Latest posts by Obelixx

Views on Plant Combination - Black Elder & Clematis

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 18:06

FG is right.  A strong red would look good or  strong clear pink like Princess Diana or Graveteye Beauty.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 18:04

Sounds like too much excitement!  Hope you and the pool are OK.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 17:43

I seem to remember that the general response of most bee keepers to Monty's item on GW was "Monty Don't". 

Have a google for Monty and Top Bar and see what they come up with but I reckon the best advice will come from experienced beekeepers.

Views on Plant Combination - Black Elder & Clematis

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 17:39

I think it would work well.  Have a look at Little Nell or Betty Corning for clems with pale, bell like flowers or Blue Angel/Blekitny Aniol if you like the more open flowers.   Florida Sieboldii is really quite tender so not a good choice if you get to 5C or below in winter.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 17:35

When we had workmen in Belgium they would refuse to come and snack or take a break in our kitchen so I would set them up with a table and plastic garden chairs in the garage or barn, depending, and provide a coffee machine and fresh baked muffins or biscuits or a cake each day.  They loved it and were always happy to come back.

Can't do that here as the oven is a no-no and, in any case, they take a 2 hour lunch break off site.   Won't even accept coffee.

Good news about your plasterer Clari.    

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 17:13

Been a busy day here.   Spent the morning emptying the annex for chappies to come and do insulation then a small raid on the local supermarket for doings for a hot and sour chicken soup to clear Possum's sinuses and then getting her packed up for the train back to Namur.  Then the electrician turned up, Bonzo got out and barked at everyone, Rasta ate the windfall birdy fat balls and has now been sick on the kitchen floor.  Nice.

TB - ask a bee specialist about having a natural hive where you don't harvest the honey.  Wild bees need homes and seem to manage without anyone harvesting their honey.

Clari - I dare say the museum wouldn't be colder than home so why not take in a sleeping bag and a camp bed?   Snooze as and when you can.

What was the exhibition Dove?

Starting a garden from scratch

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 15:46

He needs to measure it and draw it to scale and then note north, south, east and west.  he also needs to work out what kind of soil he has - sandy, lomay, gritty, clay, acid, alkaline, neutral, well-drained, boggy.....

Then he needs to think about what he wants in the garden and also how much money he has to spend on materials and how much time he will realistically spend on maintenance each week to keep it weeded and trimmed and mowed as needed.  Otherwise it's no better than having a perfect kitchen installed and then never washing the dishes or wiping the surfaces and cleaning the floor.

Shallow ponds tend to be high maintenance as they easily fill up with weeds as the water warms faster than deeper ponds and even evaporates.  To protect any fish and aquatic plants from freezing in winter it needs to have a central depth of minimum 60cms plus a shallow beach end to allow wildlife to escape and not drown - frogs, toads, hedgehogs etc.

Some well placed shrubs will add interest and be low maintenance if well chosen but the choice will depend on what kind of soil he has and which way the beds face.   Easy perennial flowering plants will add colour and interest thru the seasons but again the choice depends on his garden conditions.

I suggest you send him to the local library to borrow a copy of Alan Titchmarsh' How to Be a Gardener in book and DVD form or buy one on the internet.  

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 15:28

Chaps are in today - sheltering from outside work and weather - doing the insulation for the ceilings in the annex.  Then will come the remaining wall boards and the ceiling and finally floor tiles.  I shall take photos as work progresses and post a link when it's done.

Problems using the website

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 15:20

No probs here apart from the wind affecting phone lines so connections a bit iffy at times today and yesterday.  Council chappy came past trimming hedgerows and has left some cut branches hanging on phone and power lines so we're a bit blinky at the mo.

Have you got an ad block running?  That might help.  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 09:15

It's windy and wet again here today.  We've now chalked up 8cm of rain since the 20th of Jan when we started recording.    Chappy came round early this morning to ask if his men could start on insulating the annex ready for a ceiling to go in because it isn't nice working outside.  We have thus spent the morning emptying things out of the way - to the outside sheds and ruin so a bit wet for OH or the dining room for me which is noisy because Rasta barks at the wind whistling in the chimney.

I would love some bee hives here when we get our veg garden growing but we don't consume very much honey so I'll have to rely on solitary bees and wild honey bees for whom I will provide shelter.  

Possum goes back to Namur this afternoon so we'll have an early lunch and take the dogs to explore Angers before we put her on her train.   Turns out she's only brought the teeny case so no room for her sweet potatoes and the new jeans.   Dilemma.

Have recorded the Mary Berry programme.  Not sure why they make people cook outside for these progs.    All Keith Floyd's fault.

Have a safe and cosy day everyone.

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