Latest posts by Obelixx

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 16:59

Very dry - what a surprise!  Started with a light frost but got up to 10C this pm.  Nippy again now and clear skies with red bits.

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 13:40

Redwing - put a cage round their trunks.  Chicken wire or green, plastic covered wire mesh as you prefer.

Please help to identify two plants

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 12:49

Where there is one arum, there will be more and even with the leaf cut, the corms will survive and re-grow foliage.  I know because I'm trying to eliminate them from a bed by pulling up leaves as I can't dig deeply and the perishers are not giving up easily.

A cold greenhouse

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 12:46

Is it wooden or aluminium?  If wooden, then tacks will hold the bubble wrap in place or you could string wires horizontally across the frame and slip the bubble wrap behind them and just pin the sheets at the top and side.   If aluminium, there should be a wee channel into which you can slot and then turn plastic clips which go through the bubble wrap and hold it in place.

Raspberries (Autumn Varieties)

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 12:43

In a hard winter, leaving the canes till Feb means they protect the crown form a degree or two of frost.  In milder, wetter winters, the new canes may start to grow before Feb so it makes sense to cut the old ones down earlier so the new don't get cut or trampled by mistake.

I think you can happily follow whichever system suits your timetable and local weather conditions best.

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 12:32

HCF - We have dead young trees here whose bark has been eaten off either by rabbits or roe deer.   Can't imagine we have either now there are two dogs galloping about but there are still coypu and Rasta finds some of their smelly poos to roll in with alarming frequency.

When we do get around to planting trees I shall put guards on, just in case but so far, touch wood, the veggie plot has been safe.

Pruning Magnolia and Beech Tree

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 11:41

Much better GD but I would make that base circle wider.  Tree roots spread as far as the canopy edge so I would double the size of your circle and mulch with weed suppressing compost or bark but no more feed now till spring.  Next autumn, after leaf fall, I would take off another layer of lower branches so you can walk thru and mow without getting your eyes poked out.   More light for the grass below too.

Good mix of shrubs and trees in there.

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 11:36

Good to see you HCF.  How's tricks?

If the OP is serious, they should post a well-considered, well constructed question or questionnaire rather than a no-limits question which could lead anywhere.

Garden design and the products and materials used or desired are location/climate/geology/age/time and finance related.    The original question is too vague and too broad.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 11:32

Gorgeous Chicky.  Shame they're such smelly beasts, otherwise they'd be perfect for cuddling.  I have seeds for eucalyptus.  Maybe I should get a stuffed koala if any of them grows big enough.

GWRS - how was Flanders?  I find the Menin Gate extremely moving, even in broad daylight and no ceremonies.  All those names.....  and Tyne Kot is even worse with row upon row of headstones, some with names from all over the world and others just "known unto God" which assumes a lot.   Nothing godly about such carnage.

Chappy has almost finished.  Lunch time now and then he'll be back to finish smoothing the far edge.  The middle is now deep enough to bury his excavator.

Tomato, ginger and orange soup for us - light but warming.

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 10:05

Really Dove?  I though social mobility since the war had done away with a lot of that.   I do recognise that the Brits I met thru my working and adult life with the most fixed ideas about class tended to come form "working class" and council estates and didn't see that their degrees and professions had moved them on.  Personally, I find manners and friendliness are far more important.   There are fools and layabouts and hooligans at all levels but, fortunately, also gems of humour and kindness and interest too.

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