Latest posts by obelixx

Climbing roses..

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 13:18

The smoke won't worry them but the heat will.   I had to move our brick and concrete BBQ to save my Generous Gardener which is, incidentally a much better rose than New Dawn - pale peachy pink, better perfume, larger flowers, more hardy, good repeat flowering.   New Dawn died here in a harsh winter but GG is still growing strong.   Have a look at rosa Claire Austin if you really want white.

Remedial pruning a Group 2 clematis

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 13:13

I've treated all my group 2s like group 3s for some years as they were repeatedly frozen to bits anyway with no live top growth left to produce the first flush of flowers.    It means they flower later but are healthy and don't have bare brown legs.  

As Bob says you just cut the whole plant back to a few inches above the ground.    Remember to feed them generously once you've cut them back and taken off all the cut stems.  When new growth does start wind it round the obelisk rather than letting it shoot straight up.   You'll get better foliage and flowers.

If you want to do some trimming now, cut back excess growth back to a few pairs of leaves and feed it some rose, tomato or specialist clematis food.   It should produce a few more flowers in late summer.

Over loaded rose

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:53

I think the problem is the planting medium which sounds too rich and will encourage soft, sappy growth   The best medium for roses in pots is a John Innes no 3.   You'll need to top dress every spring with  some fresh compost mixed will pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone and give liquid tonics of tomato feed from March through to June.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:46

Fred Dibnah is from Bolton and there's a world of difference between there and Cheshire where some people have a Liverpool twang, others a Manchester twang and some a Cheshire accent while others are as posh as Sloanes.

I learned my English in Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and have Geordie grand-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc we visited regularly when I was growing up so have a mutable English accent and now I speak a lot of French but I can't roll an R to save my life in either language or when I try my Flemish which is more guttural than Dutch but fundamentally the same language.   I know French speakers here who think Flemish is an affliction of the throat.

Lots of Flemish/Dutch/Danish influence in Geordie speak.   I have been here 25 years and still can't pronounce the French for frog comme il faut.   Possum has me in stitches when she tries my northern expressions - eg Put wood in thole - because she speaks a mixture of BBC and Disney English.   

Labrador rescues

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:16

I know about people looking after and training puppies that become guide dogs but never knew they were retired and needed homes.   Something to consider one day but not yet.  Our two keep us very busy and entertained and so does the abandoned cat we adopted.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 17:47

It would depend on whether they were honest or liars wouldn't it and pointless in the end as even so-called conviction politicians usually end up lying to themselves or the electorate.

According to a pundit on This Week, Gove hugely admired Blair for being a great political strategist.  That's OK then if you can forget all his lies too.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:47

Ooh!   Didn't know about Derbyshire drains.  

At the risk of stretching things a bit, once could say threat the recent Brexit and Remain campaigns were full of sophistry.

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:24

Maybe just a free slice Pansy.  Not a whole cake.  

Good idea with the word games.   They baffled my scientists when I showed them a list like that.  Even sew and sow were difficult and OH said he hadn't heard of sough.

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:14

Said that already.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 15:34

For décor on the cheap DD just needs to go to the local brocantes and vide greniers to pick up crockery, tablecloths and so on.

For names, both French and English speakers love puns so maybe something like "Taste Tea" or "Gout Thé", "Curiositea" or "Infinithé".  Sorry, but it's a start for others to bounce off.

I have a very good recipe for chocolate chip biscuits that the local Belgians consume with gusto and can offer cake recipes they love too.   Savoury muffins go down well too.

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