Latest posts by Obelixx

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:19

Same here.    Fresh at the mo but 17C expected later.  

ID needed

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 18:05

Good find.    They'll produce fatter, denser flower spikes if you feed them.

Remusatia hookeri

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:26

Don't know this plant so googled and found this info - http://www.tropicalbritain.co.uk/remusatia-hookeriana.html  Scroll down for what it likes.

ID needed

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 13:42

Eucomis aka pineapple lily.

Can go outside in sheltered areas as it tolerates a little frost but is best kept frost free over winter if grown in pots.   Feed it when it starts into growth again next spring.

Camera Talk

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 13:34

Gorgeous photos JC.   I know what you mean about history and connections with past events and people.  I hope the Blackfoot and Cree have stopped fighting!  I have just moved to France from Belgium where we lived in an old farmhouse dating from the 1770s.    I used to run an international cooking group and one of the ladies - a Tex-Mex princess - observed that our house was older than her country.

Someone else doing some work on the house removing layers of tarmac from very old granite pavers in the former yard could tell from their style and size that Napoleon had probably seen them when he passed on his way to Waterloo.

Our new home is also an ex farmhouse but I have yet to discover any of its history but believe the main building dates from about 1900 and is probably a barn conversion..  There is an even older ruined stone-built house in the grounds.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:18

You snuck in Busy.  Glad you enjoyed your barn dance and dinner.   

GW - we had a steam mop but it didn't last long as the head attachment was weak.  Now have a Karcher thing which is sturdier but has a short leccy lead and, for me, a too short handle and I am only just above average height so how do tall people cope?

WW- love a purple dressing gown but find kaftans more practical.

How to varnish/seal plastic planter

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:00

You have to do loads of very fine coats so the paint and varnish levels don't build up and start to drip.  Shake the can really well, hold it about 9 inches away from the surface and go lightly.   Practise first to build up confidence and expertise.

You usually can't mix oil based products with oil based surfaces as they tend to dissolve each other which is why some paints and varnishes are not good for plastic surfaces.   If you do use an acrylic varnish use 3 coats max as more than that builds up and gives a milky finish.


Posted: 08/10/2016 at 09:52

At the house we've just left we planted a hawthorn hedge which grew 6'/2m every year.   If you select branches to keep and prune others judicially you will end up with a tree like specimen again.    Do have a gentle word with your new neighbours about rules and courtesies tho.  

Best to stay on friendly terms if you can and, as weedy says, you can always take revenge by planting another but, be warned, hawthorn gets huge so they may have inadvertently done you a favour by pollarding it. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 09:47

We have two pots on the go - one leaded for morning dose of caffeine and one unleaded for drinking after midday so we don't buzz all evening.   Once made we heat up individual mugs as needed n the microwave so it doesn't stew.

Ginger cat has gone home.  Mum and 3 kids came to collect.  tearful teenage daughter at sight of her puss who went missing in July so good to get them back together but I do hope she doesn't do another bunk when they let her out again.

Cloudy start but clearing up now.  Chilly though.   I'm on fabric stashing and kitchen sorting today after OH has made a couple of adjustments to the wall cupboards so I can add extra shelves.   I can do it myself but a bit of non challenging DIY is surely good for his soul.    Later on he can build our first compost bin which will be good for the garden's soul too.

I hope your drizzle does the trick Dove.   Try and enjoy some peaceful moments DD.   Hope Leeds is good Chicky.   Have a good day everyone, whatever you're up to.


Posted: 07/10/2016 at 22:55

I agree.  Hawthorn is very robust and really wants to grow.

I also agree with finding out why on earth your new neighbour thought it OK to do this to your tree and without prior consultation.

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