Latest posts by Obelixx

chocolate teapots

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:59

Ha!  I bought a pair of those this spring and the catch that holds the extension just slips and/or breaks.  Took them back for a replacement, no bother from the shop, but hey-ho, same again.  Sent a complaint to Fiskar's and NO ANSWER!   Shame on you Fiskar.

However, they do cut really well when I can use them.

My useless tool is actually a Wolf head.  I love this range but was bought the automatic seed distributor wheel thingy and have never used it. 

Thuja trees

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:56

If the last lot died it's a bit of "hope triumphing over experience" to re-plant the same tree because either your soil is impoverished/unsuitable/infected and isn't good for those trees.

If you prune back to brown wood you'll just get brow wood as they only regenerate form the green bits.  No point spraying against an unknown problem but you could improve their situation and try to make them healthy with good nutrition.

I think maybe you need to give the soil underneath a really good soaking and then scatter on some bonemeal to help grow healthy roots and fork it gently around the roots.  Top with a few inches of mulch from well-rotted compost or manure to improve the soil structure.  Do this now and it will work any magic over winter.   Hope for healthy new growth next spring.

Jamjar flowers again

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:23

It is.  I spend a lot of time in spring looking away from forsythia flowering next to flowering currant as I dislike both but that pink and yellow combo works really well with the splash of orange and purple.  Who'd 've thought it?

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:21

It is lovely.   Wouldn't have thought to combine Amistad and a light blue but it's a really good combination.   

Is it ok to plant in autumn?

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:07

Most gardeners think autumn is best as the soil is still warm and the plants are dormant above soil and that gives the roots a chance to settle in and develop in time to support the upper growth spurt in spring.  If it freezes, they'll certainly be better in the ground than in pots.

That said, if your plants are frost tender, they need caring for thru winter in a frost free shelter or else in teh ground and with a cloche or some fleece.   Depends what you have.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 15:04

It's chick pea flour Busy.  I've been using it in chick pea fritters all summer - flour, curry powder or individual spices if you prefer or even dried herbs then s&p an egg and enough milk to moisten it to hold your chosen veg - sliced onion, grated and squeezed courgette, grated carrots or raw beetroot, broccoli or cauli florets.  Dollop into deep or shallow fat and fry till cooked.  Drain well.  We have them with salad and a mint and chili raita.    More ideas here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/chickpea_flour 

Major raid on the SM this morning plus present shopping.  Tomorrow we are invited to a dinner dance birthday and retirement party for a couple we met at dance classes.   On Sunday, 6 of my scientists are coming for lunch after booking themselves a weekend in La Rochelle so they could come and say hello.  Ryanair flight!  but not cancelled.   They're getting bread and butter pudding made with Vendée brioche or blackcurrant crumble for pud.  Kill 'em or cure 'em.

Back to the cleaning and cooking then, and deciding which frock for tomorrow.  Has to have a twirl for all those pivots and spins.

Pine identification

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 13:11

Might be pinus pinea or Stone pine - planted a lot in warm climates especially around the Med.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 13:00

Me neither.  I'm a 60's music child and found the 70s, 80s and 90s to be dire by comparison with one or two exceptions.   Moved to Belgium in 1991 which meant a change to radio style and content and very little mention of who was performing what plus a sprinkling of French pop and rock which makes UK 70s look positively inspired but also some Spanish, Italian, German etc - far more than a UK radio station would play.   Similar situation here in France where they have a quota requirement for French language on the playlists.   That, fortunately, means a lot of Belgian Stromae but hardly any Jacques Brel these days as well as the usual run of the mill French stars.

Far more interested these days in whether it's danceable anyway.

Woke up to bright, clear, crisp feeling sunny day.  11C when we set off to the SM and 20C on the way back.  Unfortunately, it was cloudy overnight so no direct view of the harvest moon but it was certainly bright where light escaped through the clouds.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 17:58

Certainly not!

Apart from anything else, we have dance class.

Half dead lime tree

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 16:10

A pair of Felco secateurs will cut through that no probs.  And be very handy for other pruning jobs too.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

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Snake ID please

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Recommendations please 
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New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
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How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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Another ID please

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Shrub ID please

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