Gardening Grandma


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CLIMBING IVY

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 17:00

A letter seems the next step, then. Put it in black and white and it is harder to ignore, plus you have evidence if you need to take it further. Could you follow the advice to sever it at the roots - can you reach? If you have nothing growing on your side near the fence, another solution might be neat Roundup poured on your side along the length of the fence. Expensive and no  guarantee of it working, though.

MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 16:41

We had the Ireland/Italy match on, too. OH and I both went to sleep. He woke up with a start and asked, 'Who won?' 'No idea', I said. He's now trying to stay awake for the England/Wales match, but was working last night so will probably fail. He's nearly 70!

MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 16:05

Those people unaccountably chasing a ball? Don't get the point, myself, and, sadly, I'm too old to care what they look like. There's scope for a rant there, actually.

Well, enjoy your procrastinating. Procrastinators of the world, unite!

Community gardening

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 15:57

Not too enticing! Grow your own tree-bark for cooking?

I love the idea of community gardening, too. It needn't be confined to vegetables, either - there are plenty of grass verges and semi-derelict or neglected areas that could be beautified, adding to the amenities of an area and lifting people's spirits, as well as helping gardeners to develop their skills. B and Q used to have a scheme with cut-price plants to encourage this, but I don't know if it still exists.

CLIMBING IVY

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 15:52

Sorry to hear this, Kerb. There's not much you can do about cutting back the ivy if it is on the other side of the fence and, really, it is not suitable for a wooden fence anyway, because it is very heavy. The real answer is to get it out by the roots and that's not easy, either. A solicitor's letter? We are not on chatting terms with our neighbour, either, so I sympathise, but a polite request and an offer to pay for someone to take it out might work. I imagine that if his ivy damages your fence, you have a claim on him to repair the fence, but a solicitor could advise you there.

MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 15:10

Good info, Geoff, thanks. Amazing to watch the hellebores, too, bowed over in the mornings and then standing up and opening to the sun. Guess these things are built-in defences against rain and cold.

My sympathies, Tina. Its the sort of thing we hopes to leave behind when we retired. Although - perhaps you are ont retired and I am insulting you???

MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 13:12

Again, a very gentle rant, Tina! Why is it that I can read six books, spend 30 hours on the internet, watch five episodes of Midsomer Murders on DVD, even escape into the ironing as a last resort, and still not have dealt with form-filling?

Primulas gone to seed

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 13:03

Perhaps we ought to have a 'Forgot what I was going to say' thread... Wouldn't have many posts though!

 Wandered a bit from the subject of primulas, but at least I have remembered that that's what we are supposed to be talking about!

Primulas gone to seed

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:49

You've just confirmed my suspicions about the kind of job you are in. What impresses me most (though if you work, you are younger than me) is that you can remember what you learnt, afterwards!

MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:42

Of course you do, Frank. Three of my friends/relatives have been widowed this week, perhaps the biggest and most difficult adjustment anyone is ever asked to make.

In my particular circumstances, I really like the idea of digging them out and putting them into a big pot to die down and then keeping them there until the following year. Do you think it applies to all bulbs? I've never tried it. it is one of those commonsense ideas that seem obvious once you've thought of it - but I've never thought of it.

My OH is certainly happy to be an MOB. Me, I'm in denial!!

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