Latest posts by Obelixx

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:12

Like many on here I grew up in the era of minis but tended to wear thick tights in cold weather or, for school, those bloomers that someone introduced to keep thighs warm.  Drove our deputy head wild and led to long lectures about suitable skirt lengths and how unattractive is the back of a knee.  Funny woman.

Perhaps alcohol was acting as anti-freeze for those wenches.

Gardeners' World weather forecast

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:06

Yes Hosta but then they wouldn't have those dodgy brick paths all over the place either.  Given the state of my knees and feet I'd change those in a jiffy for something more even and less trippy.   Even grass would be better.

Agree the forecast is a waste of time, especially for those who can't watch it till Sunday am.  Mind you, there is so much time wasted on long shots and just walking about that maybe they just don't have the imagination to fill up a whole 30 minutes of gardening.   I did like his roses but I do hope they take the time to show him putting up the wires as we get so many questions about wall and fence training on here.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:00

We have to pay for long-life bags, but only 1.5€ and they do last a long time and also make great plant carriers at fairs.  Since January we have been able to put all packaging from the poly trays for SM meats to plastic bags and pots in the recycling bag where someone else sorts it for appropriate treatment.   

Joyce - we used to go to Ladies Day at Ascot and the King George day in summer but to enjoy a good day out and a great picnic, not to get dressed up.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 08:38

Joyce - don't know.  A lot in the hedgerows is hawthorn but I have no idea yet what the trees i teh garden are until I see leaves.   They were all pretty bare already when we arrived in October as a drought made them drop their leaves early.   So far they all have white flowers so I'm hoping for some plums and maybe pears.   

Hosta - glad you enjoyed the opera but rather you than me.  I find high sopranos painful to the ear.   Don't know Guacamole but all my hostas are looking very happy in their new home - labels lost on most but a nice selection of blues and greens and golds and variegation.  Wonderful plants.


Posted: 22/04/2017 at 08:32

Can't help with time lapse but I do know they require pruning to encourage the formation of flowers rather than foliage.  It isn't complicated but needs doing in July and January?  See this page for info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 08:29

Not any more.  Shops here and in Belgium have had strict rules about free plastic bags for years so I have a bag full of long-life bags instead.   Shops here are quite inventive about styles and sizes.  Just have to remember to take enough when I do a big shop......

Sunny again but nippy in the breeze so I'm pottering inside till it warms up.  Possum has headed off back to Namur for summer term but will be back at the end of June unless she finds a student job there for July.    OH is driving her to Angers for a thru train to Brussels so only one change.  Just as well as she has no concept of packing light and has gone back with new clothes and shoes to squeeze in too.

I hope the cold nights stop soon. I'm using the annex as a temporary greenhouse for toms and squashes and cucs and peppers but need to clear it by Thursday as the tiler is coming to do the floor.  My new cold frames are too low now.  Might have to get inventive.

Not at all fascinated by Japanese culture and ceremonies but I do love all that cheery cherry blossom and how they seize the moment to enjoy it.

Carol Klein's Life in a cottage garden...will it get repeated again

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 08:13

It has been on again on Sunday mornings recently.   Have you tried iPlayer?

Easiest seeds to transplat

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 08:11

Just buy some seeds for a plant you fancy growing and then sow according to the instructions on teh packet.  Some need covering and some need light to germinate.   Some have minimum germination temps and some, like lettuce, have maximum ones which save them germinating in hot conditions which, in nature, would be the death of the seedling.

You can also find info online if you google the plant name+cultivation.  That should give you plenty to work with for producing plants from seed, division and cuttings.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 08:06

Good morning all.  Bright and sunny again with that chilly easterly breeze still blowing and no rain.  Humidity is down to 40% already so much watering of pots for the foreseeable but, on the up side, the newly ploughed and riddled future potager is not busy growing weeds - yet -and the blossom isn't being blown or washed off the trees which are glorious this spring.

Loved the no-dig on GW but can't see us ever producing enough compost ourselves so we'll have to explore other sources.  I do have access to horse-poo but no idea how much.

Possum has just left with OH who is driving her to Angers to catch a direct train to Brussels so just one change to get to Namur.   Just as well as she has so much luggage - no concept of travelling light!

I should start on some h****work while it warms up enough to potter outside.

Busy - your pool sounds complicated.   Enjoy your walk FG.

Have a good day everyone.  

pet companions

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 21:22

Dave, I don't think age matters as much as loving and caring and training.  We have a rescue Labrador, age unknown but we think he's about 8 now and was never properly socialised and never went out of his terrace house either so, despite lots of training he is still nervous and afraid of anything new. but f-daft as a brush with us.

However, he loves our terrier rescue, now 10, to bits and us and also our two new kittens although he trembled with fear when they arrived.   Your Dudley looks very contented.   I hope you have loads of fun together for many years to come.

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