Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:50

Hi FG. Sweet peas were ok, but I didn't pick them often enough to keep them going. Garden in general was pretty good and one of neighbours (a good gardener) commented that it was 'the ideal cottage garden.' It isn't, but I was rather chuffed. I've been away a lot and had a lot of family issues, so put the site on hold for a while. I am glad to see that Brumbull is back and notice that a few other things have changed. Hope things are going well for you.


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:34

How awful, Puncdoc! I can relate to this. I was a middle-management teacher and was similarly bogged down in an 84 hour week of admin and people-pleasing (which pleased nobody) until I cracked. I had an acoustic neuroma, undiagnosed, which probably contributed, but I knew I simply could do not more. I spent three months just lying on the sofa and getting through the basics of life before I really began to recover from the stress. I was labelled as playing the system to get a year on the sick before retirement (I was 59) and I also hear from no-one now. Not that I mind! I have a new, much more relaxed and fulfilling lifestyle. Don't post much on this website now (busy with other things at the moment) but had to respond to your comment.


Posted: 04/09/2013 at 11:56

Morning all. Back from holiday and getting on top of things, so I finally have time to have a look on the forum. Hope everyone had a good fortnight. I did!

The garden developed amazingly in a fortnight and the triffid rose has sent long stems several feet across the garden, so tying it up is a major priority. The weeds haven't developed as fast as the new plants and I'm thrilled with the way it looks. If it goes on like this, I'll have to have a plant stall at the gate! However, I wouldn't take bets on my chances of getting paid! (L being just below p on my keyboard, I initially typed the final word starting with the wrong letter! Wouldn't take bets on that, either!)

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 22:29

Congratulations, Tina. What a joy she is ging to be to you and the family!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:12

Evening! Wet today so not much achieved in the garden. Cooked for a good part of the day and dozed for the rest!

Sounds like looking for the new car could be a very pleasant weekly event, Potty.

BL, sounds as though you experienced the advantages of living in France today. You haven't had rain.

Talkback: How to prune a rambling rose

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:49

Rambling roses do not need pruning unless they have outgrown their position, in which case you can just cut off what you don't want. Cutting it back will stimulate more vigorous growth next year. It is also good to cut out some older stems from the base and thus stimulate the growth of strong new ones. They are supposed to be fanned out against a wall, though this is not always easy because they are often very throny and vigorous. There's no point in deadheading ramblers, because you won't get any more flowers and the hips can be quite nice and good for the birds.

 I agree with angie4, personally, about climbing roses. If unpruned, they will get very leggy and will tend to flower at the top. The stems can get congested, too, and some will die or be very weak and need cutting out. Pruning stimulates both new and vigorous growth and better flowering. Bending and training young stems sideways  stimulates more flowers. Apparently it is something to do with slowing the flow of sap.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 15:31

Lovely gardens, both of you. Keep up the good work!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 14:06

I suppose you didn't prune it this year? Hydrangeas flower on last year's wood. I've made that mistake myself in the past.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 14:03

My bro and a friend wanted to move some bookcases and were able to hire 2 men and a van for as long as required for £30!!! While I did make me speculate on whether the men were supplementing their benefits, it is amazing how cheaply one can get something like this if one looks past the big firms. A good place to look is Gumtree. People who find yellow pages too expensive to use sometimes advertise there.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 13:36

Is that in Wales, Berghill?

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