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Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 20:26

I once came back from Wales with the car full of cheap daffs and the smell nearly made me ill. I can tolerate a few in the house though.

In the summer I love a bunch of roses and sweet peas from the garden

Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 13:10

kerri, is it the scent of hyacinths that you don't like?

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 13:09

I mix compost with sharp sand and use either really big pots or Marshalls 'greenhouse gro-bed' I think they are 3 for £11.50ish (no I don't work for Marshalls!) I put a little organic chicken pellets in and get good carrots. The bags are about 8" /200mm high and I've had no probs with root fly.

Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 12:54

Had a belated birthday party yesterday and lots of people brought cut flowers or flowering houseplants. As I was arranging them this morning and thinking how happy I am to be surrounded by flowers, I wondered if there were any flowers that I wouldn't want in the house. I know the French associate chrisanths with funerals and I suppose we connect arum lilies with death, but the only ones I could think of are those weird gerbera type flowers that look as if they have been artificially coloured. How do the rest of you feel about cut flowers?

MOB rants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:00

Frank, when I moved to the Fens from London, a local said to me, 'You can always tell a Londoner... but they never listen.' Yes, a lot of us Londoners do the 'air kiss', but only with some people; there are folks who have an invisible barrier around them with a notice saying,'Look but don't touch!'

A chapter of a book

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 10:28

Busy-Lizzie, How annoying that the GCs shut for lunch; there used to be a restaurant in Weybridge that shut for lunch It was run by marvellous elderly women who wore massive cameo brooches and served things like pilchards on toast!

MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:39

Hello Flower Bird.

Frank, just read your post a few pages back about neighbours. I heard a lovely story a few years ago (40?) A man is about to buy a house in an area he doesn't know; he sees an old lady in the front garden next to the prospective purchase and says, 'What are the neighbours like around here, are they allright?'

She replies, 'They are probably the same as where you live now'.

I guess the moral is that unless we are really living next to a sociopath, the way our neighbours are is no more irritating than the way we are.


MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:15


Those lovely 'perenial' foxgloves being touted

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:12

Dahlia slave, are we talking about the same plant? These new perenial foxgloves I understood to be sterile. The traditional foxglove doesn't last very long, but self seeds (even into pea sized gravel)

box hedge health issue

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 19:37

Contact the suppliers and take your muzzle off

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