Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 07/07/2017 at 21:10

Well, down in the sunny Vendée they're still in flower or just starting to form fruits so I'm not expecting any fruit for weeks.

Help needed please to identify a plant and it's illness :(

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 20:02

These plants thrive in poor, dry soil.  Mildew, perversely, comes either when a plant is too dry or too wet.

I would remove the worst affected leaves and bin them and check if the soil is dry or wet below.   If bone dry, try watering it well.  If wet, leave well alone after removing the worst affected leaves and let it dry out naturally.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 19:58

Been to Maastricht.  Very hot but we do like it.  Great market for fabrics and fresh fruit and veg and fish and a lovely town too.   Only an hour from Namur and full of Belgians as it's even closer to Liège.

Very sticky in Namur despite the storms yesterday - pic of one looming over the citadel from Possum's window

We've done our sorting and packing and will head off to amuse ourselves in Leuven tomorrow - fabulous medieval Gothic university town - hoping the new PC gets delivered by midday at Louvan-la-Neuve - nasty modern wind tunnel of a university town built since the 70s - so we can fetch it, get our bags and head south.

Hope you get your cakes baked BL.   Congrats to Liri's family.   Good luck DD for tomorrow.   Hugs for Joyce.  

Hope you all get the weather you need for a great weekend.

They're edible: who knew?

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 19:46

No.  Hugh F-W cooked them several ways in one of his shows on the grounds that they are just snails without shells and the entire team concluded they are inedible.


Posted: 07/07/2017 at 19:38

Blackberries usually ripen late summer or early autumn onwards in time to be mixed with apples in blackberry and apple pies and crumbles.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 08:50

Me too Hosta.   Too hot here for chocolate.  Our treat from yesterday is in the fridge.  Côte d'Or white chocolate elephants fllled with milk choc praline for Poss and milk choc with salted, honeyed almonds for me.

Off to play now as I have to leave the meter by 10am.   Free from 6pm to 10am so very civilised really.  

Those kittens are gorgeous and will be lots of fun.

I hope you all get the rain/sun you need for today.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 22:26

Fingers crossed for you BL.    OH says he's had a good storm today but not enough rain for my needs.   Had to remind him that ran is not enough for pots and he has to water them anyway.  Doh!

Gong to be very hot and humd in Luxembourg tomorrow so we may go to Maastricht instead as Friday is market day - fresh food, fruit, veg, meat, fish but also fabrics, clothes and household stuff and some of the most entertainng fruit and veg stall holders  have ever seen.   Should be good.   André Rieu is in concert there tomorrow night but we won't stay for that.  Not Possum's thing.

Bedtime for me.  Sweet dreams all.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 20:49

I always mulched the crowns of rhubarb in Belgium to protect them from prolonged heavy frosts.  They liked it.   My gardening friend who passes the old garden every Tuesday is apparently in despair at the state of my lovely old garden.  I brought a lot of treasures but wish I'd brought more, poor things.   Definitely not going back.

Currently in Namur so no gardening or even a garden as Possum lives in a 4th floor apartment.   We're due home sometime this weekend.   We grow our own bean sticks now - 5 huge clumps of miscanthus something that grows 4 to 5 metres high.   It's deciduous so loads of new bamboo like canes every year.

Cracking storms at 1pm.  I do hope the garden at home has had a good soaking too.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 20:03

Impressive thunder storms with serous rain between 1 and 2 pm here and then we braved the elements to rescue the car from the meter before he overstayed his welcome and go and do a shop for supplies.   Finished too soon to go back on a meter so we took off to Dnant for a bit of tourism.   Gorgeous drive up the valley on the west side and then a wee boat trip up to Anseremme.   The real tour boats were all hiding somewhere cos they've decided to "improve" the banks and quays and moorings and are only 3 years late.

A wee stroll, a snack and then photos of assorted arty saxophones on the main bridge and in some of the squares - Adolphe Sax's birthplace - and then home via an even more scenic drive down the east bank.

Hot and humid now with more storms expected tonight.   We've decided to go to Luxembourg tomorrow as long as the forecast is OK.

Watching BBC 4 and Edward Plantagenet and his castles with a well deserved glass of wine.

Enjoy your chocs Clari.

When to Sow these perennials?

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 12:47

I would hedge my bets and sow some of each now in trays and pot them on as they grow.   Save the rest for sprng sowing just in case it's an atrocious winter.  I never sow anything direct any more - too susceptible to dogs, cats, OH being manic with a hoe......

I use seed compost - never MPC - and modules where possible, watered before I put in the seeds.   Grit keeps n the moisture and reduces weeds.

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