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Things I don't get

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 17:26

Over the years I've found 'gift bags' an absolute godsend - as my Aged Ps became more and more frail they found it difficult, if not impossible, to open wrapped presents themselves without having to have help, which they found humiliating.  

We found that pretty gift bags were the ideal solution - they could take their present out of the bag without help and have a good look at it.  Then they could put it back in the bag and if they'd forgotten who gave it to them, there it was, on the label 'Love from Dove x'  .  

Also, if they were opening presents with other people in the residents' lounge at Christmas, carers could put the presents back in the bags and that way ensure that one resident's presents didn't get muddled up with another's.  One cardigan or jar of hand cream can look much like another.   It made the jobs of the staff at The Lovely Home much easier.  

Thank you

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 17:16

What a lovely post 

It's a pleasure to be able to help fellow gardeners 


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 14:44

Absolutely agree! And no ones forcing anyone to buy a lottery ticket to pay for the support for our sportsmen and women, and no one forces anyone to watch either. If you don't approve don't  buy a lottery ticket, but then you've got no reason to moan either. 


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 12:40

Butterflies don't lay eggs on buddleia bushes - the adult butterflies visit the flowers for their nectar, but they lay their eggs on specific plants which provide the right food for their larvae.

Here is a list of the plants we need to grow in order to increase the number of butterflies in the UK. 

It is no surprise that the most commonly seen butterfly is the Large or Cabbage White - their caterpillars feed on brassicas and human beings grow millions of them.  

If we want more of the other butterflies we have to grow the right plants.

I dead-head my buddleia through the autumn but I don't cut it back yet - there's still time for more flowers.  I cut it down by about half in November to prevent windrock and frost damage in the winter storms, then prune it properly in March. 

A tree is my garden is very sick

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 10:42

If used in accordance with the instructions, it's fine as a disinfectant of 'things'.  However, I'd never use it directly on garden soil; it's harmful to all wildlife whether neat or in dilution (according to the manufacturers), and as the soil is full of beneficial microbes and bacteria etc, not to mention worms, beetles and other invertebrates, I believe the harm would outweigh any possible benefits. 

My grandmother used DDT on her brassicas ... now we know better. 

Things I don't get

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 10:03
punkdoc says:

Plenty of great modern art: Lucian Freud and David Hockney for starters.

See original post

 Totally agree Pdoc  and many many more besides. 

A tree is my garden is very sick

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 08:06

Hi   we posted at the same time - see my post above 

A tree is my garden is very sick

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 08:03

The soil doesn't need drenching with chemicals.

The dead leaves and plants need clearing away and burning, the soil needs forking over to let the air get to it and then I'd leave it for the frost and winter weather to do its job.  

In the early spring I'd add some Fish, Blood and Bone and some well rotted farmyard manure and replant, giving each plant a bit of space to ensure good air-flow around them as they grow.

Which way does that bed face?  Does it get any sun or is it shady most of the day?   Choose the right plants for the situation and they'll be healthier. 

Young David Austin rose stems snapping

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 07:52

This seems to be a problem with some of the DA roses - I think it's because some of the roses in their parentage aren't as sturdy as HTs but the blooms can be quite heavy.

I suggest you contact them (there's an email address on their website) telling them which rose you have and explaining the specific problem.

It would be interesting if you let us know their response. 

Early Blight

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 07:47

Anything as long as it's tomatoes or potatoes - but it's a little late in the season - you could try a late sowing of Pak Choi or similar, or put some winter lettuce plants in - I would leave it until October/November and sow some Broad bean Aquadulce Claudia to overwinter and give you an early crop around May time. 

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