Latest posts by Obelixx

Vertical Gardens grow more in less space

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 13:44

Plus which that photo is full of plants I love to loathe!

Ground cover

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 13:29

There are low growing ground covering sedums with pink flowers that would do well there and also things like saxifraga London Pride for foliage contrast and taller flower spikes with tiny, frothy flowers.

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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 13:27

Been doing a major clean and also watching the memorial service at Tynecot.   Incredibly moving place without today's service.   Went there for Remembrance Day in 2014 - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1411%20Ypres%20and%20Tyne%20Cot?sort=9&page=1

Clari - our cover does the whole of Europe too so pretty amazed to find that only the male half of a couple of UK friends who visited recently can drive over here.

Hooray for Dynorod.

Combining climbers

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 10:45

It's quite common to plant clematis thru roses so yes, go ahead but make sure they have their own planting holes and plant them well.  Both plants are greedy feeders.

Climbing and rambling roses also benefit from being trained horizontally or diagonally as this promotes flowering.   If you choose group 3 clematis they will flower from July thru to the autumn frosts and can then be cut down to about 12"/30cms and all the top growth can be pulled out thus giving you a clear view of any pruning or training that the roses need over winter.


Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 10:39

When I was doing Business Studies in my long distant youf, the mantra was "It's always easier and cheaper to keep a customer than hook a new one with marketing and sales campaigns".  Whatever happened to client fidelity from the supplier/sales end?

I slept 10 and a half hours last night, minus a brief spell around dawn when I was used as a trampoline and springboard by the small white furry person.   Scintillating day doing a thorough house clean and then a raid on the SM.

Have asked OH if we can build our garden table shelter - metal frame and cloth cover - but he thinks oiling his new planks for the veggie plot may be more important and after he's changed the door on the new freezer and taken Haryy to the garage to fix the brake squeals only he can't hear.

Chicky - glad your poles did the trick.   Hosta - hope Dynrod does the trick.   Have you thought of using a proper desk and chair?   Might be better for your back down the line too.

Have a good last day LP.  Possum has been here 3 weeks now and it's flying by.   She's starting to worry she won't get her day in La Rochelle.   

Pat - yes, it's good to be home but good to go away and have an adventure too.

Hope today goes well Busy and you get back in time not to be rushed.  

Mondays are vegetarian here.  No chicken!    Have a good one everyone.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 30/07/2017 at 17:39

Oops Joyce.  Hope that gets fixed pdq before it does real damage. 

Yvie - how was the plant porn?

Sounds like a blissful day Busy.

I have now finished all Possum's sewing and tidied everything away and vacced the floor!  Watching GH on Cottage gardens this time.   Lovely things to do with roses and clematis and honeysuckle but topiary may be a step too far for me for now.

Now to cook roast chicken with Greek herbs and spices.   Possum is out having a surfing lesson and himself has taken the dogs so he can walk them along the unattended beach while she gets wet.  The kittens are both stretched out fast asleep on their sheepskin.  Clearly a lively shrew is exhausting.

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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 30/07/2017 at 13:24

Bad night for me between churning tum and snoring OH and nose-butting Cosmos.  Finally dropped off around dawn.     Woken up by angry squeaking from a very cross and frightened shrew.  Minstrel has clearly decided Cosmos needs to practise with live bait and not corpses.  Had me and Possum diving under and over furniture to remove both kittens and Rasta doggy who came to play too and then catch and release the shrew.

Just had some simple pasta for lucnh with tomatoes and basil from the garden.  Yum.  Now watching John Torode trying to convince me that Spam and Wieners are edible and delicious.  Don't think so.    I have found gochujang online but it will cost more to p&p than for the pot so I shall just have to order more stuff to spread the load.

We had half a millimetre of rain overnight.  Barely enough to wet a leaf.    I've had to water the magnolia which was starting to lose its foliage already.   Given my dodgy tum I shall stay in and sew.

Hope Mrs PD is better today; that Chicky masters her poles and knees; that FG doesn't miss her mountains too much and Joyce has a peaceful day.   Enjoy those kittens AR.   Clari - dogs are much easier, even when they have problems.    You need a spare bed to which you can banish a snorey OH.

Off to read back properly.  Enjoy your afternoon folks. 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 30/07/2017 at 00:03

Not surprised you can't sleep with all that's going on Hosta.   'Fraid I'm just off to bed tho.   Enjoy your cuppa and find something absorbing to read, watch or do to take your mind off events and insomnia.  

G'night all.

Overgrown garden

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 23:53

Digging and ploughing and rotavating will simply make lots of lovely root cuttings and make the problem worse.  Buy, hire or borrow a good strimmer and cut everything you don't want to ground level.   Leave it a few weeks and then, if you must, use a systemic weedkiller on fresh green growth on a day when you will have at least 6 hours of dry sunshine so the active ingredients get taken down to the roots.

This process takes 2 weeks to work so be patient.   Then you can start digging up roots the old fashioned way with a fork or spade.   Leave them in sunshine to dry out so they die completely.   

Be aware that decking attracts rats who make their nests below so you may want to consider solid paving or some other material for a seating area.

Turf, or even grass seed, requires a great deal of ground preparation to get a good result and is best laid or sown in spring or autumn when temperatures and rain levels are conducive to success.  That gives you time to read up on soil preparation on sites such as the RHS.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 23:06

I suspect she meant platycodon.

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