Latest posts by Obelixx

Sambucus 'Black Lace'

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 13:35

Sambucus Black Lace has much more frilly dissected leaves but the principal is as Dove says.  New foliage next spring.

Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 12:05

B3 - it was an Indian/Malay couple celebrating a son's birthday.   They like their colours.   I couldn't wait for the rain to wash it all off.

Chloe - I used to dislike muscaris too until I saw it planted as streams and rivers at Keukenhof and then it is glorious - whilst in flower.  Probably a mess afterwards.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 11:55

GD - I have OH busy outside too.   Yesterday we bought 16 x 70 litre bags of compost on half price offer so this morning he's forked over the bed under the albizzia and spread compost ready for me to plant bulbs and treasures we brought with us.  He has cleverly spread all 16 bags in that one bed so is now forking over a smaller bed round a hibiscus we've rescued from smothering by honeysuckle so he can barrow some over there.

Luckily we had already planned to go and get more compost for other beds and future veggie plot as our new bins won't produce anything like enough anything like fast enough.

After walkies with the dogs I shall be out there planting and having fun.

Christmas decorations

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 11:47

OH's birthday is the 7th of December so I tend not to think Xmas till afterwards.   When Possum was small he liked to have the Xmas tree up in time for St Nicolas on the 6th (big event in Belgium with main prezzies for kids) but really he's a soppy git and wanted it for his birthday.

We usually do lots of lights and candles indoors, a tree and the cards.  Outside was plain white lights and stars strung across the front of the house and not blinking.

This year we have yet to find a source of Xmas trees as we've only seen them in one place so far but then we haven't been looking.  I think it's asking for trouble having a tree and  kittens.  Bad enough with just Bonzo's waggy tail smashing baubles without having small felines hanging from the branches.  If we light the log burner the tree will faint from the heat.  Lots to think about.

Whatever, it all comes down on 12th night.

Last edited: 30 November 2016 11:49:24

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 11:09

Lovely sunny day here but I've missed most of the morning catching up on sleep.   Cosmos played for 3 hours after we went to bed and then I woke up before dawn feeling too hot - kitten wrapped round my neck..  OH sleeps through it and didn't even notice his bedside lamp toppling onto his pillow. Minstrel is much quieter but did explore beyond the stair barrier yesterday evening and found herself being inspected by two very curious dogs.   Oops.  BIt too soon   Both kitties are now exploring the living room and all those doggy smells while OH forks over the bed under the albizzia with help from the dogs.

We bought 16 70 litre bags of multi-purpose compost yesterday (on offer).  I decided to check too late and yes - all 16 tipped out on that bed.   He'll barrow some of it to the hibiscus bed we're also rescuing but really!   Still, the plants should love it.    That's me on planting bubs and treasures this pm then.

Flowers - good luck with the op.  You'll get restless with all the enforced rest but be patient and take the time to heal well.  Stock up on books, TV recordings, hand crafts and so on.

Busy, do you put those lacy things on the horses' heads in summer to keep the flies out of their eyes?

Was chatting a few months ago to a couple of retired dance friends with fierce intellects and curiosity and they were astonished to learn that the major museums are free in teh UK.  Now planning a trip to do London - British, V&A, Natural HIstory, Design, Tate etc - museum overload for me.  I have to plan trips to spend a couple of hours targeted on specific exhibits or paintings and then I appreciate without being saturated.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 18:38

The cathedrals are not national monuments paid for by public funding from taxes tho I dare say they get some, somewhere.  I like to visit churches and cathedrals because they show the product of the labour and skills and management and ambitions of the people who built them.   I love the architecture and stone work and stained glass and wood carving but have to admit most of the painted art leaves me cold.

Even so, £20 is too steep.

hellebores and camellias

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 17:23

When you see the flower buds on hellebores it's the signal to remove old, faded foliage for two reasons - it shows off the flowers better and reduces the risk of passing on bugs to the fresh new foliage.  reduces shelter for pests like slugs and snails too.

You need to make sure camellias - rhodos and azaleas too - don't dry out at the roots between August,when they form the new flower buds, and spring when they flower or you'll get bud drop and lose flowers. Camellias don't like early morning sun on frosted buds so make sure they're not in an east facing position.  If they're in pots, think about wrapping the pots in bubble wrap for winter to protect them from frost.  Use rain water or soft tap water, never hard water.

Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 16:56

B3 - As most plants have more leaves and for longer than they do flowers I think foliage can be the most important feature.   I do agree that colourful foliage is difficult with flowers too.

Someone mentioned dipped heathers.  I have seen succulents and house leek type plants sprayed with jolly pastel colours and actually bought and used for lining a bed for a party!  Horrid.

Sounds like some fun is to be had in your garden Aster.

Last edited: 29 November 2016 16:58:14

Garden related name for kitten

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 14:49

We have two new rescue kittens, just arrived.  Cosmos is about 10 weeks old and all white with blue eyes.  OH's favourite summer flower is white cosmos.    

Minstrel is black and white and named after a velvet and lace dianthus I have on my wish list.  She is about 5 months old.  They are busy getting to know each other which involves much running around upstairs.   They are quarantined from meeting the dogs till they can have their jabs.

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