Posted: 24/06/2013 at 20:13
Also sorry belatedly to fidgetbones about your dahlia. Our posts crossed while I was playing around with language puns and stuff.
serious now: That is a real sickener when you've put so much time and energy into a plant. I know as a relative beginner that after potting up about 250 plugs I got so much faster and more fluent I forgot that, all said and done, plants are still tender, fragile lifeforms. One slip in concentration and it's gone!
We are all working in a risky environment - like driving.
Perhaps there ought to be a gardening test before we can wield a trowel!