Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 09:32

Sorry about the hirple Joyce.   You can keep your spurtle.  Never did like porridge but I do love oats in biscuits and crumbles and muesli and flapjacks.

Glad you enjoyed that link PP.   Hosta - Possum starts a lot of sentences or questions with "So....".  I am being pedantic about that even tho I realise she probably got it from all the years we watched Buffy together when she was a wee lass - girl empowerment and all that and good fun too.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 23:59

Liri - you're going to Ireland aren't you?  Bound to rain but feel free to send it here instead.   Have a great time.

Insects of the day

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 23:42

Lovely photos.  Never seen a cinnabar moth so had to look it up.

Most of the butterflies and insects around here move far too fast for me to see what they are.  I shall try my camera instead.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 23:19

Yes - and the one being sniffy about the Greek origins of octopus before the bloody Romans adopted it.

Can you tell me?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 23:18

Looks like hypericum to me.  St John's Wort.   There are several forms.  Here's what the RHS has to say - RHS+hypericum+cultivation

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 22:56

DL - I find chicken thigh meat stays moist in curries much better than breast meat but also that marinading in plain, Greek style yoghurt helps tenderise.   Much like your poaching method.   My experiment with orange and rosemary turned out very well.

Dove - stress sends me either way - chocolate and comfort food or inability to eat.  Now I'm 27 it tends to be the comfort route.    Have a look at this - very entertaining:-


Training clematis up fences

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 22:47

That looks brilliant.  Not seen those before.  

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 18:34

NB - hats off.  You do need a sense of humour in trying circumstances.  Hope daughter gets things sorted satisfactorily.

Clari - the cure for the kitchen table problem is a large bin bag or box into which you sweep all his crud and then place by the bins.  If he wants to keep it he has to sort it and stash it.  Even small boys can learn that tables are for food, chats over drinks, maybe a bit of crafting but not junk storage.

Sorry your back is playing up and hope it eases.   Have you tried taking your jalopy thru a car wash?  They do work quite well and take less time than the average hand wash.    You could offer to take his new jalopy to save him time to spend with you..........

Trying chicken breasts with orange and rosemary for dinner.   Rice or buttery boiled potatoes and steamed green cabbage.   No garlic or chili for a change.

Roses - Not David Austin

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 13:59

I find new roses do best if potted up to develop their root system in peace and without competition from other plants in the border.    Then it's a question of choosing colours and perfume and growth habit to suit your own needs and taste.

In my Belgian garden I planted DA roses except for one Kiftsgate, one Hot Chocolate and a couple of carpet roses which all did well and a New Dawn and a Guniée which succumbed to hard frosts below -25C.   My rose supplier sold DA roses that were hardy for him in the Ardennes and that was good enough for me but I did have trouble with Grace, Molyneux and William Shakespeare bought direct from DA.  Wussy and fussy and mostly dead.

The ones that did well (and some have come with me to this new garden) are Falstaff, Generous Gardener, Crocus Rose, Queen of Sweden, Jacqueline Duprée, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Benjamin Britten, Teasing Georgia, Malvern Hills, Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle and Constance Spry.

Mystery Hydrangeas

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 13:46

Hydrangea quercifolia judging by the shape of the leaves.

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