Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 15:26

Does it go red in autumn?  Maybe Virginia creeper.......


Posted: 06/08/2017 at 15:11

Go to Citizen's Advice Bureau and your local council environment and/or neighbourhood services for mediation before you go down the insurance route.   Document dates and events and yes, cut back all the branches that encroach on your space but give them back.

Try suggesting safe alternatives that will give him privacy without damaging your house or garden. - trellis with climbers, hedges on stilts and so on.

Dying Roses

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 15:07

You need to show close-ups of the damaged roses to get any real help but do, please, put away the chemicals and concentrate on feeding the soil and the roses so they can grow as healthily as possible.  Then they can fight off diseases and the good guys can come along and eat any pests such as aphids.

Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 14:56

Lovegardening - a good patch of nettles will do the trick and be attractive for butterflies whose caterpillars feed on the foliage.  They die down in autumn tho and aren't that pretty so try growing prickly plants like the above mentioned berneris or pyracantha which is evergreen and has bloosm and berries and can be trained.  

Ground cover roses such as these would be great to look at too - https://www.countrygardenroses.co.uk/shop/19-Ground-Cover-Roses

Forms of ilex aquifolium - holly - are attractive too and have prickly leaves.  They can be grown as specimens or a hedge.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 14:38

Looks to me like Dacha needs a good pair of Felco's for his next Xmas or birthday present.

Growing Avacado from seed

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 11:27

Compost corner?

Why does my bed look rubbish?!

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 11:25

Well rotted garden compost and/or farmyard manure.  If you don't have those, you can buy bags of manure in good diy stores or find a local riding school.   Cheap multi purpose compost will also do but you should then add some bonemeal for autumn mulching and blood, fish and bone for spring.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 11:22

Cloudy again and cool but sunny bits.   I' off to a local vide grenier to see if there are any goodies I can upcyclye then a spot of sewing and the sowing I didn't get to yesterday.   Read on A4A that some broad beans can be sown now for a harvest in November so decided I may as well try tho my varieties are wrong.  Nothing ventured and all that.

Beef for dinner here too but I do find it is the most boring meat going, even when well brought up so this slump has been smeared with Dijon mustard and rubbed with freshly ground spices and sat in the fridge for 2 days.

No probs with doggy appetite or digestion but they're young yet.   Will keep slippery elm in mind tho as it sounds good.   Thanks.

Congrats Hosta and hub.  That pergola looks inviting too.   The gite we used to stay in put fairy lights round there patio seating area - solar powered modules.

Enjoy your family day Busy.  Christening sounds good.   Can't find the garden visits thread.  Have you posted pics of Giverny yet or been too busy?

My knitting "skills" have been dormant since I was taught at primary school eons ago tho I did knit a few scarves over the last couple of winters using fancy stitches gleaned form the net.  Might have to attempt a jumper next.  Certainly don't need woolly hats here.  There are limits to how much embroidery I can do.  Bloody OH and Possum think the current project looks old fashioned!  It's just a cover for a chest of drawers and has a pattern of daisies and foliage.  How does something like that get "modern"?

Why does my bed look rubbish?!

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 23:49

Weed it!  Water it.  Feed it.  Soil looks a bit poor and parched between plants.   Then be patient.

Water it in dry spells as the new plants will still be trying to get their roots down and are competing with that tree for water and nutrients.   Mulch with well rotted compost and/or manure in autumn after some serious rain and when the herbaceous perennials have died down.

Give a generous feed of blood, fish and bone next spring, water well.  The cedar is always going to leech moisture and nutrients so you have to keep the soil in good nick and water in dry spells or the plants will always struggle to thrive.  I believe we did mention that the soil would be poor...........


Posted: 05/08/2017 at 23:39

No, a lot just get posted on the net by people who became chefs or cookery writers because of grandma's cooking.   No cooky grandmas in my life so I got it all from books and have always liked experimenting.    The net does make it so much easier to find ways to use a given ingredient.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
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Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
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Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
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Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
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Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
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Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
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Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
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Erection and siting 
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Cutting garden

Tips please 
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What to do with them 
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Weather station

Recommendations please 
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Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
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Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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Another ID please

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Shrub ID please

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