Gardening Grandma

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Is this weeding?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 10:16

I'd be livid, too. You've been 'had'. I'd let him think you are going to the small claims court even if you do not really intend to (put it in black and white), put up a fence or trellis and plant something fairly quick growing as a temporary infill, then send him an itemised bill. Even better would be a solicitor's letter, but that will cost you money. I had a problem with someone some years ago who sold me stolen property and resisted every attempt to get my money back. Persistence paid off and eventually he repaid fourteen thousand pounds. You have to be more determined than him - but keep your cool. It is not worth wasting a lot of energy on anger.

Does the neighbour have anything to say?

MOB rants

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 10:06

Hi Busy-Lizzie. I've been admiring your garden on another thread. I've spent some time in the western Loire where my brother in law has a cottage and have fantasised about living there. How are you enjoying living in France? Have you found that the cost of living has risen a lot since the exchange rates changed so much?

TPO and mature Sycamore - to buy or not to buy

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 10:01

Afraid I agree.


Posted: 04/03/2013 at 08:19

I've been burning stuff and putting the ashes on the compost. Is this OK?

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 08:17

Morning all. Not a great day here in Wales - grey but not freezing. Going to garden centre today to invest in hellebores. Have been puzzling over why not all are flowering - then realised that some are just later flowerers although I bought them in the same consignment of ten young plants a couple of years ago. Solution - spend money! It grieves me and will deefinitely grieve OH!

March in your Garden

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 08:09

This is a great time to spot the gaps in the garden, when things are just starting into growth. I just wish I was better at visualising how the border will look when the plants mature.

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 07:03

ThaiGer, it is good to hear from you. Where do you live? I have known quite a few Asian mature students and they were mostly very good cooks. They thought British food was enjoyable but too fattening.

Today, we will be having the leftovers of yesterday's roast beef with vegetables. Not very exciting!

vitex agnus castus latifolia

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 06:49

Plants Galore Online sell it.

Planting Out Forced Hydrangea Macrophlla ?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 06:44

It can be hardened off for a couple of weeks and then planted outside after the last frosts. Many florists hydrangeas are dwarf, of a variety called 'Pia' and willl not grow past two feet tall, but you won't know until you try. That can be quite handy in a trough or pot. They don't like full sun or too much morning sun and they are supposed to like plenty of water without being waterlogged. Having said that, I have lots in pots and they aren't watered as much as they should be, yet they do fine.

There are many different hydrangeas but most macrophylla do well in zone 8.

A beautiful rose that will not flower

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 06:24

Verdun, you just come across as someone who knows what he is talking about and is enthusiastic about it. I've read quite a few of your posts and you are never rude and always knowledgeable, two things that impress me. I'm glad I was able to find out something useful.

I may have grovelled a bit in my earlier post!  I know I'm too quick with words and don't want to pretend to know more than I do. I love to learn, and having a bit of fun and interaction with other people improves the experience no end. That's why I like this forum.

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