Latest posts by Obelixx

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 12:58

That's fine if they only have 3 legs.  I call them obelisks - but I do only have the fancy metal kind for clems.  Planning to make GH style wooden ones for the next lot and lots of trellis or stretched wires for others.

I grew eryngium planum from seed a few years ago and they responded to my fertile alkaline loam with loads of foliage and hardly any flowers so they've gone.  Wish the Bear's Breeches were as easy to get rid of as they only ever produce leaves here.  Can't tell you how many times I've dug those out and still they come back.


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 10:58

Hope you get some sleep tonight Clari.  Me too.  10pm last night much squealing the garden.  Went out to find Rasta doggy trembling all over and apparently paralysed in her back legs.   Got her in and had a feel but found nothing so phoned vet.   Told to leave it an hour and see how she was and then either come in as an emergency or this morning.    Gave her a pain killer/anti inflammatory for dogs and I slept on the sofa to keep her company and check on her.  All very well but Bonzo dog snores and dreams in full cinemascope and thinks he's small enough to share a sofa with me.

Took her in this morning, hobbling and with back right leg clearly not right.  Imagining all sorts of X-rays, scans, ops and so on.  She has twisted the second toe on her back right paw!   2 jabs for pain and inflammation later and she's fine thank you but still can't get on the sofa unaided.  Talk about drama queen.  Give that dog an Oscar!

33rd anniversary today so a great start.  Belgium is closed on Mondays so we were planning to celebrate tomorrow anyway by taking a day off to see an exhibition at Liège and have a good lunch.

Still windy here but fairly sunny and definitely warmer than yesterday.   I hope you've all survived the winds OK.

Hosta - how do your polytunnels cope with strong gusts?

Echinops Ritro Problems

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:25

Mine turn brown from the bottom up as the season progresses.   Not a problem as I hide them with other plants in front and then cut the whole lot down in autumn when flowering is over and the birds have had a good go at the seeds. 


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:40

Just sat down for a rest and a check-in.  Made a cushion cover for Possum's new sofa bed for her apartment this morning and that finished off the project with the acres of old rose velvet curtains - fluff and bits everywhere!    That and a desk and chair and the curtains now delivered and installed - 4 flights of stairs and dead lift so not funny - with a bit of help from Andy her flat mate.

Sewing plank (12mm x 240mm chipboard for cutting out) now removed form my kitchen table and floor hoovered and washed.  Looks like a kitchen again.    Discussions held over what we're taking, what we're leaving and what we're binning.    Asked OH if he wanted to keep the corner tables.  What corner tables?  Like the one on the living room in the angle between the two sofas.

He actually had to go and look!   Observant or what?

Really pleased the Olympics are done.   Really pleased that team GB has done well but, like Hosta, I don't see the interest in watching people or bicycles or cars just going round and round or up and down.   Can't be doing with all the hype and the emotional bits and the endless repetition.

Not watching Poldark.   Saw the first series and didn't make it to the end so wasn't about to start the re-make.    Very happy about GBBO returning and then it'll soon be time for Strictly.

FG - you were very restrained.   Punkdoc - I'd have thought having 2 or 3 cameras would be feasible if it gives you peace of mind, or at least recourse to justice with proof of bad behaviour.

I only iron when I'm sewing.  OH does ours - condition of watching endless hours of sport on TV...

Liri - sorry about the crossing.  Hope the return is better and that you have fun in between.

Cool and damp and grey here but set to warm up again next week.  I have chairs to paint for Possum and more furniture to move and sorting and clearing and packing........and potting up of a few more treasures to start my new garden off.  It's a bit of a blank canvas.

Bon appetit for all those who have Sunday dinner rather than Sunday lunch.   Slow roast belly pork for us - the only cut that comes with skin for crackling here.   Soon be time for my apéro!   Cheers.

Controlling an old large tree

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 16:29

Lift away then but, as Dog says, do it one or two branches at a  time and then stand back and walk round and check what else needs to go to get a balanced result.

Once it's lopped you can't put it back.

Removal Of Ivy On Asbestos Garage Roof

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 14:33

That's a good idea Tetley.

Removal Of Ivy On Asbestos Garage Roof

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 12:29

Cut all the ivy stems as close to their base as possible then leave a few weeks to wilt, after which they'll be easier to pull off in bits, as and when you have time.    This will also give time for insects and other invertebrates living in it the chance to decamp.

It will be dusty anyway so make sure you wear a mask and gloves.

Himalayan birch and ginkgo biloba advice

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:40

I can't see the point of buying a tree that wants to grow to anything between 12 and 20 metres high and 8 to 10 across and then keep it at 3ms.   It will look unbalanced and need a great deal of maintenance.

Better to choose a small tree in the first place.  The RHS has a list - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=117 that will make a good starting point.


Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:29

I have a full length window next to my bed which lets in the dawn from the wee, small hours in summer so I hung a very thick, thermal lined velvet curtain and that did the trick.  However it has now been recycled with its mates for Possum's apartment - curtains and sofa covers and cushion covers - and I now have the original toile de Jouy which is very pretty but lets in loads of light..........

It's cool and grey and blowy and intermittently damp today so I'm carrying on with my sewing but hoping to get some dead heading done later.  The roses have been magnificent after a slow start and need some encouragement to continue.

Need another coffee before anything else though.

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