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Posted: 28/06/2013 at 18:59

Daisymay3: have you considered 'essential oils?

My wife was a professional aromatherapist. Her skin was very fair and fine textured and therefore vulnerable to insects so she used to make up her own insect repellant using essential oils. I have just found the following in one of her old books Practical Aromatherapy by Shirley Price:

Insect Repellant Massage Oil: Eucalyptus: Peppermint: Cedarwood in the proportions of 12, 6, 6 drops respectively mixed in a suitable medium (carrier oil) before massaging the body. Shirley Price recommends grape seed oil as a carrier - it is clear, fine, odourless and inexpensive. 

As many of the essential oils are quite potent you should get professional advice from a qualified aromatherapist if you decide to go down this route, however.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 18:00

Artjak: thanks for yr feedback on pear tree. Lets hope these long awaited pears will stay on the tree!  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 14:51

Wet, wet wet! ... But I have to echo Katiejane's sentiments.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 14:46

Leo: lovely healthy looking pear in foreground. It looks about the same stage of development as my Conference (about 3 years old) which is at last producing a few pears. Is yours a Conference?

In spite of being self-fertile, each year until now the few tiny pears mine's flowers produced all fell off. I heard somewhere else that this was similat to the experience of some other gardeners. Did this happen to your pear last year? I was wondering whether it was...

(a) weather? (b) depleted bee population? (c) feeding? Any ideas?


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 20:39

Mon dieu! Aucunes marmites et aucune Marmites, non plus!  Point du tout? Comment survivre? 

Quant à la Marmite  je l'aime mais j'en ai trois   - ma famille les ont achetées pour moi, mais je ne sais pas ni quand ni pourquoi!  

(Comment est mon français? Je ne sais pas pourquoi mais souvent je veux parler en français bien que n'avant pas visité la France plus de 5 fois, à peu près, depuis mes journées d'écolier. C'est bizarre n'est-ce pas?

 Peut-être je devrai parler en anglais avant qu'on ferme la porte contre mon visage?  

Sorry folks. Finished now.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 20:13

Also sorry belatedly to fidgetbones about your dahlia. Our posts crossed while I was playing around with language puns and stuff.

serious now: That is a real sickener when you've put so much time and energy into a plant. I know as a relative beginner that after potting up about 250 plugs I got so much faster and more fluent I forgot that, all said and done, plants are still tender, fragile lifeforms. One slip in concentration and it's gone! 

We are all working in a risky environment - like driving.

Perhaps there ought to be a gardening test before we can wield a trowel!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 20:01

Sorry about the language - blame it on the spellcheck.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 19:56

Busy-lizzie: Mais toutes les cuisines françaises ont beaucoup de marmites. Malheureusement, point de Marmite! 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 19:04

Watch the spellcheck fb - you should see the weird stuff my iPad throws up when I don't expect it.

I really do have to re-edit sometimes. (The last sentence originally came out as:

'I freaky do have to rare-sit some sometimes.')

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 18:54

Been in Northants since 2pm. Quite pleasant temp, bit of a breeze, sun was shining until I started this post a minute ago. Bit overcast now but clouds are high.

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