Latest posts by obelixx

December sprouting?

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 11:10

My bulbs seem to be keeping their heads down apart form the early snowdrops but there are fresh stems of soft green growth - several feet - on some of the clems, the hamamellis has already finished flowering, the hellebores are pushing out fresh new foliage, the rhubarb has new shoots showing so will need a blanket of compost and I had to cut the grass on the 19th of December and it's grown again.

Roses and penstemon still flowering and the cornus Midwinter Fire is in flower too.

Balmy weather makes for barmy growth.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 00:40

There were hilarious bits and informative bits and silly bits and some firm friendships made.   We had days out on a magic bus and escapes down tunnels to avoid trolls and a garden gallery and plant and seed trials.  It was good.

So are these boards - just different.


How much bird food do burds eat a day?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:55

It depends on the season.    I buy a 25kilo bag of mixed seed and a 15 kilo bag of peanuts and bags of 25 fat balls at a time as well as slabs of fat and fruit or fat and mealworms or fat and insect mix.   It goes faster in winter and spring than it does in summer and autumn.  

Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:44

We don't have problems cutting our hawthorn.    I take the secateurs to the garden side after flowering finishes so I can get to the beds and OH does the top and field side with secateurs, loppers and shears once the nesting season is over.   No nests yet but the hedge is very busy with birds all year.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:33

Verdun - what an unsympathetic reply.  Mollis is probably just wanting to say hello to old friends.  Why seek an ulterior or sinister motive?


Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 18:24

Good decision.   When they arrive, soak their roots in buckets of water for an hour or two before planting as this rehydrates them and helps them grow.   Helps to have your planting trench ready to go too so you can get them in quickly.

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:49

I made the mistake of accompanying Possum to an Abercrobie and Fitch store in Brussels last year - over heated, under lit, noisy musak and overwhelming squirts of their "perfume" in the airco.   Crap fabrics too so not sorry to leave.  Never again.

What passes you by?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:08

Plain black coffee for me except for an occasional proper capuccino.   have to find a Café Nero when in the UK or drink water.  I don't get Starbucks, Costa and their ilk.  Don't like tea except maybe a darjeeling once or twice a year.

I don't get the obsession to be in touch with everyone on twitter or endless texting and yet not talking to the people in front of you.  Went to an annual reunion of old friends - all now in their 60s and IT types - and every single one of them had their mobile and/or i-Pad and/or tablet to hand.   Except me.   Haven't seen each other in some cases for a year so loads to catch up on and they're all looking at the screen in their hand!

I don't get "celebrity", squid ink, oysters, football tribalism, religion (especially extremist or evangical.  I can take care of my own conscience thank you), zumba (why? you could be dancing instead), begonias, euphorbias, aubergines, people who think gardening is infradig, Socialism with a capital S, Fascism, paintings of children with tears (remember those from the 60s?), cruelty to people, animals and plants (bonsai).................


Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:52

I'm easy to buy for.  Garden stuff or kitchen stuff.

OH is trained but Possum still refuses to buy me garden stuff and balks at cooky stuff so this year she bought me a basket of seasonally smelly bath stuff and hand cream.   Very nice except I take a bath about once a year if I have long, cold, wet day in the garden.  Before you all grimace, I prefer a shower.  Not sure about going about in spring smelling like a mulled wine or Xmas cake either.

I either send OH a list or internet links or accompany him to shops and Xmas markets so I get what I will like and find either useful or decorative.   No surprises but drastic measures were needed because, unsupervised, he buys me "treasures" such as a mobile phone.............


Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:42

Hi Jo.  We planted ours about a foot apart.  We've lost 2 since - victims of a farmer reversing his trailer into them when harvesting but you can only tell when you look at the base.   The branches of the others have filled the spaces.

I like the look of the bare branches in winter, especially when glistening with rain drops or twinkling with frost or just a lacy filigree with blue sky behind.  Our sparrow colony uses them as a conference centre and also as a bolt hole when the sparrowhawk dives.

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