Latest posts by Obelixx

Victorian front garden ideas wanted

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:40

Way back on the Beeb they did a series on Front Gardens with Gay Search helping the owners of a row of Victorian terraced houses renovate their front gardens.   All sorts of ideas for designs and plants in keeping with the traditional tiled paths with those "rope" edgers.   

She has a book available from Amazon (or the library) on front garden design which includes a chapter in Victorian gardens - https://www.amazon.com/Front-Gardens-Gay-Search/dp/056336713X  If you don't want to buy, this will give you the ISBN number you need for a library to hunt it down for you.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 09:27

We are camping.   Our house has been packed into two big trucks, one of which is parked on our old cobbled road and the other will return tomorrow with a  trailer to load my plants.  I just managed to rescue our pillows and duvet and we slept on old sun lounger and sofa cushions last night - so exhausted we could have slept anywhere!

Dinner was cooked on a two plate leccy stove I had for doing mulled wine for the dance club.  Ironing board is serving as table and desk.    Cleaning today from the attic down.

Marie-Christine came yesterday to pot up plants for her and me.  No measurable rain for 8 weeks here so much watering needed first.   She's gone off with my spare bags of compost and chipped bark too.

Busy - good for you.   We shall have no internet for our first 10 days because , believe it or not, we can't order it online or by phone but have to go in person!   So much for modern telecoms!

Dove - hope the shoulder eases with the exercises.   No accounting for greed in football and many other spheres of life.

Clari- fancy forgetting the vintage ambulance.

Have a good day everyone.

Last edited: 28 September 2016 09:28:01

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 20:40

We had some rain!  Lasted about 5 mins and just wet the car windscreen enough to make muddy streaks in all the dust from harvesting.   Keep on sprinkling then.

Pat - I do hope you get a better sleep tonight and that your GP can sort you out so you have fewer side effects.

FG - lunch sounds good.  Great to chat.  

I have run out of cartons for packing.   Chappy and team &re coming at 7:30!    best get an early night then.

Sweet dreams all.

Clematis confusion

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 17:57

You shouldn't.    Group 2s are pruned lightly after their first flush of flowers in May/June if they need to be kept in bounds plus some dead heading to stimulate a second flush of flowers in late summer.  Giving them a good feed in early spring and at the June prune also promotes flowering

You can find all sorts of info about pruning groups and individual clematis on this site - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemlistsearch.cfm 

Last edited: 25 September 2016 18:00:00

Can Anyone Identify This?

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 14:13

Not a thug here.  I had one which was happy, grew well, flowered well and had a baby, which I was pleased about, and then one hard winter I lost both.  

Creating an ornamental and edible garden

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 14:11

Attractive yes but never yet had a tasty Lollo Rosso.   I find oak leaf lettuce much more flavourful and just as pretty if done as a "tapestry" alternating with green Cos lettuce or green oak leaf.

Creating an ornamental and edible garden

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 12:15

Have a read of Geoff Hamilton's Ornamental Kitchen Garden - probably out of print now but sometimes available in charity shops and also on loan from libraries.   You can still get it on DVD.

Last edited: 25 September 2016 12:16:17

Flower ID please

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 12:11

Maybe a Mexican sunflower - Tithonia?   Flwoer looks right but not sure about the foliage.

Strictly 2016

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 10:05

There was some very good dancing on both Friday and Saturday and no complete plonkers tho I would have expected a better jive from the long jumper - he has the leg strength so how hard can it be to remember to lift his knees and point his toes for 90 seconds?   Even Ed Balls managed some heel leads in his waltz so it is possible to learn some technique in 3 weeks!

Thought the judging was uneven and have to wonder where they're going to go with the dancers likely to make the most improvement and who've already had an 8.   Agree with Len about the gymnastics - show dance territory at the end maybe but not this early.   

Good musicians and singers.   Good presenting from Tess and Claudia whose quirkiness is lovely.

Good start.   Let's hope they all keep it up.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 08:59

Lovely sunny start again and the garden looks fab from my perch on the sofa.  Doesn't do to get too close tho as I haven't weeded or dead headed for ages and the bloody bindweed is spreading alarmingly in new places well away from the original infestation.  How does that work?   Not fair.

Carrying on with packing today - clothes and the last bits of attic.   Have the new owners coming round at 2ish for a central heating driving lesson and another chappy coming to take away stuff we don't want but which can probably be sold for charity.

Clari - enjoy your walk.  I hope you're wearing a  mask when you bash plaster.

Chicky - enjoy Picton.   We did.

We have Egyptian geese thriving here and Canada geese that do seasonal fly pasts.  There's a large flock of them parked in the paddock across the road and they've been doing a morning and evening fly past for a few days now.    We had 3 large white egrets in the back field the other day - very early so maybe hiding from those storms that went north and south but passed us by and left us dry?

Just had a robin in the living room.   Much panicking as I went round opening windows he couldn't see he could escape through.   Talk about bird brain!   Droppings on the window sills and a very large, top heavy ficus benjamina tumbly tumbly in the breeze.  Wonderful.

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