Latest posts by Obelixx

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 23:03

It's true.  People do worry if regulars disappear so it's good to know if they're off on hols or some project or just taking a rest as opposed to the "flouncers" - and there have been a few over the eyars - who announce they're leaving just to see who begs them to stay.

I hope SGL is OK and gets her health sorted out soon.

Bed time for me too in a minute but there's an interesting chap being interviewed on Newsnight at the mo.

Last edited: 10 April 2017 23:06:54

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 20:44

Good final and I could even answer some of the questions!   I thought Wolfman was off his game tonight and agree he lost his team loads of points.

Manchester have won it 4 times in the last 11 years and other universities do occasionally get a look in but yes, Oxbridge dominates and for very good reasons.  They have the breadth and the depth and are competitive.  I expect far too many students in other universities think it's all just too nerdy and prefer to be in the union bar.    

Previous winners - http://www.blanchflower.org/uc/winners_teams.html 

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 19:24

Lovely when clems do that.  I've had some come back after 3 or even 4 years hibernation and by then, of course, the labels have gone and I can't remember what they were.

Gorgeous auricula!

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 19:21

How exciting.  I hope they're happy.  Re- mowers, ours was on special offer - last of series - so cost just over 1000€ and copes with bumps but not irking great hidden roots like we are finding in the wilder parts here.  We deliberately chose not to have a hopper because the tube clogs when the grass is lovely and juicy and in our Belgian garden it always was.  Not going to be a problem here but not my concern either.   OH's decision.  I wanted a robot for the same money.

On the other hand, our floor cleaner robot - designed to manage rugs and things has climbed out of the open front doorway and tried to clean the door mat so maybe a garden robot needs a bit of refining before they're ready for our terrain.

Gardenmaiden - Welcome.  I have been a h****wife for over 2 decades but was always busy with Possum stuff and garden club and dance club and women's club and patchwork class and DIY and furniture restoration and decorating and sewing clothes and so on.  Didn't know how I found the time to go to work before.  Now we've moved here and I'm properly retired and even collecting a pension I have so much more time to devote to our new garden or doing nothing and have taught myself to knit  

Treasures all potted on except for the lovely new irises which will be planted out tomorrow in their new home along with the luscious deepest purple ones I brought with me - donated by a friend so not to be left behind..   

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 18:01

Well done Lantana.  I've been known to get distracted by plants or other stuff and forget the item I went for.

Ugly dumping ground

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 18:00

I think I would take up just enough pavers to erect strong posts and build a pergola and grow some scented, climbing plants up and over.   Put a table on the concrete base so you can't see it and you'll have a lovely summer seating and eating area.

Clear away the rest of the crud, clean the pavers with a pressure washer and hide those bins as advised above.

As others have said, that fence is asking to be covered in climbers for colour and perfume and with some lunarias, foxgloves and maybe Michaelmas daisies for later on you'll have a pretty and romantic area.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 15:47

Hosta - Have you tried clipping your hoppers closed?  Or using one of those bungee thingies?   Ours is a Lazer with no hoppers.

I now have 140litres of seed and cuttings compost and 120 of potting compost for my treasures.  Whilst there some other goodies leaped into my trolley - 6 bearded iris, a white Japanese anemone, a yellow courgette, a butternut squash, cucumber, red pepper and another pot of rhubarb.  Now to go and get mucky playing with new and not so new treasures and maybe even do some sowing.

Onion sets not growing

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 14:19

I expect they're putting up green shoots as those are the food factory that provide energy for making the onions later on.  I don't expect to harvest onions till early autumn so you need to have a bit of patience.  Keep them well weeded to reduce competition for nutrients and water.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 14:02

Afternoon all.   We have been busy with an SM and DIY raid this morning and I still need to go and buy oads of compost for my new babies and some older treasures and some yet to be sown.   My RHS seed order arrived on Saturday.  I have set up a spreadsheet of what I have and how big ot grows and what colour - sad I know - in a bid to help me organise myself.

We've had to buy another scratching post assembly for the kittens - no longer used to downstairs cats using the sofas t sharpen claws so now we have upstairs and downstairs entertainment for them.    I've also bought sea trout fillets for dinner tonight but don't tell Possum.  She only eats salmon and prawns and clams.

Well done DD.   I hope the sense of achievement gives yu an enormous boost for Wednesday.

Still to decide on apple varieties for this garden and also need to identify what the existing fruit trees are.........

Enjoy the day everyone, whatever you're doing.



Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 13:50

Well, since we're all domestic today, I use powdered Ariel for soaking stain but mostly pots and pans when I've "caramelised" things.  Biotex is much better but I can't get it here.  Use appropriate liquids for washing clothes, not powders.

We have spent our morning raiding the SM and DIY shop and are about to go and buy compost for my treasures.   It's warm and sunny and the birds are in full communication mode but I have no idea what most of them are.   We have two magpie nests in teh garden now so there's been argy-bargy over lunch.   We get owls hooting at night but I've only seen one tawny since we moved here tho I know there are barn owls out there too.

We had little owls in the Belgian garden for several years and they would bring their young to hunt but then disappeared, never to be seen again.   I shall be erecting assorted nesting boxes for owl and smaller birds in due course.

I once sang in the Free Trade Hall as part of the school prize day celebrations.   Moved to Cheshire aged 13 and no school choir.  I do love the acoustics in churches and cathedrals and have been known to go and sit thru evensong, even tho I am a devout atheist.

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