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Posted: 07/01/2016 at 22:16

South Africa, just in case anyone wonders

I told my OH about your OH, DD and he laughed, thought you OH's comments about the dark and the water were funny. Men are funny sometimes, some of them post on here. Perhaps I better get my coat this time

Bedtime. Night all.

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 17:46

The Holly can be kept to 2 foot which is 60cm. 30cm is quite tiny, even my dwarf lavender is taller than that. Perhaps Sam's veg garden should be edged with herbs like thyme or summer bedding that is edible and pretty like French Marigolds, Calendula or Nasturtiums that can be sown from seed each year.

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 16:07

Talking of Hebes, are any of them hardy? All the Hebes I've ever had have always died once it gets to -5° in the winter.


Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:53

Oh dear Wonky, doesn't sound good. Have you been to the dentist? If you are in pain it makes it harder to cope with the rest. The loo wall leak should be sort outable, but will cost something  but I do feel for you with the noise above. Are 8 people allowed to live in 2 rooms nowadays? I know you aren't a moaner from previous posts but there is a bit to moan about this time. Must be hard to cope with things like repairs when you have to go to work. Is work allowed to change your job without consulting you?

I must get a move on, washing to hang up somewhere, pouring outside, and shopping.

Houseplants for dark damp bathroom...

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:40

I was going to say silk plants, but flowers beat me to it! Here in France they make lovely ones.


Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:38

Thanks DD. Just think, if Charlie has a wife and 2 children then that's x 4! And you may become friendly with his wife's family too.


Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:19

Morning all. Wet and very windy here.

Do you have grandchildren yet, flowers? I had sad times when my 4 children left one after the other to go to Uni, and my 1st OH died in the middle of it all. But now I have 8 children, they all married lovely people, and 9 grandchildren - so life goes on, and gets very busy when they are here.

My cold isn't so bad this morning, must go shopping, haven't done proper shopping since 27th December. Loo rolls, tissues, milk and dog food are critical.

Garden footwear

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 18:36

I bought a pair of leather shoes in a slip on clog like style from Clarkes for gardening. I thought "pricey" but then I spend a lot of time in the garden. After a year my walking shoes from Hotter were nearly worn out, but funds were low so I swapped them with the Clarkes clogs, which cleaned up really well. Now I miss the Clarkes clogs in the garden. They are so comfy and waterproof, the Hotter ones were too but they have laces so not so convenient to slip on. OH says he'll get me a new pair for smarter wear so I can have the leather clogs back in the garden  But I wear wellies when it's seriously wet and muddy.

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 18:23

There are small leaved hollies that clip well and look more like box than holly! First link is for the pics, but pricey if for a hedge, so I've found a cheaper one, I expect you could find others if you like the look of it.



David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 18:17

I love David Austin roses, but some are better than others. The very big double flowers tend to droop. Lady Emma Hamilton has been gorgeous, flowered several times, lovely perfume. The Pilgrim climber has been superb, only a light scent though. I find that DA roses need a bit more TLC and water than other roses. Only once have I complained that Malvern Hills arrived in bad condition and they sent me another heaps better one. They do tend to be more expensive than other roses though, it depends what you want.

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