Obelixx


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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 15:58

Bummer for the TV DD but at least you'll be connected in time for Strictly when it starts in earnest and most of the Bake Off and the hour long GWs.


Bummer for the car too FG but at least now you're safe for winter when it comes.


Sunny here.  Started off the day loading up the car with lots of spare hostas and hemerocallis and lychnis chalcedonica and assorted hemerocalliis and some physostegia for my last garden group meeting.   All have found new homes which is good and i was given a wooden post with a brass plaque and a very generous fund to buy plants to remember happy times with my garden group.  


Lovely gesture and lovely people.  I have some hamamellis on order already and plan to buy a cornus controversa and a liquidambar this autumn to make a lovely, colourful woodland corner with a bench toso we can sit and enjoy the winter perfume.


Now to gather the rest of my treasures for automatic watering while we're in Malvern cos it's promising to be very hot again and dry.  OH is out there sweeping mole hills so he can cut the grass.  The perishers are very active!

Strictly 2016

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 15:24

Being a simple soul, I'm just interested in the dancing and hope they make decent music selections suited to the dance.    I like the judges' commentary when it's constructive and/or funny.   I like contestants who don't moan about how hard it all is.   I get that the voting will be biased towards favourites and oddballs and, except for the first in the series, we do usually end up with good dancers in the finals.


I'm not interested in any of the stuff going on behind the scenes and don't do twitter or tabloids so all that stuff goes over my head.   James Jordan was an ungracious, irritating and arrogant big head when he was on the show and clearly hasn't improved any since he left.

What is this?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 21:04

Not a problem.  You're very welcome but we are going to struggle with your native plants as they are so different from ours.


Lots of American plants do very well here given the right soil and so on.

Paint colour for this wall?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 20:36

I'd go with mossy or lichen type greens too.   Then the other colours in teh lovely stone wall will show up better.


Agree about some subtle lights for that back wall and also screening those tanks.

What is this?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 20:24

This is a British forum and we are mostly in the UK apart from an odd one or two like me on the European continent or Australia.


i'm afraid I haven't a clue about your mystery plant.  Maybe ask on a US based forum?

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 16:49

That's a lot of roadkill Pat.  Definitely a route to be avoided.


Hosta - so sorry about Sebastian.  He sounds like a proper character.


Ours has been displaying this pm.   Took her and the dogs to be vetted for the trip to Malvern and she decided she wasn't having any of this worming malarky.   Shredded me and the vet and ended up in a harness with no claws sticking out.  She's now grumping in our bedroom under the dressing table.   The dogs were fine but don't much like all the prodding and poking either so Bonzo has gone to hide under my big hostas.


They have to have the same checks and jabs and worm, tick and flea treatments to go into kennels these days so a lot of unavoidable fuss.  Next year the rellies can jolly well come and see us at home!


Sorry you're unwell Clari.  Hope it clears up soon.


Lesley - tis I wot organises our meetings and sends out photos and reports of our garden meetings along with "what to do now" mails so it may all go pear shaped.  I have one lady happy to organise the meetings rota so I hope they'll carry on meeting.  Still in touch with old members that have gone home to the USA and UK and no doubt some of the current members will visit.


Have dropped off loads of games and Barbie and Bratz stuff to a local after-school childcare centre and Halloween and Xmas and Easter decs too.   Back up the attic again now.  Nearly done - apart form my huge pile of fabrics.........

Using vinegar to kill weeds

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 16:36

As Dove says, it depends on how big is the area to weed.  If' your're starting out in a newly acquired garden it can be daunting if it's a new build or and old one that's been neglected and there are just weeds. 


Doing the weeding by hand lets you see babies of treasures that are worth growing so it's my preferred method too but I do resort to more drastic measures on paths and cobbles.   A mini flame thrower is on my list of toys to but for those.

Using vinegar to kill weeds

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 11:34

There's some helpful info here on using vinegar but beware, it doe snot discriminate between weeds and wanted plants so you must use it carefully - http://www.naturalnews.com/035750_weed_killer_vinegar_Roundup.html


Roundup and all glyphosate based weedkillers are in fact proving to be toxic as levels accumulate in soil, water and thus human and other bodies.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 09:05

Not so good Pat.  Hope you and the motor are OK.  


Clicky shoulder sounds interesting Dove.  Hope it stays right.


Like your colourful huts Chicky but not those pebbles.


Dull here but set to get warm and sunny again tomorrow which is good planning as I have a last push in the attic to get done today and then a car to load up with spare plants to take to my last garden group tomorrow.   My group, started 20 years ago and ebbed and flowed as people came and went but a good strong group now so a bit of a wrench.


Must crack on.  Have a good one everyone, whatever you're doing.

Any idea what plant this is?

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 23:24

Looks like one of the phygelius to me - native to south Africa so slow to get going in a British spring but worth the wait.

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