Latest posts by obelixx

How much bird food do burds eat a day?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:55

It depends on the season.    I buy a 25kilo bag of mixed seed and a 15 kilo bag of peanuts and bags of 25 fat balls at a time as well as slabs of fat and fruit or fat and mealworms or fat and insect mix.   It goes faster in winter and spring than it does in summer and autumn.  

Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:44

We don't have problems cutting our hawthorn.    I take the secateurs to the garden side after flowering finishes so I can get to the beds and OH does the top and field side with secateurs, loppers and shears once the nesting season is over.   No nests yet but the hedge is very busy with birds all year.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:33

Verdun - what an unsympathetic reply.  Mollis is probably just wanting to say hello to old friends.  Why seek an ulterior or sinister motive?


Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 18:24

Good decision.   When they arrive, soak their roots in buckets of water for an hour or two before planting as this rehydrates them and helps them grow.   Helps to have your planting trench ready to go too so you can get them in quickly.

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:49

I made the mistake of accompanying Possum to an Abercrobie and Fitch store in Brussels last year - over heated, under lit, noisy musak and overwhelming squirts of their "perfume" in the airco.   Crap fabrics too so not sorry to leave.  Never again.

What passes you by?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:08

Plain black coffee for me except for an occasional proper capuccino.   have to find a Café Nero when in the UK or drink water.  I don't get Starbucks, Costa and their ilk.  Don't like tea except maybe a darjeeling once or twice a year.

I don't get the obsession to be in touch with everyone on twitter or endless texting and yet not talking to the people in front of you.  Went to an annual reunion of old friends - all now in their 60s and IT types - and every single one of them had their mobile and/or i-Pad and/or tablet to hand.   Except me.   Haven't seen each other in some cases for a year so loads to catch up on and they're all looking at the screen in their hand!

I don't get "celebrity", squid ink, oysters, football tribalism, religion (especially extremist or evangical.  I can take care of my own conscience thank you), zumba (why? you could be dancing instead), begonias, euphorbias, aubergines, people who think gardening is infradig, Socialism with a capital S, Fascism, paintings of children with tears (remember those from the 60s?), cruelty to people, animals and plants (bonsai).................


Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:52

I'm easy to buy for.  Garden stuff or kitchen stuff.

OH is trained but Possum still refuses to buy me garden stuff and balks at cooky stuff so this year she bought me a basket of seasonally smelly bath stuff and hand cream.   Very nice except I take a bath about once a year if I have long, cold, wet day in the garden.  Before you all grimace, I prefer a shower.  Not sure about going about in spring smelling like a mulled wine or Xmas cake either.

I either send OH a list or internet links or accompany him to shops and Xmas markets so I get what I will like and find either useful or decorative.   No surprises but drastic measures were needed because, unsupervised, he buys me "treasures" such as a mobile phone.............


Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:42

Hi Jo.  We planted ours about a foot apart.  We've lost 2 since - victims of a farmer reversing his trailer into them when harvesting but you can only tell when you look at the base.   The branches of the others have filled the spaces.

I like the look of the bare branches in winter, especially when glistening with rain drops or twinkling with frost or just a lacy filigree with blue sky behind.  Our sparrow colony uses them as a conference centre and also as a bolt hole when the sparrowhawk dives.

Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:31

Apart from chervil, most herbs need direct sun to grow well and develop flavour.  You could maybe grow some rosemary, thyme, bay and sage in pots by the front door if that's in full sun and I find basil does well in window boxes or pots as ong as it is watered regularly.

Salad leaves can grow in shade so you could try those - some of the tastier ones are really quite expensive to buy.   Root veggies should be OK and maybe leeks.   Have a look at this site - http://www.harvesttotable.com/2012/04/vegetables-for-growing-in-shade/ 

Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 23:04

We planted a hawthorn hedge 13 years ago using single whips.   We planted them in December in good soil improved with compost and pruned each whip back to 9".   They grew 6' in their first year and were then pruned back to 3' in late winter to encourage them to bush out.  

They grew 6' again and have been pruned and shaped each autumn and now make a handsome 7' high hedge about 6' thick.  We could keep it thinner but the other side is arable fields so space is not a problem.   It's a useful windbreak and provides shelter and food for birds and insects.   It is very thorny.

At the same time I planted a pyracantha hedge in another part of the garden but it suffered badly in severe winters and half the plants died and the ones that have survived have needed the last 3 mild winters to start looking bonny again.

The holly hedge also suffered in severe winters and, to add insult to injury, the cows in the pasture on that side chomped all the tender new shoots so we had a short, fat holly hedge until I erected a mesh fence to keep them off it and let it grow taller.   

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