Latest posts by fidgetbones

Penalties for being Disabled.

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 21:22

I agree that assessors have to work to a criteria. When MIL was being assessed for her care package, SIL insisted on being there and getting a copy of the report.  On a scale of 1 to 5, a bedridden patient with end stage  alzheimers, hallucinating episodes,  and double incontinence was assessed at 3.   Her mobility was also in that range. This despite needing two people and a hoist to get her from a bed into a wheelchair .

The assessment was challenged. If SIL had not known her way around the system, and been married to a solicitor who wrote all the challenge letters, MIL's care package would have been stopped as she was deemed to be not ill enough.

 It turned out that the assessor was a physio who was used to recommending packages for people who had been in car accidents.

Purple and blue

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 20:02

I love the blue of Salvia patens, a rich velvety blue, but they have to be lifted for winter.

Dolomite lime and ph level

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 20:00

I've never bothered, but potatoes which are the same family seem to love calcified seaweed (Maerl). I use it whenever I need to raise the pH . it adds a lot of micronutrients as well.

Purple and blue

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 18:46

Centaurea montana (perennial cornflower)

Annual cornflowers.

The bees love chicory and its blue flowers. It gets very tall in my garden and does tend to spread. Easily grown from seed.

  The flowers are very similar to Catananche (cupids dart). Also easy to grow from seed.

A little splash of yellow in a blue border lifts it. The odd welsh poppy next to a cornflower looks good.

 For purple, I love Salvia Amistad. You can propagate from cuttings quite easily.  The bees love Phacelia tanacetifolia. It is cheaper if you buy a large packet as used for green manure and just scatter it and let it flower.

To fill a new border, I use some perennials, but I only buy one and split it or take cuttings to multiply it for following years.  In the early years, annuals from seed are used as fillers.

Happy Naked Gardening Day!

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 15:36

Brass monkey weather here. Drizzly this morning. Now its just cold and cloudy.

Green bean leaves have turned brown

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 15:34

Too early. The frost has got them. Time to start again. Sow inside and plant out in early June.

New to gardening - caring for plug plants

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 20:37

The bottom tray look like Impatiens (busy lizzies)

Restoring hedge health after removing ivy

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 20:13

Try putting a mulch of well rotted Farm Yard Manure or home made compost along the hedge line. A good sprinkling of a fertiliser such as blood fish and bone will likely help too. A hedge will use a lot of water, so a soaker hose laid along the base and turned on for a few hours once a week is probably a good idea too.

 If large portions are dead, you may need to remove and replant, but I would do that in the winter, not in the growing season.

Dithering Dahlias

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 21:04

Plenty of time yet. Most of my dahlias are only just showing through. If they are damp and warm they will grow.

The disappearing aqueligias

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 21:01

Terry please look here and see if this is the problem...

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