Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 09:14

Sorry - so tired I forgot to wish everyone a good day and a wish for Hosta and a diagnosis at the doc's.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 09:03

Good morning.  NOt a lot of sleep.  OH in snore mode all night.  Thank goodness he's gone to Belgium today and I can get a good sleep tonight.   No chance of a zizz today as kitchen man is here plus two chaps and a cement mixer for the new fencing and another chap with a mini digger.   Bonzo dog is beside himself.   

It started off perishing cold but bright and sunny.   The promised thunder storms didn't materialise but we have had 11mm of rain.   That makes 1750mm since the 20th of Jan.

Judging by the holes for the fence posts and what we've found in the beds we've cleared so far we have claggy clay soil underneath a layer of varying thickness humussy stuff from being cow pasture.  Nothing like the loamy depths we had in Belgium but our gendarme neighbour says we can have lots of horse poo for our compost so it will improve.  

I have moved my new treasures from the shelter of the garage to full sun for the day and now I definitely need another large coffee.

Just need to vent...

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 08:39

I tend only to watch BBC news and find that they are labouring points, speculating, repeating and re-explaining as tho we're all very stupid and didn't understand the first time.   I know it's been a traumatic event and feel desperately sorry for all those hurt as well as the families who have been bereaved but we don't need it to be re-hashed over and over, we don't need endless interviews and re-tellings by those on the periphery and nor should they be feeding the vanity of the people who incite this sort of attack.

There must be some other real and relevant news out there today, good and bad, that isn't being reported or investigated while everyone is on this feeding frenzy.

Bird disease

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 08:29

A few years ago something wiped out our healthy population of greenfinches.  I don't know what it was and didn't see distressed birds but their numbers dwindled to nothing.  They disappeared over a wide area, not just my garden.    However, chaffinches then increased in number as visitors to our garden and we had a thriving colony of very nosiy, sociable sparrows nesting in the eaves of the house.

In this new garden there are sparrows, but nit a lot, chaffinches and pigeons.   No greenfinches.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 23:18

Me too.  Off to be myself as I need to recharge the batteries for tomorrow - fence men with any luck unless it pours again; kitchen man and digger man with any luck and weeding and prepping and planting to do for me.

Sweet dreams.

Apple tree choice?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 23:15

Do remember that apples need a pollinator nearby so check around for other apple trees or crab apples or consider a "family" tree which has more than one variety grafted on it.  Remember also that the rootstock which will determine the vigour of the tree.

Do subscribers still get free gifts on Cover?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 22:40

Only in the UK postal area.  I cancelled my subscription years ago because the postage to Belgium didn't cover the freebies yet I could buy the magazine with them included in Belgian shops.

Looking for Wisdom

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 17:15

I suggest you go to the library and borrow Beth Chatto's book on creating a Dry Garden.   She explains all you need to know about soil preparation and plant choice.  She created hers on a former car park and there are large trees.

Some photos here for inspiration, taken last May - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 17:05

I could read it.  Saw on the news while having a coffee after the SM shop that they've arrested a man in Antwerp for attempting to mow down a crowd.     Copy cat?  Co-ordinated but got his timing wrong for yesterday?  

Pleased with SM tho.  I bought some Fiskars loppers with parrot blades and extendable handles in late Jan/early Feb and had to take them back today cos one of the handles ended up in two pieces.  No quibbles.  Found our purchase in tehir records and offered us money back or a swap as they had no more in stock.  Went to see what they had and found their last pair on the wrong hooks.  Brilliant.

Thence to DIY shop for noxious goodies for prepping furniture.  No methanol.  Never heard of it.  Really?

Home to find kitchen units all now mounted and now awaiting adjustments to doors, fitting of handles, shelves and kicking boards and a good clean before he installs the oven and dishwasher.  With any luck the work top will be delivered tomorrow pm or Monday am and then it's all go for the sink and hob and I'll be in business.

To cover a bare wall or not?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 13:34

Climbing plants can be grown up a trellis panel - or 2 or 3 depending on size - and these ar best attched to the wall using wooden battens about 2 inches thick.   The battens can be painted to match teh wall and the trellis can be attached with hinges at the bottom and hooks or screws at the top.  This allows you to drop the panels down for any wall maintenance or painting.

As it is south east facing and will get quite hot in summer you need the biggest, deepest pot you can manage or, better still a large trough, filled with good quality compost and with regular watering and feeding.   Then you can grow one of the smaller repeat ramblers - see David Austin website for ideas - or a group 3 clematis because they're easy to prune and train.   Honeysuckle is another possibility.  Don't go for anything too rigid and woody as it won't appreciate being bent over for maintenance.

As you chosen plant will be entirely dependent on you for food and water you need to prepare the trellis well and then get the pot and plant choice right and keep it adequately fed and watered.  It will use up the nutrients in the pot in 90 to 100 days and rainfall on its own will not suffice.  

Discussions started by Obelixx

Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
Replies: 6    Views: 207
Last Post: 06/04/2017 at 17:42


Erection and siting 
Replies: 4    Views: 269
Last Post: 18/02/2017 at 17:32

Cutting garden

Tips please 
Replies: 18    Views: 986
Last Post: 24/01/2017 at 11:07


What to do with them 
Replies: 11    Views: 536
Last Post: 14/11/2016 at 21:06

Weather station

Recommendations please 
Replies: 2    Views: 344
Last Post: 08/11/2016 at 14:53

Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
Replies: 21    Views: 982
Last Post: 30/10/2016 at 21:45

Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
Replies: 5    Views: 385
Last Post: 18/09/2016 at 12:30

Another ID please

Replies: 6    Views: 383
Last Post: 20/07/2016 at 12:46

Shrub ID please

Replies: 4    Views: 504
Last Post: 05/06/2016 at 20:00

Beechgrove has started

Replies: 39    Views: 2861
Last Post: 03/04/2016 at 11:22


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 2    Views: 758
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 15:29


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 0    Views: 942
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Replies: 8    Views: 1002
Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 10:01

Lawn care after moles

Replies: 4    Views: 719
Last Post: 05/08/2015 at 23:00

Plant id for Obxx

Who knows what this is please? 
Replies: 8    Views: 1102
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 12:49
1 to 15 of 26 threads