Latest posts by Obelixx

Lily bulbs

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:13

If they're tiny they'll be fine in 3" pots till you see roots starting to poke out of the bottom.  Then you pot them into 4" pots and repeat as needed going up in pot size every time.   They'll want good compost and regular watering but also good drainage to grow well and not rot.

I have kept lily bulbs for years once they are the size to go in big display pots.  They get rested in a cool, dry place over winter and then top dressed and watered come spring.   Works for me.   When they look a bit congested I tip them out in spring and pot in fresh compost and cleaned pots, giving away spares or potting them up to grow on.   5 Firebolt bought at Chelsea 5 or 5 years ago have thus become about 40.

Bare root roses

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:00

They need to be soaked in a bucket of water for 24 hours to re-hydrate the roots and then you can either heel them in as Dave suggests or plant them in large pots in a sheltered corner.  Try and find some microrhyzal fungae mix to sprinkle on the roots as you plant them.   They'll grow a fine set of roots over winter and should then make a good display next summer.

Last edited: 15 October 2016 14:01:03

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 13:57

Didn't see brisket in Belgium and haven't looked here yet.  Do love a good, crunchy slaw.

Lentil soup for lunch, made with some of the Jewish penicillin chicken.   Delish, but I do need to find a source of proper wholemeal bread.  Have tried 4 different "multi-céréales" here and all are far too light in texture.  Good excuse to try more bakers and their other delights.

There have been metaphorical tears.  Emboldened by his success with the shoe organiser which, I point out, rests its weight on its own feet so only attached to wall for security, OH went on to put up a pine shelf jobby complete with hooks below and a rail for hangers.  This plasterboard had stone wall behind it......  Change bits.  All fine till he put stuff on it.  2 mins later all on the floor.  Now he understands about plasterboard and correct rawl plugs.  DIY store on Monday then

Just as well really as he also put it at a height that meant it blocked the control panel to the central heating boiler...............At least he used a spirit level this time..

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 12:05

Decaf for me as it's after midday.   Really need my sleep at the mo.

Haven't had brisket since before we left the UK so more than 25 years.   Prefer my beef rare but wouldn't mind a go at salted beef for pastrami butties.    Roast chuck for us tomorrow and sausages today.  S'pose I ought to think of something for lunch but I'm busy with boxes and wardrobes.......

Last night's Atul mullet was delish!   Recommended

Last edited: 15 October 2016 12:08:44

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 11:53


Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 11:00

I left all mine behind Yvie and gave my layerings of cornus alba sibirica to Marie-Christine because there's a nursery here that stocks them.  I shall be buying some for my new winter bed - much stronger in growth and fabulous bright red stems and they can take being cut back low every year to maintain size and colour.

I do like the flame effect of the Midwinter Fire but find it's a pest - either weak or too happy and suckery.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 10:55

That's because I don't have a problem, being fairly direct myself - except for your endless quoting which I've mentioned before - but others clearly do.   It's your prerogative to adapt, or not.

Last edited: 15 October 2016 10:55:39

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 10:35

The problem is that your posts often come across as arrogant and/or aggressive and/or unpleasant.   Maybe the problem is the way they're read but maybe you could tone down your rhetoric a bit.   Nothing wrong with having strong opinions or sharing knowledge but try a softer delivery.

Last edited: 15 October 2016 10:35:51

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 10:32

Possum nicked our pot of marmite!  Heaven knows when I'll find new supplies.  I don't eat it often but sometimes I just need a hit.

Love the smell of frying onions.    I don't do rides of any sort anymore FB but I did find that the way to deal with OH's seasickness on a cross channel ferry was to make him eat well.  Great in the days of Sally Line and smorgasbord but not too bad with P&O and a cooked breakfast.  Nowadays we both get seasick doing a Viennese waltz until we remember the technique.

I've let OH loose with a drill to make 2 holes for screw to support his shoe cabinet.  Dangerous stuff as I am chief hole driller and this is a plasterboard wall that needs special rawl plugs.  We had solid brick and thick plaster in Belgium so there may be tears before bedtime.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 09:32

So exhausted yesterday I nodded off in the middle of SCD2!   Catch up later before tonight's show.   Did see that cake tho.   Hope I'm that fit at 71!

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