Latest posts by Obelixx

Camera Talk

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 11:55

Gorgeous photos.  Thanks.


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 08:35

Ha-ha Topbird.  Maybe I should send him to the States!

Fish and chips on the pier sounds great but after 25 years in Belgium it has to be mayo and not vinegar.   Can't do pickles any more but love a good chutney with my sausages.

Haven't seen a greenfinch here in about 10 years.  Used to have loads and then they got sick but the chaffinches have replaced them.   No goldfinches or bullfinches.    Woodpeckers, blue, great and coal tits with occasional marsh tits.   Turtle doves, pheasants, jays, crows and jackdaws and lots of little brown jobs I can't identify other than the sparrows, dunnocks and wrens and no nuthatches.   Warblers of some sort.  Blackbirds but no thrushes.

Don't tell anyone but we haven't had a magpie here for a few years either and they used to come and wreck the feeders to get at fat balls and peanuts.

Feeding Wisteria

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 08:19

Maybe you are over watering and washing away nutrients.   I would try adding some liquid tomato food to the water.   Next spring, give it a slow release feed of rose or tomato fertiliser granules and an occasional liquid tonic of tomato feed.

The key to getting a wisteria to flower is correct pruning in July/August and then again Jan/Feb.  There's some useful info and videos here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 

Monty planting florence fennel near bean

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 08:03

According to the usual companion planting charts I consult online, Fennel has no friends apart from dill but will then cross pollinate so the seeds are of no use for new crops.

On the other hand, it does attract all sorts of beneficial insects and I found caterpillars of the swallowtail butterfly on mine one year.   It's strong perfume is also excellent for keeping fleas away apparently and there's an old saying about planting fennel next to your kennel to protect your dog.

Having said all that, I never grow runner or French beans so can't say how they will do but I grow fennel every year, usually near my lettuce crops and I haven't noticed any problems with the Cos or oak leaf lettuce.   


Posted: 22/07/2016 at 07:52

Cool start today thank goodness.  I've been out to remove the tattier leaves form my gunner in a pot and which is definitely ready to be liberated into the ground but has to wait a bit yet.    Had a word with my roses in pots too.  Clems next but first I have to do a shop.

Supper at the coast sounds lovely Dove.  Can you still do that in the holiday season?  Tried it in the Vendée last week and all the accesses were pedestrianised for summer so gave up.  Will try later in the year and get to know the places so we know where to park and walk.

News from the US is frightening.   Why do they have to go round shooting each other?  Do they really think DT will make the US safer, as he promises, from Jan 2017?   Dream on!

I shall go and spray some pernicious weeds this pm to make me feel better.  Wee showers expected at the end of the morning so no point doing it early.



Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:41

It's just a simple case of people thinking all botanical names have Latin origins.  Many have Greek origins to their name - clematis for example - so they really should use the word Botanical instead.

CB was a lecturer at Pershore so probably can't help himself and I usually learn from his explanations and his eye for detail but yes, he can be a bit earnest sometimes.

My flowers ..

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:36

Lovely photos Aym.   We're off to the Vendée in France for shorter, milder winters.

Here are a few non clems form the garden today.   Firebolt lilies

with Larkom lily (I think)

One of the hemerocallis

and another

lysimachia clethroides alba 

and one of the persicarias for semi shade looking a bit pale in all this bright sun


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:21

Well done Busy.  Glad you enjoyed it.   

Home made lemonade sounds good Dove and it's good to see Wonky is OK.  Have a great day tomorrow.

I have set 2 kilos of blackcurrants to drip for cordial.   2 more are steeping in vodka to make a liqueur as I don't need any more blackcurrant jam or jelly and can't take frozen stuff with us.   OH picked the purple gooseberries so another 2 kilos of fruit have become 10 jars of jam.

All my many pots have been watered, grass has been cut and the old kitchen chairs have been sanded again.   Need to be fed a solution of linseed oil and turps tomorrow then left to dry out a week before I can sand them again and paint them.

News from Turkey is depressing.


My flowers ..

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:00

Thanks.  It's 25kms inland from the coast so there should be no extreme winters.

More clems here - another resurrection clem that doesn't self cling.

alba luxurians with little green splodges on the tepals



Little Nell



Princess Diana

I am Red Robin seed heads - group 1 and flowers early then gorgeous silky seeds

Purpurea plena elegans

Red Ballon seed heads -  buds are red but turn yellow as they open then long silky seed fronds

label lost but probably Rubra

and lastly Arabella which is scrambling through a cotinus and doesn't cling

Other clems are being shy or are between flushes.

Last edited: 21 July 2016 22:03:52

Nightmare grass

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:32

I don't mind a few weeds as long as the overall effect is green.  I think it would help if you could raise the blades on your mower to let the grass grow a bit longer as the more leaf it has the better it can feed its roots and gain vigour to combat weeds.  

You can remove some of the larger weeds by hand using a long thin bladed tool such as this attachment in the Wolf range - http://www.wolfgarten-tools.co.uk/multi-change-tools-main/weeding-tool-heads/multi-change-weeding-knife They do all sorts of useful tool heads and a range of handles in different lengths so you can build up your tools gradually as needs and finances allow.

You can buy Weed and Feed products in garden centres.   They tend to be formulated for spring use and autumn use so the read the info and instructions before buying and using.   When the weeds are dead, rake them up and loosen the surface of the bare soil with teh rake head to prepare for seeding.  Re-seeding any existing or new bare patches is best done in spring or autumn when temperatures and moisture levels are better suited to seed germination.

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