Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 13:16

Missed your post Busy.  What a pain.   Hope you can get your cable back and pics removed.

Today's painting done and drying.  Next job is sanding down an old wooden door/gate we found in the ruin so I can oil it and then we're going to use it as a hat on a tallish tree stump in the garden so we can attach the weather station gizmos.  OH thinks this is a good spot.

I'm not so sure cos previous owners used it as a base for a tree house (shed on legs and the trunk) and just sawed off the legs at the base so we need either to clear it all out and plant things or decide we can't plant things and do something else.  Can't grow just grass as there are stumps and things to kill the mower.   Ho hum.

Tree, tree house, Wendy house and play frame all gone and we have just a 2m stump of rotting tree left.

Deadheading daffodils

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 11:12

Daffs in pots and borders get the whole flowering stem removed cos it looks better but we leave the smaller ones like tête-à-tête and Minnow to seed about as they naturalise so easily.   I suspect we'll get to a point - either age or quantities or both - where we just boost the feed and let the flowers go over but, for the moment, we don't have so many that dead-heading is a huge chore.

Greenhouse - front and back doors?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:57

I don't think you need a second door and you will probably want to add extra shelving later on so yes, money better spent on extra vents and an automatic system for opening and closing them on days when you're away at work or play.

GW iplayer not working

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:30

It's also repeated on Saturday pm and Sunday mornings so set your recorder, just in case you miss future shows, especially the one hour ones.

Greenhouse - front and back doors?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:28

How big is the greenhouse?  Will the door drastically cut the shelving area you can build for growing things?  Is there not enough roof and vent ventilation, with or without automatic systems for opening them on hot days?

An open letter to Daniel

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:27

I've been using these boards in one incarnation or another since at least 2007.  Changes and "updates" drive some people away, generally as they start new boards themselves.  Changes in life circumstances take some people away.

There have always been perceived cliques.  There have always been delicate flowers who take things too personally.  There are always people who seek attention and always people who feel hard done by.  There are others who become firm friends and arrange meetings and excursions which not everyone can, or wants to, attend.    There are also people one likes less and just one or two who are recognised for being repeat tryers on, sometimes on other boards too.  

That's just a reflection of life isn't it?   Basic manners and common sense need to be observed to get you through most situations and especially on anonymous and faceless forums like this.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:19

Not familiar with Noel but I really like Sandy T and Prue L.   PH is a tad too naive and sensitive and humourless for me so let's just hope they get a good batch of amateur bakers.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:11

Still have no beds for planting so am busy tending things in pots whilst waiting for the man with the digger to make our potager and build us a couple of fences for supporting some clems and roses for a scented courtyard garden up by the house.

Haven't found any plant fairs happening yet but there are some coming up in April and May.   Meanwhile I'm having "fun" bouncing around on the mower trying to tame grass that has been mown by sheep or farm tractor for the last 3 years leaving it very wild and hummocky and bumpy.

Have fun potting up treasures to take BF and thanks for the updates. 

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:06

Good morning all.  Late start today owing to a lie-in needed after being kept wake half the night by OH snoring.   It's cool and breezy and grey out there.   More painting for me and then some pottering, outdoors if it warms up.  It's so uninviting out there at the mo that  OH is tackling our ironing mountain.

Haven't seen the news properly but have heard bits in the background.  I can't see that Merkel will have been surprised by Trump's behaviour or utterings.   Putin and his cohorts will have closely studied Trump and his tricks and will make him look foolish if he tries it on.  I have no admiration or liking for either.  Both dangerous and arrogant and stupid in their ways.

Anyone seen the new line-up for the Bake Off?

Plant which has the most impact on gardening and the plant which has started your passion, according to you.

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 09:50

I was always interested as a child but discouraged my parents too time poor to risk letting me play with beds and plants.   Discovered only in my 40s, and long after he was dead, that my paternal grandfather was a keen amateur gardener and prize winner up in South Shields.

What started me as an adult was buying a house with a garden - 85' long and with a row of 30' high leylandii down the eastern side blocking the morning sun from our garden and the afternoon sun and prevailing rain form our neighbours.    Suddenly, we had grass to mow, dead roses and weedy laburnum to get rid of and those trees making it all dark.   We cleared the rubble and planted a fruit cage, took down the trees and found our garden was suddenly a whole lot wider and lighter and then started planting with help and advice form our new neighbours who were delighted the trees had gone.

We'd come home from work and make a cup of tea and wander about the garden admiring blooms and veggies and pulling weeds and gently de-stressing and now find that a garden and the process of caring for it are essential to our well-being.   Love sharing plants and info and tips too.

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