Latest posts by Obelixx

Joining the RHS

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 14:16

I love Chelsea on a members' day but hated it when I had to go on a public day with my scientists and in a wheelchair cos of new feet.   Very different atmosphere and I'm so glad my wheelchair was a temporary state.  I'm not going this year but have been 9 out of the last 10.

Went to Hampton Court in its second year but enjoyed Tatton far more, maybe because I went with friends from the old boards and met more there.  We also popped over to Harlow Carr for a visit and that was really good.     I liked Malvern when I went one spring and will go again probably once we've got this garden settled in some sort of routine.

Last year I dragged OH off to Chelsea and then Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto's which we both loved but HH was a bit underwhelming tho clearly a lot going on to make new areas of interest.   Haven't ever visited Rosemoor and can't see me getting there but if I do get oop north again I shall certainly arrange a visit to the new Bridgewater garden.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 14:00

Sounds like a plan Dove.  If I'd known I wasn't going to be able to live with the current kitchen we could have done the fridge thing straight off.  It involves removing an old kitchen unit with counter height fridge stuck in the middle, drawers below and a cupboard above - all so we can get our current tall fridge in there and shift out the small one and then remove the ugly, deep-but-too-small sinks and fit in our real dishwasher.

I foresee OH getting stroppy and fussy.   Good luck with yours.


Posted: 01/02/2017 at 13:27

Looks very good Steve.  Congrats to all involved and I hope the café is a success.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 13:15

Shame about the cough Dove.  Maybe another couple of weeks' rest?  Boring and frustrating but best not to be laid low for the spring onslaught.   I can sympathise.  Must admit I'm getting fed up with inactivity due to the toe and the kittens are getting stir crazy waiting for their jabs to be effective.

Very mild today with lots of grey stuff which is expected to deliver wet stuff tomorrow.  Good - we can start on the scullery re-organisation and fridge swaps.    Potting and pottering this pm and some creative thinking so I can sow some spring onions somewhere.

I have been out to check bulb progress and there are lots of little noses poking up.   Hope they lead to a good display and some food for early bees.

mossy grass

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 11:33

True enough.  If the drainage problem is fixed, the moss will weaken anyway and can be raked off if the OP also doesn't like chemicals.

Last edited: 01 February 2017 11:33:44

Bird feeders

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 11:30

I only use feeders to hold peanuts, fat balls and fat blocks and find them easy to clean after a good soak.  Loose seeds go on a bird table but then I have no problems with grey squirrels here and am unlikely to get red ones as the habitat isn't there.

My main problem was finding a magpie proof fat ball holder.

Joining the RHS

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 23:16

Absolutely.   The annual subscription gets you a monthly magazine with RHS news, gardening news, garden and plant articles plus reports of RHS trials.

You also get free access to visit any RHS garden as well as about 200 partner gardens elsewhere in the UK and Europe; free access to RHS experts for advice on plants and their cultivation; preferred access to the big shows such as Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton; access to the monthly shows in London and the Lindley library.

Your subscription helps fund the gardens and research and teaching projects and trials.

Fellow members include trainee gardeners, head gardeners, amateur gardeners, nurserymen and women and landowners from many different backgrounds and all united by their interest in horticulture.

What is not to like?

Old rose looks worse and worse

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 21:06

All good advice but don't feed or mulch it till it's had a good soaking.

programmes to watch

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 18:50

Recorded it but haven't watched it yet.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 18:49

Can't find deep enough pots here and no root trainers so loo rolls and goblets it is.

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