Latest posts by Obelixx

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:17

Bit dull here this morning.  OH is out there already clearing the piles of vegetation he cut back yesterday and then he'll be doing lawn edges.  I am on plaster filling duty and then the cutting in - after yet another floor wash and a scrub of the skirting boards.  Lovely.

Has to be done tho so I can get out there and tend my treasures.    There are clematis needing new obelisks and an arch to rebuild for Etoile Violette and roses to finish pruning and plants to pot up for the charity sale.

Have a good one everyone.  I hope your weather is clement for whatever you're doing and that all is well.

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:30

I doubt it'll be too difficulut if you have reasonable strength and a handy tree or sleeper to bend it round and then a plank to stand on while you bend the "legs" up.   However, I find 5mm is fine for a plant support à la Monty and use it for purple phlomis, echinops, helianthemums and any other tall plant that needs a support.       

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 16:11

Glad you're OK Hosta and OH is looking after you.    Dove, I hate stud parking too and badly thought out and indicated diversions.   Shopping's OK if I'm in the mood which isn't often.   Not a shopaholic at all.

Verdun - EU rules apply to all EU businesses.  Some adapt, some cheat and some go under.   That's life with government of any sort be it local, regional, national or European.   Worth noting also that the little jobsworths in Britain apply all those rules far more assiduously than their EU counterparts.

We have roast dinner on Sundays.  Possum expects it (Capricorn so likes tradition) and OH likes it anyway.  I've only recently started doing Yourkshire puds and now Poss wants them every week!   Simple salmon and veggies tonight as the kitchen is in disarray and I'm shattered.    It's a big farmhouse kitchen with some fitted cupboards but mostly not.    Furniture all moved and cleaned and protected.  Walls all sanded down and then vacced and steam cleaned.  

Some filling been done already and floor washed for the 3rd time to collect plaster dust which will no doubt continue falling for days.  I've done the hall while I was on to get all the dusty stuff done in in one go so it's a huge area of wall and floor.

In between dries, have taken the last of the roses and clems in pots from their shelter corner and put them in full sun and wind and rain.   They've done well so far so I hope they'll be OK.   OH has kept out of the way and gardened, cutting down miscanthus and other dead perennial stems and weeding.

Immigrants - most are genuine, escaping horrors but some are economic and some naugty infiltrators up to no good.  On balance, we should be doing more to sort and help but on the understanding that our way of life gives personal freedoms and standards and opportunities for which we also have to share civil responsibilities and duties.  They should not expect to come and impose their religion, values or politics on us as it is not our way and that's what got them into a mess in the first place.  

It has turned cold and grey and damp now but the last few sunny days have worked wonders on the PSB and we should finally get enough of a picking for supper tomorrow if it stays sunny.


Talkback: 10 plants to help bees through winter into spring

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 16:07

Our bees like snowdrops and crocuses and assorted narcissi.   We have several different kinds of pulmonaria and they seem to like that too.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 13:29

Clarington - I know just what you mean.  We have almost finished emptying stuff from our kitchen and wrapping up bookcases in the hall so we can sand and repair plaster before painting and making ours all sparkling clean and tidy.   Woe betide anyone who messes in there afterwards, including OH who you'd think would know better after all the cleaning and sorting and decorating effort.

GWRS - thanks.  No dancing today but Soul tomorrow, salsa on Wednesday and ballroom on Friday plus an extra practice session of soul, salsa, disco rock and boogie on Thursday - just once a month that one.

Well done for the war memorial project.   They do look after them very well here - both village memorials which list their own dead - soldiers and civilian resistance plus those who died after being deported to slave camps - as well as the local and allied cemeteries for fallen soldiers and airmen.

Recommendations for Rose food

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 13:01

As Dave says, a healthy rose withstands disease and pests better than a weak one.

I put banana skins in their planting hole or pot then feed each year with pelleted chicken manure in early spring when buds start to break.  I scatter this on all my borders with extra dollops for roses and clems.  They may get a mulch of compost if we have some spare from the veggie plot and I give liquid feeds of home-made comfrey tea later in spring and early summer.

