Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 10:05

I think some of you ladies have missed a trick on the ironing front.  When OH and I first got together over 30 years ago we both worked long hours (software development) so, since he was already used to ironing his own shirts for work I said that if he wanted to hog the TV watching sport he had to do the ironing at the same time.   He still does it - very useful habit now there's so much golf/football/rubgy/cricket/whatever on TV.   I think the only sport he doesn't watch is synchronised swimming.

Now he's retired he also does most of the vacuum cleaning because he chose the bloody Dyson!

Loved the ghost soldier tribute and yes, it does put into perspective the recent behaviour of both citizens and politicians.   Don't think it'll change much though.   Short memories.  Short vision.

I now have bright sunshine and blue bits to the front of the house and a whopping great black thing at the back.   


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 08:41

Dry so far and a few blue bits after more torrential wet stuff last night.   I'm not sowing or planting any more veggies this year.  The slugs have had 90% of them and the cold and wet means the courgette and squashes are just sitting there doing nothing.    Two flowers so far and no fruits.

I shall take runners of my strawberries to grow above ground for a decent crop next year.  Both kinds have produced loads of fruit this year but so soggy and chewed, despite a bark mulch.

Funnily enough I have seen hardly anything about the Oz elections on the news.  Wonder why that is!

I don't watch tennis or football but well done Wales.   

Prehistoric plants

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 20:42

Don't forget mare's tail (nightmare weed) and gingko biloba but, like eveything except the fer, too big to grow under a holly.   Maybe lichens and mosses?

Achillea struggling

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 17:31

Friends of mine grow this in well composted, well drained terraced beds.   It doesn't do well in the beds but self seeds and grows with gay abandon in the gravel paths.

Don't cosset it with extra food and watering.

Pak Choi

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 17:28

You need to get to know the BBC Good Food website - search for recipes by ingredient or nationality.

Here's pak choi - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search/recipes?query=pak+choi 

Plant names

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 12:57

PP - I shall buy seeds from seedaholics and see what different colours I get in the mix - and then  can label them how I like.


Posted: 01/07/2016 at 11:16

I have a friend here whom I've known for 25 years.  Her daughter is Possum's godmother.  She's from Glasgow and has lived nearly all her adult life in various locations in Europe and speaks French, Flemish and Italian very clearly but when she gets excited about something in English I can still find her accent impenetrable and have to ask her to slow down and repeat.

Bearded Iris division

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 11:10

Mine are in transit, waiting for permanent homes.  I certainly wouldn't put them in pots for display as they have such a short flowering time and they need both to have the rhizomes baked for producing the next show as well as other plants around for contrast with the sword-like foliage.  

Display pots need to have a long period of interest from a succession of flowers and good foliage or else need to be mono planted and then tucked away out of sight when that plant has done it's thing.  In that case I'd put irises in wiser, shallower pots and mix some grit into good JI3 compost for them.

Plant names

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 10:55

I have a clematis princess Diana and it's a cracker - healthy, free flowering, grows well whatever the weather throws at it.    There's another called prince Charles which I couldn't have bought even had it been attractive.  Blekitny Atoll (now called Blue Angel) is so much better.

I admit to hesitating a bit over hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky but the label has long gone so I can't tell which is Vanille Fraise and which is PW now.   Both gorgeous plants which is what counts in the end.

That geum borisii looks gorgeous doesn't it.   Apparently it's named after Boris III of Bulgaria who accompanied a plant hunter on expeditions.

Bearded Iris division

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 10:42

I meant fine in the sense they're alive.  What they really want is to hang on long enough till I can get them into a well drained border with sun to bake their rhizomes so they can make flowers for the following season.   Even the ones I have in te ground are looking abit sad since Flaming June turned out t be one long downpour.

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