Obelixx


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where to get pink gaura seeds

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 17:51

Jardinerie Koeman has pink plants for €2.95 each and does mail order in France.  Google will find it.

Sunflower heads 🌻

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 16:38

I just cut off the heads and leave them somewhere safe for the birds to eat without being pounced on by cats of sparrowhawks.   They don't care what kind of seed they have.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 13:44

Loads of kids about here.  They get 10 days to 2 weeks hols at Halloween!


Caffeine for me too today.  Despite being dead tired I was still awake after 4am this morning with my little cogs churning round and round and then had to be up early, for once, to take Rasta for her first French grooming session.     Went to the market while I was on but veggie man is clearly off for school hols and fish lady had nothing of interest and we have a restaurant's worth of cheese left over from our recent visitors so we trundled off to do a full meat, fish and veg shop at the SM at La Roche.  


Wonderful fish display and lots of whole chucks, belly pork with skin, lamb shoulders and Toulouse sausages on special offer so much cheaper than we're used to in Belgium.  Freezer and fridge now well stocked so this weekend we can concentrate on gardening - 22C expected tomorrow - and then a day off at a garden fair and flea market on Sunday.


Collected Rasta who has been well and truly shorn and is no longer doing her impression of a cross between a teddy and a sheep.


Clari - will you have time to rest and look for a new position next week?


No very tall men needed here.  I stick my paint roller on a broom handle to do ceilings.   Just need a step ladder for the cutting in with a brush.  Can't trust OH with either.   That's OK tho as he does do the i***ing.


Snoozle now and then pottering with pansies.

What to do in front and behind irises please?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 13:16

You can save money by sowing from seed and that will give you plants to swap with friends or sell at a car boot to raise money for more.

New GW...??

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 11:57

It's on BBC2 on Sunday mornings, just before or just after the early morning repeat of GW.  Check your schedules.

What to do in front and behind irises please?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 11:56

I have been thinking about the same thing now that I have moved to a garden where irises won’t be sat rotting in winter wet and I can grow a wide variety of colours and heights.  So far, using google, I have found these articles which may be of interest to you two:-


https://schreinersirisgardens.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/ideal-companions-for-your-bearded-iris-beds/


http://balconygardenweb.com/iris-companion-plants-gardeners-guide-on-companion-plants-for-iris/ covers several types of iris


http://theamericanirissociety.blogspot.fr/2013/10/tall-bearded-iris-and-companion-plants.html


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/how-to-grow/how-to-grow-bearded-irises/ - warns against shading the rhizomes with other plants but still suggests good companions


http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/iris/iris-companion-plants.htm


Hope that gives you some ideas.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 18:14

Fat Rascals are sweet aren't they?  Sugar and fruit and candied peel and a glacé cherry on top?


Never had one either.  When I was at Harlow Carr, just the once, and having a treat in Betty's I was beguiled by a fabulous sticky ginger cake with lemony bits.  Delia has a recipe that comes close.


I was very naughty yesterday and rustled p a quick bread and butter pudding using brioche - a local specialty - and home-made Oxford marmalade.  Yum yum but need to think a bit thinner and more healthy for a few days now.


Looks like Philip Green might have a knighthood going spare soon.   Good.  I hope the campaign builds.  Scandalous what's happened to BHS pensions.

Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 17:25

If you"re a purist, not a lot is really native, since every tribe that has invaded from the Celts to the Picts, Romans, Angles, Saxons and Normans have brought their own plants with them.  Before that there was land between us and continental Europe so all sorts travelled by wind and then bird and critter droppings.  

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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:20

Like scones with an egg then.  Like the idea of splitting and cooking again.  Must be lovely with cheese and maybe a few herbs added.

Potager

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:18

Find yourselves a copy of the Dr Hessayon Vegetable expert as it explains basics such as crop rotation and describes the sowing and growing conditions for a wide variety of veggies;   Have a look at this thread - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/gardening-by-the-moon/229026.html started by Biofreak who gardens in Normandy.   The French often follow the lunar calendar because it works for them.


Go to your local commune (council) and ask about compost bins.  Ours in the Vendée sells good basic wooden flat packs for 30€ each and start composting all your raw kitchen waste and future garden waste;   We bought 3 so we will eventually have one filling, one "cooking" and one ready to spread on our beds;


Our veggie plot is currently a blank canvas full of weeds and an old chicken shed so we will be strimming up the nettles to go on the compost heap as they are full of nitrogen and then laying out raised beds for each different group of veggies plus permanent beds for things like strawberries, raspberries and other soft fruits.  Raised beds become "no dig" but you add fresh compost and fertilisers according to season and the next crop rotation and leave it for the worms to work in over winter.   


You can buy seeds very cheaply in most garden centres, plant and animal suppliers or online form the UK if you want something special. 


Have a look at the A4A website which is mostly veggie growers and has a poster called Tee Gee who has an excellent online almanac of what to do when - http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Indexes/index.htm You'll need to adjust timings a bit as he's in Yorkshire so colder and later but he's a mine of info.


Agree about learning French asap.   The locals here are as helpful as anything and forgive our accents and grammar as long as we make an effort.  After 25 years in Belgium my French is fine but OH worked in English and Flemish so his French can be shocking but they love it.

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