Latest posts by Obelixx

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:32

Still cool and windy here but not wet.  OH did not have any thunder at Mons so golf not interrupted.   

The garden looks a lot less dusty after the rain and the grass already seems a bit greener and has a mere 6 new mole hills for decoration.

I have progressed from cleaning brass and copper in the kitchen to sorting sewing stuff in the attic. I need a coffee too and then I may be gone a while........

Dove - Hope you get dry fish and chips.    

Hope it's been a good day for everyone else's projects to day.   How was the cinema DD?   Possum went to see the new Star Trek in French last week.  Couldn't wait for us (Dad) to drive her to a cinema showing it in English.

What is this plant???

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:18

It looks like it might need a "holiday".   When we go away I stand tall plants in the shower and rinse them down with cool water to clear all the house dust off their leaves and give their pot and root ball a good soaking but then let the excess drain away.  I then leave them in there while we're way.

This worked for a finer and more stripy leaved dracaena in the past till I gave it away to a home with more space and it still works for a 2m high ficus benjamina and a ficus elastica.

I suggest you give yours a good shower if you can and maybe pot it into a bigger pot with fresh compost - John Innes no 3 - and then water once a week and make sure it isn't sitting in water.

Eucalyptus Question

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:07

Well, they'll all be having a sugar rush and then buzzing around with remarkably clear "nostrils".  I use eucalyptus oil in diffusers when we have colds.  Works a treat.

Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:05

Rob L - most of us on here would agree with you but it seems the powers that Beeb are slow to cotton on to the importance of gardens and gardening for personal, community and environmental well being.  It surely can't be any more expensive to produce than wall to wall antiquing and cookery programmes in diverse formats.

As you say, it is a huge subject with endless possibilities for informative and entertaining programmes.

I think we don't get follow-ups of Monty's assorted projects because there isn't a plan for the season.  It all seems to be very much "what shall we do today?" so there's no continuity.

Very pleased GW has been extended to one hour and introduced new features and ideas but still say "Thank heavens for Beechgrove!" which does trials and projects on plants/products/methods and reports back.

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 15:53

Verdun - I never use smilies and they don't register with me.  The one you refer to looks more like Pinocchio growing his nose telling porkies than someone trying to be funny.   

Tess's dress choices do seem odd sometimes for someone with such a gorgeous figure.  Too much black too.   I rather like Claudia's jokey bits like the long jumper and am pleased to see her wearing fewer "tents" of late.  She too has a lovely figure and you don't have to show acres of bare flesh.  Discreet and elegant is far more sexy on both men and women IMHO.

Who put a rather rotund Ed Balls in horizontal stripes?   And wotsit Redknap in that pink thing?

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:21

If you haven't watched it properly you can't  have an informed opinion.

I suggest you record the news and watch it twice instead.

All the Strictly judges have a background in dance and performance so judge accordingly.  The 'nasty' one was actually very mellow and constructive in his comments last year and I have found in the past that those that get his scathing comments generally deserve them.

Bulbs for Autumn and winter

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:14

The leaves feed the bulbs so yes, removing them will kill them and taking off any flowers will stop them seeding.

Bulbs for Autumn and winter

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:01

Thanks for the tip.   I'll try it that way first.

They're growing round an old well in the middle of the front so not prolific but not staying either.    I'm getting a flame thrower just in case cos I don't like to use weedkillers unless it's really persistent nasty stuff.

I have some seeds of proper bluebells to try and don't want contamination.

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:34

See reply on t'other thread.   Celebrity is a fairly loose term these days and most of it goes over my head as I don't watch much TV and no soaps or sports.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:29

That was explained last night - actors, singers, sports, TV presenters, politician........

If, like me, you don't watch sports, ITV or soaps you'd be hard pushed to recognise them.

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