Latest posts by obelixx

Removing mould on plant pots?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 08:54

I agree.  It's a natural process and should be left to itself.  However, if you really don't like it the way forward for future pots is to varnish the inside of the pots with up to 3 layers of clear acrylic varnish as this will reduce the penetration of moisture from the compost and thus reduce the effloressence.   

War Memorial Plants

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 22:32

OH and I went to Ypres and Tyne Kot for Armistice Day last year.   We were struck by how amazingly clean and tidy all the war memorials were from small cemeteries in Ypres to the huge expanse of Tyne Kot as well as all sorts of memorials on some of the roundabouts and hidden away in industrial estates.  Photos here in case they help - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1411%20Ypres%20and%20Tyne%20Cot?sort=9&page=1 

Being a gardener, I also noticed a distinct lack of greenery apart from the expanses of grass and a few twiggy roses, lavenders and heucheras at that time of year.   I would therefore advise going with evergreen foliage plants such as mahonia which can start flowering any time from November to February and is perfumed, skimmias and pieris if the soil is acid and maybe gaultheria mucronata 'Lilian' which produces pink berries from October.    My viburnum bodnantense Dawn is flowering now and evergreen viburnum Eve Price will flower over winter.   

If you plant some of these as structure, you can under and inter plant with spring bulbs and a wide range of herbaceous flowering plants and other shrubs to extend the season of interest all year.

pruning a climbing rose

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 21:26

Golden Showers can be expected to get up to 4 metres high - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/119717/Rosa-Golden-Showers-(Cl)/Details 

Try training new stems as horizontally as possible.   This will reduce height but also increase flowering vigour.   Cut out the older flowered stems a third at a time so you get a 3 year rotation of constantly renewed stems and flowering vigour.

pruning a climbing rose

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 20:49

Do you know its name?  Some rose varieties are just more vigorous than others.   Ramblers tend to be more pliable than climbers.

Either way, the best advice I can give is to check out the name and confirm it's type and then follow the instructions on the RHS website - 

Climbers - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=189

Ramblers - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=169 

Kohl rabi

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 17:00

I don't think it lends itself to cooking.  Far too much juice content.

Kohl rabi

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:17

I just peel it and grate it and serve either "remoulade" with a mustardy mayonnaise dressing or else mix it with grated apples and carrots and serve it like a cole slaw.   Very refreshing. 

What's this then?

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:14

I can't tell from the pics but, if the stem is square, it looks a lot like a weed I've found here for the last few years.  Produces small yellow flowers and self sows like mad.  Easy to pull up though.


Posted: 17/11/2015 at 12:57

Haven't been there since I was a nipper.   Love the photos RB, especally those leaves.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:58

Blackpool isn't impressive by day - looks very run down and unloved - or did when I was last there a few years ago.   I expect it looks fine at night when the illuminations are on - if you like that sort of thing.

The ballroom though is glorious - sprung floor, organs that pop u and down or back and forth depending on the model when one organ player takes a rest and the other takes over, intricate decoration and good acoustics.  We took the opportunity to spend a few hours at a Sunday tea dance and loved it but blimey, some of the couples are aggressive about the floor space in dances like the cha-cha and rumba.   Nearly had my chin clocked a couple of times.

Loved the sequence dancing.  We don't get that in Belgium but we do have line dancing instead and not just country.  There's Irish, Greek, twist, samba, cha-cha, tango, waltz, polka, merengue, cumbia, reggae, rock and more.


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 14:32

Seriously wet and soggy here today and windy with it so no gardening.   I have housework to do and dance admin and a major committee problem to sort out but am really not in the mood.

Still have weeds to sort, treasures to transplant to the nursery bed while I clear more bindweed and there are still bulbs to plant.

I know a scientist here who studies wild boar activities in the Ardennes - says they should never be approached, especially when they have young so make sure you do make a noise if you go back to make casts.   

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