Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 11:23

Rumbledy-thundery for a lot of the night after all but only half a mm of rain.  Not the 8 we were promised a few days ago before they changed their minds.   It's cool and grey but should be warmer and sunnier tomorrow.   We'll see.

I think wind turbines are expensive, inefficient and unsightly, not to mention bad for health and wildlife.  If you live too close they give off a vibration that can bring on migraines and nervous disorders.   The switching of the blades on sunny days can affect vision and cause headaches and epilepsy.  Naturalists have done counts of dead bodies near turbines and found significantly elevated numbers of bats and migratory birds.   The WHO thinks they're bad for people.   Heaven knows what the ones out to sea are doing to marine life.

Seems to me solar panels are relatively unobtrusive and the only time they're not working is when covered n snow.    If you get the ones made in Europe they are of high quality.  

Love that tree.   Old gnarly trunks like that are wonderful.

Good luck with the new let Hosta. 

Nervous times till Thursday's post Chicky!

Ideas please...

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 23:54

Assuming you wish to stick with blue or purple, have a look at delphinium Magic Spires series.  They grow up to 1m high but you'll need good slug deterrents.

Agastache rugosa produces purple flowers from summer into autumn and has scented, edible leaves.   Gets to about 80cm high but can be short lived so plan to take cuttings regularly.

Lobelia Hadpsen purple will get to about 60cm high and flowers from summer into autumn.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 20:27

Not for me Dove.  OH likes self propelling cheeses whilst I like the ones like mature Cheddar or Vieux Bruges which stay put.   Chaource here is twice the size of the ones we got in Belgium. Should keep him quiet for a while.

Your dinner sounds good FG.  Hope you're feeling more yourself, at least in time for the weekend.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 19:13

I've been to my favourite Leclerc and found chicken thighs, Limousin steaks, lamb belly and pork ribs and beef mince as BBQ weather seems to be setting in.  They also had cocktail and then some smelly fried chicken.  Smelly, in our household, denotes garlic, not off.   As I was on my own with time to peruse at leisure, I found proper baking powder, 00 flour for making some pastas, wholegrain couscous and fusilli but no brown rice.   Treated OH to a big fat Chaource too.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 18:40

I'm sure most of us could do with a bit of titivating after a few hours in the garden.   I very nearly bought a new nail varnish this pm but decided against as I always end up with similar shades to what I have.   Don't bother with it on my finger nails any more anyway.

33C coming back from SM and it feels like a snug, warm blanket at the mo.   I took a detour to Gifi and treated us to a new fuchsia pink parasol for the terrace table.  The old one is very small and on its last legs.  Had it 20 odd years tho so can't complain.

T'other pair have gone to the beach to surf and dog walk respectively so i'd better get on with dinner as they'll be famished when they get back and have had a shower.

NO LAWN after using Evergreen 4 in 1 lawn feed

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 18:31

If you had more weed than grass it's normal that you have big bare patches.  Rake it all clear of thatch and dead weeds and moss then leave it to be rained on for a couple of weeks.   Rake again to loosen the soil surface then sow suitable grass seed in September when temperatures and moisture levels are conducive to good germination and the residue of the product should have been washed away.

Mystery plant

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 14:40

I reckon your're right SS.  Very pretty too.

Utter Confusion

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 13:58

This is the list of sections on the forum - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/  There is a search function at the top of the page to help you find topics or you can post a new question in the appropriate section..   There are two main threads in the Potting Shed for non garden related chat - Hello Forkers and Resurrected.

Code of conduct and terms and conditions appear below the blank white message box.  

It helps to set up a description of you - profile - so we can see where your garden is and what kind of soil you have as both affect the plants you can grow and the problems you may have.

To post a picture, use the camera icon.  There is a size limit so if it fails, try re-sizing.

Welcome.   Enjoy.

Last edited: 14 August 2017 13:59:51

Where to start?

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:29

Exactly.   If you are thinking of creating flower beds or veggie beds, map out where the sun shines and then doodle some shapes on paper to get a pleasing effect.   Then use a hosepipe or dry sand poured form a bottle to mark out the shapes and go and look at them from all angles, including upstairs windows to make sure they please.  

Then prepare the soil well, digging to at least a spade's depth and adding lots of well rooted garden compost and/or manure to improve its composition and bring it back to life.  Let it settle a week or two then plant according to how much sun it gets.  No point putting shade lovers in full sun and vice versa or ericaceous plants in limey soil.


Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:24

We have always had a gas hob with leccy oven, just in case of power probs.  In Belgium and here that means bottled gas as no mains to the sticks but still better than being dependent, given the flakiness of sub stations in thunder storms.   

Busy - I like to go too but am always glad to be home and increasingly less likely to wander anywhere I can't drive.   I like the independence.

Have a safe trip home Chicky.  Bet she doesn't swap Hosta but feel free to wish your rain our way, just for a couple of days.


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