Latest posts by Obelixx

Growing Garlic Questions

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 13:27

The bulbs sold for growing are guaranteed virus free.  The edibles sold in shops are not and viruses can infect your plants and soil so you can't grow again in that spot for some years.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 13:03

Johnny Canoe - is that centigrade or Fahrenheit?  18C here in the sun.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 12:55

Joyce - what a shame.  I hope he's OK now and friend is wiser about treats.

Dove - admiration for the pastries.  I am still to crack pastry but I will, once we're settled with no more sorting and stashing to do.   In the meantime, I buy it ready made and ready rolled and pure butter.

I am filthy and hot.  Been moving pots from their original parking spot to a sunnier space and potting on one or two but now need OH for the rest.   Some are rather large so muck all over my jeans which means I'll have to iron a clean pair as these are the last.....

Gardener's belt and tools

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 11:15

Negative attitude Hortico.  Still cheaper than buying replacement pairs of less reliable secateurs every time they fail.

£10 for a new blade at their stand at Chelsea FS so I bought 2 along with replacement springs, just in case.

I also took in a pair that had been cooking in the compost bin for 6 months thru a wet winter and spring and were rusted open with a chipped blade.  They said it was the worst case they'd seen but charged me a mere £19.50 to take them away, fix them and post them to a UK address.  They've come back cleaned, polished, new blade, fixed rusty screw pivot thingy and a functioning spring.   Bargain.  Excellent service.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 11:09

Blue skies, warm sun.  T-shirt and pottering weather.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 09:37

Beautiful views Liri.  I love the stonework in that chapel.  Great poppy Pat but you can keep your snake.

I have doors and windows wide open to disperse odours after feeding our oak desk with beeswax and cleaning the glass doors on our woodburners.   It's a "bridge" holiday here with lots of people taking the day off to make a long weekend with tomorrow's public holiday and some perishers are out there shooting.  No off the lead stuff on walkies then.

Moving house conundrum

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 08:32

Moved here a month ago and it is a wrench leaving a treasured garden to people you know are not gardeners.  I had the luxury of being able to pot up some special treasures and bring lots of stuff but have left most behind.

If you're to be in a hotel for 6 months you can't reasonably expect to keep cuttings and divisions alive but you could store seeds.   In theory, the greenhouse and so on are part of the property and included in the sale price and you can only move what isn't attached so pots and furniture but not plants in the ground or sheds etc.   Work out what your spent on your pots and troughs and then the cost of transporting and storing them against what you might make by selling them to invest in buying new when' you're ready to garden again.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 08:21

Another sunny start today after a clear night and a sky filled with stars - no street lights so great stella display.   Must walk the dogs this morning as we have a fuel delivery this afternoon and I need to be there.  OH says he's coming back tomorrow, 2 days ahead of schedule.  Better get some more jobs done then.

Have a good day everyone.   Hope you don't get talked at all day WW.    Clari, just ho much tea do they grow in Yorkshire??  

Those poor Italians must be wondering what's hit them and when it will stop.

Gardener's belt and tools

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 22:30

Felco make the best secateurs.   Excellent quality, mdoels for different purposes and left-handers but no 2 is the general purpose one.   

Can't be doing with a belt when I'm bending down to garden so I use a plastic tool box with two compartments and a carrying handle a bit like this - http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/cleaning-caddy-374102   Works for me.


Clematis varieties

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 21:45

Seakale - the RHS site says PC is LL and that viticela is a pseudonym.   This academic website which I use to check clematis descriptions for flowering epriod and pruning groups also says PC is in the LL group - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=37 

have to say that in Belgium I treated all group 2s as group 3s for pruning as winter usually killed off al their top growth so they behaved like vitciellas and flowered thru summer rather than in May/june.

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