Latest posts by obelixx

Underperforming rhododendrun

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 21:46

Is it in a pot or in the ground?  I may have been too thirsty last summer and early autumn which is when they set their flower buds for the next display.  It may have been given too much nitrogen feed which promotes leaves but not flowers.  

If yours is otherwise healthy, I suggest you give it a good dollop of slow release rose or tomato food together with a liquid drink of rose or tomato food for an instant tonic and followed by a mulch of ericaceous compost or soil improver formulated for rhodos, azaleas and other ericaceous plants.   Make sure it doesn't get dry in August and September and it should be fine next spring.

Progress update

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 21:33

I think we need to calm down here.  There are other ways to transgress and break forum protocols than on posts we can all see so we don't have, or need, all the details.  The ban is for just 48 hours which seems to me to be a reasonable cooling off period.

We all know the updates to the forum were badly managed but Daniel, Nora and the team have worked very hard to fix things and make it work again.   What many don't realise is that the changes apply to the whole GW site which needs to be accessible on media other than laptops and PCs in order to maintain and increase its audience and generate revenue.   This is a commercial site which we get to use for free.

Given the tone and language in a significant number of posts complaining about the changes Daniel and co have been very forbearing and I don't think they would block someone lightly.   I do hope I'm not wrong about that.


Posted: 02/06/2016 at 17:17

My daughter, born and brought up in Belgium so bilingual and with a BBC English accent makes me laugh when she tries to say "Put t'wood in th'ole" and "Tha's in t'road" both expressions I dredge up from my youf in Lancashire.  I also use Dinna fash, canny lass and bairn which come from my Geordie/Scots rellies up Seaham way.   She hasn't picked up on those.   

No gardening today.  last night we had torrential rain with thunder and lightening and today has been cold, grey and mostly wet.    Didn't matter anyway as I had patchwork class today but getting there was interesting on wet roads with heavy traffic and heavy spray - trains and buses on strike now.  I've let myself in for some reverse appliqué but only because I can do it by machine.  Life is too short for the other kind.  For September, they've decided to have a patchwork apron competition.   Might do a cooky one for Possum and a gardening one for me.....

Looks like tomorrow will be cold and dark but dry and Saturday will be colder and very wet.   I suppose I can get indoor stuff done but I do wish the sun would come and warm us up and let us play and work outside.

I hope it's better your way.   


Posted: 01/06/2016 at 23:31

DD - yes I have noticed and add the English spelling when it tries to tell me I'm wrong.   French speakers use the same construct as going to with the verb aller - je vais au marché; je vais faire; je vais voir...  

It is cold and wet here and we're having thunderstorms now.  Bonzo dog doesn't like those and creeps under the furniture.   I'm getting fed up with being stuck indoors as there's so much to do out there and the grass is growing apace and far too wet to cut.   Belgians talk a lot about weather.  Lot of it about.

Possum has asked me to make fish and chips.  Wants traditional English food.   She'll have to wait till it warms up and dries up.  Not using the deep fat fryer indoors.  Not even sure it will work.  Last used it about 20 years ago for some visiting children whose parents let them have chips with everything.  Quel horreur!

Patchwork class for me on Thursdays.  I hope we all get decent weather for our assorted activities and travels.

What is this?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 00:15

Looks a lot like fat hen to me.   Weed.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 00:12

Oh Dove that doesn't sound good.   I hope she's OK and you too.

Hosta - they're huge!

Here are my hostas one week on from last photo - grown a bit and may need refereeing cos they haven't finished yet?


Identify shrub

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:37

I think you're right.  I've only read about this one but never found it to buy.

I shall have to try seed.  Another one for my shopping list.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:15

Thanks Biofreak.  It is indeed set to be wet here tomorrow and Thursday.  

Good tip about the honeysuckle on the 7th as I have one I want to propagate.

Chelsea 2016 coverage.

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:11

It's the same old same old isn't it?  Every year they concentrate on a few gardens and a few "celebs" and don't linger on the plants, combinations or real designers.

Every year, we complain about it and Points of View reads out the same comments and the Beeb doesn't listen and just carries on regardless.

I do not understand or care why Andy Sturgeon won best in show.  There was more stone, metal and water than plants and they were dull.  Matthew Wilson's was glorious and my personal favourite.

I suggest you hop over to the Chelsea photos thread where you will be able to linger and admire the detail of plants and plant combinations.   Chelsea is fabulous but the Beeb doesn't show the half of it.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 13:39

My garden is cold and wet in winter and sluggy the rest of the year so I now only grow dahlias I'm given and in pots - hence the After Eights which were among last year's spares from a gardening friend.  He gave me loads more but I've passed them on to another friend as she has better facilities for storing them over winter and a brother who's mad about dahlias.

I think it may, at last, be drying up and turning sunny.   Good.

More rain expected tomorrow but that's OK as I have to do my patchwork homework and make some lemon curd for the group.  Good luck with the jam BL.  I love home-made strawberry jam.  Yum.

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