Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:44

Yes.  I've even got strawberries growing in window boxes while they wait for their new bed.  

Given I've just read on t'net that I need to wait 6 weeks for the brushkiller spray to dissipate before I can plant anything it'll be cream teas for the neighbours next year then.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:40

No clotted cream here but I have found a recipe and a copper preserving pan.  Just need to find some unpasteurised cream now............

Don't think George O needs the extra pension but expect he thinks he does   Rich people never seem to have enough do they?- http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/george-osborne-highest-paid-richest-mp-parliament-how-much-earn-uk-politicians-a7498696.html  

Last edited: 11 June 2017 14:41:56

Gardeners world , beech grove

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:30

Not from GW but cracking stuff nonetheless.  Geoffrey Smith's Fruit Garden - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_ZSPCs8yTY

Last edited: 11 June 2017 14:31:05

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:22

Joyce - maybe a minimum one full day or night a week working with the homeless, the long term sick, the poorly housed and pensioned, council "sink" estates, school assistants in poor areas where kids have no breakfast or dinner, old people's homes for those who can't pay fees, casualty on a weekend, community support officers, community mental health workers all struggling under inadequate resources and/or bad management..........

Then, maybe they'd understand about how offensive all that is in one of the richest countries in the world and act to help people change their lives instead of imposing from on high.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:59

Lovely mug.  Now they need one for people who don't have a parliamentary pension to fall back on.  Under Gordon Brown it was quietly increased to 1/40th of final salary for every year served as an MP and they now earn £76,000 so that's quite a chunk and their own pension contributions are paid for by public funds so, in effect, they're being paid much more.  https://www.ft.com/content/1082473a-3979-11e7-ac89-b01cc67cfeec

Time for some austerity for MPs. 

Patty's Plum Poppy

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:45

I think you're being too kind.   Stop watering and mulching as they need to be well drained.   Poppies naturally grow in spring, flower and then die back leaving space for other plants to shine later in summer.  Treat yours a bit more mean and they should flower.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/86697/Papaver-orientale-Patty-s-Plum/Details for more info.

Hardy geraniums - pruning

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:42

Thought as much.  They're very good in dry shade and I don't suppose you have much dry anything most of the year.

Hardy geraniums - pruning

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:31

Geranium macrorhizum foliage is scented FG and, in a mild winter, turns red and stays until spring when it can be tidied up in time for flowering and fresh green foliage..

I cut all my geraniums back, regardless of type, once they finish their first big flush of flowers.  I just cut them all back to an inch or two, scatter on some general purpose fertlitiser such as pelleted chicken manure and water them.  In 3 weeks time they'll have grown back fresh, healthy leaves that look good with our without new flowers.

My scented leaf pelargonium has only flowered once and that was years ago.  Now I keep it pruned and tidy so it has fresh leaves for my ice cream infused with its foliage.  The flowers are really insignificant anyway.

Potatoes sprouting from mounds

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 11:48

No.  These are new stems with extra foliage that will help feed your tubers.   Earth them up if you can as this helps protect the spuds below from going green if the soil is a bit thin and lets in sunlight.


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 11:46

Our pleasure.  If you give your clematis a liquid feed of tomato food it will soon put back what the slimesters ate but you do need to protect it from them..

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How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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Another ID please

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Shrub ID please

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