Latest posts by Obelixx

Using wood mulch on paths

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:15

I think piling a huge heap of any organic matter on soil would have a detrimental effect if left long enough but the advice for mulching is a depth of just 2 or 3 inches which allows moisture and air, if not light, so the soil is hardly affected.  I've always found mine to be full of worms and other critters and that plants grow well with reduced competition from weeds.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 10:36

Have had a lie in today after a late night and a broken sleep.  Just on second coffee to get me going on the painting.  Cool and breezy but nothing like as windy as yesterday.

I hope you've all come thru your storms unscathed, find everything that's moved and that windswept plants recover well.

Busy - you sound like you have your hands and time full for the rest of the week.  Hope all goes well for your strawberry tea.

Creeping buttercup

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 10:19

I had a friend who carefully cleared all the beds in her new garden, leaving geraniums to grow on until I identified the creeping menace.  We had it all over the place in my Belgian garden and spent hours clearing it by hand only to find it creeping back from the field behind or a teeny bit we missed.   

Easy enough to shift tho, especially after a spot of rain.   I did learn to let it dry before putting it on the compost heap - along wit couch grass roots, nettles and especially bindweed.


Posted: 07/06/2017 at 10:14

I'm sorry you've been having a bad time, especially the loss of Buster.   I hope you can continue to find comfort, solace and distraction here when you need it.  Join in when you're ready.  You are among friends.

Reducing size of Walnut tree.

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 09:53

I agree.  Better to raise the crown by lifting a few of the lower branches then thin the rest by judicious removal of some of the upper branches to reduce wind resistance whilst maintaining the shape of the tree.   Ask for more than one quote and also check they have the a qualification and insurance and ask if they take away what they remove or leave it for you to deal with.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 23:38

Chicky - fingers crossed for them both then Chicky.

Clari - You need one of these for your new hen run and hen house when you get them.

Name this flower?

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 23:22


Plant identification

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 22:55

I lost mine too Nut.  Too cold.   Red Dragon didn't like my Belgian garden either but the one I planted here a few weeks ago is very happy - so far.


Posted: 06/06/2017 at 19:22

I have been to a local garden and agricultural supplies place where chappy says to forget glyphosate for plants with deep or strong roots.  He's sold me something more serious.  I'll let you know how I get on.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 19:00

We have yet another branch off one of the ash trees and it's taken a smaller one with it.   Good job we plan to fell it anyway as it's a right mess now.    The wind is a lot less bracing now and it's dry so we've been for walkies after a raid on a builders' merchant to discuss paving slabs for the seating area.   Chappy not there but will call on Thursday.   

Thence to a garden and agricultural supplies place where chappy advised me that glyphosate will not kill my nettles or docks or other deep rooted nasties that are refusing to die in my potager and sold me something else.  We'll see.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
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Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
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Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
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Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
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Last Post: 11/06/2017 at 09:04

Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
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Last Post: 03/06/2017 at 09:22

Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
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Last Post: 20/05/2017 at 14:26

Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
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Erection and siting 
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Last Post: 18/02/2017 at 17:32

Cutting garden

Tips please 
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What to do with them 
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Weather station

Recommendations please 
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Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
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Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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Another ID please

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Shrub ID please

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