Latest posts by Obelixx

Acer Palmatum

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 10:03

These trees are woodland glade plants so you will need to keep it protected from hot sun and drying winds.   I suggest you give it a mulch of moistened chipped bark or else a mix of pebbles and gravel to retain moisture in its soil or pot and, if you can, have it near a water feature so it gets a bit of humidity.  The leaves are prone to crisping and going brown if they get too dry.

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

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 09:58

Good morning all.  Hope you're having a good day.

Sunny here with cloudy bits which will clear and give us 20C later on.   However, apart form splitting my new carex to finish the front door pots and taking cuttings of penstemons I shall be stuck indoors grappling with a Star Wars costume for Possum - top, pants, tunic thingy easy-peasy.  The belt, arm bands and leg thingies are another matter entirely.

Like the look of the new Tate Hosta.   I'm meeting Possum in Bilbao for Halloween and have been on the Guggenheim website but the only thing of interest seems to be the building itself.   Anyone been?

Look out for the November issue of Country Living.  There's a two-page spread of my friends' garden with photos by Marianne Majerus, a Luxembourg based photographer.

Never seen those cartoons before but they are good.  Thanks for sharing.

Dacha - I love Manchester.  Great city and lovely people.  Enjoy your family but keep the little one off your foot!

Hope you have a good time in Brum Chicky.  Don't know that city at all - saw it once in the 70s and drove thru in the 90s escaping an M42/M5 pile up and that was enough but I gather it's changed.

Pat - glad it's helping.  Hope it works and you get off the meds.

Product Design Project

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 19:35

Whatever the purpose, if it's badly designed, ill-conceived, badly written and spelling is awry the best thing is to let them know so they can fix it.   Nor prepared to waste my time on dross.

Opinion about watering assistance

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 18:35

Mine get a weeklt dunk as I have to move them anyway to dust their windowsill.........

Not a fan of orchids - people give them to me - but this regime, plus an occasional pink stick of orchid feed pushed into their bark chips, has kept them healthy for years and they keep on making new flower spikes after a little rest.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 18:30

Any idea what he is?   Striking markings.

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

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:43

Will do FG.  I hope he gets a good soaking but feel sorry for the dog.

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:41

Check the roots regularly and remove the maggoty form of vine weevil.  Birds like them.  When/if you buy new plants, always check their roots and re-pot in a John Innes formulated compost rather than MPC..


Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:38

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

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:04

Been out all day cos Harry needed new brakes on all 4 wheels - 700€ ouch!

Decided we'd head a a bit further north and explore St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie which is the biggest sardine port in France and also a has long, sandy beaches so is heaving in summer and inaccessible to the casual passer-by.   Had lunch at a fish restaurant I wanted to try and it was delicious but would have been so much nicer if I hadn't been eaten myself in the night and wasn't itchy in places you can't scratch in public - broken toe, under bra, inside bra, back, thigh, back of knees..........    Spent ages in the loo dabbing anti itch cream everywhere.

Went for a stroll round the old port and the yacht basin and found 2 lovely churches, one Roman and one Gothic, but nothing else of interest to us.

As the car wasn't quite ready after all that we popped into a handy garden centre and bought some more MPC for soil conditioning and some carex for finishing my winter pots of red and white cyclamen, a ceratostigma which I could never grow in the old garden and a rich, lilac Michaelmas daisy.

Hosta - I hope the Gambia is calmer this time.   FG - well done for persevering.   Dove - sitting aroun is very bad for muscles and general stamina.  Still not back to where I was pre broken toe.  It still hurts so I may mention it to the doc.

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

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 21:48

Great news about your bridge DD.   Don't worry about your garden.  Let your friend see it warts and all.  Just do some pots or troughs up near the café windows and terrace where they will show best from indoors as the weather cools.

Ignore the mean lady.    Concentrate on the positives and all those good, word of mouth recommendations and remember to enjoy Charlie and those kittens.  All 3 will grow far faster than you can imagine and almost without you noticing.

Congrats on coming so far, so fast.  Brilliant.

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How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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Another ID please

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