Latest posts by Obelixx

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.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 10:49

Warm and muggy here and I may be stuck an extra day or two as Possum needs a new PC and delivery to the shop is 2 to 4 days.  If only OH had got his finger out and done the research when she asked instead of hoping it would go a way if he ignored it.

Pdoc - your mum sounds great.  It's not age, but attitude that counts.  There are homes in the US that do care for kids before and after the school day - kids get to know older people and the elders get distraction, entertainment, company while they read to or play with them.   A school in London now takes its kids to a home for Friday pm interaction with the residents.   Great way to give everyone involved some new experiences and learn while playing and helping.

NB - very frustrating for you.  Hope it all gets resolved.   We're due to start a new project this month then a pause for the national hols in August and completion in September............

Dove - lovely clem.  I hope the one I left behind is OK along with all its mates but I fear not.

Fidget - I agree.  Very rude.    Just make more jam next year.

Chicky - glad you enjoyed HC.  I shall have to look up your new ag.

Have a great day all and hugs to Joyce.

Avocado plant forever growing no avocado

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 22:46

Where are you and where are you growing it?   Most commercial avocado trees are grown from budding or grafting a variety onto a root stock.   They grow up to 20m high if planted outside in a frost free environment.

The ones you grow from a stone in an avocado from the shops will take years to get to fruiting size and are unlikely to do so as a houseplant.  Have a look here for more info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=957

growing mint

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 19:31

I have recently moved to a new garden which has apple mint running wild through large areas of the grass.  I grow my mints in individual ceramic pots on the north side of the house - plenty of light but no baking sun - and regular waterings.  I do the same with basil but in smaller pots.  

Most herbs, such as rosemary, sage, thyme, fennel are from the Mediterranean and like a sunnier, more well drained spot than mint so you may wat to think about having two different growing areas.   Chervil and parsley are also better in some shade.   Chives like sun if the soil is rich..

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 19:25

That cake looks luscious FG.   We have discovered a block of raspberries in the new garden and I have also bought some fresh new plants for our future fruit cave.    I suspect the only slugs I have came with us as passengers hidden in pots but we do have fat, juicy snails.  They get lobbed in the road or stood on depending on where I am in the garden.

When the in-laws were asked if there was any special thing they wanted to eat they said, with one voice, Eton Mess and your bread and butter pudding.   Surely they're both easy enough for them to do at home but, apparently not, and then I do use fresh, buttery brioche rather than stale white sliced.....

Love your bear Clari.  Is Reggie jealous?

Dove - I've been limping about with that bloody toe again so Possum asked if I still had my orthopedic boot collection.  No.   Wasn't planning to have broken feet again.   How long before you are liberated?

Joyce - will be thinking of you tomorrow.  Take care and take all the comfort you can from friends and family.

Jolly hot again here and expected to stay that way for the rest of the week.   Hotter at home but maybe a storm on Sunday afternoon.  Hope it's dry for the evening as we've booked to go and see Carmina Burana in the old medieval Halles at Moutiers-ls-Mauxfaits.


Neighbours have just heavily pruned by Hardy Fuschia

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:46

Yes, a generous watering and a bit of a feed will see it right.  Do remind your neighbours they may only cut what hangs over their side and nothing else.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 15:49

Liri - agree about handbags and always use a shoulder bag and I even have 2 clever Italian stylish leather ones that convert to back pack bags for when I'm at a plant or fabric fair thus leaving both hands free.  Feel the same about coats without hoods which mean you have to mess with an umbrella.  Learned that was stoopid when I had Possum in a pushchair.

Pdoc - am I right in thinking you have stress problems?   Nothing, I bet, to the acute stress you put your lady thru when you disappear, incommunicado, to war-torn parts.  Time to develop your EQ and empathy levels and not be so flippant.

Busy day here and we're both exhausted after disturbed sleep.   Wavre market very good, as ever, but drive into a Brussels a nightmare of roadworks heading past the EU quarter to the centre.  Hot too.  Mission accomplished tho.   I now have stocks of curry pastes, mirin, rice wine vinegar and sweet chili sauce to last me a wee while.   They only do little pots at the Vietnamese shop in La Roche-s-Y.

Quiet night in is called for then errands tomorrow and cinema.   She wants to see Wonder Woman since I don't do Johnny Depp or Tom Cruise or Marvel Comic films............  

Not watching tennis or cycling here.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 08:14

Good morning.  Been up ages after workmen started with their literally bleeping machines at 6am.   Woken up a couple of times by other noises and bangs.  I'm not cut out for life in a town centre any more, no matter how good the views across the roof tops to the citadel.

Hot day coming up.  Brussels is going to be such fun.

Clari - it's what handbags are for, and jackets and fleeces!   I get infuriated with jeans whose pockets are too shallow t be of any use.   Dungarees were great in my 20s and I see they're back in the shops now.   Possum bought a pair yesterday.

DD - it all sounds very dynamic and exciting.   Great stuff.

Pdoc - Doh!  To be a might blunt, when you leave your OH you're going off to dangerous places whence you may not return at all so it's good you're finally beginning to understand what it's like for her to be home alone.

Have a great day everyone.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 20:47

Glad it'll be quick Joyce.   It's bad enough without having to hang about.    I hope it all goes smoothly for you and your family.

Hosta - can I suggest a separate meter for your tenants, even if only for the next ones?   Some people clearly just take advantage with no thought for others or the environment.  Has your new smart meter shown up any nefarious consumption from other "users" or is it too soon.   Definitely no to a puppy or a kitten.   They need company and attention and entertainment or they become a bit scary mad.

Heading for bed soon.  It's been a long day and I was woken early by some pesky vehicle reversing below my window with full beeping alarm........    

Clari - never go anywhere without a poo bag.  You're bound to need one.

Storing Oriental Lily bulbs

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 19:06

Plant them now, in pots if your garden is not very sheltered.  They may well grow and produce flowers before autumn is over and they will be safe from dehydration and deterioration.

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