Latest posts by Obelixx

Nettle tea for clematis?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:55

Now and later.  It encourages flower production.

Forest Pansy

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:42

I was given one of these for a significant birthday.   It did not like cold Belgian winters and the top died but it came back as though it had been coppiced and made a great shrub.   Unfortunately, the newt winter was even worse and it turned up its toes completely so yes, as long as you are not exposed to cold winds, deep frosts and very wet winters, you can keep this pruned as a shrub and enjoy the lovely foliage.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:39

Good luck with that.  I had a constant battle with yellow lamium after being given a clump which got just too happy.

Have you tried Chelsea chopping the rudbeckias?

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:33

Joyce - I received an email from Bravissimmo who do proper bras for "gifted" ladies.

The headline?  Bounce into spring with our new styles!  

Made me laugh anyway.   I thought a good bra was supposed to reduce shoogling to a minimum.

Last edited: 30 March 2017 09:34:56

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 08:48

Pat - yes, LEPRA is a charity working to treat and eradicate leprosy.   When I was born there wasn't a cure, just care, so it was a remote colony caring for sufferers.   My parents stayed 5 years and then came home to protect us from catching it.      

Saw bits of Stargazing - that woman presenter/scientists drives me mad.  Why does she have to appear so dippy?   Take it gently GWRS.

Thought I was OK this morning but stiffening up so back on the muscle relaxant meds and taking it very easy - frustrating but I'll get there.

The dentist will take your mind off the weather Hosta.

Nettle tea for clematis?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 08:40

It is mostly nitrogen so save it for leafy plants.  Clematis need food to encourage flowers too so comfrey tea would be better.


Posted: 30/03/2017 at 07:32

They certainly don't do Belgian winters either.  Friends there treat them as annuals.  

Very happy when we arrived here to see them in gardens and village centre plantings but don't  yet know if they've survived the frosts although it has been quite dry this winter.  I bought 3 the other day - a white one, a pink one and a deeper pink one with silvery streaks on the leaves.  I'm hoping they'll do as cuttings and also plan to collect seed, just in case.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 07:27

Good morning.  Bright and sunny start here but a very red line on the horizon at dawn.  Forecast is for sun all day so who knows?

Ribs are easing up as long as I'm careful about bending - really bad timing for putting kitchen contents back.   Slowly slowly etc.

Need to pop out and buy more tonic and more paint later but another domestic day in store here.  Need to sow some more spring onions.

Daisy - I too was born over there because my parents were running a colony and hospital for LEPRA.   No memories of it tho as they came back when I was 3 and a half.   

Pat - hope you get some warming sun today.  Good for the toe.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 07:19

Same here.  Been up an hour already sorting out kitchen stuff.

Don't do lager.  Can't even cook with it.   Horrible stuff.  I once made a grapefruit and gin sorbet as a palate refresher for a smart dinner.   Just part of making a point when we first arrived in Belgium and some colleagues of OH were worried because the English can't cook!  We'd been to their house and she "taught" me to make chicken marengo...................

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 21:46

I like your kitchen Busy and love natural wood and would have gone with wood if ours wasn't so dark on dull days.   In fact the most important consideration was to have higher base units and pull out drawers plus carousels in the corners to make stuff easier to access.    Back troubles.

The previous owners recycled their predecessors' kitchen into the annex as a pantry so there will be 3 generations of kitchen here.  In my garden shed I have an old 50s unit we brought with us (cream paint and red formica top) for storing garden stuff so I suppose that makes 4 generations.   Had to leave behind the 3m long unit with drawers, cupboards, integral bread bin and pull out, fold out table.......  Great garage storage.

Went for a wander round our plot earlier with the dogs and kittens in tow (quite a procession) and found some unidentified fruit trees in flower and what I think are raspberries leafing up.   Very exciting.

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