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Posted: 03/04/2014 at 14:02

Hurrumph!  The builders at the front neighbours have finished their angle grinding ............. ................ the builders behind and to the right have started their angle grinding   

I remember once thinking that when I retire it won't be like being at home at weekends, there's bound to be some noise other than lawnmowers from time to time - I was right.  Not sure if I want to be out in the garden much more this afternoon - it's very noisy.  They're building an extension so their cutting through the brickwork - it won't go on for ever ............. will it?

I've been outside planting honeysuckles and preparing some rough ground near the pond for some ground cover - maybe I've done enough and should come indoors and watch some rubbish tv until the noise finishes?

I'd better water the plants in pots before I come in ................. 

Yellow balls in centre of Oregano roots

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 13:08

 Are they like these in the pot of a honeysuckle bought the other day from a GC?

They are definitely nitrogenous fertiliser - I just squidged one and tasted the liquid on my tongue (don't do this at home folks) - I grew up on a farm where the smell and taste of  nitrogen fertiliser sometimes permeated everything at certain times of year.  


Plant ID please

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:42

Ok, I was going with the earlier ID without really looking at it - now I've clicked on it and blown it up I can see it's not an African Violet - leaves and stems look a bit like a pelargonium - flowers don't 

Next suggestion - Primula obonica?


Plant ID please

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:07

Usually indoors all year round - don't like bright sunlight, don't like their leaves getting wet, water from below. 

Easily propagated from leaves  

Homemade bug sprays

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:44

In the past I've found that dilute washing up liquid sprayed on works well against aphids.  I use Ecover so it should be pretty harmless to the plants - I've never noticed any ill effects.  

In this garden the bluetits seem to deal with the aphids for me. 

What's wrong with my Dieffenbachia

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:27

When I worked a colleague had one on her desk - it never looked really healthy - she tried everything from benign neglect to lots of tlc.  Nothing seemed to make it happy and eventually it turned up its toes. 

There's info here but you've probably read it already.

Sorry, not much help 

My latest questions!

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:08

I'd harden the fuchsias off and get them outside - if they're hardy then they're hardy 

I sowed sunflowers outside straight into the garden about 10 days ago - no signs of life yet but I expect they won't be long.  Last year I had a healthy crop of self-sown ones - even after all that snow.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:04

Clari ((hugs))  Way back I worked for a while as a PA for a young woman who'd had an accident resulting in similar outcome - hit by a speeding police car whilst crossing the road - two weeks after her wedding.  Apart from the physical disabilities she was left with the severe head injuries resulted in quite radical personality changes.  So difficult for them both.

Also one of my dearest friends (first boyfriend) had a severe spinal injury as an adult - the progress he's made is remarkable but the devastation wreaked by a few minutes fun on a bouncy castle .................... so tragic.  

My last job involved assisting in the assessment and arranging of support and respite for children and young people with severe disabilities and life-limiting conditions - the unthinking unkindness of adults no longer surprises me. 

Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:55

I've never seen one - hope I'm not talking them up - fingers are very crossed!!!


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:52

Tulip Fever is well worth a read - based in the time when one tulip bulb was worth a real fortune 

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