Latest posts by Obelixx

Nothing at all at all to do with gardening.

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 18:32

Or just doing the work!

Insect identifying

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 18:29

There's a size limit so maybe try resizing your photo to get it to load.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 17:12

I have found a website that suggests that the average temperature in the Vendée is 20C in June and 7C in January.

Got that wrong this year.  43C today in full sun and 32C in the shade.   Fine as long as I don't have to work in it so, like Papi Jo, I don't do any gardening till 6pm or so and then it's just watering and the doggies are getting walked at 9pm.

I'd much rather be warm than cold so it's all fine by me but OH is not going to like the water bill when it comes.

Hebs need help

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 16:58

Easy - it doesn't want to sit in a puddle or dry out either so water frequently and let it drain.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 16:50

Pregnant would be interesting!

Nothing at all at all to do with gardening.

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 16:29

High speed trains have made a huge difference to accessibility between cities here on the continent - Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Germany are the ones I've used and it certainly beats short hop air travel.

The UK desperately needs some upgrades to its train systems but I do wonder if money wouldn't be better spent on improving the lines it has as well as the rolling stock and stations so you can get more passengers thru in comfort and safety.  I can remember having to stand all the way from Euston to Manchester for weeks on end in the early 80s.  Things have not improved.

It would surely be cheaper in the long run to change bridges to cope with double decker trains and lengthen platforms on the busiest commuter lines and upgrade tracks to take faster trains on long distances between big cities without digging up whole swathes of countryside and urban areas for completely new lines.  

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 16:14

Fabulous.  Lots of lovely TV moment memories in there.

Hebs need help

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 15:50

Thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano - Mediterranean herbs that like free draining soil and sunshine so I reckon your soil is too rich and too moist.

Basil is actually originally from India but has been cultivated for at east 500 years.  It is in the mint family so wants a fairly rich compost with good drainage but frequent watering.  It is very sensitive to cold and loves sunshine.  


Posted: 21/06/2017 at 15:03

Not in my experience but they do like to be moist and cool.  If they get hot and dry they'll sacrifice their flowers to save the plant.

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Posted: 21/06/2017 at 15:02

I have just cleared the stems of my two up to head height and trimmed back a lot of the whippy new growth.  I did this in January and after the flowers went over in April - early this year cos of a mini heatwave.   They are both flowering well again tho not as prolifically as in April.   Fabulous perfume.

I think yours should respond to pruning as indicated on the RHS website and you can try giving them some liquid tomato food as a tonic to help promote flowers.   Give them some slow release rose or tomato food next spring.

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