Latest posts by Obelixx

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

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 13:00

Or it's badly run and inefficient councils using cuts in govt funding to excuse cuts at home.  Either way, there is a lack of long term thinking involved but I'm all for communities taking care of themselves as much as they can.  Having it done for you does nothing for community spirit.

Torrid night here with my system battling to expel some pesky bug whichever way it could and I've been bitten again so when I wasn't in the bathroom I was applying ointment and trying not to scratch.   Windy night too with odd drops of rain.   Just enough to make for paw marks on my clean floor.

As I was feeling crook yesterday pm I didn't go walkie but dis let my fingers do the walking round a seed site.  The big local nursery has a range of obvious things at high prices - 30€+ for a we shrub or tree in a 5l pot so I've decided to grow my own on the ground that babies will catch up fast and be ready for their new home from the start with no issues acclimatising.

Also bought some magnesium tabs after bad cramps and the packet claims they are also good with insomnia and improving sleep quality so maybe worth trying NB and Hosta.

Happy Birthday Nanny B.  Hope you have a lovely day.  

Glad you're feeling better today LP and hope your defences work Liri.  

Shame about WW's hands but maybe this job can lead to something less strenuous but still plant related.

Now to crawl back under a blanket.    Enjoy your Sunday everyone, whatever you're up to.

Wishfull thinking?

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 22:23

Let her moan.  Unless you have a specific rule in your area you can have a 6' high fence and no grounds for complaints.

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

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 13:49

How did we get from Ophelia to Brian?

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

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 13:14

Love to see comfy dogs and cats DL.  Getting blowy here too Dove so my washing is well pegged to the whirly gig.

No launderettes as we know them so the duvet is in the machine and will get a good blow dry.  Oh wants to take the dogs to the coast for walkies after we get back from pot hunting.  I think I prefer to stay here and use the hedgerows as windbreaks although it would be good to see some wave on the Atlantic for once.  Not seen any to speak of yet since we arrived a year ago.

Climbing rose cane damage.

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 13:00

It looks to me like it's healing OK by itself so I would just make sure the upper canes are tied in to their supports to stop them being blown about in strong winds and causing root rock.  Give the base of the plant a generous drink and then mulch thickly with some well-rotted manure.

Next spring, remove any dead, broken or frozen bits up top and feed the base with a generous dollop of pelleted chicken manure and another mulch of well-rotted manure.   This will both feed the roots and retain moisture.   Do this mulching every year in autumn and spring to keep your rose growing healthily.  

Keep an eye out for saw flies.  Sometimes they lay their eggs on the stems and that causes the bursting appearance when they hatch.   The larvae will quickly strip the foliage so pick them off the minute you see them.   Another problem roses get is aphids but don't spray.  Hoverflies and ladybirds and their larvae will quickly hoover them up, as will tits and sparrow who feed them to their young in teh nest.   Hang some fat balls or peanut feeders nearby to encourage birds to your garden.

Wishfull thinking?

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 12:52

If your budget runs to it, I would suggest putting your own fence immediately inside here - solid panels or trellis as you see fit.  That way you can have your privacy and plant what you like to grow up them.

You can also buy wooden planters with a trellis back panel and grow things up those.

How many Alliums in containers

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 12:46

For spacing the smaller flowered ones, at least one bulb's width apart and 3 bulb's depth below the top of your compost.   Keep them a bulb's width in from the edge of your planter too.  

If you plant the larger headed ones like Christophii or Schubertii or the round headed Purple Sensation types then you have to space them as far apart as the flower head width so they have space to open up properly and be seen.

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

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 12:06

Thanks Liri.  I shall keep an eye out.   The consensus here seems to be to neutralise with grey before going for top colour.    When my Belgian scientists were here they declared the landing wallpaper must be British.  No.  I shall have to deal with it sooner or meter but not yet.....

Hope your throat clears up quickly.

DL - your anniversary programme sounds great.   Love that music.

Yes Chicky - that is one of the benefits.   Quite odd this summer making sure Possum was OK with our excursions habit.

Dove - Don't get Radio 4 here but I can on my PC so I'll try and catch that on playback.  

Lunch now - romanesco with cheese sauce, then shopping for pots.


Posted: 21/10/2017 at 11:03

Happy birthday Chicky.   Enjoy yourself.

Coping with withdrawal symptoms

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 10:41

Never watch GW live any more as it's on after dinner here and OH likes to watch other stuff.    For me, while sewing, repetitive watching of GH DVDs and later on showing the relevant bits to OH as we're laying a terrace/seating area sometime soon.  At some point, I shall be catching up on all saved recordings of Beechgrove and some GW for the bits relevant to us in this new garden.  

Then I have RHS Garden magazines, assorted books and plenty of crafts and decorating to keep me busy.   GW has long since ceased to be a must watch with no distractions.

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