Latest posts by Obelixx

Can you help me identify these

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 12:40

Definitely a cotinus/smoke bush and one of the many newer forms of hemerocallis.

Have you tried layering a stem of your cotinus herbaceous?  That might work better than cuttings and you could do a couple now as backup in case the hard prune goes wrong.

I found this just now - http://www.landspro.com/forums/showthread.php?1923-Cotinus-propagation    Says to use soft, side cuttings as these are more successful than traditional semi-ripe cuttings.   Wish I'd found it sooner as I've a cotinus to propagate too.

Camera Talk

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 12:32

Thanks Herbaceous.   Seems Sony is the way to go.

Cloudberry talk makes me think of the witches in the Dark Materials trilogy.

Probably a bit fuzzy cos taken thru a window but here's a woodpecker feeding its baby from our peanut feeder.  Lots of entertainment every year as we have several woody families now.

Plants poisonous to dogs

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:19

Two dogs here now aged 7 and 9.  We have all sorts of poisonous plants in the garden including foxgloves and aconitum and the only problem I have is when they chew my fancy hakonechloa grass instead of the ordinary kind and when the terrier tries to dig out moles and leaves great holes..


Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:16

Sunny and hot here too.  Started early with a trip to the vet.  Pusscat has a tumour on one of her nipples so is having a feline mastectomy.   Her 2nd.  She's going to be groggy and cross when I pick her up later on.

Busy with lots of admin today while OH picks blackcurrants and gooseberries which I shall have to make into jellies and jams and cordials - tomorrow.

Last ever dance committee meeting this evening as I hand over the presidency.   Need to make a cake and some nibbles and get all my handover ducks in a row.

DD - leaving your home and garden will be hard but the new one will give new opportunities so lots to look forward to and provide solace for you and Charlie.   Did you see all the names suggested for your tea-rooms on the Worries thread?   

Love the idea of an emergency ice-cream van for Clari.   There were lots of vintage vans for ice-creams and coffee and BBQ and burgers at Chelsea.

Love the idea of fresh sheets every day too but OH does the ironing (while watching sport on TV) and would object.


Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:00



Camera Talk

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 10:56

Thanks Papi Joe.

Love that butterfly Busy.  We had the caterpillars on our fennel in 2007 - took photos - but haven't seen any since or the butterflies and I grow fennel every year just in case.

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 10:45

Cordial sounds great.  Good for winter drinks.

For the spiced jelly:-

1 kg blackcurrants

900ml water

200ml cider vinegar

1 cinnamon stick

12 cloves

white caster sugar

Wash the fruit then bring to the boil in a stainless steel pan along with the water and spices.   Simmer for one hour.   Strain overnight through a fine mesh sieve or muslin cloth.   Squeeze gently nut don't force it or the jelly will be cloudy.

Combine the resulting juice with the vinegar in a clean pan and then add 450g of sugar for every 600ml.   Heat gently and stir till the si-gar is dissolved and then a rapid boil til setting point is reached.  Skim, pot and seal.   

Good on toast, with cheese or rich pâtés and a spoonful is good in sauces for fatty meats like duck and pork.

Last edited: 18 July 2016 10:53:47

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 20:33

Blackcurrant vinegar is good - google for recipes - and I make spiced blackcurrant jelly which is a standard strained jelly recipe but with added spices in the boiling phase - cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, vanilla pod on their own or in combination.  Good on plain toast and butter but also with cream cheese on an open sandwich and fab if you use a generous spoonful in savoury sauce for meat or game..


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 17:39

Good pic Chicky.  How many wildflowers and any really good ones?  A friend of mine in the Charente has left part of her large lawn to grow long and now has slipper orchids..

We have a Miele Busy but it started to get old and decrepit so I use it in my attic sewing room now.  Got so fed up with the bl**dy Dyson I've finally managed to fox the Miele's dodgy closing and bought it a new head and it works fine again.   Possum will have it in her new student flatshare.

We can't leave things lying on the floor anyway here as a certain Labrador thinks it's either food or the terrier thinks it's a toy.   Good discipline for OH who does leave PCs and their bags and cables lying around......

Verdun has indeed posted some good photos.  I don't like knipophia as a rule but he has a few good looking ones.

Meant to ask Busy - do you grow sweet peas?   Haven't seen any in the last week in the Vendée but did see some great looking pumpkins in potagers.  We have one whole yellow courgette and no potimarrons here. Been too cold and too wet and now probably too late.

Last edited: 17 July 2016 17:42:03

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:46

Some lovely photos on here but I have a techy question and hope someone can help.

Possum wants a new camera which will take better photos than her mobile phone and allow her to do videos she can edit afterwards.

She's looking at a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90 and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 and I don't know enough to decide whether the former is worth the extra price tag.

Any helpful comments would be much appreciated.

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