Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:32

The RHS doesn't mention any pests for begonias but this site seems to think that slugs, snails, caterpillars and aphids may be a problem - http://homeguides.sfgate.com/eats-begonias-71258.html 

Don't worry about dyslexia Ruby.  Lots of us have dyslexic fingers, if not brains.

Whose idea was it to paint an old IKEA LP storage unit red?   It's going to be like those pesky stripes and need umpteen coats, despite thorough surface prep!

Need to go and get clean now as we have to leave for dancing in an hour!

Weak and wilted young avocado

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:25

Why?  Have you any idea how big these trees get?  You'll have to throw it out sooner or later unless you live somewhere hot the doesn't get frosts and has good rainfall.

If you must keep it, try dunking the pot in a bucket until no more air bubbles appear then let it drain.  Repeat weekly.   This will ensure it has enough moisture but isn't drowning.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 15:44

Love dogs.  Got two but wouldn't leave them tied up anywhere.   I did get the feeling the chap presenting that item found it embarrassing.  

They could be covering the upcoming French elections where the new president hasn't a single MP yet because he's a whole new party of 1 - so far.   Should be interesting for France and the EU and Brexit.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 15:07

I wasn't suggesting they discuss politics PP but they could cover attendances.  After all, they've done pics of dogs left outside polling stations whilst their owners vote!

Top heavy clematis

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 15:05

That looks fairly typical of a group 2 to me but, as I said, you can encourage fresh stems and flowers lower down by judicious pruning, feeding and subsequent training.

I don't know of a Firefox clem.  There is a Fireworks but that has a mauve bar on lilac tepals - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=171 

Photos taken as portrait format often load sideways and photos over a certain size don't load at all.  Several can be put on one post.  Try re-sizing your other image and posting it on a separate thread to get an ID.

Cutting garden

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 14:59

You should be OK in the UK.  Busy and I are in France where summer is hotter and drier.   I'm planning to put mine against a north facing wall where they will sun in the early morning and late afternoon and a cool stone wall behind them.   That's the plan, anyway as my cutting beds will be in the potager and in full sun.

Top heavy clematis

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 14:54

If the flowers are looking ragged and windswept I'd remove them now and feed it.   As it is so tangled you may be best waiting till next spring to give it a good haircut.   You can then remove all the severed growth immediately, feed it again and then train in the new stems it produces to keep it in control.   It will flower later but will still give a good show.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 14:51

Ruby - lovely image conjured of people going thru poles at the Polling stations.   Beats hoops.  Just watching BBC News channel and it seems they're more concerned about Corney making Trump tweet than people voting in the UK.

RG - sometimes you have to go for least worst or maybe just spoil your paper.

Joyce - glad you got a good sleep.   Having a day off tomorrow.  We're treating ourselves to lunch out by the sea and then, after a brief interlude with a tree surgeon to discuss removing damaged ash trees, we're off to a music festival in the village.   

Busy - you sound busy!  Hope you get it all done without knackering yourself so much you can't enjoy your tea.  Good to know that French pharmacies also take back drugs for safe disposal.

LP - glad your eye is recovering and that you've been looked after well.   Have to agree about unnecessary waste tho.

Hosta - lovely clems.   What a thoughtful gesture.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 14:03

Like Busy, I lost my vote after 15yrs of living in Belgium where I could vote for the local council and the EU but not parliament cos the Flems vetoed it thinking all the expats would vote for French speaking parties as they can't speak Flemish.  Going to vote is a legal requirment but many spoil their papers in protest at the system or politics in general.

Was a wake till 5:30 this morning with cramps and busy-brain-itis so feeling a bit bleugh today but have done some painting of the wall.   More painting after this coffee break.

Sunny here with cloudy bits and quite pleasant.  I hope things brighten up in Blighty for the weekend.

Well done Busy and DD for the china tea cups.  Great idea.

Last edited: 08 June 2017 14:03:44

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 13:50

I'd love to be able to take my dogs to the big RHS gardens as we take them with us when we visit family in the UK and it means I can't go to Wisley on the way there or back.  Of course, they would need to add extra bins for poo bags strict rules about cleaning up after them.  I would n't dream of taking a dog to a crowded show.  Too uncomfortable for them.

Hosta - I think bearded dragons at a show would definitely stop the traffic!

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