Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 14:24

Wine looks good Dove.   Still working on finding a good one here for every day quaffing.   Bought a leg of lamb yesterday Dove.  3 shoulders in the freezer but OH wants to do lamb kebabs on the BBQ.    28€ a kilo ready made but 16.50€ for a leg.  Just have to decide on a marinade and remember to hide the bone from the dogs.   

Just got the hand sewing to do on my jacket and then maybe some gardening when the sun is less strong.   Definitely not watching the grunt show. 

Last edited: 16 July 2017 14:24:51

What do you hate most about gardening?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:49

Hire a specialist mole catcher.  They work well.    

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:38

Good morning all.   Sunny, clear skies, slight breeze - lovely but I'd really like a few days or nights of proper rain.   Supposed to start the day with a bike ride to get Possum and me fitter and trimmer but she's grumpy and argumentative today.   No idea why.

I shall go and check which treasures are the most thirsty.  Water butts empty now so metered tap it is. Then some sewing till later on when I can get some weeding done without burning.   I last cut the grass in mid June, just before that heatwave and it has been brown since then - except for the weeds that make bits look green and the apple mint in some areas.

Good news with the eye LP.   Hosta and Lyn - pics please when you go to Rosemoor.   Hope you get your walk FG.   What wine Dove?

Clari - hide your car keys and give him the duster and vaccuum cleaner for housework!

Last edited: 16 July 2017 10:39:00

Garden shape

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:20

Try drawing two overlapping circles or ovals on your lawn - hosepipe or sand to mark them - and keep those as lawn with an archway between them or obelisks or tall plants either side of the narrowest part to break up the line of the garden and fool the eye.   You could also use squares but turned so the corner points towards the house rather than having the sides parallel to the boundaries, thus giving two diamonds.  

Either shape would give you wider sections for your borders for planting bigger shrubs, roses, small trees and perennials to break up the boundary lines.   You could use another circle or a triangle or smaller square in one corner or end as a BBQ and seating area and tuck things like compost and bins behind a trellis in another corner.

Use vertical lines such as trellis panels and obelisks with climbing plants to block views and move the eye up and down as this will also make the garden look deeper thru not being able to see it all at once.

Topsoil on top of patio then gravel?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 00:49

Agree.   Remove the slabs of the old terrace and pats and then level the soil so it slopes very gently away from the house and making sure that you do not raise the level above your damp proof membrane and/or any air bricks.   Keep this level in mind for later if you decide to put slabs on top in the future.  You may prefer to dig more out rather than put some back.

You can use excess soil to create raised beds away from the house and further down the garden or just to improve borders away from the house and its drainage systems.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 00:43

She'll be back soon enough Chicky and has great adventures ahead of her.    Have to let them go to keep them close.   Hugs for you whenever you need them.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 21:26

Yvie - I just use AdBlock.  Free to download.   Works well for me.  Glad your new PC is an improvement.

Chicky - lovely veggies.   It'll be a while before we get any fruits from my labours - toms, chillies, squashes, sweetcorns, brassicas and onions so far.   Need to work in loads of compost and manure to improve moisture retention as our drought is continuing and we've only had 4" of rain since mid Jan.  The cattle farmers are already having to take feed and water to their beasts in pasture this year.   Not good.

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 21:15

DD - sleep.  Let the ideas buzz and settle in your subconscious and they'll sort themselves out into must be done now, can be done soon, can wait till I have time in the quieter season order of prioritising.

Well done with ex OH too.  He'll be peeved you've done so well, disbelieving that you can carry on and cross as hell that he can't interfere, over-ride and undermine.   Just keep him in his place and carry on regardless.  

Go DD.

What do you hate most about gardening?

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 16:20

Any and every weed that grows happily while my treasures are currently struggling with a  year long drought.   We've had about 4" of rain since the new year and it's not enough even for established plants.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 16:17

As long as it's by mutual agreement it's fine Hosta but not when on half of a couple is taking the p*ss.  OH does all our ironing and I clean loos but we share the tidying and other cleaning now unless it involves his bloody Dyson.  I also do all the decorating but he does the heavy lifting in the garden while I do the planning and planting cos he has black thumbs and also refuses to learn the difference between a weed and a treasure.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
Replies: 10    Views: 274
Last Post: 11/06/2017 at 09:04

Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
Replies: 4    Views: 326
Last Post: 03/06/2017 at 09:22

Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
Replies: 9    Views: 353
Last Post: 20/05/2017 at 14:26

Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
Replies: 6    Views: 293
Last Post: 06/04/2017 at 17:42


Erection and siting 
Replies: 4    Views: 342
Last Post: 18/02/2017 at 17:32

Cutting garden

Tips please 
Replies: 22    Views: 1554
Last Post: 08/06/2017 at 22:33


What to do with them 
Replies: 11    Views: 600
Last Post: 14/11/2016 at 21:06

Weather station

Recommendations please 
Replies: 2    Views: 405
Last Post: 08/11/2016 at 14:53

Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
Replies: 21    Views: 1162
Last Post: 30/10/2016 at 21:45

Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
Replies: 5    Views: 458
Last Post: 18/09/2016 at 12:30

Another ID please

Replies: 6    Views: 431
Last Post: 20/07/2016 at 12:46

Shrub ID please

Replies: 4    Views: 592
Last Post: 05/06/2016 at 20:00

Beechgrove has started

Replies: 41    Views: 3548
Last Post: 15/06/2017 at 06:07


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 2    Views: 826
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 15:29


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 0    Views: 1046
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 13:04
1 to 15 of 29 threads