Latest posts by fidgetbones

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 19:51

Witch hazel, Hamamelis mollis

Plant of the year

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 19:43

Mine has been Salvia Amistad. Three cuttings taken this time last year, now as tall as me, been flowering since June and still going strong.

The Problems of Disability and Jobs

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 18:29

Thats why the REMPLOY factory was good. In a normal working environment, someone needing a job with no stress of deadlines and rate of work required could get on with it. Yes they were subsidised, but so are non working people on disability benefits.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 16:08

I wonder if the teachers have missed them yet.

winter protection

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 13:29

Mine has survived out side for three years in well drained soil on a slope. Soggy roots are the killers for salvias.

When to cut back sedum

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 13:26

I leave the flowered heads on for winter to add some structure. The old stems will just break off when you tidy up in Spring. To stop it flopping, you "chelsea chop", cut most of the new stems in half in late May.

The Problems of Disability and Jobs

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 11:18

On my way home from school, the second bus stop, the people who worked at REMPLOY in Mansfield got on.  They all had a job and some dignity, even if it was subsidised. A lot of them were injured in the war, and had bits missing. I know of a man, who worked in a factory all his life, sweeping the floor and doing basic tasks. George was only capable of doing simple tasks, and only following one instruction at a time. However he always wanted to be busy. He was paid less than the skilled workforce, but living with his brother , it was better than income support.  After he retired and his brother died, he had to go into an old peoples sheltered housing, but he still needed to work. The warden used to send him up to us for one thing, we used to tell him to take it back to Wendy. Then Wendy would send him to another shop for one thing, and they would instruct him to go back. Now with minimum wage, a factory cannot employ someone to do half a skilled persons job and pay them full rate.  So people like George sit at home with the telly getting bored, living on income support.

I see this from both points of view. A disabled person wants a job, reasonable adjustments need to be made by the employer. But from an employers point of view, if they can only do half a job, or it is going to cost huge amounts for "reasonable adjustments", with all the will in the world, they cannot afford to employ a disabled person.

For instance, many places I work could employ someone in a wheelchair on the till. But they could not use the toilets, which are up a flight of stairs, in a Victorian building. How much to put a lift in, and is it even possible? New builds are better, they all seem to have a wheelchair friendly toilet on the ground floor.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 11:01

A bit more shredding for me today, and I must lift the echeveria.

 For Dr Who fans, there is a spin off called "Class" on BBC 3 only on iplayer. I only found it by chance. I don't know why they don't put it on BBC1 on Saturday nights. Why make good drama, then not advertise it and put it on an obscure channel?

 Hostafan, have you  SORN'ed the old van/new woodshed?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 10:57

Aussie raisin bread is a lot like Warburtons fruit loaf, but a bit more spicy.(cinnamon I think)

winter protection

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 10:53

I would keep it on the dry side, perhaps by covering the soil in plastic, and up against a wall for protection. Frozen wet roots will kill most pot plants.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

Has anyone successfully rooted one? 
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Chatsworth Photos.

Photos from the Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 
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Chelsea 2017

Any thoughts or musings? 
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Hello Forkers December

A friendly place to chat about anything. 
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Plant of the year

what has been your plant of the year? 
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insects on ivy

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tonights beechgrove, red hot pokers.

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Ghost orchid

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Manganese in Epsom salts?

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Do you remember?

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plant identification

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Aquilegia flowers 2016

Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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New look forum

What the chuff have you done to it? 
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The cutting garden 2016

Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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Special offers

time limited special offers 
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