Latest posts by Obelixx

Please help with my jungle!

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 22:15

Bark will be an open invitation to cats to come and do their business and, if you buy a grade that's small enough to be comfy for your child, it will break down all too quickly and provide a great place for weeds to germinate and grow.   Larger grades are not comfy to walk on for little feet.

I think the best option is to clear all the crud as you are doing - well done by the way - then level the soil that's left, rake it over and sow some grass seed in autumn or spring.  There are various seed mixes available to suit different situations - shade, sun, hard wearing for children to play on or finer for a proper lawn.

It will need mowing every 5 to 7 days during the growing season but will be much easier to keep clean and tidy than bark and cheaper too than buying a membrane and then all the bark. 

later on, as your child grows, you can easily add a swing or a wee trampoline as desired and then, when he or she has grown out of that phase, you can introduce plants and a seating area for mum and dad to enjoy.

Here's some advice on sowing a lawn from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=424 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 15:51

Anti histamines?   They should reduce swelling.

Still jolly hot here.  Weather man on the radio says it'll still be 24C at 11pm.   That feels optimistic at the mo but at least it's not our usual sticky heat.


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:15

38C in the sun.  28C in the shade.  I'm indoors painting chairs for Possum's apartment.

Hot Obxx.

Rasta doggy sprawled flat out on the floor tiles to keep cool.


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 10:32

Damsons are self fertile so you will only need one.  The choice then depends on how much space you have as some trees are compact and others get quite large.

Ken Muir has 3 varieties available with descriptions - http://www.kenmuir.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=35_59_62 I have Shropshire damson bought about 10 years ago on a trip to the Lakes.   It crops well except in years when frost gets the blossom before it's been pollinated.

Is it worth the risk?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 10:26

Cut the rose stems now at the base so they can wilt a bit and be easier to remove later.   Dig out the root as and when you can.

The honeysuckle can be left till autumn so the birds can enjoy the fruits.  Pull out the weakened rose stems and just cut any honeysuckle you can't disentangle.   It will regrow quite happily especially if given a good feed next spring. 

Lots of single flowering rambling roses for scrambling up trees.  You need one that is not too vigorous so not Kiftsgate, Rambling Rector or Wedding Day but plenty more to choose from.   Look at the David Austin website before you go (and get carried away).  Check out also Peter Beales and Harkness websites just in case.


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 08:25

Great to hear you're OK DD and Charlie too.   Remember to record your Independence Day and celebrate it each year - even if things get tough at times you'll be be in charge with no-one to undermine or control you and your neighbours will be happy to help if asked, as will we, all be it form a distance.

Another lovely sunny start here and my sprinkler has died so the early SM run will include a trip to the GC for a new one.  It's on automatic to keep all my treasures in good nick for the move so is an essential piece of kit.

Pleased your enjoying all the grandkids Busy, and anyone else who gets to see more of them in the summer hols.

That chocolate cake looked good FG.  Thanks for sharing.

Have a good day everyone, whether you're baking or shivering.

When you know you've bought the wrong one

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 17:26

OH loves his Dyson so he gets to do the vaccing now as I hate it.  Picks up OK if it's empty but blocks easily and is a pig to empty and a pig to store cos of its stupid shape and stupid parking for the handle and hose.

I have a robot on my wish list for downstairs - 2 dogs and an OH shipping in muck - and will keep our old Miele for upstairs.  He can have his Dyson for cleaning the cars.

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Posted: 23/08/2016 at 17:23

Thanks Lesley.    Congrats for your 37th.

When Possum was small she didn't like carrots so I'd hide them in a chocolate carrot cake recipe which made a great 10" square cake or about 30 little buns which I'd freeze and then dole out off elevenses at school.    The full cake had a white chocolate and cream cheese icing and used to be her favourite until Aunty Chris made a chocolate Guinness cake one year when we visited.   Now she makes it for her Belgian friends as a full cake or cup cakes.    Raised a few euros for Amnesty International with those.

It's after 6pm and we have 30 in the shade on the north facing wall.   Much attic sorting accomplished but my goodness it's warm and drippy up there even with windows open and the breeze.

use old tom compost for strawbs?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 14:45

All the nutrients will have been exhausted by the toms so use it as a mulch on a watered bed or as a soil conditioner but not as a planting medium.

Winter hanging baskets

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 13:27

Winter hanging baskets here either freeze to death or become wind turbines but I've had some success with winter window boxes using a mix of trailing ivies and violas but even those look sad when frozen so I haven't bothered for years now.

Blue fescues and heucheras look great till frozen or too dry and winter heathers soon go brown.  Mini skimmias and gaultherias are good but don't like my alkaline tap water.

Carex, cyclamen and iris reticulata are good for low baskets where you can see in.

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