Latest posts by Obelixx

Propagation of comfrey

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 19:43

In my experience it propagates itself.  Every time I dug up a patch to try and clear it or to make comfrey tea or sling on the compost heap more came back with a vengeance.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 19:42

Sounds good Busy, except for the clearing up.

Good day here too - small plat fair with both amateurs and nurseries selling plants.  I picked up an un-named red camellia for 6€ and a selection of home propagated salvias for 2€ each and one or two other bits and pieces.  

We came home via the Vendée Globe village os OH could pick up his own info pack to follow the race - I suspect he really wanted the basebal cap for golf! - and we were so hungry we had moules frites at a stand.  2nd time I've eaten those in a week.  In Belgium it was once a year cos they tend to be the big flabby Zeeland variety but these are small and very tasty moules de buchot.

Bought him his fleece too at 70% off and a waterproof each for walking the dogs.  Now I'm trying to roast chicken and sweet potatoes.  I can see why the oven seemed pristine!  It's 90cm wide and gas powered from a bottle.   Ours died 10 minutes in so needed changing and now the oven won't re-light so I'm doing stuff in the combi microwave.   Flipping Nora!

Lady neighbour popped by yesterday with a large bag of quinces so I need to look up some recipes.  Any recommendations?

Strictly is back!

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 19:30

Sorry KT.  You're right, it's important for everyone to see what the judges can see.

Bit like gardening or cooking progs where the camera looks at the presenter's face instead of what they're actually doing or the plant/flower/ingredient/technique they're talking about......

Strictly is back!

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 11:00

Have to agree about the camera work.  I want to see the feet more than the top line but the whole would be good so I can choose what to check.  However, been thinking and saying that since the first series but the Beeb doesn't seem to recognise just how many people out there actually do, or have done, ballroom dancing and know a bit about it.

Also agree it was a bit lacklustre compared to last week but Ore's waltz was beautiful and Danny did a very manly rumba with plenty of movement and leading but then those two do have very clever partners and it's great to see Oti with someone who can dance.   Let's hope the Halloween nonsense puts some fire in all their feet and hips.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 09:32

I agree with Busy.   Those 4 are very good and their pros are clever with their choreography.   I can't warm to Claudia, probably cos her professional is being more complicated than he needs to be and I feel he's showing off.

Katya gave Ed Balls a lift too far and lost loads of points.  Up to that point it hadn't been too awful, just bad.   Anton gave Lesley some lovely steps and sequences to do but she just doesn't seem to grasp the posture needed for ballroom dances.   Pity as she is otherwise admirable.   Not fussed about Laura either way.   She won't win.  Anastasia did well with Gorka.  Maybe Brendan will elect to develop pneumonia to avoid dancing with her.   Naughty Obxx.

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New GW...??

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 19:49

Some winter specials could be great.  GH did them with his Paradiese Gardens and ornamental Kitchen Garden and AT did How to be a Gardener.   I wouldn't want another MD 80 gardens as it was mostly a disappointment either because of teh gardens visited or the off-season times some were visited.

I'd love a proper allotment garden through the year series or maybe they could expand on Carol's plant family series and do groups of fruits/vegetables/shrubs/trees/bulbs/alpines and so on.

New GW...??

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 19:11

I think Heseltine would have been a good UK/world PM but not a good UK/people PM.  Like too many politicians, no idea about the common people and how they live or what they need or dream of.

I didn't like those kiosks either but everything else was wonderful tho not necessarily to my taste with those kniphofias.   Loved the rill and lakes and sweeping tree plantations and the grandeur of those long borders.

i'm really enjoying the hour long format except for Joe on rocks because he grates.  This format allows Monty to do what he does in his garden whilst others cover smaller garden projects and problems on a scale most people have at home and we still get to visit specialist nurseries, national collections, historic gardens and extreme gardens with knowledgeable presenters.   Personally I think Monty needs to get out more but I'm not keen on his slightly sycophantic manner when not at home.

I've had a lovely time this pm watching recordings of the hour long bits and FFing to the good bits.  brilliant.  No more bananas for me either please.  Not sure that veggie trial was worth it either.  How clever do you need to be to realise Harlow Carr will have a shorter, cooler growing season than Rosemoor?

Given that every head gardener they've interviewed has said winter is the busiest time, why does the Beeb shut down both GW and Beechgrove so soon and fo so long?  Beechgrove, by the way, is repeated on national BBC2 on Sunday mornings for those who can't see BBC2 Scotland in the week or on i-player.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:38

I'm still in 2 minds about kniphofias.  The ones I see in catalogues and on telly look great but when I see them in gardens they always look to be all leaf and little flower.

OH has fixed the freezer that died using the spare part delivered to the paper shop in Mouthiers.   Now he's fixing the bathroom basin which has sprung a leak after I decided  the tap was at the wrong angle and moved it round a bit........

Meanwhile, for DD and Charlie, I have put my Vendée Globe photos on an album for easy access, si jamais - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1610%20Les%20Sables%20dOlonne?sort=2&page=1 Photos of port, yacht basin, some of the info in the exhibit and the boats themselves.

We have a largish broken ash tree that needs cutting down cos it has a huge broken branch and is in the wrong place plus a plum tree that is more or less dead and another that needs an expert tickle but that last can wait till spring when we see what's still alive on it.   We have found a kiwi vine entwined with the grape so they'll need some research so I can sort them out.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:05

I too have had a lazy morning snuggled in bed and finishing my book whilst enjoying the warmth of the low sun.  This bedroom faces east and our old one north so this is a lot brighter and warmer feeling.

After my second coffee I shall get dressed and we'll walk the dogs.  Poor old Rasta was shorn yesterday and feeling the chill so will enjoy a good gallop in the sun and then I'll do a spot of planting while OH builds a compost heap.   He got excited with the sit-on mower yesterday and cut lots of "hay".  Piles all over before it died so we need a mower doctor now. 

WW - I have some steel capped wellies someone gave me.   Great for heavy, winter jobs and keeping feet warm as they're a bit big and need ski socks.   Enjoy your new job.

Punk - soak up all that fresh air and serenity.   Greenery is so important.

Hosta - well done on the rock move and the weight loss.   You too SGV.

Joyce - crocus flowers are so cheery so yes, go and buy some more.   FG stay safe on those hills.

Have a great weekend everyone, whatever you're up to.

Festive Monkey Puzzle

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 23:56

Haven't read the whole thread so sorry if this is a repeat :-

Cut off the bobbly bottoms of even numbers of large clear fizzy drinks bottles about 2" up.  Pierce a hole in half of them through which you thread a loop and knot for hanging then fill one with a scrunch of tinsel or other glittery stuff and then glue or tape another to make a ball of two halves.   Tie or glue a fancy trim over the join.   Use a garden hoe or cultivator head on a long handle to hang them high.   Lightweight and waterproof.

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