Latest posts by Obelixx

Help with yellow leaves on Wisteria please

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 15:48

Moisture first, then food.  It's a bit late to be feeding plants so make sure they're getting adequate moisture and, if you like, give them a foliar spray of 15ml of Epsom Salts dissolved in 5 litres of water.  If you can't spray it, water the mix onto each container but add a soluble aspirin too.   Both compounds help revive sickly plants.


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 14:49

Don't over react. Just apply common sense and take precautions as Dove says.

All sorts of potentially harmful plants out there from the obvious ones like stinging nettles to the medicinal ones like digitalis and yet the human race and its gardener subset have survived for millennia.   Even rhubarb and potatoes are harmful if you eat the wrong bits.   

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The Virtual Café

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 13:38

Read on DL.  She posted the recipe.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 13:27

Whenever we order a delivery of something big or that may come in a big truck I have to reassure people the lanes are wide enough and the entrance big enough so it can't be rocket science for companies who earn their money doing deliveries to have suitable vehicles and know their territory.

Changing location should help a lot.  New adventure apart from losing unhappy associations.

LP - I hope your family find a doggy solution soon.   Frustrating and disappointing.

Sun still shining and I've done enough sewing for today so i'm off out to cut the weeds masquerading as grass.  There's a delicious smell of mint in some areas but also an occasional blade of grass!  OH has been busy trimming back the hedge and some shrubs to make passage easier and less scratchy.  The brambles in there yield good fruit but are a bit unfriendly to bare skin.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 13:06

Gorgeous.  Thanks.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 10:45

Joking aside, I really can't think why anyone in the UK  would think they could grow and avocado from a stone or a bought plant unless they have a huge, Kew gardens sized conservatory and lots of patience.  probably need 2 for pollination too.

FG - I never used to go anywhere without an umbrella in the car and a waterproof jacket of some sort.  Maybe taking the small emergency umbrella out of the car would act as a rain dance.  Or maybe we should invite everyone round for a BBQ but most of the neighbours are away except farmer Luc who's just lost his mum, aged 88, and isn't feeling sociable.   It's also calving time so not a minute to spare anyway.

LG - glad you've had a good time.  Haven't been to Dorset for decades so looking forward to pics.

Dacha - did you not take reading material?   Hope all is going well for your BH (better half when it's a lady).  OH is for men.


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 09:56

NO.  It's a warm weather plant from tropical and sub tropical areas.  They don't like frosts. 

The Virtual Café

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 09:52

Who knew sugar could be so complex?  Took me ages to sort myself out with the right stuff in Belgium where it's mostly from sugar beet and comes as icing, fine caster sugar, normal caster sugar, normal sugar then light brown ad very dark but no syrup or treacle or molasses.  Here they don't do the light brown beet sugar, but do have raw cane sugar and it comes in plastic packs with a pouring nozzle.   Going to be a whole new experience when I get into serious baking mode again.

That cake sounds good Buy.  OH has his eye on a recipe for carrot and courgette cake with orange icing on BBC Good Food - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1580644/carrot-courgette-and-orange-cakes 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 09:44

I always liked Prue Leith on British Menu and have a couple of her books which I like too.   We'll record Fake Off and give it a go.   Better to have low expectations sometimes.

Joyce - what a shock for your friend.    You too given your recent loss.  I hope you can comfort each other.

DD - Brilliant!   So very pleased for you and I hope Charlie is too busy having fun to be jealous anymore.

Busy - hope all goes well.  I find once you get past 20 it doesn't get more complicated, just bigger, as long as you have all the crocks and cutlery you need.

FG - does she just like early starts or maybe early finishes?

Fine and sunny here.   I'm on sewing duties till mid afternoon and will then go and sun myself before a bit of preening.  Anniversary dinner at a posh local restaurant - 34 years.  How did we manage that?

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 23:23

The gardens great and small programme is on again at 2:05am if anyone's interested.  Ihave it set to record so I can whizz thru if I find Dee as irritating as her daughter.   Shouldn't clash with golf at that hour!

Dacha - the Irish, like the Scots, get everywhere and seem at home there..   

Discussions started by Obelixx

Taxonomists and name changes

When did this happen? 
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Sphaeralcea - globe mallow

Anyone grow this? 
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Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
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Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
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Who's nicked my figs?

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Can you name this clematis? 
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