Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:56

Good news.  Love it when a plant co-operates and rewards care, especially a clem.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:51

Been gardening all afternoon - collecting seeds, potting up treasures, pruning this and that, pulling bindweed, forking over a previously cleared bed and planting filipendula and hemerocallis for starters.   Water sprinkling now so I can re-plant more goodies tomorrow.

Just had my first taste of home-made blackcurrant cordial with a glass of sparkling water.  Delish!  Have given a bottle to M-C along with a hosta, a rooted layer of cornus alba sibirica and some Firebolt lilies.

Off for a shower now before making decent dinner.  Possum has 2 friends over for dinner and a sleep tonight so they can all go and collect 1800 croissants tomorrow for a welcome breakfast for the new intake at college.  She's on the student council now and it's her "baby".   Might just put her off committee life for ever.

I too get the urge to get the scissors out when I see those flaps flapping and also young (usually) people with miles of dreadlocks that look unwashed all wrapped round their heads in knots.  Decent haircut and some Frizease please!

Last edited: 13 September 2016 16:53:13

Forum layout is terrible

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:44

It has been clearly explained several times that the changes are to allow the forum to be accessible to other devices in common usage among and increasingly diverse audience which is why there is so much apparent blank space on a relatively large PC screen.

It's happening in similar ways across all sorts of websites.  Whether the techies have selected - or been given - the best tools to satisfy forum users is another matter entirely but we also have to remember that the forum is a small part of the whole GW site.

We need to bear in mind that this free forum is part of a commercial site and organisation that needs continuing audience participation to generate the profits that make it available for us and I, for one, haven't found a better, more knowledgeable, more friendly community on any other gardening forum.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:38

5:30pm and 30C in the shade where the sun doesn't shine all day.   At least it's dry, not muggy, and there's a breeze.    Expecting more of the same tomorrow and then set to get cloudy and wet.  My garden will be pleased.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:45

I have an acrylic cardi or two too cos I'm allergic to wool and cashmere.  It's the hairy bits.  I can wear woven wool challis dresses OK - or did when I had to be smart for the office.  

Haven't heard from LL on here for a long time.  Do you know how she is?   Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

It is too very blinking hot out there but needs must.  I'm collecting seeds and watering things to lift for M-C but we'll have to leave most of it till next time in 2 weeks cos it's just too dry.   Last time!  She's succumbed to one of my perfumed hostas.  No idea what it is anymore but pale lilac, open, upward facing flowers and a cream edge to the leaf.   Gorgeous.  I already have one in a pot for me and mum is still in the garden.

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:58

Victoria - change your methods and care for your tools!  Dig out smaller clumps of clay instead of one big one - better for your tools and your back.  Use an appropriate weapon.

I used to garden on deep clay in Harrow and used a stainless steel Spear and Jackson ladies fork with an ash handle to great effect.  I still have it 30 years on.   I use Wolf trowels and toolheads for other weeding, hoeing, raking etc and a stainless steel round tined hand fork for tricky bits.   They get cleaned after use and oiled for their winter rest.

I have friends with a seriously heavy clay garden.  They have dug out all new beds just one spit deep using a fork and then applied lorry loads - literally - of local council compost over the years.   The only other digging is for planting holes for trees and shrubs.   No broken tools.

Avocado plant stopped growing

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:45

Aym mentioned fruit.  Everyone who does it will end up with compost fodder.

Sprout some beans instead!

Last edited: 13 September 2016 09:45:44

unknown rather pretty invader

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:44

American poke weed.  Birds love the berries which means the seeds are scattered liberally all over the place.   Easy enough to pull up when small or lift with a fork when a bit bigger. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:31

Hot and sunny already here.   Fresh coffee brewing for me and OH is taking the dogs out before they bake.

I have to water the bits of garden M-C and I will work on this afternoon.    Plant sorting to do and re-planting of stuff I moved so I could deal with bindweed.   Going to be hot stuff.

Avocado plant stopped growing

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:09

These trees get huge in their natural state so you will never get fruits from a teeny one grown in a house in the UK.   You will just end up with compost heap fodder.

Discussions started by Obelixx


What to do with them 
Replies: 14    Views: 375
Last Post: 14/11/2016 at 21:06

Weather station

Recommendations please 
Replies: 2    Views: 223
Last Post: 08/11/2016 at 14:53

Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
Replies: 25    Views: 733
Last Post: 30/10/2016 at 21:45

Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
Replies: 5    Views: 291
Last Post: 18/09/2016 at 12:30

Another ID please

Replies: 6    Views: 305
Last Post: 20/07/2016 at 12:46

Shrub ID please

Replies: 4    Views: 393
Last Post: 05/06/2016 at 20:00

Beechgrove has started

Replies: 48    Views: 2430
Last Post: 03/04/2016 at 11:22


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 2    Views: 667
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 15:29


Horticultural Retail Therapy 
Replies: 0    Views: 814
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 13:04

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Replies: 8    Views: 897
Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 10:01

Lawn care after moles

Replies: 4    Views: 638
Last Post: 05/08/2015 at 23:00

Plant id for Obxx

Who knows what this is please? 
Replies: 8    Views: 1000
Last Post: 03/10/2015 at 12:49

GW 2015

Programme content discussion 
Replies: 46    Views: 3057
Last Post: 16/03/2015 at 18:44

Chelsea photos

Replies: 36    Views: 2781
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 09:30

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Catch up chat 
Replies: 3    Views: 1279
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 09:18
1 to 15 of 23 threads