Latest posts by Obelixx

Small, overlooked garden, privacy & design ideas

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 11:50

You could ditch the suffering tree which is likely to get too big anyway and build a pergola round the back wall.  Screw some battens to the wall and attach trellis panels - wood or metal as you prefer - and then make a 3' wide border and improve the soil all along that wall by digging in loads of well-rotted manure and/or mushroom compost and then plant climbers which will cover the trellis and extend up over the pergola.  That should give you some privacy without cutting light.

Bamboos en masse are desperately dull and far too dominating IMHO, even if they don't sucker and spread.

Is this a lemon plant ?

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 11:45

Try looking up the suggested plants to compare and maybe post a better photo if none of those is correct.   Gracious much?

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 11:43

We have masons due to start this pm or tomorrow am on foundations for our new shower room.  They need dry weather so, naturally, we have heavy dark clouds and serious, heavy rain - the best since we arrived.  Masons booked months ago.  Who knew you just needed a start date instead of a rain dance?

Ticks can cause all sorts of nasties Dacha.  Assuming some of what MIL has can be cured, she needs to use repellents when outside.  Are the cats and dog protected?   Good luck with the toe and MIL's sight.

Pat - why burn a tree in situ when you can cut it up for logs and burn them safely?

Hope the knee gets diagnosed and sorted Dove.  Hugs to all with aches and pains and funnies.

Hydrangeas help

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 20:10

It is definitely looking parched and starved.  First thing to do is soak that pot ion a bucket of water till no further bubbles appear and apologise profusely all the while.

Then find a pot at least twice as big and preferably 3.  Hydrangeas of that size need a steady supply of water and won't get it in a teeny pot.

The flowers look like paniculata of some sort (cone shaped) which means they flower on new wood so no need to prune until next spring when new growth starts.  You can then cut back each branch to the lowest pair of buds and give it a generous handful of pelleted chicken manure and, late on, occasional drinks of tomato feed between then and the end of June to encourage flower formation.

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 20:02

Maybe 2 out of the three Liri.   Their log pile is much more functional and hidden near the house.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 17:15

Busy pottering with pots this morning but ran out of potting compost so stopped and made lunch.  Then, all cleaned and showered we headed off for a fair displaying artisans of house and garden restoration and creation.   Found a couple of plants we liked including a lemon tree with headily scented flowers but decided not to buy cos it was just too flipping hot to carry stuff.  Luckily, the nursery is only 5km from here so we can go next week.

OH bought himself a selection of artisanal beers on the way out.

Once rehydrated and cooled I shall put a chicken in the oven to cook while we walk the dogs together.

Busy - I've put a few photos on the Vendée thread for you.  Nice too get a cuddle.

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 17:08

Horseshoe cat

Beautiful feathery conifer

Another insect hotel in "cactus" form

The ponds with home made resin and sand birds, water lilies and stepping stones between the 2 for normal water levels


Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 16:56

Here are a few then.  Pigeon defences - simple but effective

Snail made from a gourd and 2 small ones for its "ears"

Epiphyte ferns hanging in the fig tree

Insect hotel with butterfly motif

Tree house - he sleeps in tehre so he can listen to the birds at night and at dawn but not when the acorns are dropping!

One of the home-made arbours

Sylvia's serpent

The dry garden - especially useful in a drought year!

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:52

Fab isn't it?  The mosaic snake and tulips are her work.  Apparently another member gives classes on a Monday evening.  Will have to think about that.

He used to work in the plastics industry and made all those birds in the pond himself from his own resin mold and then resin and sand mix to get the birds.   Those big slabs between the two ponds are normally stepping stones across the water but the drought has left them high and dry.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 11:10

Went to visit two local gardens belonging to members of the Vendée gardening club on Friday.   The first is owned by a vet who considers herself lucky if she can get her OH to cut the grass.  Like last Sunday's first garden it's another case of beautiful and interesting plants but low maintenance on the weeding and pruning and general after care but she is time poor.   She has some fine trees and shrubs and fruit trees including a pomegranate and several crab apples plus pears and apples, rambling and shrub roses and some interesting perennials and the biggest, most colourful phytolacca I've ever seen.


The second garden was started in 1983 when this couple, now retired, moved in.  They are both artistic with her doing mosaics and him doing sculptures with found wood and metal but he has also learned to weld and made arbours and pergolas and a greenhouse, all from found or donated metal and glass.   He has a collection of salvias in a wide range of colours and hangs epiphyte ferns from a fig tree.   


There is a magnificent tree house but, most of all, the plants are varied and beautiful.

More pics in the Vendée gardens thread - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/garden-visits---asphodele-group-vendee/1005596.html 

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