Latest posts by Obelixx

Problem that you face in the garden

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 22:07

16 months of drought and no end in sight.  Can you design a foolproof rain dance?

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 21:29

No, he's right.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 21:26

We thought we'd donate our bodies to science/medicine.  What's left after that can be cremated and scattered.  No epitaph needed.   Nor music.   However, whilst in Bilbao, Possum says she's not keen so might have to find a plan B.

Productive day today.  Patchwork/craft project day and we have made a card holder for 24 cards - credit, debit, club etc.   Nice day with some very kind and funny ladies.  As I was setting off we had a call from bulldozer man to say he was on his way.  6 months we've been waiting and the perisher decides he's free today so quick instructions to OK about what has to be cleared and where to dump the gubbins.   Got home to find it's a baby bulldozer/digger after all and he's coming back tomorrow to finish.  Too late to inspect or take photos.

Hosta - enjoy your hols and support sis afterwards.  Good advice from RG.

LP - sounds like a lovely Xmas hols coming up for you.

Clari - nightmare.  However do you stay sane?

Busy - home safe?

Must be nearly time for bed.   Sweet dreams all.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 22:05

Good result tonight.

I think Oti is a very clever choreographer as well as a lovely person so I hope she and Jonny do well next week.   Love Susan's whole attitude and enjoyment and improvement so hope she does well too.

I don't have a clear favourite but, like SGL, would prefer it if neither Alexandra nor Debbie wins because, whilst they have both done some amazing performances, they generally leave me cold.  I can appreciate their skill and technique but not emotionally.  Joe, Daewood, Gemma and Susan are much more engaging.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 20:31

I'm still learning DL.  Eastern France also has different charcuterie and cheeses form the west.  The Vendée is known for its brioche, gâche (brioche made with cream), ham, sea salts......   For some UK friends I always take liqueur de framboise to liven up their fizz or white wine because they prefer it to cassis.   From Belgium it was always local beer and proper chocs.

Best to look around and see what they have that you can't get at home.

Watching Blue Planet at the mo before we watch SCD results.  Aren't turtles and dolphins just wonderful?   Don't fancy that carnivorous worm tho.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 19:01

I read it for A level decades ago and then again, a decade or so later, so I could enjoy it.

Winter plant advice

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 18:58

It depends on where you are and how exposed your garden is to cold, wet and wind as well as what soil you have.   Some plants are better able to cope with cold if they are in well-drained soil and don't have frozen or soggy roots all winter.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 18:56

I hope either Mollie will go - such a  wuss and did a bad Paso - or Anton whose choreography was so dreadful his poor partner didn't stand a chance of doing it well and he's getting mouthy.

I thought the scoring was a bit uneven for the others too but it was ever thus.   It is very subjective which is why, I suppose, they have 4 judges from different dance backgrounds and strengths looking for different things.   Craig is the most consistent tho he can be mean sometimes.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 17:15

Sounds like a good party all round Busy.  We have now cooled down to 9C and it has clouded over so a warmish night in store.  Lots of pink bits round the edges tho.  Have a safe drive home tomorrow.  Hope it doesn't rain or get misty for you.

Dogs have just had 2nd walk of the day and then galloped all round the garden when we went to pick veg for dinner.  Fit or just daft?

Have to roast a chuck now and get my gear together for a full day of special projects at patchwork class.  Something felt and Xmassy I expect.  We'll see.


Posted: 12/11/2017 at 17:11

I grow all mine in pots groups of 3, 5 7 or more in large ceramic pots so they get the drainage they need - last garden quite damp - and also I can take them in for the winter out of the worst frosts.  I then bring them out to display in a prominent position for their flowering period and can tuck them away somewhere quiet before and after but of easy access for watering and feeding and checking for lily beetles.

Growing them in pots also give extra height which helps stop our cats form getting the pollen on their fur.  It can be fatal to them.

If I need to divide them, I do it in early spring before growth starts and re-plant straight away so they don't dry out.

Discussions started by Obelixx

SOS Allotments appeal

Petition to save allotments in Huddersfield 
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Wisley safe - for now

Threatened by plans to widen the A3 
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Taxonomists and name changes

When did this happen? 
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Sphaeralcea - globe mallow

Anyone grow this? 
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Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
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Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
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Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
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Who's nicked my figs?

Mystery fig disappearance 
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Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
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Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
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Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
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Erection and siting 
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Cutting garden

Tips please 
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What to do with them 
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Weather station

Recommendations please 
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