Busy-Lizzie


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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 16:23

33° in the shade.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 16:18

Too hot for gardening, 33°. But I seem to have done something to my hip so gardening isn't an option at the moment.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 16:15

Dove, the French always shut their doors and windows in the mornings when it's hot to keep the night cool in and the day's heat out.


Two daughters, 5 GCs and 2 OHs have just gone. We were all at son's yesterday. They spent most of the time here in the pool. The new pool filter is working very well, haven't seen the water so sparkly for years, and even though it started going green when we came back from England it quickly recovered. 33° in the shade.


We were going to have a BBQ for lunch but OH had removed the gas bottle and the thingy to attach it with. We found a gas bottle in the garage and a thingy in the kitchen behind the scales, but no one could make it work. So we had fried pork chops and sausages instead. The 2 SIL's and elder daughter made salads and got it all ready as I'm not very mobile. I'd made pork pies on Friday so we had that as a first course as we had to share the chops as I didn't know until this morning that daughter 2 would stay for lunch.


My right hip has been getting steadily more painful for the last 2 weeks. It ached a bit during the Strawberry Tea and more afterwards. Earlier this week I did a lot of gardening on my knees which made me very stiff. But since Thursday when OH went to England, it has got a lot worse. I can hardly get out of bed in the morning and getting off the sofa and out of the car is pretty bad too. The sofa is no longer comfy. I can't sleep properly. When I went to son's yesterday he and daughter thought I looked ill. Still painful today, but now it's spreading to the base of my spine. I already have arthritis in my right shoulder and right knee. Could it be arthritis in the hip? I keep thinking I will wake up and it will be gone or, at least, getting better. Shall go to the Doc tomorrow, but he wasn't much help about shoulder or knee, apart from a prescription for Paracetamol.


Fed up, so much to do before my garden opening in July, then the long drive to England.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 09:09

Morning all. Glad you had a lovely day, Obelixx.


I'm going to lunch with son and family today, daughter and her family are coming, they will stay here tonight. Off to pick raspberries to take. Also taking chocolate mousse and a pork pie for son for Sunday.

Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:21

No, just one sort at a time. If you use the brushwood killer it will kill off the leaves too quickly for the glyphosate to be drawn into the roots. You will see the centre of the plant going pale with glyphosate before it dies.

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:18

And, of course, compost, as Dove has reminded me. It should be loamier than just Multi-purpose, should have some John Innes in it. I mix garden earth with manure and compost to fill 2/3 of the pot, then top it up with MP compost, which stops any weeds from the earth and manure coming up. Every year I remove the top few inches of compost and add new.

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:14

Oh, and how big are the pots? They need to be at least 40 - 50cms tall and a similar width. 

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 16:10

That rose looks starving to me. They need feeding with rose food and a good drink. But if you have already fed them then I suspect the roses can't get to the food as they haven't had enough water to absorb it properly. Do they get some sun?

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 15:11

Are the first and the third before and after photos?

Droopy blooms- roses x 2

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 12:34

It could be the watering. Little and often is not what they need, the water will never get down to the roots. They need a really good soak every few days. Roses in pots get thirsty. They will need more feeding than plants planted in the ground as the watering will wash the fertiliser out eventually. If the compost has got dry it can be hard to rehydrate it as the water just runs through the dry compost. Push your hand right in and see if it feels damp.

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