Latest posts by Obelixx

Putting snowdrops in pots for a February wedding

Posted: 12/02/2018 at 21:25

That's a good plan as long as you can guarantee the ground won't be frozen or covered in snow when you go to dig up your mesh pots.  I kept mine in solid plastic 4" pots all together in a square basket tray so they were easy to keep an eye on, water and move to cool shade or sun as needed while they were still in leaf and then went dormant. 

If you lift yours once they've finished flowering and pot them up you'll be able to keep yours frost free in January if you need to hurry them on a bit but also put somewhere colder if you need to hold them back and you'll know exactly where they are.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 12/02/2018 at 20:57

Caviar in English F Lily.  Caviar with a K would mean it had been got at somehow.

Aunty Rachel are you being naughty?

Looking for anti-slip matting for Decking

Posted: 12/02/2018 at 20:55

I've seen chicken wire used on a set of railway sleeper steps cleverly installed to get to a doctor's surgery in Belgium where it rains a lot.  Lethal till the wire was attached.   If the wire is well stretched and well attached it quickly becomes unobtrusive and is effective.

You could always just lay a strip as a kind of path on your most frequent route across the decking.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 12/02/2018 at 20:50

It's a Hawaiian import.   Supposed to be very healthy and full of fresh raw veg, salad, rice, oriental seasonings such as ginger, sesame and teryaki and then fish.  I've seen it described as a cross between Japanese and Peruvian cuisine...................


Posted: 12/02/2018 at 20:40

We have one of these outside planted against an old stone well in a garden we moved to in October 2016.   It was, by then, heading off down the drive like a triffid so we cut it all back to about 12"/30cms and trained it over the well. 

It grew like the clappers last year but didn't produce a single flower but I'm expecting a good show later on.  It is currently completely bare..............

Putting snowdrops in pots for a February wedding

Posted: 12/02/2018 at 19:28

Me too.   In spring 2016 I knew I'd be moving in autumn to a garden with no flowers, let alone snowdrops so I lifted a few clumps, divided them into one or two bulbs each and put them in 4" square pots in good compost.   They were then watered until the leaves died down and then kept in a shady spot.  We moved at the end of September and they had to stay in pots till we could get new beds made.  They all flowered last Feb in their pots and then went out in the garden where, I'm happy to say, they've survived and thrived and are in flower again today as it's been sunny and they've finally opened.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 12/02/2018 at 18:39

Lots of locally caught fish and shellfish near our new home on the Atlantic coast but neither of us wants to go near a "plateau de fruits de mer" cos it's mostly oysters and stuff that looks like snails.   There are oyster beds along the coast and also "moules de bouchot" which are smaller and tastier than the flabby Zeeland mussels eaten widely in Belgium.  Trouble is, they're so tasty I was having them once a week instead of once  a year and that did for my hands.  Hope the turmeric will sort that out. 

Local hake for dinner tonight with tomatoes, chick peas and Ras-el-Hanout.  Yum.

Last edited: 12 February 2018 18:40:51

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 12/02/2018 at 17:54

I like you hobo art Fire Lily.  Been thinking about trying that myself but first a  proper dream catcher with threads and feathers.

Love your railway scenes HHog.  When I was little I loathed dolls but wasn't allowed a railway set so I used my pocket money to buy Airfix houses and Matchbox cars and made myself a village with gardens and all sorts.   Hope you get you leak fixed soon Liri.  That's been going on a long time now.

This pm's patchwork was designated joint craft project to make things to sell at a forthcoming Open Day/exhibition to raise funds for our materials and outings.  3 out of 4 on my table really disliked the projects on offer, wouldn't give them house room and would't buy them and it turns out we're not alone so we shall have to words with the committee if they pull out something as bad next week.   I chose the least offensive - a fabric apple to hang in the kitchen with a little note pad and pencil.   The other things were even worse dust collectors - 3 fabric birds with heart motifs hanging on a ribbon, a stuffed fabric mouse or a choice between two fabric birds.   Why? 

I shall post a pic of the offending article when I've finished it.

Last edited: 12 February 2018 17:55:59


Posted: 12/02/2018 at 17:43

I've seen these things wrap round houses and also head off down hedges and fences for 20 or 30 metres and no doubt more if allowed.  There's on an arch over a gate and front path just up the road and some of it has escaped off along the front hedge.  Glorious in spring.

Garden Gallery 2018

Posted: 12/02/2018 at 11:56

Thanks Chicky.  Always interesting to see what babies you get from promiscuous plants.

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