Latest posts by fidgetbones

Blue Bayou? 2nd time lucky?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:41

Use tomorite. You want it to flower. If you are planning on it going into the ground, a handful of BFB  onto the soil before you plant will help. Nettle has too much nitrogen at this time of year, unless you have leafy crops like cabbages .


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:36

My phlox have never seeded, they tend to spread slightly by underground runners, the clump getting larger each year.

Mystery plant, help needed please!

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:34

I was thinking welsh poppy. I currently have a load of seedling cucurbits coming up, where I added a sack of compost. Cucumber or marrow or squash, too late for this season so I weeded them out.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:31

My sister was a customer services supervisor in ASDA until a few weeks ago when cost cutting meant anyone paid more than the minimum wage got made redundant. She had only been there 19 years.

What some people take back and the stories they tell beggars belief.

And as for the £400 trolley dash with a load of spirits and joints of meat..... When they call the police, the perp claims not to speak English  and not understand that ASDA don't do tick... Pay for it next week, officer..

Did I ever tell you the story a radiologist told me. ?

A & E  need a scan. A  man accidentally sat on his vibrator and lost it.

When she did the scan it was obvious it had duracell batteries... it was still going.

Spots on potatoes?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:21

Sounds like scab. It doesn't harm the potato. Just peel it and use as normal. Too much lime can cause it. Don't lime before you plant potatoes.  Potatoes should not be planted in the same soil year after year. If growing in a bag, use new compost. Scab is also more common when the bags have been allowed to get too dry. Potatoes in bags need frequent watering.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:15

The customer is always right.. except when they are wrong. When they get to insulting me I get a little annoyed.

Another Pharmacist I know is totally unflappable. Last time he had someone want to go the the front of the queue , he asked the entire shop full if it was ok if the man (its always a man ) went in front of them. .

The embarassed man had to wait because not one person thought he was so important he could jump the queue.

I have to admit its a long time since a man told me I was only a shop girl and he wanted to speak to the man  in the dispensary. Well you can but he's a counter assistant , and I have 7 O levels, 3  science A levels and an honours degree in Pharmacy, and you still can't have two bottles of codeine linctus.

Then of course there is the ultimate payback. Ripping up the prescription. I have only done that to a drug addict who called me a series of  names and threatened me.  Don't threaten me, sunshine.

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Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:53

I've only done it once.

Man pushed to front of queue, shoved a prescription in my face, as I was dispensing someone elses. I asked him to hand it in at the counter, and fill the back in.

He said he was in a hurry. So are the five people in front of you.

He was parked on a double yellow line.

 I said he should move it as the traffic wardens were pretty hot round here.

Eventually he handed it in at the counter, it came through to me and I said it would be 20 minutes.

Its only a ventolin inhaler.(How many times have I heard that)

Yes but there are five people in front of you who also require their prescription and are waiting in line patiently.

He carried on moaning loudly, complained I didn't know what I was doing.

At this point, feeling understaffed, overworked and  harrassed, I lost it.

 P!** off somewhere else and get them to dispense your prescription said I , as I shoved it in his face.

He went bright red, exited rapidly to his car on double yellow lines.

The entire pharmacy went deadly quiet and I didn't have a peep out of anyone else.

Of course he complained to head office.

The area manager turned up. Please tell me you didn't tell him to p off. Well I asked him nicely, it seemed it was the only way he would understand, and his loud moaning in an attempt to bully me into putting him at the front of the queue,  was likely to lead to a mistake being made.

 So I resorted to something he would understand.

A few IDs, please

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:32

number 2 I'm thinking winter flowering jasmine, yellow flowers on bare stems. (jasminum nudiflorum) or something like that.

number three i'm thinking  Ruscus aculeatus or butchers broom.

A few IDs, please

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:29

Top one with pink flowers is a spirea

bottom one is a japanese autumn flowering anemone.

Jasmine Trachelospermum - How to take cuttings or propagate please?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:23

Trachelospermum jasminoides can be propagated by semi hard cuttings in summer.

I have not grown it in this country, the jasmine does fine, but you need a south facing wall. it likes heat. My friend has one in Fremantle, Western Australia and it really did well on poor soil, with lots of heat.

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