Latest posts by Obelixx

Right Of Way

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:43

I agree.  You are the only one who benefits and you already have alternative access if needed and friendly access to the slightly shorter route.  

Making it official will breed resentment.

Let sleeping dogs lie.   Put your neighbours' minds at rest and resume peaceful, friendly relations with them. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:36

Lovely grapes.  Sounds like a good escape too Dove.

Joyce, there is no attic at the new house!   This one is 18m by 7m and has my sewing room, a workshop for upcycling stuff and 2 large storage areas.  There are 3 large wardrobes and lots of shelving and patterns and fabrics and haberdashery and paints and stencils and Xmas decs and lights and so on and so forth...  Most of the sorting and chucking has been done.  Just need to pack it all now.

WW - yes, be careful with your back.   


Posted: 22/09/2016 at 09:54

I agree.  They need more food and compost, not less root.   If their centres are bare they may have box blight in which case all the affected growth needs cutting out and then you should apply a foliar feed to help the rest of the plant recover and regrow.   

The RHS has this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

If you can't increase pot size then you need to decrease the size of the plants to reduce the demands on their resources of food and water and root space.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 09:38

Another sunny start to the day.  No rain for ages and none in view.   Pot watering first then another busy day in the attic for me and then the garden shed.   Lovely job - not.

DD - know exactly what you mean.   Good luck at the bank.  Hope Busy's OK and you can meet up.

Chicky - visited Picton gardens when we were in Malvern earlier this month .  They have some gorgeous colours with many more waiting to open their blooms and some good companion planting.  Enjoy, but be aware they have a "sweetie" shop - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1609%20Picton%20gardens?sort=2&page=1


Are these Sloes?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 18:12

I can't freeze my surplus fruit this year as we are moving and the freezers will be unplugged for at least a week.  Don't need any more jams or chutneys either so I made blackcurrant cordial and a liqueur with vodka.   Whilst sorting the pantry I found a bottle of blackcurrant Armagnac from last year and blackcurrant vinegar which is luscious.

I have damsons sitting soaking in gin and vodka - two separate kilner jars! - and expect to get something luscious in time for C 2017.   It'll be strained in early spring and left to mature.    Hope it's good as damsons won't like the new garden.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:26

Most of mine have browning leaves at the base at this time of year but that's a tiny part of a huge plant.  I wouldn't worry about yours as long as you pot them on and keep on tip of feeding and watering next spring and summer.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:37

Rain on its own is not enough for pots.  You need to check them at least once a week in the growing season and every day in a heatwave.

pet companions

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:33

Both ours are rescue dogs. When we first got Rasta, aged 11 months, we hadn't a clue and let her go all over the house which included leaping on us in bed in the morning.  Took her to doggy and owner training once she'd had all her jabs and got over kennel cough and was told to give her a cage with her own cushion and food and water bowls in it.   This was to be her personal space and she would sleep there at night, shut in, with no problems.  

When Bonzo arrived he was a nervous wreck and frightened of everything so he got a cage too and would go in there of his own accord when he was worried.  Handy too for when people came round and he barked and bounced at them.

Since the house went on the market their cages have been moved into the garage out of the way but they both now know that upstairs is out of bounds and sleep on the sofas or in their basket as they decide.

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:31

You have a mophead or lace cap hydrangea which flowers on old wood which just means onstems made the previous year so, to maintain flowering, you just pinch out the spent flowers in spring without damaging the buds behind.   If you need to trim its size, you do this by shortening stems as soon as the flowers finish so the shrub has time to produce new growth with flower buds.  It's often advised to do this by taking just a third of the stems back each year in rotation so you maintain size, vigour and flowering.

If in doubt, you can always check out the RHS site for info and advice https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=516


HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:24

Completely agree about dog - and cat - owners being responsible and not going for inbred, deformed specimens with built in health problems or letting them breed for want of neutering.   When we first got Bonzo he didn't sit or lie properly so I was worried we had a Lab with those weak hips but no, just no idea how to do it properly and no muscles.  Now he can sit and pose for England!

Well done Hosta and Clari for being kind and patient and helpful.   People do rush so.   

Have had a busy morning taking Possum's bed to her apartment along with a supply of Indian and Thai spices and pastes to keep her going.  As part of the freezer emptying project we will be having a C dinner on Saturday - last family dinner till C - duck breasts with a red wine and juniper berry sauce and gratin dauphinoise.    Possum's idea.    Don't want any more C stuff till after OH's birthday in early December.

Smoked haddock chowder tonight with real, undyed fish from the freezer.  Pigeon tomorrow.

Still no sign of any rain so watering has been done.

Back to the attic then. 


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