Latest posts by Obelixx

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:15

Kitty - he's a rescued Labrador taken in by Rasta's dog trainer after his owner was carted off to hospital and expected to die.  He was nearly 3 years old and had never been outside or had a walk or been trained in any way.   He had no collar or chip so she called him U2.

I don't like either U2 or Bono but decided to keep the band theme and went for Bonzo Do Doodah Band.   He gets called Bozo a lot but less now that he's responding tor training and gaining confidence.  He is very soppy and loving and can be really quite clever but then lets his panic at new things overwhelm him.   It's taken him 4 months to decide the kittens are not frightening and are fun to play with.

I'm ignoring washing and other indoor jobs and working out where to plant hostas in their new bed.

Creative ways to fill garden bed

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:07

I'm assuming from your terminology and that link that you are in Canada or the USA.

This is a British based forum so very different gardening conditions - climate, soil etc - and then there's the question of tastes and budgets and customs.

Maybe you'd like to share some pics of your garden.

Last edited: 27 March 2017 12:07:41

Planting in shade

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:01

Some climbing and some rambling roses will do well on a shady aspect as will many clematis.  A lot will depend on where you are in the country - frosts etc, what kind of soil you have - clay/sand/loam/acid/alkaline and whether or not you can provide supports with trellis or tensioned wires.

The trick then is to give them a decent planting hole to get their roots down, plenty of organic matter as they are gross feeders and drinkers and then a regular prune and feed according to variety.   

Tell us more.

Weed ID

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 11:18

I had ground ivy/creeping Charlie in my Belgian garden along with creeping buttercup, nettles, thistles, mares tail, sticky bud, dandelions, bindweed, couch grass, bittercress, chickweed, herb Robert....

So far in this one I have nettles which are mostly tucked away in wild corners so can stay for the wildlife; then mostly dandelions and lesser celandine.   I don't mind the latter in the grass as it will get mowed anyway but I've started hoicking it out of the flower bed it's colonising.

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 11:11

Monty and the crew are professionals used to filming schedules, angles and the like and with budgets and filming schedules to follow.  It only takes a second to cut off a plant tie and another to tease out the roots.   He should be doing it properly and explaining it properly because inexperienced gardeners will do as he did and then wonder why it fails to thrive.

It doesn't have to be a performance or a palaver.

Planting multiple viburnums to look like one big shrub?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 10:51

These will get quite big if given the space to do so.  Too much competition will stunt them.

I suggest you just plant one in a well prepared hole.   While you wait for it t grow tall enough, plant some tall annuals or perennials to fill the gaps.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 10:47

Mothering Sunday - to give it its correct name - is a centuries old tradition based on religion and honouring mothers and mother Church.  It is held on the 4th Sunday in Lent.   

Mothers' Day is a crass American invention instituted by Woodrow Wilson in 1914 and is indeed a commercial horror.    The Belgians do it on May 10th which lines up with teh US date.  The French do it 3 weeks later so, if I play my cards right, I can have 3 HRT opportunities!

Worktop and splash backs done but I'm not allowed to touch it for a day while the joins dry.    Fine by me.  I shall go and get mucky outside now that it's warming up.

Identification please

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 10:18

Sedum album/white stonecrop?

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 10:14

Come on Frank.  Monty is planting in his own garden and should be showing how to do it properly.    

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 10:09

To be fair, that invoice was long overdue and not just for Germany.   The former eastern block countries who have joined NATO as insurance against Russian invasion and interference are not contributing adequately to costs based on an agreed percentage of GNP.   Why should the UK and US foot the bill?   

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