Latest posts by Obelixx

Late Bulb Planting

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 16:49

They need to be planted as soon as you can.  As it's late, they may not flower very well this year but at least in the ground they can get their foliage working on building up energy for next year's flower.

Left unplanted, they will die.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 16:46

We were very surprised to find a scattering of bayonet bulbs when we moved here after 25 years of screw-ins or halogen and then LED spots in Belgium.   Meant we had to go and buy spares for the kitchen and outhouses.   Gradually changing those light fittings now as they look rather ancient.   Curiously, light fittings are much cheaper in Belgium, as are new radiators, electrical cable and connections, pipes and all sorts, not to mention VAT for work on old buildings.

Have done the supermarket raid.  No mango chutney so I'm about to make some.    OH says the latest batch of lime pickle is delish so I hope the mango recipe works as well.

We left the robot going while we were out.  OH found it bleeping under a tall shelf unit with a  message "Please release me".  I can feel a song coming on.


Plant ID please

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 13:15

Could be one of many bulbs.  Leave it to flower and then you'll see if it's a keep or a digger up and chuck.  However, if you have scalped it every year it may not have had the energy to make flowers and all you'll get is greenery which needs to be left on to feed the bulb for flowers next year..

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Posted: 24/02/2017 at 13:13

GD - Summer temps should be mid 30s but not humid so very bearable.

I've found a photo of the offending articles from last summer when they were green.   The RHS thinks they may be a form of miscanthus so lucky OH gets to chop down every stem.  That'll keep him busy and me in bean poles for a while.

I shall then keep an eye on subsequent growth to keep it less dense.

The dwarf conifers in this photo all died in the drought so last month we tied ropes round and towed them out with the car.   Happy to lose those but I shall plant some more attractive conifers when we get new beds dug.   

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 10:16

Quiet and sunny here with a fresh breeze.  Lovely day.  Currently doing h****work to clean and tidy for the weekend.  Possum is coming for 4 days, arriving by train as there were no flights at short notice.   She has to do some video work for her course and wants to go and film Nantes on Saturday.  Double yikes!   Lots of lovely things in the Vendée and she wants to do a big city on a shopping day.

Other than that a SM run and taking it easy.  The arthritic bits in my upper spine are complaining.   Humph!

Dove - well done but why do you need mascara to take OH to work?

Busy - lovely find.  Unfortunately both our wheelbarrows are metal and still serviceable for many years I hope.  I wonder if they'd like an old threshing machine we have discovered, unaccountably, upstairs in the ruin across rotting floorboards.

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Posted: 23/02/2017 at 21:40

Depends on what kind.  I grow acidanthera or Abyssinian gladioli which are attractive to bees and very usefully so as they are late flowerers so extend the season.

How to Pronounce 'Gean' as in Wild Cherry?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 21:37

In standard English pronunciation, "e" and "i" soften consonants like "g" so it would be like jean or gene.     

Ant colonies in my planters.

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 21:21

Same advice re changing both compost and plants and keeping well watered but you can also use a deterrent.

Mix one small bottle of essential oil of cloves (pharmacy or health shop) into 5 litres of water and use that to water your planters.  The ants hate the smell and move on or stay away.   Do it once a month as part of your normal watering routine and that should solve the ant problem.

It works in the garden too should you find ants nesting there.   Unfortunately their tunnel systems leave plant roots hanging in thin air which means they can't provide water and nutrients as they should and the plants weaken and either struggle or die.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 20:54

Wonky - you're a practical, hands-on woman.  Build one yourself.  It'll be quicker.

I'm shattered again.  Painting and sanding and oiling and cleaning and moving stuff about is cumulatively knackering.    And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

I hope Doris has now worn herself out too and everyone is safe.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 18:55

Why did the spellchecker change sunflower to superfluous?   That would reduce the menu even more!

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