Latest posts by Obelixx

Salix flamingo

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 16:19

It's a willow on another willow stock.  Give it good quality compost and make sure it gets plenty of water.  They don't like to be dry at their feet.   Shelter from strong winds too as the palest leaves will scorch easily.

Wisley under threat!

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 16:16

Done.  Direct link to petition page if needed - https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/Articles/Wisley-under-threat-from-A3-plans 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 14:52

Tall order Liri.  As far as I know all raspberries sucker and spread.   Suggest she has a look at the Ken Muir website but also search for Little Red Princess which is apparently shorter than most raspberries but still suckers but would maybe do well in a tub - http://www.lubera.co.uk/plants/soft-fruit/raspberry/autumn-raspberries-fruits-on-1-year-canes/lowberry-raspberry-little-red-princess 

It'd need to be a big container and have good John Innes no 3 compost.

Bench saga sounds log and involved.  Too busy sewing for Possum to think about all my furniture projects, indoors and out, but will get cracking once she's gone back to Namur.   Apart from anything else, 6 of my scientists are coming for lunch (weekend in La Rochelle for them) so I shall need indoor chairs and a table in case it's cool or, heaven forfend, wet!   Dining room is currently empty for dance practice.

Cat eating grasses in garden

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 13:25

OK in the same room but well away from the food.   Litter tray with no cover OK too but the lidded ones are more private so she'll feel safer and also less litter gets scattered about for you to clean up.

The study sounds fine.  We've always used a bedroom as we tend to have doors to outside open a lot and they do, sooner or later, find comfort in sleeping on the bed snuggled up to a warm human but I do see that not everyone wants a bedtime pussycat.

Our current pair of rescue kittens share a sheepskin I had for lining Possum's buggy when she was a tot - kept the winter cold off her back.  If she doesn't already have her own bed or cushion, you can buy fake fur basket liners for travelling baskets at the pet store or good garden centres.  They have a slight rim which also adds to security.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 13:18

Not sure which one you're watching Pat but we just started the latest Celebrity series last night after missing the first.  We all disagreed with their choice of leaver but otherwise found John in more positive mode than some merited.   Maybe he's changed?  Or just likes celebs?  I haven't a clue who half of them are anyway.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 12:38

I don't think knowing helps that either Pat.

Cat eating grasses in garden

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 12:26

You don't have to pick her up to groom her .  Stroking will lead you gently to stroking with a grooming glove and/or a brush.    

When you do take her to your home, let her have some peace in one room where she can hide under a bed until she feels safe to come out.   Make sure she has water and cat biscuits available and offer small treats to tempt her.  Go in and chat and just sit or lie quietly till she gets used to her new human. Having one of those covered litter trays will help her feel safe too until she's settled enough to go out and come back in.

After 2 or 3 days - or more if you think she needs it - let her explore the rest of your home and all the new smells and safe or comfy places.  try and stroke her but don't insist.  Let her get used to you.   Don't let her out for at least a couple of weeks.

Try the Feliway pehromones too.  They didn't work for us on one adopted cat but the doggy ones have helped with our nervous adopted Lab so worth a go.

We adopted a cat a few years ago - found abandoned and starving in an out building and very fearful of people.  After making her a safe and cosy bed and feeding her up for a couple of months and talking to her so she knew my voice, I managed to catch her and get her to the vets for check up and sterilisation.  Kept her in a bedroom for 3 days to recover after which she stayed upstairs for 3 months before venturing out for a whole 5 minutes.   It took a while but she eventually learned to enjoy cuddles and trust us.   She even learned to tolerate vets for her annual check up and jabs.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:23

Sometimes a long sleep is just what your mind or body needs Pat but it can leave you feeling groggy.   Hope you both feel better soon.

Hosta - what else is temptation for?

RG - so sorry, forgot to send hugs for your dog.  Hope he heals well.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:05

Nor on motorways to ease port congestion in East Anglia.  Stupid really when the EU funds stuff like that all over the place - improved road links from central Europe so goods ca get out through French Atlantic ports, regional airports and motorways all over Spain to open up industry and commerce and tourism.   No idea why the UK never cottoned on to milking those subsidies...............

Cat eating grasses in garden

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 11:02

The bronze grass looks like one of the carex family.

Cats eat greenery to help them eject fur balls as they can digest neither and they swallow lots of fur in the grooming process.  Nothing to worry about but, if you can start to groom her it will help.  You can get gloves with rough palms for grooming dogs which will help initially and then, if she settles to it, progress to a proper cat brush.  

There are plants that can harm cats - pollen from lilies and hemerocallis can be fatal if they get it on their fur and then lick it off.  I've had cats for decades and grow lilies in pots - higher than a cat will brush past - and also hemerocallis and have never had a problem but if you do have them as cut flowers indoors, remove the pollen.

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