Latest posts by Obelixx

How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:18

My garden is far too big to mess with beer traps and there are too many hostas and other susceptible plants anyway.    I don't do slug patrols any more as, in spring, I'm out most evenings at dancing and I don't use scissors.

I do use the wildlife friendly slug pellets to great effect although 10 straight days of rain means I now have a few holes in my otherwise pristine hostas.  I also have lots of birds, frogs and toads and no harm comes to them.

Start scattering the pellets very thinly from St Valentine's Day (easy to remember) and continue weekly around susceptible plants only - do not turn the borders blue.    This system gets them as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they start to munch and breed.

You need some slugs to recuycle dead matter and feed your frogs and toads so do be careful just to use protective measures around the plants that need it and not as a general blitz.

David Austin roses

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:09

Most roses begin flowering in late May depending on how warm and sunny it's been.   This year, most of mine are late.

If yours doesn't have buds showing give it an instant tonic of liquid tomato food and some slow release specialist rose food.   A weekly drink of tomato food will also help but stop in mid July.   Next autumn, give it a mulch of god garden compost or well rotted manure and next spring give it the slow release rose food in March or early April depending on how cold and wet it is.

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 22:36

I hope you get your flights OK Busy.

Railways on strike again here this week which will affect my daughter's last week of exams and her parents' activities as we have to be taxis.   She can't take a car as there'll be nowhere to park.

I learned to drive with the IMPACT driving school in west London.  Had to love the name.

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:39

Leave them.   They'll fade eventually when they've fed the roots and seeds.   I grow mine in a bed where they are eventually covered by hostas, astilbes and Japanese anemones so I leave them alone unless I want to collect seeds from the japonicas to sow fresh or split the ordinary ones to make more.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:31

I know Steve.   It's so obvious.

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 16:14

Crikey Busy.  You do live up to your name!

I need pics of the white bed DD.  Want one myself and am busy turning over ideas in the back of my mind.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 16:09

The amount of aid the British government gives is not decided at EU level.   

Housing is a national issue that has been underfunded for decades - again, not decided at EU level.

It is naive to think leaving the EU will reduce illegal immigration as it's too easy to disappear once in.

Continental EU countries have ID cards that have to be produced when you move house, claim housing support, receive health or unemployment benefits, schools, GPs, open a bank account, electricity, water and gas supplies, even collecting a parcel from the PO.  Even so, there are so many political and economic refugees in the world at the mo - often as a result of western action or inaction - that all of Europe is a a promised land by comparison.  

Did you see the story about Brits being arrested for helping Afghans cross the Channel a week or so ago?   Leaving the EU isn't going to fix that either.   It needs a joined up solution.

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 15:50

I'm just a beginner Pat.   Joined a class 3 years ago to learn how to get triangle and square points to meet up properly after I decided to make a quilt for our bed.  Daft really.  I can sew curtains, cushion covers, sofa covers, coats, jackets, dresses, blouses, shirts, trousers and evening frocks but couldn't get small bits to meet where they should.   Teacher said I wasn't allowed to do a quilt of all one block and had to learn techniques for different blocks so out came all my scraps and blocks were born.

Then she got ill after a few months and I got busy for a couple of years so, since Feb I have a new teacher who does fabric crafts and has me back on track for doing blocks.   Here are some of them - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/Patchwork%20class?sort=4&page=1 

It's a slow process changing block every time and I decided my project may just take a lifetime to get enough blocks before I learned about batting and quilting and finishing so I've made 6 blue place mats and 2 deep red and cream cushion cover blocks.  New teacher has a project to learn a new technique every month and March was making fabric pictures - irises for me.  I was away most of April and refuse to do hand appliqué which was May's project as I find free hand sewing desperately tedious.

June is reverse appliqué which I can do with a machine.  Not finished yet.  I'm also mounting a piece of Chinese embroidery of a dragon for a wall hanging.   Pics will follow if you're interested.  It's a good hobby as I can do it at home on wet days and have something to show for my time.  I enjoy the classes too as the other ladies are good fun and some very advanced skills they're happy to share.

Any other crafty types out there?  We could start a new thread for swapping ideas.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 14:53

I agree Dove and Steve.  Public services are stretched from lack of funding but also because people don't take responsibility for their own lives and actions and think someone else will fix it. 

Immigration from other parts of the world was already out of control before there was any free movement of EU people.  Britain has a Commonwealth from which people have the right to come and then there are refugees from war zones for which we all have a moral duty to help.

Per head of population, immigration is higher in Switzerland (not EU but linked), Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands.    They also have a high percentage of non EU immigrants and all the problems of integration that that brings.

How you deal with it is down to the host countries and their own elected governments.

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 14:24

It's a pretty poor do isn't it?  Don't do soaps of any sort so will probably watch recorded programmes while himself watches football on the other telly.

It's gone very dark and grey here and the wind is picking up.   Not good.

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