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Latest posts by obelixx

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 11:06

More snow and jolly cold.  Fed up.

Restore and revive

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 11:02

If you go Mediterranean, don't forget lavenders for perfume.  You can get similar coloured flowers from nepeta and forms of salvia if the soil doesn't suit lavenders.

Is it still ok to feed dried fruit to birds bearing in mind the young

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 17:42

The whole peanuts risk geting stuck in baby birds' throats and choking them so I expect big chunks of dried fruit would be as bad.  Have you tried soaking it a bit before chopping in the processor?

I find the parents come and fill their tums at our fat ball, peanut and loose seed feeders and that gives them the energy to hoover all the aphids and caterpillars off my roses, clems and veggies for their babies.   Works well for me as I don't use pesticides and then don't have to go round squishing or picking myself.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:26

Snowing here in central Belgium and set to go to -16C.   Even the plants I have stashed in the garage don't like that.   Staying nasty but not so cold until the end of the 7 day forecast.   

Grumpy Obxx.

Good job I have indoor jobs to get on with.

Front garden very uninteresting

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:25

Diablo can get big.  Mine has but I don't mind as it's on the border between me and an arable field.

I would suggest samucus Black lace as an alternative with deep, dark foliage and good flower heads and which responds well to pruning back when it gets too big. 

The colourful stemmed cornus would also be good as they get pruned each spring to grow new stems for the fresh winter colour.  Alba Sibirica has the reddest stems.   Elegans has variegated foliage and burgundy stems.  Midwinter Fire has flame effect stems but can sucker when happy and end up invading a bed.



edible non poisenous plants/bushes

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 15:16

Or red and blackcurrants which aren't as fussy about having acidic soil.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 14:01

Snow all round here too and -14C last night.  Brrrr!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 13:24

My garden this morning after a day of light but steady snowfall with north easterly winds and -14C overnight. 

March in your Garden

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 13:20

My garden today -

Even the new plants I have "safely" stashed in the garage got so cold last night they have all wilted.  -14C last night.

Far too cold in the greenhouse for babies so they're all indoors and the pots we epmptied out last weekend have been stashed in the barn or the garage again till this cold spell finishes.

veg suitable for shade.

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:04

Not many cope well with shade but salads don't lik eto be baked so I grow min in the shadiest bed although it does get full sun around the summer solstice.   Swiss chard does well there too so I expect spinach would cope well and herbs such as parsley, chervil and mint do well.    I have a patch of alpine strawberies quietly spreading in a shady area too, agian with full sun at the solstice.

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