Latest posts by Obelixx

Trees, malus, prunus or dogwood?

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 15:32

The wedding cake cornus will grow very wide so I would go with a more upright tree for a small garden.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 14:01


Sorry Lily but I have quite enough to paint here.  Pantry has had its second coat on the back wall but I've started on other walls now as our hybrid plumber/electrician is due next week to plumb ina new sink and provide connections for the dishwasher.    meanwhile I need to empty our kitchen to get that painted ready for the new one due to be installed in the latter half of March.  Can'ts tart till next Wednesday as Possum is common for a long weekend.

Meanwhile, I've been told the polytunnel will arrive tomorrow so plenty to keep me busy for ages..

TB - can't her sensible head work at a serious job with proper income to fund her fun head on long weekends and holiday trips to the other parts of Oz?   

I don't think cruising is for me either really and not just because OH gets seasick.

spring bulbs

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 10:53

They could be those or Dutch irises.  Have to wait and see.

Maybe pinch out those sweet peas to get more stems?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 10:03

Well done Chicklet.  Adelaide is lovely and, as well as being friendly, has one of th eest covered daily food markets in Oz and the makers of the only serious Ozzy chocolates.  They get the beans roasted in Belgium but then temper it all themselves.    Hardy's winery a ride away and lots of fairy penguins too.

Liri - hope you hands become usable again soon.    God news Lili.  That must be a relief.

Painting the pantry/scullery for me again today then sanding down the new beech worktop which is one we brought with us having not use dit in Belgium cos of a change of plan.....

Bit grey and mis tho dry today so happy to be indoors for the rest of the morning.  Just found one, single heavily perfumed flower on my small winter honeysuckle which is a cutting from one of my old garden group.  Gorgeous.

Having seen the news last night I can see why that pie muncher is a reserve goalie.


Posted: 21/02/2017 at 19:44

Correct pruning helps.   Have a look at this advice from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 


Posted: 20/02/2017 at 18:59

The bamboo is on the edge of a higher level in our garden which is mostly gravelled and will, once cleared, be planted up like Beth Chatto's.  We have been buying carfuls of multi-purpoe compost when it's been on offer at half price and forking it onto beds we've cleared there already.

The bamboos appear to have been planted as a screen to hide the paddock beyond.   We don't mind seeing the horses which will be in there later on so it's OK if it dies off.

Feeding Wisteria

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 18:54

There are special algae washes that you can find in good garden centres and DIY stores.   As far as I know, some just clean it off and others can prevent it coming back for a while so you'll have to read the labels.

Make sure it doesn't splash onto treasures you wish to thrive.


Posted: 20/02/2017 at 18:48

NO.  They had a very wet spring and then a very dry summer and autumn.   We arrived on 1st October and have seen no appreciable rainfall.   We've been measuring it since mid January and there have been 56mm - just over 2" - since then.   Dry as parts of Essex then!


Posted: 20/02/2017 at 18:37

Yes, they are but maybe those stems are all dead from drought as there was no rain at all from late July thru September and just one or two showers in October and November.

There are new shoots at the base.  With any luck, they'll die too.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 17:26

We've been to bu a base unit, as planned.  Can't get on eon its own so got a simple one with two drawers then went to lookf or the plumbing bits we need.  Utterly baffling and all complete units whereas we want bits to bodge with in a leak proof sort of way;

Then we looked at paint.  crikey.  22€ for 1/2 litre of Dulux of 52€ for 2 litres but not in our colour so we had a pot mixed up for 62€.  Good job I still have about a gallon of white paint from Homebase for mixing the paler colour!

Can't find peanuts for the birds anywhere but I've bought another nifty "donut" ring for holding 10 fat balls.  Hope that does them.

Picked up a leg of lamb and a slab of belly pork for the freezer.  OH spotted some fartichokes he wants me to bake as gratin.  He can have them tomorrow and be propelled round the golf course on Wednesday.  Monday is normally a fish day but we have last night's chicken to roast....

Bon appetit everyone.

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