Latest posts by obelixx

Aspirin for Tomatoes

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 21:46

Asprin is salicylic acid - exactly the same as the growth hormone in plants - so good for reviving sickly plants and also for giving some oomph to cut flowers if put i their vase water - one aspirin to a pint of water.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 13:46

If you photocopy you'll still have the original if it all goes wrong - too wet, too dry, too vibrant....- and you can try it in different forms.

There are some fabulous things being shown here.  Aren't we a creative bunch?  I can't draw or paint for toffee so hats off to those who can.  All those fine embroideries have reminded me I have the highlighter stitching to do on a Chinese dragon and a phoenix.   I'll have to buy some stronger reading glasses!

Thanks for the kind remarks about my appliqué Pat but I really am a beginner at this sort of thing and the other ladies in the group all do it so much better than I can - yet! - and are much more artistic about it.   Some are working on projects for display and competition at the Belgian quilt festival in October which is not something I shall aspire to for a few years yet.  They also do it all by hand which is something for which I have neither the time nor patience.   I've just undone on block I started to stitch by hand so I can do it properly - and accurately - by machine. 

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 20:22

Thanks Hazel.  That'll be a project for next winter as we all have enough scarves now.  I only started knitting winter before last because I had to give up fine embroidery and refuse to do larger gauge tent stitch tapestries with wool.  

Loe that knitted gilet with matching gloves Pat.

I've completed my first attempt at reverse appliqué which has become a table runner -  mirror image leaf thingies.    Lots of ideas burbling in the back of my head for this technique.


No new projects form me for a while.  I need to concentrate on finishing Possum's table mats and getting my garden ready for my garden group's visit on the 28th so limited sewing time now and I'm promised some dry weather!   After that I'll be on furniture painting and attic sorting when I'm not gardening.   

David Austin potted roses

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 19:59

In the front bed with most roses together I have snowdrops then daffodils and hyacinths in early spring  followed by Pasque flowers and then geranium macrorhizum which flowers before the roses do and then has good, scented foliage for the rest of the season.   There are purple and white alliums because the onion family help keep aphids away and purple aquilegais and purple heucheras - silver something - which have quiet white flowers, and penstemons for later in summer and hardy cyclamen. 

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 16:43

Governments facilitate trade - or block it - by making trade deals with other countries or trading blocks such as the EU, USA, or China or the African Economic Community.   Governments also make rules on what can be sold to whom eg nuclear materials.

Companies then trade within that framework.

Monty Don's Rhubarb

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 14:49

I think it's just ordinary rhubarb that has been well fed with a mulch of garden compost and/or manure and has then had a mild winter and a wet spring.

Mine just got some ordinary compost from our heaps in late winter and is producing huge stalks and massive leaves.

David Austin potted roses

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 12:17

I don't have a favourite - each is where it is because it looks good in a mixed bed and they're not all in one formal rose bed - but I am tending more and more towards the simpler flowered forms when I buy new ones because they're good for pollinators.  

what is this plant called

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:58

Nut, you are a gem and Mud, I too like the look of that plant even if it does look rampant.

White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:55

I have a centaurea with white flowers and purple centers as well as that pink form and a deep purple one.   Gorgeous plants.

There's also a white form of lychnis coronaria with silver foliage that should suit.


Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:53

I used to belong to the Ozzie toddlers' group here - by invitation - and ended up running it.  Visited Oz in 2000 to see friends who'd gone home - one family in Manley Heights and another in Canberra.   OH visited for 5 weeks and I stayed on an extra 3 weeks with Possum so we could help the latter friend move house - pregnant, working, separated from OH and with one son already who was Possum's best friend till he left.  

We started at Magnetic Island to get over jet lag and see the reef then Uluru, Alice Springs, Adelaide (via Ghan train), Sydney and Canberra.   Lots of visits at each place and in between.   Very hot in January and strange to have Xmas lights in hot weather.

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