Latest posts by Obelixx

Which Yellow Rose

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 23:58

My experience is the opposite of Busy's.  In my last garden I had a Teasing Georgia which, once I protected it from northerly winds, grew very strong and flowered prolifically.  It was planted on teh east side of the house facing full south on a trellis so, until the windbreak shrub behind it grew it was a bit exposed.    I have brought a cutting to this garden.

All the coddling and patience in the world hasn't helped Graham Thomas who, despite 3 years in a pot for TLC after being rescued from the border, remains a feeble patient.   

I also grew Malvern Hills, a repeat rambler and have bought a new one for this new garden.

Molyneux is a lovely clear yellow but died one winter after 3 weeks of -20C.  Bit of a softy.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 23:47

Me again.   

September thread started so please don't post on here again.  See you there.

I'll ask Nora to close this one.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 23:46

A few minutes early but here is the new thread for September.

Happy chatting.   Bed for me in a minny.  G'night all.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 23:42

I have a gunnera in a pot and am looking forward to liberating it when chappy eventually comes with his bulldozer to scoop out all the bullrush and briars and brambles.  I expect my gunnera to get very big.  Maybe you need to enlarge your bog BF.

This entire year has been dry.  65mm since mid Jan so I sincerely hope we do get some seriously wet, tail end of hurricane stuff.  Far too dry here to weed, let alone plant anything.

Remember to take it easy BF - no over exertions or yo'll set yourself back for winter.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 23:28

I don't think my hips and knees would last long Liri.   Some days they definitely feel as tho a good squirt of WD40 wouldn't go amiss.

What do you do in winter when it's icy?

99% cutting success

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 23:18

That's what people thought in the UK but now we know better.  Doesn't take much to tip the balance and start down the slippery slope to environmental disaster.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 23:16

No squelching here but there will be - I trust - when we get our pond cleared of bullrushes and we have enough rain to plant out my gunnera and willows round its edges.  Must remember to call chappy about a date.

Don't need an incinerator as we have a large patch of old building foundations which will eventually become a permanent seating area with a fire pit for cosiness.   Liri, you have to do that many steps for all your deliveries and shopping?

RG - you have to be careful of those butterflies flapping wings.    Quite enough chaos in teh world.

Delete Post And Other Issues

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 19:19

Hiya T'bird.  Good to see you!

September Sewing

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 18:09

Hosta!  Had to resist the urge to say autumn frocks and trousers.

I don't get the magazine either so don't know if it's talking about flowering plants or edibles but, for a balcony, I'd have permanent pots of herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme, French tarragon and maybe bay if it doesn't get too cold and then next spring I'd sow parsley, basil and coriander in window boxes.  

For vegetables, I'd try cavolo nero, curly kale, Swiss chard and rocket plus some other salad leaves and maybe even pak choi. 

I wouldn't sow flowers now for a balcony but I'd be looking for spring bulbs in containers with hardy cyclamen and/or winter pansies or violas for colour and maybe some foliage interest from heucheras.  Nothing too tall or fragile if the balconies are exposed to winter winds and cold.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 17:56

Still sunny and dry here and 23C which is very comfy.  Lots of cotton wool floating by to the north but none here.   SM raid done and dusted for the next few days.   Sweet potato and pea curry for dinner.  Possum has asked for vegetarian.  I've told OH that when I get back from taking her to Namur in 2 weeks' time we're having a mushroom feast.   She doesn't like them.

FG - does youngest know it's venison if you don't tell her?   I've been known to hide mushrooms by blitzing them in sauces or bakes.

Yvie - hope you're having a great time and soaking up lots of sun.

DL - I liked the Russian girl on GBBO.  Her Siberian gran sounds good too.

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