If the foliage looks a bit yellow - eg after a very wet winter - I do a foliar feed of Epsom salts poured on from a watering can, not sprayed. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 08:45

Bright and sunny here but very windy still.   Have to do a coat of paint around a bedroom wind embrasure so it can dry and I can get the curtains back up and then doa  raid on the builders' supplier with OH so we can get the doings for the replacement trellis fence between the veggies and the ornamentals and a replacement support for clematis Etoile Violette which is now too vigorous for the arch we had there.

I am not trying the legs crossed thing as I have 3 slipped lumbar discs and a cage to make 2 more behave in my neck.   OH and I have 3 hours of dance class a week plus a practice session on Sundays and occasional sorties to dance evenings on Saturdays but I do know I need to start some serious exercises to get my leg muscles back after spending a year off dancing while I had surgeries to rebuild my feet and I'll be upping the lentil factor in our diet.    Good excuse to make dahl and other curries so Possum will eat them too.

Hope that fire doesn't get out of hand Pat E.

Happy gardening everyone - if you can today.  If not, have a great day anyway.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 15:38

Lots in the Vendée last week but none here yet.   We get house martins mostly.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 15:36

Lots of ground cover here too in theory FG.  It just takes longer to start growing again after winter so the annuals weeds sneak in and nasties like couch grass, nettles, thistles, creeping buttercup and bindweed are ever present though getting less each year.

Coffee break over.  Back to the painting prep for me.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 15:14

Just back from an interesting week in the Vendée.  Took the dogs for their first beach walk.   Didn't like the noise of the waves the first time and the tide was in and all a bit rough with a strong wind.   Both dogs are rescues and the Lab is still nervous of anything new or strange because he spent his first 3 years cooped up indoors.   He clearly does not know what he was bred for as he kept as far away as possible from the foaming wet stuff coming after his feet.  Very funny really but a bit sad too.  

Now we're home and have to crack on with the spring decorating as well as the spring gardening, doing the latter while paint dries.  Taking advantage of newly retired OH to get everything spruced and ship shape while we still have loads of energy and not too many creaky bits.   That means a raid on the builders' suppliers tomorrow for fence posts and metal mesh to replace trellis panels destroyed by gales.

Haven't seen the Keep Young programme yet or Beechgrove so have those to look forward to when OH isn't hogging the TV with his pesky golf!   I will not be trying the gymnastics to get up off the floor but I can still touch the floor with my hands (not just finger tips) and my legs straight.

Hosta - good luck.

Chicky - weeding here is like painting the Forth bridge except the darn things start growing again in the first beds cleared before I've done the last - the joys of fertile soil in a garden surrounded by countryside.........

Discussions started by Obelixx

Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
Replies: 5    Views: 253
Last Post: 18/09/2016 at 12:30

Another ID please

Replies: 6    Views: 276
Last Post: 20/07/2016 at 12:46

Shrub ID please

Replies: 4    Views: 360
Last Post: 05/06/2016 at 20:00

Beechgrove has started

Replies: 48    Views: 2308
Last Post: 03/04/2016 at 11:22


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 2    Views: 637
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 15:29


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 0    Views: 790
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Replies: 8    Views: 862
Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 10:01

Lawn care after moles

Replies: 4    Views: 614
Last Post: 05/08/2015 at 23:00

Plant id for Obxx

Who knows what this is please? 
Replies: 8    Views: 962
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 12:49

GW 2015

Programme content discussion 
Replies: 46    Views: 2983
Last Post: 16/03/2015 at 18:44

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 2714
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 09:30

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Catch up chat 
Replies: 3    Views: 1253
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 09:18

Mare's tail

Replies: 3    Views: 1934
Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 17:01

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Replies: 23    Views: 2403
Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:35

Beechgrove this weekend

Replies: 6    Views: 1271
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 11:05
1 to 15 of 20 threads