Gardening Grandma

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MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 09:06

I reckon the private GCs are better. Our local Wyevale closed recently and the building was reopened privately by the landowner, a well-known Welsh tv personality. Suddenly, it had better, healthier plants, men around to give advice and even a vastly better cafe. I love going there now and usually find something interesting to buy - yet the prices are around the same. I guess that if it does not succeed, they'll all be out of a job, so they have a vested interest in making it succeed? 


Posted: 14/03/2013 at 07:58

i so agree about the tomato fertiliser for anything that flowers. Cheaper and perfectly effective. I might make an exception for roses because they are such greedy feeders.

MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 07:46

Well, what a lot of interesting and entertaining stuff since I last looked!!!

Highland Jeannie, I just lerrrrve the poem! Never seen the point so well made!

To return the spelling for a moment, the fault (as Palaisglide has pointed out) is not with the schools so much as with the education system and the way it is run. Methods of teaching come into fashion, every teacher has to follow them or else - then they are exposed for their weaknesses and replaced. In the meantime, teachers have to do things against their better judgement and children suffer.

Burt here's another point - there are actually five hours of actual lessons every day. If you have lots of subjects on the national curriculum, each has to be given time and the time given to traditional subjects like English and maths is squeezed. There is general rejoicing because gardening now has to be taught at all schools. Which subjects will lose time for it? Something will have to give. I'm not against teaching gardening at all - just pointing out the realities.  

I was taught spelling the traditional way and found it easy anyway (unlike maths) but my son was taught by methods that regarded creativity and oral ability as more important. He has degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge and is still frustrated by the fact that he cannot spell or punctuate as well as he should.

This is such a long post that I'll post again about the other topics!!!

Horticulture jobs

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 18:17

Of course not, but people have complained a lot in other threads about not being thanked so I thought I'd pre-empt that and protect this young man from criticism. Once a teacher, always a teacher, perhaps.

MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 18:13

Parents and electronic gadgets have something to do with it, too, Frank!

Little Treasures

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:48

Today, I visited Touchwood garden in Clyne Valley Cottages, Killay, Swansea. It holds the nation's only two National Collections of aquilegia. I was charmed by the sheer eccentricity of the place and thought it might be worth passing on the information to other forum users. There must be many such places, little treasures where enthusiastic growers are selling and/or breeding unusual and special plants. I wondered whether forum members would like to share information about these places.

Touchwood is very small, just the garden of a little semi in a semi-rural bit of Killay village. It is absolutely stuffed with plants, higgledy piggledy in a plantswoman's somewhat chaotic garden. I phoned to see whether she was home and gave her a list of plants that I wanted to buy. When I arrived, she dug the semi-dormant plants from the garden, popped them into bags and handed them over for not much cash. I chatted to her, learnt a few things and viewed her many hellebores. It was a quirky, entertaining visit. Her garden reminded me a bit (only a bit) of Carol Klein's garden in devon - stuffed with plants grown for potting and selling rather than for ornamental effect. However, there are open days when the aquilegias are in flower to view the national collections. There's a website and her plants are also sold on ebay.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:23

It is a double bind, isn't it, when we are regulated right out of a competitive position. I think what the horsemeat scandal shows is that 'cheap' means 'poor quality.' The drive for cheapness means that people eat rubbish - lots of cheap carbohydrates, lots of preservatives, rubbish meat. Not that horsemeat is necessarily rubbish. We had good horsemeat steaks in France.

I can provide cheap food by choosing a largely vegetarian menu but I'd rather supplement it with quality meat and use less. I like to live simply but sensibly. British produced food is still the best and safest.

Horticulture jobs

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:58

Hi Farouk. How are you planning to collect your information? Do you have a questionnaire? I think perhaps people would need to know a bit more about what you are looking for. Perhaps you could post some specific questions people might be able to answer. Make sure you thank them afterwards!!

can i plant sprouting doffidil bulbs now?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:53

Elin, do you mean daffodil bulbs that have not been planted and have sprouted in the pack? The answer is yes. You won't get much this year but they may recover and grow well next year.

MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:50

The twpsins, as we Welsh peasants say. To be twp (rhymes with 'cup' said with a northern accent) is to be a twit. It would make sense to smarten up their application a bit when they are going for a job!

The spell check was a bit foxed by the word twpsins and thought it was some reference to sin! Or possibly tocsins, whatever they are!

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