Obelixx


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Why are blackbirds digging the garden

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:39

Re cages - they can be very ornamental.  Have a google for images and ideas.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:36

Good morning.   I've been lying in bed pretending to doze but actually reading my January Garden and being "loved" by Cosmos who can't decide between flying pirouettes to entertain me or snuggling.   Lovely line from Helen Dillon who has moved to a new, smaller garden after a lifetime in her famous one and has left behind all the statues because a friend had said "Statues are just garden gnomes for the upper classes'.   Always hated those fake Grecian goddesses and so on.   Must take a pic of the garden round the corner for you.


It's fine and dry today so I've asked OH to come out to play - digging big holes for me to plant 3 trees and maybe the gunnera which I shall have to cut out of its pot.   Might even get some weeding done and bung in a few late bulbs I still have lying around.


We're off out to a concert this evening - piano and violin - then dinner with a chap from the golf club whose wife can't join us as she'll be in Nantes babysitting.


Our Leclerc's have a good range of veg Busy tho poor on Chinese greens, kale and cavolo nero.  They have lots of locally grown stuff and the usual Spanish offerings but also exotics in the two nearer the coast.   How big is this curtain to be?   We had draught excluding curtains for doors in Belgium but they're just folded on a shelf here, waiting for me to decide where and if we can use them here.

Hope you get your peaceful, early night tomorrow Pat.  Liri - you'll be glad of a rest when you get home!


Greetings to all those yet to pop in.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:18

None here for ages as it's been too dry after a 16 month drought but now the rain has arrived he soil should, at last, be workable for weeding and planting.    Today I intend planting out 3 trees - weeping and twisted willows plus a golden rain tree and, if OH is willing to dig a 4th hole, my gunnera which I shall probably have to cut out of its pot.   Might even get some weeding done too.

Last edited: 13 January 2018 09:18:27

Camellia buds and pyracantha tips

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 20:34

Good garden centres and DIY shops sell it by the metre from big rolls.   Thicker than bin bags.


Our railway sleeper retaining wall was mid chest height on me and 15m long so quite a bit of plastic.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 19:09

Ours are quite busy too and I ran out of peanuts and there have been none in the SMs lately so I asked OH to have a look in France Rurale after his hearing test.  They were 10€ a bag so he decided that was expensive and didn't buy them.   Miserable git.  They've been that price for ages.    Good job I have supplies of fat balls and sunflower seeds.


Just seen a bit of the One Show while cooking dinner.  They've got 3 chaps giving up alcohol for January.  Apparently, when sober, the find people in the pub boring.   Since when did we need a drink to be interesting? or funny?   

Red bark

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 18:00

Or just leave it be.  It will work its way into the soil as time, weather and you pass - unless you have got the apparently toxic stuff in which case I would remove it.


In our last garden we put bark chip down as a weed control on a big new bed and chose large gauge wood chip to reduce losses form prevailing winds.  It all eventually rotted down over the years but by then the plants had grown and covered the soil.  Job done. 

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 15:23

I don't know what it is DL.  I just get itchy pink lumps.  Have taken antihistamine and applied cream and am about to put in a diffuser to kill any peskies in the bedroom so I don't get anymore tonight.

Why are blackbirds digging the garden

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 13:17

Build a walk-in fruit cage.  As long as you get a decent timber or metal structure in place and cover it with taut mesh and a secure doorway with no gaps this will keep birds off your vegetable plot and fruit bushes and, designed well, can be a decorative addition to the garden.  

English language

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 13:10

Good one Ian.  Often wondered about that one.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 13:07

That doesn't sound good Dove.  Apart form loss of income here's all the lovely stuff you could buy there.  What will the producers do now?   Good tho to meet an old friend and catch up.


We're just back from the farmer neighbours, full of home-made Pineau and nibbles.   Good chat about goings on and their farm and grandkids and so on.   Nice people.


Coffee now and then I have to sew.  Straight I hope with only intended curves.


So please Trump has decided not to open the new USA embassy.   What a pillock he's been now, tho he's denying it.  Of course.


My turmeric has arrived.  "Take with food" so starting at dinner tonight.  Not sure liquid lunch counts.

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