Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 16:46

Bright clothing!  She's usually in funereal black every day.

We like ITT for the choreography and technique analysis.   Helps us with our own dancing which is strictly amateur at one hour of group class a week but we love it.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 16:41

Gardening club plant swap tomorrow so I have potted up some spares.  Not a lot as this is a new garden and most of my treasures are still in pots after the move because we're in our 16 month of well below average rainfall and can't make their new beds yet. 

Despite that, the acidanthera, white chives and ginger mint have happily increased enough to be divided with some to spare and there are enough sternbergia lutea in the garden for me to spare some - autumn daffs and very lovely.  I took cuttings of other stuff but they won't be ready till the spring swap.

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 16:30

I can see the point of some name changes - especially now I'm gardening in French with their common names to deal with tho, being more collectors than gardeners my new gardening friends trip botanical names with surprising ease and frequency tho still the old ones sometimes.  Persicaria is still polygonum to many of them.   Nor do they call tender geraniums pelargoniums yet.   Their common names are unfathomable to me.  eg Ancolie for aquilegia.

I'm just surprised that this particular change hasn't come up earlier.  Didn't Carol extol the virtues of sedum Autumn Joy on GW recently?  No mention of a botanical name change.

Like you Nut, I can't keep up.

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 14:35

How come it's never been mentioned before then Fidget.  Haven't spotted it here or on GW or Beechgrove........

That new name for ice plants sounds very unfortunate.

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 14:19

I know taxonomists use DNA now to re-assign plants to the correct group or invent new classifications and have been known to mess with favourites such as chrysanthemum at their peril but when did this happen?


Sedum anyone?

What on earth!!!!

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 13:56

Reduce the size of the photo as there is a limit here then use the camera icon top right of the box to load your pic.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 13:24

We put one log in ours last night, wanting a bit of extra warmth with lovely flames.  Even that was suffocatingly hot but so much better than being cold.  At the mo we're using artificial logs of compressed material that we bought last year.  We're hoping that when our own wood is dry enough to burn it will be less intense.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 12:42

We have finally succumbed and put a couple of radiators on low.  You certainly do need to keep yourself warm and cosy Pauline and a flop on the sofa with a cuddly feline is positively good for you WW.

Ended up making a spaghetti squash gratin for lunch.  tried to cut it in half for the initial baking but ended up having to boil it to soften the skin before I could fork out the flesh.   Nearly ready to eat.  Just browning nicely under the grill.

Plants from seed

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 12:07

They'll behave like grown up perennials   New shoots should appear in spring so be sure to give them a drink but make sure they drain well some time in early Feb and again as necessary.  Add a bit of liquid seaweed or tomato food when shoots show.

I'd be inclined to grow them on a bit further and into bigger pots so they can establish a  strong root system and mature foliage before they have to go and compete with other plants in the border and fight off slug and snail damage.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 11:15

That's a fair trek Busy.  I hope you have a lovely, cuddly weekend and a safe trip home.

OH spoke to a very subdued BIL yesterday.  Senior SIL is in a state of shock from pain and discomfort.  She's kept herself very fit and busy to avoid going the way of her parents who ended up sickly so having the accident is bad enough without having the pacemaker op on top.   She' s a positive force tho and will recover and I suspect it's a good thing in the long run.   Heart function has been dodgy for a while but her local chap didn't want to operate on a 70+!  Stoopid.

Getting very dark out there now with low, grey clouds.  Not inviting.

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