Latest posts by Obelixx

Design project on helping bees through gardening

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 20:28

The RHS lists pollinator friendly plants and most seed companies and live plant companies also have designations for pollinator friendly plants.

However, it isn't enough just to provide pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinator.   They need shelter such as insect hotels and also windbreaks of some sort so they can fly between food sources and nest sites without battling against strong breezes.    Using noxious chemicals such as nicotinoids that can disorient navigation systems and flight patterns is also to be avoided.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 18:50

Very worrying when pets go missing.  Hope he turns up soon.

Love that snowdrop Busy.   The fencing is that rigid green mesh stuff, on the grounds that it will last forever and never rot but now that he's seen that estimate I may get him to agree to do it ourselves and maybe have something simpler but equally effective.

Hundreds of missing bulbs

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 17:44

One year, when starting big new beds in our garden in Belgium I planted 300 tulips.   5 came up and continued to appear but look very weedy ever since.   

I always plant daffodils much deeper than it says on the tin and find that they are far more reliable so had glorious clumps of Ice Follies, Tête-à-Tête and Minnow but fancier hybrids struggled.   I eventually had success with botanical tulips, also planted deep, in the sunnier and better drained parts of the garden.

Snowdrops multiplied happily and species crocus too but everything else was a struggle.

It remains to be seen how I get on in this new garden which will be a lot hotter and drier in summer but never as frozen or sodden in winter.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 17:29

Topbird.   I had to look up Portsoy.  Looks like you're having a jolly good explore and yes, should be some great scenery tomorrow too along the lochs and up the hills.

Busy, I hope your fence is all mended now and you can rest again.    Quote for 100 metres of fencing between us and our paddock - €4800.  No comment yet from OH so I shall tackle him this pm.  It currently has a very low, loose large gauge aluminium looking mesh fence which will not contain a Bonzo if he decides to chase the horses.  Nor will it stop the horses when they realise the grass in the garden is greener so we definitely need a decent fence.

Grumpy sounds lovely.  Is there a set of the other 6 dwarfs to collect?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 16:52

Turned out sunny in the end so I've planted the last of my late bought daffs and glads, transferred some ginger mint roots to a trough, filled another small one with compost ready for sowing spring onions and generally had a nice wee potter - all made the more fun by kittens doing their best to escape outside.

OH is back from walkies and is trundling round on the mower.  i confessed the other day that I'd planted some crocuses in the grass in front of the house and he went ballistic so I had to point out it was neither a bowling green nor a putting green and I wanted it pretty.   Humph!

My snowdrops are in flower so, since I still don't have a bed for them, I've brought their wee pots round to the front and given them a feed.   Got to love snowdrops.

Excessive salaries are not the only thing that is unattractive about football.

Last edited: 01 February 2017 16:53:16

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

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