Latest posts by Obelixx

Tree pruning

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:34

Or do what Monty did on the first programme in the BIg Dreams Small Spaces programme and take out several stems cutting them back to the trunk and then shorten the ones you keep.  However, as Pansy says, it's always going to want to be a big tree and if you want a smaller one with lower vertical ambition you need to swap.

Bamboo trimming

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:31

Not as far as I'm aware.

However you can lighten the clump by taking out every other stem, or even 1 in 3 or 4 if you prefer, right down to the base and then, if you like, remove all the leaves on the remaining stems up to your shoulder or head height depending on preference.  This will make the clump more transparent and airy.

Roses for Rose Arch

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 15:48

David Austin do repeat flowering rambling roses which would be easy to twine round an arch.  They have Malvern Hills - soft yellow, Lady of the lake - soft pink and others.   Have a look on their website.

Geranium / pelargonium

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 14:14

Me too but I also explain why pelargoniums were first mistakenly called geraniums.  I point out the importance of botanical names for correct identification because, as Nut says, common names don't always refer to the same plant and you need accuracy to get the right cultivation details and reduce losses thru error.

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 13:26

Lots of older cats needing good homes. 

I have been led astray by Busy and have placed an order for roses, nerines and a selection of perennials on a French website she recommended - all because the people advertising nerines on GW don't deliver outside the UK.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 12:55

Belly pork for us tomorrow too Dove.   Whole sea bream today.

Since I can't go on walkies or garden I've been googling for info on polytunnels, fencing and pergolas and arches.   Increasing urge to do it ourselves rather than get someone in for fencing.   Just need to convince OH.

Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 11:35

Try this link - http://www.gardenersworld.com/search/

Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 10:39

There have been umpteen threads about cats over the years and all mention the water scarecrow as a solution so put that in the search box and you should find some commentary.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 10:35

Morning all.  -1.5C this morning so definitely warmer than yesterday.  That's a relief as I have fancy, shrubby salvias in pots along the south side of the house and don't want them frozen too long.   I hope the herbaceous ones in the ground are OK.

Either way it's still top cold and frozen for gardening but I'm planning to do some measuring and sketching out of ideas.   Someone is coming to talk fences on Monday and maybe they have a handy bulldozer in their arsenal as they do pools too.

Apart from an annual trim I haven't had my hair styled in years but I do remember in my early 30s going for a local haircut in Harrow and having to go to a designer salon in Mayfair to get it fixed.   These days I keep it long so I can tie it back to see what I'm doing when planting, sowing, weeding, painting......

Glad you're feeling better Dove.  Hope you are too Busy.   

Have a good day everyone whether flopping, partying, hiking or whatever.

Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:20

I've always understood the Water Scarecrow to be a good piece of kit.   Google for info and reviews.

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