Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 22:05

Have finally watched both shows this evening and have to agree that the whole Halloween thing is taking over a tad too much.   I've long complained about the modern rock music they insist on using for tango and paso and the Halloweening process doesn't help at all.

I still can't warm to Claudia but she did dance well.  Greg performed very well tho I agree with Craig about the lack of rumba steps.   Don't understand why people aren't voting for Daisy as she's very good.  Neither Ore nor Danny was on full form this weekend but I still think they'll be hard to beat.   Louise has improved but needs to keep that up if she's to beat the boys.  Laura's tango was very good and I loved her frock but I can't see her winning it either at the mo.   All in all a good show and I'm pleased with the result but really hope Ed goes next.

I suspect Anton would be a very good replacement for Len as long as je can curb his inclination to waffle but I think Karen would be good too.   Really don't want Brendan.


Posted: 31/10/2016 at 19:06

Prune in late winter/early spring but not when frosts are forecast in the next few days as these can damage the wounds.

If you're worried, try pruning just one third to a half of the stems back to low buds and then do the next third to half in subsequent years.   After a good prune of any flwoering shrub I like to give a generous handful of blood, fish and bone and a liquid tonic of tomato food in late spring to encourage them to flower..

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 16:11

Moved the pots of treasures we bought from shade to sun - well, I started but now I need OH to help with the big ones and he's away.  Potted on my new Japanese maple while I was on.  Buried some ruby giant crocuses in the only bit of grass that looks vaguely lawn-like while OH wasn't there to moan.   Hacked back a wrongly planted and rampant but beautiful scented yellow honeysuckle that was swamping a hibiscus.   Just need to dig out the roots when OH gets back and transplant it somewhere more suitable.  Took cuttings just in case.  

Had to come indoors to cool off so now I'm making quince jelly with neighbours' offerings.  Lovely stuff.

Walled garden with cottage to rent

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 14:42

She hasn't posted on g-here in the last 2 years so try a PM which may initiate an email alert.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 14:39

Buy a  stronger bulb?   Well done for looking after that child so well.   

Hosta - enjoy your new toy.

I have just planted 25 Ruby Giant crocus in the grass while OH isn't looking.   I have 25 white ones too but can't decide whether to scatter them in another clump in the grass or keep them in pots for my future white border.   What do you reckon?

Growing Garlic Questions

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 13:27

The bulbs sold for growing are guaranteed virus free.  The edibles sold in shops are not and viruses can infect your plants and soil so you can't grow again in that spot for some years.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 13:03

Johnny Canoe - is that centigrade or Fahrenheit?  18C here in the sun.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 12:55

Joyce - what a shame.  I hope he's OK now and friend is wiser about treats.

Dove - admiration for the pastries.  I am still to crack pastry but I will, once we're settled with no more sorting and stashing to do.   In the meantime, I buy it ready made and ready rolled and pure butter.

I am filthy and hot.  Been moving pots from their original parking spot to a sunnier space and potting on one or two but now need OH for the rest.   Some are rather large so muck all over my jeans which means I'll have to iron a clean pair as these are the last.....

Gardener's belt and tools

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 11:15

Negative attitude Hortico.  Still cheaper than buying replacement pairs of less reliable secateurs every time they fail.

£10 for a new blade at their stand at Chelsea FS so I bought 2 along with replacement springs, just in case.

I also took in a pair that had been cooking in the compost bin for 6 months thru a wet winter and spring and were rusted open with a chipped blade.  They said it was the worst case they'd seen but charged me a mere £19.50 to take them away, fix them and post them to a UK address.  They've come back cleaned, polished, new blade, fixed rusty screw pivot thingy and a functioning spring.   Bargain.  Excellent service.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 11:09

Blue skies, warm sun.  T-shirt and pottering weather.

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