London (change)
Today 6°C / 3°C
Tomorrow 5°C / 3°C


Latest posts by obelixx

pruning a climbing rose

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 21:26

Golden Showers can be expected to get up to 4 metres high - 

Try training new stems as horizontally as possible.   This will reduce height but also increase flowering vigour.   Cut out the older flowered stems a third at a time so you get a 3 year rotation of constantly renewed stems and flowering vigour.

pruning a climbing rose

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 20:49

Do you know its name?  Some rose varieties are just more vigorous than others.   Ramblers tend to be more pliable than climbers.

Either way, the best advice I can give is to check out the name and confirm it's type and then follow the instructions on the RHS website - 

Climbers -

Ramblers - 

Kohl rabi

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 17:00

I don't think it lends itself to cooking.  Far too much juice content.

Kohl rabi

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:17

I just peel it and grate it and serve either "remoulade" with a mustardy mayonnaise dressing or else mix it with grated apples and carrots and serve it like a cole slaw.   Very refreshing. 

What's this then?

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:14

I can't tell from the pics but, if the stem is square, it looks a lot like a weed I've found here for the last few years.  Produces small yellow flowers and self sows like mad.  Easy to pull up though.


Posted: 17/11/2015 at 12:57

Haven't been there since I was a nipper.   Love the photos RB, especally those leaves.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:58

Blackpool isn't impressive by day - looks very run down and unloved - or did when I was last there a few years ago.   I expect it looks fine at night when the illuminations are on - if you like that sort of thing.

The ballroom though is glorious - sprung floor, organs that pop u and down or back and forth depending on the model when one organ player takes a rest and the other takes over, intricate decoration and good acoustics.  We took the opportunity to spend a few hours at a Sunday tea dance and loved it but blimey, some of the couples are aggressive about the floor space in dances like the cha-cha and rumba.   Nearly had my chin clocked a couple of times.

Loved the sequence dancing.  We don't get that in Belgium but we do have line dancing instead and not just country.  There's Irish, Greek, twist, samba, cha-cha, tango, waltz, polka, merengue, cumbia, reggae, rock and more.


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 14:32

Seriously wet and soggy here today and windy with it so no gardening.   I have housework to do and dance admin and a major committee problem to sort out but am really not in the mood.

Still have weeds to sort, treasures to transplant to the nursery bed while I clear more bindweed and there are still bulbs to plant.

I know a scientist here who studies wild boar activities in the Ardennes - says they should never be approached, especially when they have young so make sure you do make a noise if you go back to make casts.   

Autumn in Luxembourg

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 13:45

You can do online jig saws with your pics.   TeeGee on the A4A forum is doing it with his gardening based photos and there's a whole website of pics divided by various categoires - addictive on wet, windy, snuggle indoors days like today - 

I shall be seeing the station in Liège for the first time in December.  OH are taking a Thalys to Cologne and staying overnight so we can do the Xmas market and cathedral and a museum or two.   One of them has a fine collection of Flemish landscapes apparently.

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 13:40

Thanks Frank.  It was a damp, grey day so they've turned out reasonably well despite the flat light.

Discussions started by obelixx


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 2    Views: 381
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 15:29


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 0    Views: 413
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Replies: 8    Views: 539
Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 10:01

Lawn care after moles

Replies: 4    Views: 358
Last Post: 05/08/2015 at 23:00

Plant id for Obxx

Who knows what this is please? 
Replies: 8    Views: 687
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 12:49

GW 2015

Programme content discussion 
Replies: 46    Views: 2121
Last Post: 16/03/2015 at 18:44

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 2083
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 09:30

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Catch up chat 
Replies: 3    Views: 1024
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 09:18

Mare's tail

Replies: 3    Views: 1476
Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 17:01

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Replies: 23    Views: 1868
Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:35

Beechgrove this weekend

Replies: 6    Views: 999
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Weekend 22 March

Chat about plans for the weekend 
Replies: 108    Views: 4898
Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 18:19

Good Morning - 21 March

Replies: 33    Views: 2284
Last Post: 22/03/2013 at 09:57

Choosing chillies

Replies: 3    Views: 1431
Last Post: 23/02/2013 at 18:47

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Replies: 32    Views: 3352
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 18:12
1 to 15 of 16 threads