Latest posts by Obelixx

Sweet peas

Posted: 26/10/2017 at 11:59

I suggest you have a look at this thread, especially advice from Fairy Girl - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/sweet-peas/993093.html

I sow my sweet peas as individual seeds pushed down to my first index finger knuckle then watered well and left to drain.   You can buy special root trainers as they need depth for their roots but I just use saved toilet roll tubes bunged in a bigger plastic planting pot.   Sweet peas are quite hardy so, once they produce shoots they can stay outside in a sheltered spot or a cold frame but remember to ventilate on warmer days.   You need to pinch out the tips once they get to a few inches high.

You can sow them now or wait till February.  Later sown plants will catch up with autumn sown plants once things warm up.  Keep the seeds and seedlings protected form rodents.  Meeces love them.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 26/10/2017 at 11:51

Sunny and dry here after another misty start.  Haven't gone to the seminar cos I was up half the night with more itchies.  I suspect I'm  bitten in the day by harvest mites or similar and they react by evening and nightfall.   Have decided to do a more than usually thorough clean of our bedroom and bedding to make sure they're not in there and clothing too will get a hot wash and be dried outside in the sun.   Driving me mad!

I don't eat breakfast unless I'm staying in a hotel that does a good one and then I skip lunch.  OH has a banana and/or pear with a single Weetabix.

We were hoping to plant pears Busy.  Is it the cold winters that get them or spring frosts or hot summers?   Hope you get your estimates thru OK.   We haven't had carpet for 25 years but we do have Persian/Turkish and Bangladeshi rugs along with some Belgian made copies - good for kiddie play when Possum had all sorts of tots round and now good for dogs.   

Hope your head clears LG.  Not good.

DL - even when it's cold I don't wear a hat but maybe a scarf looped over my head and a hood if it's windy.  Happier with free head but warm neck.

Off to clean and try not to scratch.  Have a good afternoon everyone.

Yellowing Portuguese laurel?

Posted: 26/10/2017 at 11:34

Yes, clear all the competition from their feet and maybe scatter handfuls of bonemeal to help with root growth.   Don't mulch till they've been thoroughly watered tho or you'll seal in dryness.

What is this plant?

Posted: 26/10/2017 at 11:31

Better to start your own thread so people who know about peace lilies will read and answer.

Last edited: 26 October 2017 11:31:57

What is this plant?

Posted: 26/10/2017 at 11:01

Ricinus and flowers.


Posted: 25/10/2017 at 22:25

Nothing cooked goes on ours, not even plain veg.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 22:17

Chicky - saw the film but haven't read the book.  Enjoyed it very much.   

DL - Love bears, even the big fierce ones, but especially the playful, cuddly cubs and protective mums.   Used to love that song and performance but it does seem painfully slow these days.

It's 11pm and I had tomorrow all mapped out but OH has just reminded me we're going to Niort tomorrow for some event to do with insurance and pensions...................   Bad timing!

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 18:24

Not quite.  I was a late starter so Possum is only 22.   As for Busy, instead of carrying on with nursing qualifications and career n'est-ce pas?

What is it?

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 18:19

No photo.  try re-sizing it to make it smaller as there's a limit on here.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 18:17

Half a win then Hosta.  Just think of all the overtime you can do and playing in the tunnels while he's away.  Fruit tree planting time too..........   Temptation!

I am being bitten to bits at night despite a mozzie and whatever thingy in the bedroom.   9 new ones last night on tender inner thighs and back and tum.   Getting thru the lotion at an alarming rate as anti-histamine pills don't help.  Might have to put up a net in the new bedroom altho OH seems immune.

Meanwhile, I have found a colourful array of ladybirds crawling into window frames, presumably to hibernate.  Can't think why as it's still warm here but maybe there's no food now.   Anyway, have to be careful as I have found 2 squished corpses plus a flattened shield bug when I opened windows to air the rooms with no external doors.

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