Latest posts by Obelixx

Sorbus Olympic Flame

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 23:05

Be patient.  Give it time and love and it will grow.   Keep the soil around its base weeded to reduce competition for nutrients and rain and give it a mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure.  Use bought multi-purpose compost if you have none of your own or a bag of manure which you can also buy at garden centres.

Next spring, give it a generous handful of pelleted chicken manure lightly forked in around the roots and another mulch.   Enjoy the new foliage as it opens and the blossom.   Lovely tree.

Connifer Trees!

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 22:58

It is indeed a conifer and planted far too close to the house. 

Looks like it may be one of the leylandii forms in which case it grows between 80 and 100cm a year and, if left alone will get to 7m or more wide at the base.

It may also be the similar looking but much slower growing chamaecyparis lawsonia but it's still too close to the house and will block light.

If you start when they're much younger and smaller these tress can both be kept clipped to a decent size and make attractive hedges or pruned specimens but neither grows back from cuts into brown wood so I reckon it's too late to do a good shaping and reducing job on this one.

Cut it down, leaving enough main stem to get hold of to let you wriggle and wiggle and wrestle out most of the roots with the trunk.  Before you re-plant, you'll need to improve the soil with some good garden or commercial compost as the soil will be depleted of nutrients and probably very dry too.

Name this plant!

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 22:21

It might, on the other hand, turn out to be another plant that likes to seed itself around - verbascum phoenicum.   Worth keeping either way.

Help identify weed

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 22:03

If you're regularly treating the lawn with products the cyclamen will be having a hard time maturing enough to produce flowers.  Alternatively they may be too immature as yet.  Try digging the corms up, as indicated above, and re-plant them in a well-drained spot where they can grow in peace and build up some flower power.   Lovely plants to have.

Last edited: 08 November 2017 22:03:53

Name these plants!

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 21:59

Be careful.  If it is euphorbia the sap can cause irritation to exposed skin and you need to be very careful not to get it in your eyes.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 18:42

Pdoc - did you take him on faith or did you meet him and not spot he is a toe-rag?

Dove - I have to think people who stand as Lib Dems are not exactly power hungry.  Not realistically anyway but that's a whole other ball game.

Better go and do dinner now and then see that Cosmos pussy about a new sock.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 18:01

Dove - you forgot "stupid, thoughtless, self-serving".   I could go on but there's a whole parcel of that type in the Labour party too and the SNP and Northern Ireland parties and Wales and the whole darn tooting of them.

No better in Belgium.  Haven't got the hang of French politics and personalities yet.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 17:33

Over here we get called for an MOT - blood tests, heart rate, lung function, BP - and they send reminders about scans and tests for various common cancers and annual flu vaccines and 65+ vaccines (shingles).   However, I suspect that if you never go to see your GP about any problems you may easily fall off their radar.   In Belgium, kids can't start school if their vaccine certificates are not complete - MMR, polio, diptheria, TB, small pox......

Clearly athletes need a different BMI calculator.  Can't compare a shot putter or a hammer thrower or a wight lifter to a sprinter!

I have spent a happy afternoon investigating the website of a plant nursery not too far from here.   Loads of lovely tempting plants for my wish list.  I foresee a major transformation of the reportedly fertile patch at the bottom to the left of the potager.......

Pdoc - have you looked closely at your MP lately?  I have very little time for the current crop of politicians on all sides but he's a real prize!

Last edited: 08 November 2017 17:34:24

pet companions

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 13:38

That's the thing isn't it PP.  Knowing when it's time to let them go.   She looks like a real character so I hope you have some great memories to ease your loss.

Logan - I have them on Whiskas now with meat or poultry flavours only.   Other brands list fish proteins in their ingredients.   Have tried online but they all list fish proteins somewhere unless I import from USA so Whiskas it is for now.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 13:26

That must make you feel good Hosta.   Any progress on your pain seizures?   Have you tried magnesium supplements to help with your insomnia?  I bought a supply to help with cramps and it says it's good for aiding sleep.   My BMI is a work in progress............

We need to make space on our Sky box so I am womanfully FFing my way thru GW progs to see if there are any gems I need to show OH, such as raised bed building, and have found that chap on cloud pruning.   I shall have a go next spring on that hulking overgrown bay tree.

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