Latest posts by Obelixx

Bird disease

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 16:27

GD - when he's not looking I also have been known to put my trowels and Wolf heads through the dishwasher for a good clean and ceramic pots too.    I do, of course, remove all visible muck first but then they can go away clean and dry and oiled - as needed - till I need them again.

I do think a good heating or else some vinegar clears off a lot of nasty bugs and germs that can be harmful to birds.

Best branch garden saw

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 16:22

Good to get feedback.   Enjoy.

Help me fix my lawn

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 15:51

That piece of kit will replicate the holes you would pierce with a garden fork.   

The rake can be replaced by a scarifier which will certainly make light work of taking off all the dead moss and thatch once you've done the aerating, brushed sharp sand into the resulting holes and then correctly applied a spring weed and feed.   You'll be surprised at how much comes up.

If you want to compost the thatch, remove it before doing the aerating and weed and feed.   You don't want stuff treated with chemicals going on the compost heap.

Beth Chatto Garden Festival

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 15:43

I hope you and Chicky both go and have a great time and take lots of pics to share.    Tales of HRT would be good too - horticultural retail therapy.

ID please?

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:42

There is a floppy, creeping form of spurge common in teh UK but yes, those purple flower buds make it cerinthe.    Much loved by flower arrangers for some reason.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:11

I seem to remember Geoff H making some from roofing lathes which are already pressure treated and just need staining.   If you drill small holes and then use screws it shouldn't split the wood and you'll end up with something quite sturdy.   Worth a go on a trial size tho.

I have brought some rusty metal obelisks with me - left a lot behind too - but I'm not sure they're big enough for most of my current clems so will have to build trellis or pergola or obelisk supports to suit.   My new ones include the Pilgrim, Fighting Temeraire, Summer Song and Lark Ascending plus Malvern Hills and William Shakespeare which I had in Belgium.  I've brought several more with me, already in pots or as cuttings so should have a good selection t get me going.

It is so cold in the wind that I have come back in and am making lists of plants on the PC whilst watching recordings of Carol Klein's year in the garden.    I went to let the kittens back in and Cosmos, who normally goes thru a whole greetings ritual rushed headlong straight upstairs and into the litter tray.  Desperate.   Blonde!  Going to have to teach him about the outdoor loo we've made.   Minstrel, meanwhile, has had that sussed for a couple of weeks and decided to do a thorough explore of kitchen man's van while I shivered. 

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Snazzing up the front of a house

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:30

Anything planted along the front of the house will be squished or bashed by passing traffic and also struggle in poor, dry soil at the foot of the walls.

I agree with TB about losing some grass and either widening the drive to allow a decent planting space at the foot of those walls or else a new border of evergreen shrubs or mixed shrubs or perennials mixed with spring bulbs to extend the season.

Looking at the number and size of those windows there really isn't a lot of bare brick left and you need to be very careful about any climber that may get into nooks and crannies and cause problems with that lower bit of sloping roof.

ID please?

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:22

Looks like common spurge to me - a native form of euphorbia and a weed.  Be careful of getting the sap on your skin as exposure to sunlight can then lead to a nasty rash.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:16

Exciting TB.  I had some roses delivered the other day too including Lady if the Lake who will cover the taller of the two fences being built today.    I shall have to go shopping for a clematis partner though as I don't have a suitable candidate for colour contrast but I suspect I won't have that much choice round here.

Have you thought of making obelisks?  Could be cheaper than buying and would be much less expensive and the size you want - http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/make-an-obelisk-for-climbing-plants 

How to cover trellis

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 12:55

I agree about both using someone else's fence and Russian Vine.   It grows like the clappers, has unattractive foliage and creamy flowers that look good for about 10 days and then fade ti an unattractive brown.

I suggest you ask their permission to train a rose along it.  David Austin have a good range of repeat flowering rambling roses that would give you good growth and flower cover.  Malvern Hills is good in poor soils and will give you plenty of soft yellow blooms over a long period and perfume too - http://www.davidaustinroses.com/eu/malvern-hills-rambling-rose  If you can beef up the soil to provide extra nutrition and root depth it should do the trick very well.

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