Latest posts by Obelixx

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:41

Clear blue skies, brilliant sun, 17C in shelter but feels freezing in the nasty easterly wind.   No rain in sight.   Farmers already worrying.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:32

It is so cold out there, despite brilliant sunshine, I've decided to stay in for a while and,make mint jelly which is something Possum can eat in industrial quantities but I can't buy here.   OH brought me 3 kilos of Bramleys from the English shop in Belgium and they need using up soon.  Had to rug up to go and pick the mint.  I've saved 3 to make an apple crumble but the rest are now simmering.

I've done some research on the RSPB and reckon our songbird is a nightingale.    I hope they'll like all the insects my new perfumed borders should attract and eat the ones that will no doubt find the veggie patch.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:19

I'd get a cowl fitted too M-U.  We had them starting to nest on or chimneys in Belgium - fine on teh one with no more fires below but not so good on the one for the CH boiler.  Masses of twigs to clear up at service time.

It is perishing out there.  Just had to rug up to go and pick some apple mint to make mint jelly.  penetrating winds blowing from the east still so no chance of rain or much warmth despite the strong sun. 

Tall plant in wet place

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 09:53

I'd go with gunnera too but it does die down in autumn and the crown needs a good heap of compost poured over it to protect it from frosts but it would love the damp and grow magnificent foliage every spring and summer and provide a great focal point and some privacy as a screen..

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 09:49

Hugs SGL, whenever you need them.

Our first phone was a Trimphone and it trilled instead of ringing.   Very light and plasticky and came with admonishments about chatting more than 2 mins.  These days we have our fixed line and my mobile set to proper ring tones like real phones.

It would indeed be lovely to see the Flying Scotsman and company together.  I have found a small steam line here for an excursion when we have friends coming in June. He's a train freak and has a set whizzing round their attic as well as volunteering on a steam line near their home now that he's retired.  It was his wife's idea.... They don't garden so he needed keeping busy.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 09:43

Lovely sunny start again but, like Busy, our farmer neighbours, horsey neighbours and we too are wishing it would rain.   OH has even said we shouldn't cut the grass again till it has.

Got home from dancing last night to crisp, clear, starry skies and some bird trilling in the trees after midnight.  Any ideas?  Sounded like a blackbird on steroids.   Owls hooting too but the frogs have gone quiet.

No tits of any kind on our feeders lately which is odd as I always had the parents stuffing themsleves to get the energy to go and forage for juicy insects for their chicks.   We're just getting sparrows late in the afternoon.  Not even chaffinches at the mo.

Need to do a minor raid on the SM ad then I can go and play in the hosta bed.  OH wants to discuss plans for the potager!

FG - hope you catch up on some Zs later.  LG - enjoy the freedom.  It can be blissful.

Pat - I have a cupboard full of very tasty jams,jellies and chutneys made from our produce but what we seem to eat most is lime pickle and mango chutney for which I have to buy the ingredients.  Doh!

Happy St Georges day if you're English.  I told OH and he said we should get out the Union Jack!!!  Apart from anything else we don't have one..........  Took him a while and a good stare before he twigged.

Ideas for tall, evergreen privacy (& maybe flowering!)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 00:26

Pyracantha - evergreen, spring blossom with nectar and pollen for bees and other beneficial insects then berries in autumn for birds.  It also has thorns which should be a deterrent to nosy neighbours.

It can be grown as a wall shrub or trained on a trellis or supported by wires stretched between 2 posts until the stems mature enough to support themselves.   Available with red, orange or yellow berries.  Best time to prune to shape is just after flowering.

If you don't want to go spiky, have a look at the small leaved evergreen ceanothus which have gorgeous blue flowers in late spring/early summer.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/97563/i-Ceanothus-i-Concha/Details  You'd need to prune it to keep it to 2m and train it so the branches spread to cover your boundary.

Another possibility, if you can provide support, is trachelospermum jasminoides which has scented blooms for a couple of months in summer and should be very happy in a south facing London garden - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/93768/i-Trachelospermum-jasminoides-i-Variegatum-(v)/Details

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 00:13

We have inherited a tree peony which has already produced a good flush of scented pink flowers.   It looked as dead as a dodo when we moved her in October so this has been a lovely surprise.  Anyone any idea as to variety?  

I'm planning to dead head most of it but leave one or two to set seeds and see if I can get some more for other parts of the garden.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 17:51

No comment Papi Jo.  Too awful t contemplate whether true or false.  I'll stick with flowers.

pleasure Dove.  i don't usually buy mixes, or indeed tall tulips, but I had no beds last autumn when we arrived so was looking for stuff to put in pots to brighten up the spring and this was one of the few packets left in the shops before everything changed for Xmas "grottoes".    

Tea for two

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 17:13

I just like the taste of decent, filter coffee and drink it all day - leaded till around midday/1pm and then decaf.   If it's really cold and I need a psychological warm up when we're out I'll have hot chocolate.

Now that I have a real oven installed I could have it with coffee or chocolate or carrot or whatever cake too except we've just had Possum here for a 3 week Easter break and much chocolate was consumed so no treats for ages..........

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