Latest posts by Obelixx

Joseph and his Technicolour Dream Tree

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 13:18

Or maybe even the book of Genesis Papi Jo.

Hydrangea Recommendation

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 13:15

Limelight is fine in shade as long as it is gets some light.  Vanille Fraise would be another good choice.

Both flower on new season's wood so can be pruned back hard every spring either to the base or to a low pair of buds if you prefer and then give them a good feed of pelleted chicken manure and mulch with garden compost after giving a good drink.   This means they should grow and flower well but never get beyond the size you want.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 13:10

Lots of carrots and a belt (fabric, not weapon) round her bum to help drive her in.

LG - Hard isn't it sometimes.    Just have to keep shtum occasionally.   Possum is having a paddy about something at the mo but won't say what and, of course, nothing I say helps to the point that it becomes all my fault.   Fed up.   Don't fancy a week in Bilbao with that attitude so hope she comes round.

I suppose to have podcasts you need an i-Phone.....

Wishfull thinking?

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 13:02

Close your neighbour out with a fence like you have on the other side then think about putting diagonal, zig zag paths down your lawn with planting in some of the triangular cornesr thus made.  It will make your garden seem wider.

Sparrow infestation in leylandii hedge

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 10:20

It's not an infestation.  I used to call ours a conference as they'd fly into the middle by day when the hawks were about and have long chats and then the ones which weren't nesting in our eaves would roost there at night.  Great security form weather and predators as the interior of a leylandii is naturally dry, hence the brown.   The sparrows eat aphids from all over the garden too, not just in the conifers.

This is nature at its best, living in harmony and symbiosis.  Leave the sparrows alone and keep your hedge trimmed only in the green and in August, once the breeding season is over.  As PG says, once you cut back into brown wood these plants cannot regenerate.

Last edited: 23 October 2017 10:21:14

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 10:16

I agree that talking is the best place to start but then I suspect, from previous posts and behaviour, that PD is not the most "listening" kind.   You have to put your own fears aside and let her know your are worried for her and want to make her feel good.   A bit of pampering won't go amiss and there are people who will come to your home and do hair, nails, reflexology, massage etc but the best thing you can do is be a good patient and not go all doom and gloom and sorry for yourself.   The best outcome for both is for you to get well and then go and enjoy some quality time together somewhere good for the soul.

Grey day here but not too dull and it's dry so chappies are busy roofing the shower room.

Feeling better today but still headachy so a quiet day getting on with sewing projects and patchwork homework.   If I can get OH away from his golf on TV I'll watch the Jacqueline Du Pré programme.  I have the rose but have never, consciously, heard her play.

Hope all goes well with DD's visitor and that Charlie has a good time.   Good luck to everyone else for their activities today.  Love those Possum's Pat.

I like dogs and bananas (to eat, not grow) but there's too much of both on GW.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 10:01

The artists get massive publicity for little effort. The audience is wound up on purpose to cheer the dancers tho, like Frank, I'd rather they were quiet and really watched the dancing tho i can forgive them for not always listening to the act.

Another good set of dances with clever choreography from the professionals who really seem to be suiting things to their partner and using dance and not gimmicks this year.  Loved Gemma's foxtrot - and the frock - and thought Debbie did very well with the rumba despite the dreadful frock.  Very good Paso from the wee Scots chappy and I thought Susan did well with her cha-cha despite being completely the wrong build for it.   

Both dance off contestants needed to go home.  Just a question of time.  Very wooden Charleston and lack lustre jive.

Layered beech

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 22:53

Layering is a well known method of propagation for shrubs and trees.   You bend branches or stems down to the ground, scratch or slightly cut the bark on the underside and then peg it down to the soil with a bent wire or a stone.   Leave for a year by which time it should have produced roots and the branch can then be severed from the parent and dug up and potted or planted elsewhere.

A layered tree such as the one you describe is simply one that has naturally, or with a little help, had low lying branches root into the soil and has then been left enough years or decades to become a feature.

Honey fungus how much to remove

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 22:47

There are no chemical controls for honey fungus so you need to dig out as much of the affected wood and roots as possible and burn it and then put in fresh soil and plant non-susceptible plants.  The RHS has a list of those most susceptible as well as those not known to have been infected so far.

Perennials best resistant to honey fungus?

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 22:42

I think you'll find that honey fungus affects woody plants so herbaceous perennials will be OK.   The RHS publishes a list which includes the trees and shrubs most likely to be affected and another of those which have never reported infection.   You can peruse that list and find out which will grow in your soil and climate - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/pdfs/honey-fungus-host-list.pdf

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