Latest posts by Obelixx

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 11:34

Love the colours of the wallflowers.  Will have to grow some.

I have geranium macrorhizums in flower now but not enough for picking and lots of the herb Robert wild form in the weeds in the future dry/gravel garden.

Some lovely flowers and arrangements on this thread.  Good fun.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 11:30

Hubby sounds lovely Hosta.  Mine is too since he let me sleep all morning to make up for a sleepless night - purred at from about 3:30 for hours and hours.  How does he do it?   Can't kick him out as he just howls which keeps us both awake.   Not going to let him sleep today away.  He can jolly well play and get tired!

Cold here too but not freezing and the sun is back wit that breeze.   Brunch and then rose garden today once I've worked out how much space to leave free for a table and chairs.

If we ever need a tyre fixing we call a man that can.  It's many years since I've had the strength to undo the nuts and bolts tightened by machinery in garages.   We have a pil of 8 winter tyres in the ruin.  Will have to think of something creative to do with them.

best way to identify native blue and white bells

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 00:00

Yes OK - but there are still areas where the bluebells are native and haven't been hybridised.  I reckon it's worth trying.

Incidentally, the native bluebells grow also in Belgium and northern France.   We had them in woods near our old house and there are famous bluebell woods at Halle.

best way to identify native blue and white bells

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 23:45

That is one argument but if the native is to survive the Spanish need to be reduced in numbers and vigour and every little helps - bit like saving red squirrels whoa re now starting to make a come back in some areas, albeit small so far..

best way to identify native blue and white bells

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 23:23

I agree with Lyn.  All those in your garden look Spanish and need to be taken out before they cross pollinate with the native wild ones - assuming they are - in the woods.

Good luck with the garden renovation.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 23:20

If he always sleeps thru he hasn't seen them has he?   OH does that too.

We're watching Line of Duty, episode 3.  The lead female reminds me of the Borg queen in Star Trek Voyager and her hubby is Stan Shunpike from Harry Potter.   Other than those minor distractions and a pair of playful kittens, it's very good.

Mossy lawn and weedy planting beds

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 23:16

I like the Wolf system.  You buy heads as you need them and handles of different lengths.

For general hoeing and weeding, I like the push me-pull you double edged hoe head - 2 widths, and the cultivator head, also 2 widths.  I also have the rake for smoothing soil, spring tined rake for grass cuttings and leaves, Dutch hoe head, and a flat, hooky thing for getting between pavers.    There are also trowels and loppers.

Have a look here under soil care and cultivation tools - https://www.wolfgarten-tools.co.uk/multi-change-tools-main/multi-change-tools-inner

what to do with grass

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 23:04

I hardly think an area just 3m x 2m needs a rotavator.    I like the lasagne method and plan to use it myself in this new garden but I don't think it's very attractive as a system for a front garden, especially if the OP's wife wants her garden this year.

Plant suggestions for tricky situation

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 22:58

It isn't see through unless people deliberately peer and will give you more privacy than a clematis ir oa shrub.  Cheaper too and no maintenance while your new hedge grows.

I used it very effectively in my last garden.   Don't need it in this one but if I wanted privacy while something grew, that's what I'd use.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 20:48

Sounds like a good start Wonky.  Pace yourself tho.  Does OH not do dinner?

It's been a funny day here and all that unpleasant weather has yielded a mere 2mm of rain.  Really.   

Can't remember when I last ate a Cornish pasty.  Probably 40 years or so.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
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Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
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Erection and siting 
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Cutting garden

Tips please 
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What to do with them 
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Weather station

Recommendations please 
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Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
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Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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Another ID please

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Shrub ID please

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Beechgrove has started

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Horticultural Retail Therapy 
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Horticultural Retail Therapy 
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Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

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Lawn care after moles

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