Latest posts by Obelixx

Red Sun

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 09:01

We had it here in the Vendée on Monday and it was certainly very strange.  Clear skies and sun with odd bits of cloud since.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 22:43

It was a good show this week.   Didn't see it till Sunday night cos we were out dancing ourselves on Saturday night.   Some really good choreography by the pros with a proper tango from Anton and a proper q'step from Kevin.  Didn't Susan do well?!!   

Agree with Craig about floor swipes in Viennese waltz.   Not the right dance.   Still can't stand AJ.   Gorka and Oti are very clever with their choreographies.   The right ones went home.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 22:36

Yes.  Good for PCs too.

Have just watched the Bake Off and not convinced that the right person went.  Hey ho.

Climbing roseBIU

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 22:25

You could also consider Danse du Feu which should do well facing east.   If you can't find one in Spain, David Austin (UK) stock it as a bare rooted rose and do supply to France so probably Spain as well.

Roses are very hungry plants so make sure you prepare the planting space with plenty of well rotted manure and compost mixed into the soil and keep it watered well through hot spells.   Feed and mulch every spring and give occasional liquid feeds of tomato food to keep it flowering.

If you buy a bare rooted plant, soak the roots in a bucket of water overnight before planting and make sure you bury the graft union 2" below soil level as this strengthens the plant.  Water well after planting and keep it moist but not drowning thru its first winter if you have a dry winter..

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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 22:14

Maybe I can just bury them in some greenery somewhere remote then.

Have you seen this on the RHS site for cars and front gardens? - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=738 

AR - glad the kittens are OK.   

Rose cuttings problem

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 21:20

I've never bothered before because I have always wanted specific varieties but these were ones I couldn't dig up and really wanted to try and take a bit with me to see if they'd work.  Now I have to see which the 3rd pot is that survived as it, and the ones that failed, lost their labels in transit.  The other success was a Teasing Georgia.

After this success, I shall be having a go with more to bulk up my stocks and thus save money for other plants.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 19:46

That's not good Busy.  No storms here but we do have power surge/lightening strike protected extension leads for our TV/satellite/internet/phone sockets, just in case.  Might be an idea for you.

Talk about topical.  Did anyone see the One Show item on stem cell treatments for PDoc's possible problem?  Exeprimental here and only funded by a charity, not the NHS, but the norm in Germany.  Worth a look Pdoc.

This Star Wars costume is flipping complicated!  I'm expecting more grey hairs by the time it's done - tomorrow I hope so I can post it to Possum.  No schedule on the shower room but hope it will be done by Xmas tho I doubt I'll get the bedroom painted by then and I am not sleeping in that green and turquoise combo!

LG - no ideas yet for the stones but once the chaps have finished driving in their trucks and stuff I shall be moving my herb bed up to that area behind the house so it's handier for the kitchen.  Might use some as edgers.  Your course sounds interesting.

LP - glad you're back safe and Liri that wood looks amazing.  No fairies here but we do have 2 gnomes Oh rescued from his parents' garden after his dad died.  I'm still working on them having an accident r being re-homed somehow.

Have a pleasant evening everyone.

lilac flowering

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 14:34

One of my lilacs shed nearly all its leaves in early September cos of the drought.  We've had about 3cms of rain in the last month and it's now bursting out new leaf buds.  Heaven knows what it'll do in spring.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 14:32

That sounds a nasty bug Dove and worth ruling in or out.

I made lentil and bacon soup for lunch with cheesy scones.  Not so keen on Scotch broth but I do like a barley "risotto" or even a salad when I can't get spelt grains.

Chappies have duly bashed holes and cemented in a lintel and straight edges.  Just waiting for all that to dry before the carpenter chappies can build the walls.   Wooden extension for eco purposes.

OH says he's not moving all those lovely stones they've saved until I decide definitively where they are to go.......   Funny man.

He's out in the potager re-sizing one of his enormous raised beds to a size I can get to the middle of without arm extensions.   Minstrel and Rasta are helping while Bonzo supervises me and the gauntlets.  Cosmos is, of course, fast asleep on a cosy sheepskin.  He's given up climbing trees, maybe cos he frighted himself when he was still little.

Can any one identify this tree…

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 13:45

Those look more like liquidambar to me - good tree which doesn't get too wide at the base and has glorious red foliage in autumn.   Much less fussy about winds and exposure than a Japanese maple type acer and certainly a more manageable size then European maples but they do like the soil to be on the acid side of neutral.

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