Latest posts by Obelixx

Reducing size of Walnut tree.

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 09:53

I agree.  Better to raise the crown by lifting a few of the lower branches then thin the rest by judicious removal of some of the upper branches to reduce wind resistance whilst maintaining the shape of the tree.   Ask for more than one quote and also check they have the a qualification and insurance and ask if they take away what they remove or leave it for you to deal with.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 23:38

Chicky - fingers crossed for them both then Chicky.

Clari - You need one of these for your new hen run and hen house when you get them.

Name this flower?

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 23:22


Plant identification

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 22:55

I lost mine too Nut.  Too cold.   Red Dragon didn't like my Belgian garden either but the one I planted here a few weeks ago is very happy - so far.


Posted: 06/06/2017 at 19:22

I have been to a local garden and agricultural supplies place where chappy says to forget glyphosate for plants with deep or strong roots.  He's sold me something more serious.  I'll let you know how I get on.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 19:00

We have yet another branch off one of the ash trees and it's taken a smaller one with it.   Good job we plan to fell it anyway as it's a right mess now.    The wind is a lot less bracing now and it's dry so we've been for walkies after a raid on a builders' merchant to discuss paving slabs for the seating area.   Chappy not there but will call on Thursday.   

Thence to a garden and agricultural supplies place where chappy advised me that glyphosate will not kill my nettles or docks or other deep rooted nasties that are refusing to die in my potager and sold me something else.  We'll see.

rambling rector

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 17:20

No, definitely only 2 to 3 weeks and then you'll get hips in late summer/autumn.   If you want perfumed, simple white flowers over the summer you need a repeat flowering rambler such as Snowgoose from David Austin but it only gets to 8' or they have a pale pink one - The Lady of the Lake which gets to 12' or Malvern Hills which is pale yellow and gets to 10' or so.

Blue rose help!

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 14:30

If you still have any blue/purple stems they will be obvious.  If not, ditch it and start again and buy form a good source.

Blue rose help!

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:55

You should be able to see the graft union at the base of the plant.  Any stems coming from below that need cutting off.   Any above it need to be nurtured as that's your blue rose.  If there are none of thses then your blue rose has either died back or been knocked or pruned off and you need to start again.

When planting roses it is now advised that the graft union should be buried 1 to 2 inches below soil level as this makes the plant stronger and allows the variety to put down some roots of its own for extra stability.   Make sure you feed them generously every spring with some slow release rose fertiliser and, if possible, a mulch of well rooted manure after a good drink.   You can buy it in bags in DIY and garden centres now.

Grass Snake - 1st of 2017

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:48

I suspect they're noisy here because it's quiet and the low density of people and houses means the sound can carry.

There's also an invasion going on.   Belgian frogs used to be normal but then some furriners arrived from eastern Europe, I believe, and they positively cackle.   We could hear them from the ponds in the next village nearly 2kms away and then they arrived in the pond in the paddock across the road from us.  They're probably in our old pond by now - not conducive to a good night's sleep.

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