Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 10:40

Nicholas Crane.  

Just need to vent...

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 10:21

Precisely, KT.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 10:20

Coast Oz and NZ sounds good.  Heads up please if they come our way.   Neil Oliver is good but i have a soft spot for that chap who began the original series and has an umbrella in his back pack.   

Messy start to Mothers' Day here.  I went to bed early at 10ish GMT and slept thru to 9ish BST when I heard the dogs banging on the dining room door.   Clearly too long for doggies as there was a pee and a poo to clean up.   Lovely.  Good job we have tiled floors and a steam cleaner.

On a well-earned second coffee now.  I have been out to check my new babies and all are well.  Re-potting roses today in my jolly new buckets.   Might go and get 4 more for the ones that arrived in pots so I can take my time getting the soil prep right for their new beds.   We seem to have heavy yellow clay under the surface so I need t source some compost and grit.   There is not a single rose in this garden, not even a wild one and just the one, as yet, unidentfiable clematis I am nurturing from a  2" shoot I found last July.


Posted: 26/03/2017 at 09:03

Lots of scholarly "over my head" stuff but this looks readable - http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/lichen/research_projects/aspen%20epiphytes/aspen%20epiphytes.pdf 

Also found that in dry areas they are likely to be silvery or grey as they need moisture to develop pigment.

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 20:20

I was seriously fed up with last night's GW.   I think Gardeners' World should be about what is or can be going on in our gardens in the week it is broadcast and I also think it should try to be relevant to a majority of its audience.

I note that Barbados did not feature in Monty's Round the World in 80 gardens and I can't see any plant from there being relevant to an average British garden which would need a conservatory to make such plants happy.   Much better to spend time visiting places where our grow in the wild - South Africa, China, North America, Europe - but not tropical islands and really a subject for a whole series on garden worthy plants and their origins.

I enjoyed the item on lichens.   There are lots in my garden and I never knew they varied according to alkalinity or acidity.   Fascinating stuff.

I love pleached hedges on stilts and I'm sure they're a good option for people wanting privacy from neighbours so a relevant topic, if left a bit late in the year for viewers to prepare, order and plant.      However, I was inordinately pleased in the first episode of the season when MD announced that he'd finally given up on the box hedges and balls and got rid. along with some large trees.     I was hoping he would open his garden out as a result as it always seems to me to be closed in and contained and oppressed yet there he was last night buttoning it all down again and putting in new hedges.  

These days I treat GW as a pleasant half hour to relax with a coffee or  a glass of wine depending on when I'm watching but last night's episode was just frustrating.

Beechgrove is where I expect to pick up knowledge on techniques, plant comparisons, compost comparisons and more and they offer fact sheets so it's doubly practical.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 20:00

Or just get up when you wake up Dove.   I will, especially since I have an early start on Monday for chappy coming to fit worktops.   Then I can start filling cupboards and clearing the dining room of all the kitchen stuff.

I should like to grow toms but at this rate, I may well have to buy plants this year and save seed sowing for next year or maybe sow a few because, in theory, the growing season will be longer here than it was in Belgium and I will have a polytunnel to extend it.

I have potted on the new clems and all the new herbs and perennials I bought today.   Got too hungry to do the roses.

I am thinking I might just make myself a hot chocolate and go to bed early.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 17:18

I know FG but I do love clems and will be building pergolas and obelisks to grow them on and I like to buy them in spring and pot them on so they develop a good root system before being thrust into the borders.   They only had about 10 to choose from and one of those was a mature comtesse de Bouchaud in a bigger pot for 35€!!  Another was Etoile Violette which I love but this one had 3 broken stems and a floppy one so I'll wait.   The ones I bought today are Astra Nova, I Am Happy, Jackmanii Purpurea, My Angel and Tie Dye.

They had another geum which was bright orange and huge and a bit floppy but this Cooky looks really good and a lovely colour.   I have seeds of Boris to sow when I get organised with potting benches and cold frames and so on - after the kitchen is back together again.

I saw a fabulous, deep, rich, purpley red hellebore in a 3 litre pot - 35.95€!! - but then I found a teeny white one in the 1.95€ pots and, tho small, it has healthy leaves and 3 white flowers with big fat seed pods for me to grow babies.

Tomorrow is set to be sunny again so I should have most of the day to play with plants and do a lot thinking outdoors and probably out loud.

I hope you get your walk tomorrow.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 16:21

They look good Dove.  I have no idea what to have for dinner and those are making me hungry.

I have been naughty - 5 clems, at 19€ a pop (!!!) 3 geum Cooky, a white flowered gaura and a pink one with silver streaked leaves and some herbs.   Then, as they had none suitable,  I had to go to the supermarket to see if they had any deep pots for potting on the clems while they wait for a permanent home here and by then the Troc had re-opened after lunch and I could pick up the two oak bedside tables which will go in the living room as house plant tables.

Then I felt inspired to go to the new Action (think Woollies) which opened today in Luçon and found an insect hotel for 7€ and 3 household buckets, decorated with peonies and just the right shape and size to be drilled full of holes to pot on some new roses at the proper depth.   Much cheaper than proper pots and fun too and carrying handles.

Now to get changed into gardening scruffs so I can play with my new treasures and walk the dogs.

I hope everyone else is having a good day.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 11:21

Frustration here.  The PC thinks the printer is turned off and the printer thinks it hasn't got Wifi and OH has filed - therefore hidden - the direct cable connection.  I only need it it to print a recipt for some stuff I ordered online.   Grrr.

Enjoy the sunshine evreyone.

Just need to vent...

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 11:19

He said it gave the presenters a better understanding.  To me they just looked cold and somewhat embarrassed to be there.

What these people need is to be forced to watch their coverage of such events and then, maybe, they'd learn how poor it is and how unimaginative it is and how unprofessional and then they can do better.

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