Latest posts by Obelixx

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 14:50

People keep giving me orchids.  I find them a bit nasty plasticky but not as bad as begonias.  I seem to have a knack tho and have one about to flower for its 4th year.  The trick is to dunk them in water every 7 to 10 days according to season and then let them drain throroughly and stick them back in tehir pot and ignore them.  When the flowers go over, cut off the stem at tha base and poke a couple of pink orchid feed sticks in the pot.   Keep out of direct sun but in good light.

We have been out to the local exotic gardens.  All looking a bit dry and underloved but there has clearly been a lot of time and energy spent on huge drifts of tulips and daffs or anemone de Caen as well as shrubs and some rather nice trees along with naff palms and bananas.   We fed popcorn to some ducks, geese, swans, smelly goats and pigs and a very stupid peacock waving his tail at a brown hen who was far more interested in his popcorn.  No peahen in sight so he was probably desperate.

Home for smelly spicy prawns and rice with Easter eggs for pud.  As feared, the Waitrose chocolate carrot cake egg has had to be donated to OH who eats anything.   I shall eat mini Milka eggs instead.   He's grumping but it's his own fault for not listening.

Off to plant my new irises along with some I brought with me fro Belgium and then I need to cut out a skirt for Possum.


Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:29

Then give it a feed to encourage strong new growth and remove any that isn't variegated a sthis is much more vigorous and will deprive the more ornamental stems of nutrients and energy.

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:27

The main purpose of a pump is to oxygenate the water and they have to be turned off for the coldest part of the year and cleaned and maintained.  I don't think they're worth the bother in a small pond.

I'd rather have some oxygenators and a bundle of barley straw sunk to the bottom to control algae and blanket weed.  Water lilies like still water.

Weather station

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:24

Having moved to a new garden in a new climate we have bought a Lacrosse Technology station.  They have a wide range of models and are supposedly reliable.  I expect there's one in your price range.   I had one of a different make in my old Belgian garden that spoke directly to my PC but it died when the temp hit -25C in winter.

This one records temp, humidity, rainfall, wind speed and direction, wind chill factor and atmospheric pressure but we have to note it ourselves from the screen when we get up.  I then transfer each month's sheet to a spreadsheet for comparison in future years.   Now it's getting warmer OH has set it to show min and maw temps each day and records these each evening around dinner time.

Spreading weed type plant help identify please

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:15

The roots will have made a solid mat so give the area a really good soaking and leave overnight before digging out.   You can also try a brushwood product rather than ordinary weedkiller for any bits left behind or that re-grow.

The Forgotten Herbs

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:10

You can expand your repertoire to include varieties of standard herbs eg lemon thyme, white chives and garlic chives, all sorts of different basil from cinnamon to Thai, variegated forms of sage and so on.

I suggest you check out this website from Britain's best known herb grower - https://www.jekkasherbfarm.com/ and also have a look in the library or even charity shops for books by her.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:06

The sun is shining now and the ironing done so we're off out soon tho only going a few kms.  Have a good trip Dove.

Joyce - Minstrel lives life to the full in her own quiet way - full on play, full on hunting and exploring then full on snuggles and flop.    From being a reticent, cautious kitten she's become a lovely, cuddly, chatty puss.   

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:57

I have spent the last few evenings in front of the TV with the PC, listing my seeds.  Sad I know but nothing riveting on.  Going through the last of the veg seed boxes which was beans, peas and sweetcorn, I discovered some ruddy rodent has been in there and decided it didn't like soya beans but has scoffed every single sweetcorn kernel.   Humph!

Poison sachet now down and bird seed temporarily re-housed.

Cosmos kitten has been helping OH do the ironing this morning.  The other day, they both helped with the whipped cream for Eton Mess.  7 and 10 months old now and Cosmos gets the chop on Tuesday.

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:41

Perfectly natural Pat and not to be rushed or suppressed.   You'll cry when you're ready, or maybe not.  Doesn't mean you feel it any more or less.   We buried our Pusscat over behind the giant miscanthus which was her favourite spot for viewing the garden, safe from the dogs.   The new kittens both get on well with the dogs and play nicely.

Cosmos kitten had blue eyes when he was small but they've gone a lovely pale, aqua green now.  He's been helping OH with the ironing this morning.

but was then persuaded to flop on the cat toy, carefully placed to protect the sofa - in theory.

Minstrel is out chasing insects.  She's a very busy girl but loves a snuggle with Cosmos on the back of the sofa.

Happy Easter Sunday everyone, whether it's Christian, pagan spring rites or just chocolate for you.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:18

Runny - you sound run down.  Try some vitamin D supplements to boost your immune system.  

No Easter egg hunts for me either but we did them for Possum and her pals.   Hilarious watching toddlers get excited at finding small Milka eggs hidden in plain view in the garden.   Still love Milka eggs.   We'd give her a chocolate rabbit too to keep up the Pagan origins.   We've bought a local artisan choc egg for Possum and OH - under strict instructions to get me a Leonidas egg while in Belgium - has been "clever".   He's just presented me with a Waitrose carrot cake chocolate egg form the English shop.  Have I mentioned I really don't like English chocolate any more?  

Good job I bought some Milkas the other day.

I have just done my first ever vase of flowers from the garden - always had cats who thought flowers were toys.  Just lilac and white viburnum, but the perfume is intoxicating.   Now to make sure the vase is out of kitten range and accidents.

Cosmos is on fine purry form this morning and full of mischief.  Not exactly resting or restful but we'll keep him in as instructed.

We're off to visit a local "exotic" garden today.  They have Easter Island type statues at the entrance and a lotus flower festival in August.

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