Latest posts by Obelixx

How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 17:14

Thanks Joyce.  Cosmos still has a poorly paw.  Back to the vet on Monday to see if we persist with the cleaning and socks or whether she wants to remove the pad.   Makes for a very calm and quiet but purry and cuddly boy.  Minstrel tho is far more adventurous and "helpful".  Measuring curtain fabric yesterday and she curled up in the folds........  Likes to tie laces too.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 17:11

Hi LG.  Let's hope you got it right and did well.   I have seen that plant growing round here in municipal plantings - gets lifted or binned before winter - and one or two gardens and assumed it was a relative of phlomis russelliana cos of those whorls at the base of the flowers;  Not something I would ever have thought of trying in Belgium but could be good here as long as I take it into the polytunnel for winter.  The RHS says it won't stand being frozen.

FG - forgot to post photos of the medieval Halles which, it turns out, were built in the 1700s but in the old style with stone outer pillars and wooden pillars and beams inside.  Fabulous.   16 stone pillars on the long sides.


Dogs have been walked and had a good long run about off lead so flolopped and snoring now.   Spose I'd better think about some dinner....

How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 17:00

I have joined a patchwork group that meets on Monday afternoons but does one whole day a week for special projects and occasionally does other half day projects.  Last week we had the choice of crocheting a Japanese inspired pan scrub or shower scrub using indestructible polyester yarn with shiny spiky bits like tinsel or felt Xmas ornaments.  I decided 50 years or so ago that life is too short to crochet and I can just about knit a scarf so opted for felt ornaments.

I also found a thingy for making fabric Xmas trees - good to fiddle with when watching TV.  Here's what I have so far.  Felt Xmas pud and more stars to follow.

Overgrown Beauty Bush

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 14:47

You're probably right.  Much easier to see once the first third of stems have been cut out so there's less of a tangle to confuse the eye.

Last edited: 29 November 2017 14:47:53

Overgrown Beauty Bush

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 14:15

I only meant the very long, arching ones Nut.   

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 14:14

Not getting a doodle either......   Found it tho.   Odd woman but great designer and gardener.


Gardening newbie, any ideas for garden design?

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 14:08

Haven't time to check your blog at the mo but I do know James Grieve is moderately self-fertile but will crop much better if it has a pollination partner so you should consider planting a second tree unless one of your neighbours has a suitable playmate.    Have a look at this list - https://www.keepers-nursery.co.uk/searchpolpartner.aspx?id=JAMGRI

Good luck with the chemo and well done for planning a garden.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 13:22

That link takes me to a "style" page with Mary Berry's cranberry mince pies.   Not that stylish.

Last edited: 29 November 2017 13:22:39

Overgrown Beauty Bush

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 13:19

These are best pruned after flowering so you don't lose a whole season's flowers.   However, I think, while it is bare and you can see what you're doing, I would take out 1 in 3 of those stems right back to the base and choosing the older and more knobbly looking ones.   Do this on a day when no frost is forecast for a few days as this can damage new wounds and let in disease.

You could also shorten by a third some of the longer stems left once you've thinned it.   Repeat this thinning process every year so that you end up completely renewing the shrub whilst keeping it to size.   Give it a generous handful of pelleted chicken manure every spring to encourage healthy fresh growth and flowers.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 12:14

This is our old boiler and water tank after we installed the PV panels and yellow control box and before we re-did the pipe lagging..  Makes me think of Red Dwarf for some reason.

The one here is upright and has the burner and hot water tank inside and some very strange controls.   Might have to think about getting a leaner, cleaner model but it can wait till the next service in November 18.

Discussions started by Obelixx

SOS Allotments appeal

Petition to save allotments in Huddersfield 
Replies: 14    Views: 306
Last Post: Today at 09:31

Wisley safe - for now

Threatened by plans to widen the A3 
Replies: 6    Views: 436
Last Post: 08/12/2017 at 16:45

Taxonomists and name changes

When did this happen? 
Replies: 51    Views: 1922
Last Post: 15/11/2017 at 16:37

Sphaeralcea - globe mallow

Anyone grow this? 
Replies: 0    Views: 246
Last Post: 26/10/2017 at 17:43

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
Replies: 16    Views: 619
Last Post: 24/09/2017 at 20:02

Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
Replies: 12    Views: 501
Last Post: 09/09/2017 at 19:19

Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
Replies: 1326    Views: 40942
Last Post: 01/10/2017 at 10:13

Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
Replies: 10    Views: 397
Last Post: 11/06/2017 at 09:04

Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
Replies: 4    Views: 487
Last Post: 03/06/2017 at 09:22

Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
Replies: 9    Views: 489
Last Post: 20/05/2017 at 14:26

Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
Replies: 6    Views: 401
Last Post: 06/04/2017 at 17:42


Erection and siting 
Replies: 4    Views: 442
Last Post: 18/02/2017 at 17:32

Cutting garden

Tips please 
Replies: 22    Views: 1862
Last Post: 08/06/2017 at 22:33


What to do with them 
Replies: 11    Views: 666
Last Post: 14/11/2016 at 21:06

Weather station

Recommendations please 
Replies: 2    Views: 514
Last Post: 08/11/2016 at 14:53
1 to 15 of 36 threads