Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 13:18

Help yourself Dove.  It's a recipe form someone on A4A from years ago.   Good with curry if you run out of mango chutney and great with sausages and cheese.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 11:06

Here you go Clari - very simple and very tasty.  Old recipe so pounds and ounces.  Let it mature a month or so before eating.

Rhubarb Chutney

2 lbs         rhubarb in 1" chunks
8 oz          onion, chopped
1.5 lbs      brown sugar
8 oz          raisins
1/2 oz       mustard seeds
1 tsp         pepper
1 tsp         mixed spice
1 tsp         ginger
1 tsp         salt
20 fl oz     cider vinegar

Combine the lot in a large pan and cook till thick, with no excess liquid.  Transfer to warm jars and cover.

Last edited: 08 May 2017 11:06:37

Rose cuttings

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 10:02

Not a daft question.  I took cuttings of some of my roses before we left our garden behind last October and put them in terracotta pots with a mix of compost and perlite.   Most have taken and have been potted on into individual pots to grow decent sized root system.  

Teasing Georgia was a short climber which I grew up a trellis so it will be interesting to see what that does on its own roots.  Queen of Sweden grew very tall and straight and narrow in my old garden so, again, I await with interest to see what it does.   Two pots failed completely but I've no idea which as the name rubbed off, as did one remaining pot of survivors so I have a surprise to come.

If you do buy any more roses, current advice is to bury the graft union a couple of inches below the soil to make it stronger and also reduce suckers from the root stock.  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 09:51

I had the most wonderful moist stem ginger cake at Betty's while I was there years ago.  been looking for a recipe since.

Clari - rhubarb makes great chutney - I ahve a good recipe if you like - and you can also make rhubarb gin or vodka or cordial and, now you have leccy, freeze it in portions for later in the year.  Lots of recipes here - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search/recipes?query=rhubarb 

It's sunny here with the odd cloud around.  Need another coffee and then play time.  I decided to tidy up one of the wisterias yesterday pm and ended up giving it a short back and sides and then "tidied up" the nearby crab apple so we need to clear all that away and then move a lot of my treasures in pots out of the way so I can get up a ladder and tackle the other wisteria which has snuck behind the gutter.  Don't want it heading under the roof tiles.

Hope everyone has some decent weather for their projects today and that loo gets foxed Dove..   

Garden ideas?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 22:20

You need to consider several thing before going any further-

What do you want to use the space for?  Sitting, eating out in, playing for grown ups or kids or both, looking attractive, pottering in or low maintenance, ornamental plants or some herbs and/or veggies.

Which way does it face?  How cold does it get in winter?   What's the soil? - sand, loam, clay, silt, stony, acid, alkaline, well drained, moist, fertile, poor??????????????

Tell us more and then we can make some decent suggestions.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 15:12

Sorry you're a bit crook FG.  That's a long round trip to climb a hill and maybe get blown off.

Lovely photo Chicky.  Do you know if it's permanent or re-planted each year?   I may have just the spot for a wildflower perennial and bulbs meadow but not till we have the potager and one or two other bits under way.  I suspect there's clay underneath so not really tulip friendly.  Maybe snakeshead fritillaries then?

Sorry about your prang Busy.  Infuriating.  I'd hate to lose my independence by not being able to drive but assume that by the time I'm too doddery we'll be able to buy "intelligent" cars at reasonable rates.  I gather they're ready to test them on UK roads already.

It's cool again and still cloudy and blustery so I've been indoors all morning and am now baking a strawberry torte - a first for me and first bake in this new oven.   Then I'll sling in the lab shoulder for a long slow cook and go and potter with yesterday's haul of plants.

Visit to the organic potager at La Mothe Achard not as expected.  I went, armed with camera, expecting to be able see how they do things and nick any good ideas but it was just a plant sale.   Lots of herbs I don’t need but we came home with 3 melon-pear plants which, it turns out, are perennial but tender so will be grown in the polytunnel.  Then we added 3 new toms to our selection for this year – Brandywine Apricot, Orange Queen and Watermelon Beefsteak.   Didn’t fancy or already had the rest of their range.   Same with peppers.  Found 3 new squash plants tho – Ultra Butternut, Blue Kuri and Blue Hubbard.   I’ve grown Hunter butternut in Belgium and also red kuri and Blue Hubbard and really like the flavours so am hoping blue kuri will be good and the extra heat here will ripen everything nicely.

Since that took all of half an hour we has time to spare and headed off to the local Super U for a pit stop and found another water butt.   Then we trotted off east to a nursery at La Chaize Vicomte where I restrained myself and bought just one each plant with a view to dividing them or taking cuttings to increase them – thalictrum Anne, 2 hardy geraniums, a penstemon, a primula viallii, oriental and Icelandic poppies and a Japanese blood grass.   Got the haul home, emptied the car and sent OH off to buy compost to pot everything on and the shop’s shut!  Will have to check if that’s a regular Saturday pm thing or just because it’s a long weekend here.  Fortunately Hyper U was open this morning so I now have 300 litres of potting compost.  Should last a couple of days till shops open again on Tuesday.  VE Day hol tomorrow.

Keep warm everyone.

Should it stay or should it go?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 12:50

It's in the wrong place which makes ita  weed.  Get rid.  The birch will be happier and you can, if necessary, always plant something more suitable in autumn once you've got to know the new space made.

Purple and blue

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 22:43

Echinops ritro and echinops bannaticus - globe thistles with impressive foliage and blue globe flowers that are very attractive to bumble bees, honey bees, hoverflies and butter flies.

Buddleias - purple flowers and plain or variegated foliage depending on variety.  Full of nectar so magnets for butterflies and bees.

Foxgloves - digitalis purpurea - loved by bees.

Hardy geraniums with blue or purple flowers - white too if yu want to add a bit of zing and contrast.

Erysimum Bowles Mauve - short lived perennial with long flowering season for pollinators. 

How is my Chinese wisteria growing?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 19:55

It will grow better if planted properly with a well prepared hole.  In its first year after a spring planting it will need watering in dry spells to keep it going.   Once the leaves grow the plant will start photosynthesising to produce food and will then have the energy to grow but it does need to develop a good root system too..

What's this plant

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 23:15

It's a group 1 clematis.  Prune after flowering giving a light trim to tidy it up or keep it in bounds or else go back hard to just above the lowest 2 buds  in order to rejuvenate.

Whichever you do, give it a generous feed of slow release clematis or rose granular feed and a liquid tonic of tomato feed.   Train in new growth as and when.

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