Latest posts by Obelixx

Ladder for garden wall

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 12:56

Any removable ladder stashed outside may prove useful to thieves for accessing your property.  i'd go for a set of permanent steps, well attached to the mezzanine and ground. Paint them, stain them, put pots on one side if wide enough and make it a decorative feature.

Recommendation for heavy duty loppers please

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 10:13

My loppers are Wolf and they're very good and robust.  I've had them for years but they can't really be expected to cut through more than an inch or so of branch.  For thicker branches I use a Wolf pruning saw attachment which fits with the length of handle I need for the job so hand tool, medium or full length accordingly.

The same handles work with an assortment of hoe, rake, cultivator and rake heads for whichever job is in hand.  Great system.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 22:56

Do you feed it?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:26

I like the honey and lemon part but not whisky.  Do it with rum sometimes.

I have a treadle machine and two old hand powered Singers and one of their first fancy stitch electric ones from the 50s and my simple electronic Toyota which will be unwrapped and used to teach Possum to sew.  She's finally asked to be shown.   She won't get her hands on my shiny new Bernina though.

Expect I'll have to wait another 20 years for her to be interested in gardening again.  Loved it when she was a tot but not now.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:50

Good excuse for a hot toddy Frank.   Possum has given me hers which is very kind of her.   Too cold and snowy to garden anyway so, between sneezes, I'm doing some sorting in my sewing attic, clearing out patterns I had for suits and dresses in the 80s when I had to be smart every day.

 Anyone interested in unused patterns for Barbie doll outfits or a toy rabbit with dresses?  Possum turned out not to be that girl so I never made them. 

Ask Joe Swift a garden design question

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:16

I have two of these things in my front rectangle bed.  I grow heucheras and anemone de Caen and geranium macrorhizum in the soil around them so they flop over and disguise the edges and I put a big pot in the middle, planted with bulbs or trailing pelargoniums or petunias and an upright plant in the middle or some such according to season.

I have another in the lawn to the side of the house.  Nothing to do there but build up the soil level so the lawnmower can go straight over.  It's in completely the wrong place to be a "feature".


Paralysed but excited

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:01

One bite at a time?

It's far too early to plant anything except bare root plants and even then I'd pot them up first and nurture them out of bad weather.    Far too early to sow most plants as there isn't enough daylight to maintain seedlings and prevent them getting leggy, assuming you have somewhere cosy to keep them.

Hoe your beds to decapitate any weed seedlings, add compost and manure if you haven't already and keep hoeing till planting time in March.

That gives you about 6 to 8 weeks to research/remember the plants you did want and work out what will go where.

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 12:58

Charlie D lost her mum and stepdad in the Boxing Day tsunami and that made her withdraw from public life for a while.   Since coming back she's done a bit of TV gardening, she's been in panto, does a lot of charity work and is a gardening presenter now on an ITV breakfast show.   Popped up on James Martin's afternoon show recently.

Agree about hands and plants rather than faces.


BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 10:44

Snow - definitely wishful thinking but we can live in hope, can't we.   Gardeners have to be optimistic.   

Agree with your earlier post too except for CB.   He's a clever chap and could do both except he might need a time turner to fit it in with his other activities.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 09:16

Freezing.  -12C on Monday morning and not getting above freezing by day so far this week.   Should be warmer for the weekend though but only 3C and there's all the snow to melt and soak into frozen ground.  No gardening for a while here yet.

Indoor jobs then for me too.   Enjoy!

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