Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 17:27

When he started work in his early 20s a suit and tie were required and he liked his shirts to look clean and crisp so took up ironing.  I got him at about 30 and we did a deal - he could watch sport on TV if he did the ironing instead of just sitting there.  Done - so I taught him how to iron properly and he did my work blouses too.  I wash, he irons.  I cook so he does dishes. 

We wear a lot of natural fibres and like ironed sheets so he's just carried on.  Sky+ means endless sport to watch.   Since he chose it, he also gets to wield the bloody Dyson.  I dust and also wash floors.

Feeling antsy now.  Too hot to do owt but too much energy to do nowt.

Are you still planting any seeds?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 17:21

Too early yet but in mid to late July you can start sowing Chinese greens such as pak choi.  They bolt if sown sooner.

You could do some beetroots and short carrots and broccoli too and probably Florence fennel. 

This site might help you for future reference as it has a month by month guide -http://www.paddocks-allotments.org.uk/month-by-month/june/sow.htm 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 16:20

I see dust.  OH doesn't, but he does do floors and ironing and occasional tidying and loading and unloading of dishwasher.   Good luck with the optician.  You should try it just for fun.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 15:54

45C on the front doorstep!  38C in the shade but there's a breeze so it's OK now I'm 27 and don't have to work in it.   I need a potter tho so no more sitting about playing with photos on the PC.

Pie looks good Dove.  My senior SIL says she won't eat curry - doesn't like it but hasn't said why so I'm planning to creep up on her with foods using some curry spices and had a pastilla in mind as I suspect the problem is chili.

Clari - does OH not help with house jobs?   Training?

Rose sore

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 14:31

The RHS has this to offer with various treatments - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=196 

Rose sore

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 13:26

I think you might have a problem with some kind of insect as those edges look bitten to me.   There is a sawfly that lays eggs in stems and the larvae then chew their way out.  Here's an example tho not necessarily the same critter you have - https://completegarden.wordpress.com/tag/rose-pests/ 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 11:39

Busy - I can do some weeding by hoe but generally prefer to be down at plant level.  Can't kneel tho as my toes don't sit right so have to sit or bend.  Tried crouching but hips and knees don't like it.  Sometimes, being 27 is a pain in the posterior but I usually find ways round it - so far.  Good luck this evening.

When will you get the results Hosta?

I am staying out of the sun today so a bit of painting and lots of indoor pottering and, later on, I need to move more plants in pots to shadier spots or they'll go crisp, despite daily waterings.   We've eaten all our meals outside for the last few days which is lovely but the parasol pole was bent in a gust on Thursday morning so we've been moving the table round at different times of day to get shade from the trees or a bit of breeze so some shopping for a new one needs doing later on.

what is this flowering shrub?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 11:07

Scent is a funny thing, subject to location and personal sensitivities.   We had a supposedly highly perfumed philadeplphus in our Belgian garden but, whilst if flowered well, it had no real scent.  In this garden there are two in a mixed hedge along the road boundary and their perfume is delicious.   There's also a  couple of green choisya shrubs that flowered earlier and produced lovely perfume too.

There's another, as yet identified shrub, which produces clusters of tiny white flowers and they smell dreadful to me so I may well dig them out and move them away from the house this autumn on the assumption that insects like them.  If not, they're goners..

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 11:01

Still not watching news. Too busy chatting.  Guests have just left on their next leg to Bordeaux to see a nephew and then on, via other places to explore, before catching a ferry home from Bilbao.  

Scorchio here - 30C in the shade - and I was up till 1:30 watering plants in the dark whilst trying to persuade Minstrel it was time for bed.  Gave up and left her to it with a gap under the shutter to the kitchen so she could come in when ready.  Slept very well apart from 6am Cosmos cuddle alarm. 

Joyce - I'm pleased you've had some sleep too and hope OH is doing better.  Hosta - hope the scan produces some results for you.  Busy - hope your pain has eased.

For the arthritic - there are a couple of little books by Margaret Hills on curing arthritis the drug free way.  She was a nurse who was crippled by arthritis in her 20s and got no joy from conventional medicine.  Worth finding in a library or via Amazon.  Mine has a few triggers but is worse in cold, damp winters, hence the move here.  

Enjoy the heat while it lasts everyone and hope everyone has a good start to the week. 

Best houseplant for south facing window

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 10:06

The RHS has this list of plants - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=947 but you could modify the situation to soften direct sun by hanging sheer curtains to filter the light a bit and prevent sunburn.  You'd also need to be very careful about adequate watering without drowning.

I have a hibiscus sinensis which is very happy in a south facing window but the sun is very high and teh walls very thick so it doesn't get much direct sun at this time of year but revels in it from lat summer thru to mid spring.  I have to keep pinching it back to stop it becoming huge.  I also need to water it every 2 days at the mo.

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