Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:43

Just been serviced, Brumbull. It isn't making the noise today, but if it does, I'll get them back, don't worry. Thanks for your concern.

Californian Lilac

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:41

Hello, Roly. Ceanothus (Californian Lilac) love sun and well-drained soil. They are absolutely beautiful plants, though can get a bit tired by the time they have been around a few years, so it is a good ideas to take cuttings. They like slightly acidic soil but are OK on neutral soil, too. Your best bet is to dig a largeish planting hole and mixing the clay soil with some compost and coarse grit, so the soil is a bit more open and the drainage improves, though it may be that you don't get much rain anyway. Hope that helps.

MOB rants

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:33

I think some dumping is done for similar motives to trolling on a forum - an expression of anger and rebellion against society, which they feel has disadvantaged them. I guess if you feel powerless, causing mischief gives you back a sense of power. In my line of work, I've seen this often in teenagers of both genders. Some continue throughout life to fail to find a place of dignity and usefulness (don't mean to sound pretentious) and feel they have been done out of something. Anger is their response and it finds an expression in destructive behavour.


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:25

My CH boiler was making an alarmingly strange vibrating noise last night, so I went on the net to investigate reasons. One of them was a low gas supply. I ran the hot tap for a couple of minutes and it stopped - thank goodness, since I was alone in the house (OH working nights despite his advanced age) and a bit scared. I'm no wiser about the reason, but I wondered if the gas supply was under serious strain because of the intense cold.

MOB rants

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:14

Good morning, MOBs. We are certainly getting a multiplicity of threads on the same topics now. I guess it is a good thing, since more than one exchange of ideas is involved and most are interesting conversations. Puzzles me slightly, occasionally, since one wonders about the undercurrents involved. Never mind, there's plenty of room for all.  Vive la difference!

We've had a couple of idiots impersonating others, too. I've noticed a post by a jon cob, though he seemed a bit more literate than last time, besides a brumbAll. Idly amusing themselves? Makes you wonder about their emotional health, not to mention their level of maturity.

I'm wondering where Palaisglide is. Hope you are well, Frank.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:03

For me, repetition is essential. Apart from an ageing memory, I found in my previous career (slightly afraid to mention since being accused of living in the past ) that repetition is the key to learning. So watching 3 times is my best option, soaking the brain in the facts and firing the imagination.


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 07:59

Rubbish collection is in crisis, really. Councils, under pressure to save money, reduce the number of collections and make charges. They have spent money on recycling systems, only to find that there is nowhere much to recycle stuff now that the Chinese are not taking as much. People who can't be bothered to sort their rubbish or who won't pay for services resort to illegal dumping. It seems to me that the answer is really - as blackest has exemplified - greater simplicity of lifestyle. I'm taking your example to heart, blackest!

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 07:16

I'm watching the prog on iplayer today. Certainly wish GW was on for an hour, too! At the moment, I'm obsessed with all things gardening, maybe because the weather has prevented much reaL gardening. Also, I've learnt enough now to realise what I don't know - and I'm raising my game a bit, doing things in the garden that I could not envisage even last year.


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 07:10

Good morning, all. Freezing cold but no snow again here, although it is in the hills just a few miles away. Another attempt to plant a few seeds today! 

MOB rants

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 23:33

Yes, its way past my bedtime and I've been dozing over my laptop.

I agree with all you say, dmb. I suppose nice packaging makes a thing more atractive to buy and so increases the price manufactureres can  charge.

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