wednesday pm.   We have to go to Chateau d'Olonne whch means a morning spent at the covered market buying fresh fish etc, then lunch then maybe a raid on the Troc before we can pick him up so it's going to cost a lot more then £190.

I hope that'll be it but I suspect wheel bearings.........   We'll see.   meanwhile, we're using Sally who has a plug-in Garmin satnav which we didn't use on Thursday's excursion to dancing.  Very strange driving around without a moving map on the screen.  Had to concentrate on surroundings and not just other traffic.  I can see that Satnav can lead to brain death.

Back to reading maps then.

Last edited: 06 October 2017 20:43:22

Dogs urinating on front garden

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 19:41

Pointless was on while I was steam cleaning the kitchen floor.  Psychopath was one of the answers and it seems that significantly high proportion of political leaders and big business men score highly on the "are you a psycopath?" assessment.   Donald Trump seems to have an excess of psycopath markers to me.

I have little desire to visit the USA anyway except maybe to go and eat lobster in Maine and see some of the natural sites but absolutely no desire while Trump and his ilk are in charge.  Deeply unpleasant people and an uncaring society with no safety net for the disabled or unfortunate.  Nasty place.

That said, I don't want to bathe in dog pee either but I know which would be cleaner and less toxic.

chocolate teapots

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 16:45

B3 - I have loppers but they're anvil and I wanted parrot.

Pansy - Our parasol was brought out for visitors in May but OH put it up when there was a strong breeze and, one gust later, bent pole.   We moved our table under a tree.   

chocolate teapots

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:59

Ha!  I bought a pair of those this spring and the catch that holds the extension just slips and/or breaks.  Took them back for a replacement, no bother from the shop, but hey-ho, same again.  Sent a complaint to Fiskar's and NO ANSWER!   Shame on you Fiskar.

However, they do cut really well when I can use them.

My useless tool is actually a Wolf head.  I love this range but was bought the automatic seed distributor wheel thingy and have never used it. 

Thuja trees

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:56

If the last lot died it's a bit of "hope triumphing over experience" to re-plant the same tree because either your soil is impoverished/unsuitable/infected and isn't good for those trees.

If you prune back to brown wood you'll just get brow wood as they only regenerate form the green bits.  No point spraying against an unknown problem but you could improve their situation and try to make them healthy with good nutrition.

I think maybe you need to give the soil underneath a really good soaking and then scatter on some bonemeal to help grow healthy roots and fork it gently around the roots.  Top with a few inches of mulch from well-rotted compost or manure to improve the soil structure.  Do this now and it will work any magic over winter.   Hope for healthy new growth next spring.

Jamjar flowers again

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:23

It is.  I spend a lot of time in spring looking away from forsythia flowering next to flowering currant as I dislike both but that pink and yellow combo works really well with the splash of orange and purple.  Who'd 've thought it?

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:21

It is lovely.   Wouldn't have thought to combine Amistad and a light blue but it's a really good combination.   

Is it ok to plant in autumn?

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:07

Most gardeners think autumn is best as the soil is still warm and the plants are dormant above soil and that gives the roots a chance to settle in and develop in time to support the upper growth spurt in spring.  If it freezes, they'll certainly be better in the ground than in pots.

That said, if your plants are frost tender, they need caring for thru winter in a frost free shelter or else in teh ground and with a cloche or some fleece.   Depends what you have.

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