Obelixx


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Fern, Ferns and more Ferns

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 23:58

If their roots are packed and they're thirsty every day it seems to me they're asking to be potted o into at least the next size up.   I have no idea what kind of planting medium they would need nor what is available in NY (this is a British based forum with just a few ex-pat contributors in Europe and Oz) but your local garden/plant store should be able to help.


I would then pot them on again in spring.

Crikey! I thought "I" was crazy😵

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 10:26

If we all turned vegetarian there would be no farm animals and even more rare breeds because no-one would keep them as pets.


I have ethics about stuff I buy - well brought up meat and poultry, sustainable fish, organic eggs and veggies, nothing from China if  I can source it from Europe, nothing from Primark or Benetton and the like because they use indentured female and child labour in Asia and so on and so forth.


Putting animal products in bank notes when there are vegetable alternatives is crass - offensive to vegetarians and Hindus and there are rather a lot of both in the UK.   

Crikey! I thought "I" was crazy😵

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 09:06

I had no idea about the tallow and agree it is utterly stupid and insensitive.   What an amazing blunder.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 09:02

Grey and misty start here in Namur but the sun is doing its best and I can now see the citadel.


Lots of shopping today.   Possum needs a camera for her course work and paper and paints and we'll stock up on bulky basics for her while we're here.   Dinner out then cinema this evening - Fantastic Creatures in 3D.


Kittens are perched on the window sill watching the pigeons who roost in the rooftops opposite.


Sorry it's too hot for you Pat but good that you can keep busy.


Have a good day everyone and stay warm.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 23:24

Evening all.  Easy journey apart from bits of fog here and; of course, rain when we hit Belgium.


Kittens mostly good on the journey apart from a bot of "helping" in a queue at some lights.



Took the pic and then got them back on my lap to help with CDs instead.   They are now exploring Possum's apartment with absolutely no shyness.


Hosta - gorgeous turtles.  Happy birthday.


Liri - lovely photo.  No wonder you were reluctant to leave.


Wonky - sounds like a great week.  So pleased you're enjoying it.


Fidget - hope OH really is OK.  Happy car hunting.


Sweet dreams all.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 21:30

A bit more humble but today I found a bar of mil chocolate with each square filled with whisky so I've bought one for Possum for St Nicholas.   Can't stand whisky myself but she likes an occasional tot of Jamieson's after a trip to Ireland with her pals.


I lived in London in my 20s and then Harrow in my 30s but never made it to the V&A.  Too busy just living and working.  I did have 2 dealings with Harrod's.  The first was when they had a special offer on a dishwasher in their January sales and I told OH not to come home without a receipt for one - wedding promise he was wriggling about.   Their van duly drew up and delivered the machine - lots of twitching of net curtains from the neighbours.


The second time was when I was fed up of him ruining the lines of his decent work suit by wearing an anorak over it in winter so I carted him off in the sales to look for  decent overcoat.  Harrod's had the only one I liked but at £300 in Jan 1985 it was beyond our reach so we trotted off to Liberty's where I bought 3 metres of 60" Harris tweed and some fancy lining and made him a proper raglan sleeved coat which he still has now.


Have to go and pack now.  Trip to Namur.  Dogs in kennels for 4 days and kittens coming with us ocs they're too small to leave and haven't had their jabs cos of his flu.  Luckily they are now the best of pals so should be OK.   


Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:47

Ask friends and colleagues or even local Facebook page for recommendations.  There must be one for Sheffield.   It'll be safer and quicker and you'll get the conformity certificate you need.


Reality check for OH.


No more lending him your truck till he's got his domestic bliss brain in gear.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:38

Clear blue skies, bright sun, gentle breeze.  Frosty start but set to get to 9C this pm.  More tomorrow but maybe less frost.   


We'll be driving to Belgium where it will be wet but clearing up for the weekend so some sunny bits there too.

Last edited: 01 December 2016 13:38:25

cutting back

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:33

Leave the roses.  The ends of the stems will take the frost and protect the crowns and centres.  You then prune back to healthy, outward facing buds in March and then feed them.


Salvias are not all reliably frost hardy, especially the shrubby, woody ones so, depending on variety, leave them as they are or take into shelter from frosts.  Prune back to healthy buds in March or April.   


Marigolds are annuals and on a mission to flower and set seed in just one growing season.  If your weather is mild, dead-heading may prolong flowering but they will die.   Nemesias are perennials more usually grown as annuals so leave them too and just pull them all up when done.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:23

Bypass the manual and the idiot and ask for an electrician..

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