Latest posts by Obelixx

Weed Flame Wand

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:57

Glyphosate will be banned in the new garden and I don't like chemicals anyway.  Being a bit of a pyrotechnic I think a mini flame thrower will be right up my street.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:19

Love roast pork and crackling but we're emptying the freezer and that's already gone.  OH and I have quail and pigeon to eat when Possum isn't there and lots of fish and I've just found more frozen fruit  I shall have to give away or compost.

Wonky - the new people have assured me they will take good care of my house.  Little do they know I'm not at all worried about the house but somewhat concerned about the bird population I have built up and all the insects and hedgepigs that live here too and, of course, the treasures I have to leave behind.

What to do with these?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:41

I have been given two of these but they wouldn't be my personal choice so I just bought some of those orchid feed sticks and poked a couple in each pot.  Like Rainbowfish, I dunk mine in hard tap water about once a week and then let them drain and put them back on their north facing window sill.  Occasionally they go in the shower to get the dust off their leaves.    One is 3 years old and on its fourth flush of flowers and the other is two and on its third.  

Once a flower stem is done, I have been cutting back to the base but have read recently about cutting them back to a node so will try that next time.

Another id please

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:36

I'd be inclined to get rid before those seeds get scattered.  It will sprout up all over the place if you let it.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:34

When I went to pick up my hamamelis last week I treted myself to some packets of allium Purple Sensation and Christophii plus nectorascordums and daff Thalia - just to be sure I have some of my favourites to plant.  I'm assuming I'll be able to grow taller tulips now but will take some of my botanicals just in case.

I have been listening to Bridge Over Troubled Water a lot this week - wiping out a few off harmonies from the otherwise enjoyable show at Great Malvern - The Story of Simon and Garfunkel with lots of slides and short videos on the back screen bringing back memories and making me realise what amazing times I have lived through since my childhood - Elvis, USA civil rights, Martin Luther King, Kennedy and Nixon, Cuban missile crisis, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Vietnam, flower power, moon landings and that's just up to 1970 and BOTW!

Whole leg of lamb now slow roasting in the oven with herbs and garlic and white wine to be joined by roast parsnips and green veggies of some sort then damson crumble.   Not planning to move afterwards cos Victoria is on.

Weed Flame Wand

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:20

Great stuff.  I'm off to buy one of these contraptions on Tuesday.

Non fruiting fig

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:30

Excellent.  Thanks Dove.

Help attracting wildlife

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:28

Yes, your garden is far too neat and tidy and bare just yet but it will fill out as plants grow and you plant more to cover bare soil.  

Patience is a virtue in gardening.  It's not slapping on wallpaper and paint for instant results.  Wildlife will come when it has what it needs.  You can speed up the birds' arrival with feeders and insects with nectar and pollen rich plants.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:17

Possum took her driving test in January and now knows all about driving positions and road rules and so on.  Apparently we should be near enough to the pedals never to have a straight leg and the upper body upright and close enough to the wheel to be able to put our wrists on the top and let our hands flop down.

Doesn't do for me but I do find that having the seat fairly raised and the back supporting my lower back means I can drive for hours without back strain.   Can't have the seat too upright in warm weather cos I often have a butterfly clip holding up my hair and it's just too irritating when it catches on the head rest.  However, no matter what I do, long drives these days do leave my knees and hips feeling stiff when I first get out again.

Playing good music makes the journey seem less long and also keeps me awake and alert.

Cool and grey here but trying to brighten up.  I've had to put the summer duvet back on the bed as I got cold lying in and reading the papers.   Now to finish patching Possum's shorts and mending my favourite garden trousers before tackling Possum's new dining chairs which need another coat of paint and then packing.

Chappy delivered a ton of packing cartons and clothes hanging dooberries and plate, glass and picture frame boxes yesterday.  Just got the garage cleared of a dozen big boxes of books and stuff for Oxfam and now its chokka again!

Still no real rain here so garden looking bright and colourful except where it's going brown.  Wish it would rain.  I have plants to lift still and they're bone dry.

Have a good Sunday everyone.

Non fruiting fig

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:59

The none fruiter is in the ground and I have no idea, as yet, as to how fertile is the soil but I do know it has hot dry summers and hardly any frosts in winter..

The one I have in my greenhouse here is in poor soil but does get watered regularly.  Its parent grows outside a few miles away and fruits well every year but we're that bit more exposed here so outside in winter is just too cold for even a Brown Turkey.  After a mild winter here it is covered in figs but just too late because of the cold start to spring and summer.

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