Latest posts by Obelixx

Privacy from play house

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 13:23

If the council can't or won't help, I suggest you erect some 3m high fence posts and string rope swags between them at 18"/45cms intervals.  You can then plant rambling roses which will grow along the swags and provide colour and privacy.

You'll need to pre-drill the posts to take the rope and also bury the posts in concrete boots for stability so get them at least 50 to 60cms longer than the height you need above ground.  You can use quick setting post concrete that you pour in the hles dry and then add water and hold the posts still for half an hour while it goes off.  Google "rope swags for roses" for info.

I suggest repeat flowering roses.  Not common in ramblers but there are a few.  David Austin roses list quite a few - http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/popular-searches/repeat-flowering-rambling-roses  You'll find some in local garden centres but probably best to order direct if you want a few as they will come with planting and cultivation advice.

There are other climbers such as clematis and honeysuckle but in this situation I would advise roses if you have the patience to wait a season or two for them to grow. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 12:06

Never heard of a gender reveal cake but that one is definitely good fun.  

Grey here as forecast but not yet wet so OH is out with the dogs before the deluge arrives later on.  Kittens are having hysterics and chasing each other all over the house.  Great fun.

Quiet day for me cogitating on kitchen logistics as we have to empty it all out and fix and paint the walls before they start and then it will take two weeks as chappy who does the worktop cutting doesn't start till the units are in and he can take perfect measurements.    Need to contemplate some sewing too - when the kittens are asleep.

Glad to hear Busy and Dove are on the mend.  Hope other lurgy sufferers are too.

Good luck to Chicklet.  Possum has already done half of her exams last week but the rest are spread over 10 days and then she'll fly down for a few days of cossetting.  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 18:55

I think we all have wobbles at some point or other and you have plenty to provoke one DD.  As Fairy says, little steps.  Each wobble overcome will make you stronger and you do have lots of support on here and from other friends plus the crutch of the pills if you need them to lean on in extremis.

Sounds like you've had a lovely time with Charlie and have a great evening planned plus plans for tomorrow.  That should all build up your inner reserves for when Charlie's not there again and for dealing with all the bureaucracy for your tea-room project.

Must go and cook our own dinner now - beef in red wine, naughty mashed spuds and veggies.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 18:15

Gorgeous pulmonaria Joyce.  I had some lovely deep blue ones with silvery leaves and some of the usual pink and blue mixed and some white ones but didn't bring any with me as they won't like it here.  Always loved them though.

Glad you had a good day Fairy.   More of the same tomorrow?

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 16:30

Signed.   Seems a clear cut case for compassion to me.

We have been to see kitchen man for his quote.  Not as eye-watering as I'd expected and he promptly lopped off nearly 1500€ cos it's the sales period.  Fine by us.  Deposit paid.  Now I just have to clear out all the old kitchen and clean and paint the walls by mid March.  Easy-peasy.  I love camping - not!

One of the odd things about being in France is the counting - still stuck in medieval 60 17 for 77 etc and 4x20 ditto for 80 and over - whereas we're used to the Belgians having 60, 70, 80+.  Then there's the whole déjeuner, diner and souper thing which can lead to confusion.  Today I learned that the French don't "chipoter".  That's Belgian too but kitchen man liked it.  

Heavy rain forecast for the next 2 days so I'll try and get OH on fiddling with things in the pantry so we can juggle fridges and stuff.  Then, apparently we're in for over a week of below freezing nights and intermittent sunshine.   There wasn't a single frost here last year and we've had loads this year.  I hope the neighbours don't blame us.


Posted: 14/01/2017 at 16:14

That's what I did with them in my old garden too.  It helped me see the flowers from the living room window - important when the weather is too dire to go and look close up.

None here and the ones I've seen on sale look ordinary and are jolly expensive so I'll try and get some in teh sales or grow from seed.  Not sure how well they'll cope with hotter, drier summers here so won't be going mad tho I do love them.

Lean to growing

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 13:49

Good.  Nice to have a new toy too I expect but frustrating with the Apple.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 12:52

I thought the RSPB had its dibs on various bits of coast land to encourage and shelter marshland birds and plants.   I also thought it is increasingly believed that allowing such low lying areas to flood is better for productive agricultural land nearby and also cheaper and more effective than endless groins, sea walls and so on.  However, I reckon the people concerned just need to cross the North Sea and learn what the Dutch have done to protect their low lying land and also hosing with "floating" foundations that rise with the water and thus don't suffer damage.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 11:25

How lovely Busy.  Lunch and seeds.  You can buy both of those from Chiltern seeds, si jamais.

Reminds me, I must check the other home saved seeds I brought as we've had a rat in the garden shed and I know it's eaten the echinops ritro, blast it.   Got my revenge tho.  Found a sleek corpse after I put poison down.

Set to be very wet but mild here tomorrow and Monday.  Good job I have indoor projects to get on with.

Lean to growing

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 10:57

Good advice from Frank.  Salad leaves won't like full sun in summer anyway so a PVC roof will be fine for them.

Discussions started by Obelixx


Erection and siting 
Replies: 4    Views: 230
Last Post: 18/02/2017 at 17:32

Cutting garden

Tips please 
Replies: 22    Views: 913
Last Post: 24/01/2017 at 11:07


What to do with them 
Replies: 14    Views: 506
Last Post: 14/11/2016 at 21:06

Weather station

Recommendations please 
Replies: 2    Views: 282
Last Post: 08/11/2016 at 14:53

Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
Replies: 25    Views: 905
Last Post: 30/10/2016 at 21:45

Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
Replies: 5    Views: 368
Last Post: 18/09/2016 at 12:30

Another ID please

Replies: 6    Views: 364
Last Post: 20/07/2016 at 12:46

Shrub ID please

Replies: 4    Views: 473
Last Post: 05/06/2016 at 20:00

Beechgrove has started

Replies: 48    Views: 2721
Last Post: 03/04/2016 at 11:22


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 2    Views: 738
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 15:29


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 0    Views: 909
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Replies: 8    Views: 977
Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 10:01

Lawn care after moles

Replies: 4    Views: 701
Last Post: 05/08/2015 at 23:00

Plant id for Obxx

Who knows what this is please? 
Replies: 8    Views: 1070
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 12:49

GW 2015

Programme content discussion 
Replies: 46    Views: 3290
Last Post: 16/03/2015 at 18:44
1 to 15 of 25 threads