Latest posts by Obelixx

Tea for two

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 11:03

Frank - American coffee is dreadful.  Always had bovver with American pals in Belgium who couldn't cope with the strength of proper Belgian coffee.  Like you, I find coffee menus available in coffee shops and service station in the UK utterly bewildering.  I just want a cup of decently brewed black coffee - never instant - or maybe a cappuccino if it's a proper one.

There is now a St*rbucks in Namur and Possum loves it but I can't bring myself to cross the threshold when there are still decent Belgian cafés and bars serving real coffee.  At least it' s no a  Costa-lot.

I don't drink tea but I do have proper pots in various sizes for visitors who do and proper tea leaves too.

Last edited: 22 April 2017 11:04:04

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:31

A good start.  There's another garden blog on here by Happy Marion showing her year in her Bristol garden.   There's also a garden photos thread for us to share what's looking good at the mo and another for garden visits.

Recycling materials is a good way to go.  There's a thread on here about things you can do with pallets to make planters, benches, tables and all sorts.    Old zinc laundry pots make great planters if you can find them and old enamel cooking pits, colanders and steamers make good small containers for herbs and succulents or alpines.  Have a look in car boot sales for other containers you can adapt and also people selling spare seedlings and divisions. 

Tea for two

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:21

Cappuccino is a most wonderful thing Hosta - as long as it's done right.  Bit like brewing tea properly.  There are traditional shapes to cups for a reason.  Latte is for people who don't really like coffee.

I know you don't drink alcohol any more but every single Belgian beer - and there are hundreds for such a small nation - has its own beer glass because the shape is; apparently, important.  We had to bring OH's collection with us..........

Planting roses

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:15

On GW last night, Monty said to bury the graft union.  Just in case that doesn't re-assure you, David Austin planting advice says bury it 2 inches.  I've been doing it this way for years and it works well for me.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:12

Like many on here I grew up in the era of minis but tended to wear thick tights in cold weather or, for school, those bloomers that someone introduced to keep thighs warm.  Drove our deputy head wild and led to long lectures about suitable skirt lengths and how unattractive is the back of a knee.  Funny woman.

Perhaps alcohol was acting as anti-freeze for those wenches.

Gardeners' World weather forecast

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:06

Yes Hosta but then they wouldn't have those dodgy brick paths all over the place either.  Given the state of my knees and feet I'd change those in a jiffy for something more even and less trippy.   Even grass would be better.

Agree the forecast is a waste of time, especially for those who can't watch it till Sunday am.  Mind you, there is so much time wasted on long shots and just walking about that maybe they just don't have the imagination to fill up a whole 30 minutes of gardening.   I did like his roses but I do hope they take the time to show him putting up the wires as we get so many questions about wall and fence training on here.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:00

We have to pay for long-life bags, but only 1.5€ and they do last a long time and also make great plant carriers at fairs.  Since January we have been able to put all packaging from the poly trays for SM meats to plastic bags and pots in the recycling bag where someone else sorts it for appropriate treatment.   

Joyce - we used to go to Ladies Day at Ascot and the King George day in summer but to enjoy a good day out and a great picnic, not to get dressed up.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 08:38

Joyce - don't know.  A lot in the hedgerows is hawthorn but I have no idea yet what the trees i teh garden are until I see leaves.   They were all pretty bare already when we arrived in October as a drought made them drop their leaves early.   So far they all have white flowers so I'm hoping for some plums and maybe pears.   

Hosta - glad you enjoyed the opera but rather you than me.  I find high sopranos painful to the ear.   Don't know Guacamole but all my hostas are looking very happy in their new home - labels lost on most but a nice selection of blues and greens and golds and variegation.  Wonderful plants.


Posted: 22/04/2017 at 08:32

Can't help with time lapse but I do know they require pruning to encourage the formation of flowers rather than foliage.  It isn't complicated but needs doing in July and January?  See this page for info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 08:29

Not any more.  Shops here and in Belgium have had strict rules about free plastic bags for years so I have a bag full of long-life bags instead.   Shops here are quite inventive about styles and sizes.  Just have to remember to take enough when I do a big shop......

Sunny again but nippy in the breeze so I'm pottering inside till it warms up.  Possum has headed off back to Namur for summer term but will be back at the end of June unless she finds a student job there for July.    OH is driving her to Angers for a thru train to Brussels so only one change.  Just as well as she has no concept of packing light and has gone back with new clothes and shoes to squeeze in too.

I hope the cold nights stop soon. I'm using the annex as a temporary greenhouse for toms and squashes and cucs and peppers but need to clear it by Thursday as the tiler is coming to do the floor.  My new cold frames are too low now.  Might have to get inventive.

Not at all fascinated by Japanese culture and ceremonies but I do love all that cheery cherry blossom and how they seize the moment to enjoy it.

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