Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 13:45

Afternoon all.   I like Hosta's new name.   Not so keen on the weather which is grey and mis but stuck indoors painting so not a worry really and the ground needs to soak up lots of moisture.   Chappy has been down to finish pointing and has put a collar on the CH boiler's metal chimney tostop draughts from the annex roof.

After moaning on the gallery thread that my new crocuses in the grass hadn't showed, there's a dozen flowering out there this morning.  How do they do that with no visible foliage?   Great to see them.

What a chatty lot you've been this morning.  Far too much to comment on so I shall simply wish you all a good day and a get well hug for all the lurgy sufferers.

Fairy - thank you.  PM to follow.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 23:25

OH suggested I need a tablet so I can read online recipes in the kitchen.  Or I could just carry my laptop in there.....   Coping with its idiosyncrasies is quite enough thanks.

After seeing pics of hellebores on teh photos thread I have ordered some seeds from the RHS list.   No idea if I'll get them or what they'll turn out to be but they can't be any less interesting than the very dull plain creamy white ones they're selling here for 16 or 18€ a pot!    I've also asked for liriodendron and sarcococca seeds.

Hope you get your flights Busy but it's not looking too promising.  Fingers crossed.

Off to bed now.   Sweet dreams all.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 22:04

Can't take credit Joyce an Nannie.  It was here when we moved in.    

Once flowering finishes I shall lift its crown so we can get in underneath to weed and feed and also to allow more light on a grapevine and a kiwi that are growing up the wall of that barn.  I hope it won't mind.

The snowdrops are some I potted up last spring in my last garden.   They're producing seed heads now so I need quickly to make a bed in which I can plant them and watch the babies grow.  Been hoping OH would dig one for me as I have been waiting for a broken toe to heal......

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 20:47

They are lovely tho aren't they?  I really like small daffs - so much more wind resistant and not blousy - and have planted lots of new ones here but it's good to find surprises popping up in odd places.   

Blackcurrant to eat off the bush?

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 20:39

I did it for the first time this year as we were moving so I couldn't freeze surplus and had enough jelly.  I used this recipe but did one lot with gin and another with vodka.


Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 20:34

I planted some Ruby Giant crocuses in a small bed at the front and they have come up and flowered well but been firmly closed for the last 2 wet and woolly days.    The white ones I put in the grass are no-shows which is a bit disappointing.   However, the daffs that came up in the gravel path, right next to the house wall, have done well.

Lots of bulbs including iris reticulata in pots but not flowering yet apart form my wee snowdrop pots, brought from Belgian and flowering a week ago.

In the garden, a mimosa has been looking gorgeous for a fortnight and is still gong strong.  No idea how long the flowers will last but they are a ray of sunshine.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 17:24

Having finally got our power supply back we then lost it to the leccy men but we do now have functioning lights and shutters in the annex, some power sockets, a connector for the cooker hood which I asked for and a TV socket which I wasn't expecting but was wired in by the last owners who planned to use it as her laundry and ironing room.

Can't paint with off and on lights so I've spent my time tidying and cleaning and had a little play with my new raspberry canes.   Roots soaking ready for planting in pots tomorrow as a temporary measure.

TB - have to agree.  Take it easy.   Do your nails or something or read a good book.  Have to admit that on the few occasions I take a bath, it's usually after a long, mucky day in the garden and I have some kind of relaxing bubbles or essential oil, a glass of fizz and a good book or magazine.

Liri - pesky but you may well have inspired someone for later life.   In the near future, it will be nice to have a kitchen again and a functioning oven.    I shall bake a cake to celebrate.

Blackcurrant to eat off the bush?

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 17:12

We love blackcurrants too but not fresh ff the bush.  Much too tart.

I make blackcurrant jelly spiced with cinnamon and cloves and sometimes star anise; blackcurrant cordial, blackcurrant liqueur, blackcurrant vinegar and blackcurrant crumble with ours.

Rotavator vs Chillington Fork

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 16:05

If you have a large area to dig over for annual veggies then a rotavator makes sense but you do first need to kill off any perennial weeds wuch as bindweed, marestail etc with some sort of weed killer..

If you're just wanting to weed beds for regular maintenance then I would advise a Wolf system push-me pull-you hoe which has two blades to decapitate weeds and can be attached to any length of handle for working close up on your knees or standing up - http://www.wolfgarten-tools.co.uk/multi-change-tools-main/soil-care-tool-heads/multi-change-push-pull-weeder-15cm   There's also a narrower one if you need it and an array of other hoe and cultivator heads.  I love them.

Is buying plugs cheating?

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 15:11

It is far too early to be putting plugs into the ground as the soil will be cold and we can expect more frosts, games and heavy rain that will do them in.   Most will be frost tender and shouldn't go outside till mid May and after being hardened off.

Buy them by all means but pot them on into small pots to grow on  Keep them watered  and give an occasional light liquid feed and then pot on again when they need it.   To harden them off, keep them in a frost free, sheltered place for now and gradually start putting them outsode on fine days but bring them in at night.  As we get to April you can leave them outside all day and in mi May you can plant them outside.

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