Gardening Grandma

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Will my winter pansies ever flower?

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 14:50

Have made the same mistake in the past and learnt that it is better to buy larger plants if you want flowers strainght away.

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 10:19

That's my dream -to create something in the garden that looks like a beautiful Impressionist painting.

Depression and how gardening saved me

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 10:17

Well done, Verdun. And you still had time to make that glorious garden! I heard someone say the other day 'Don't spend too much time thinking. Take your attention off yourself and go and help someone else.'

commpost heap

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 09:16

So do I. personally, I just accept that it is going to take a fairly long time to turn into compost.

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 09:14

Often handy to blame OH.

commpost heap

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 08:38

Here I go again, spouting frm a position of general ignorance. The smell of ammonia is a sign that you have put too much green matter on the heap and not enough carbon-producing stuff. You could add straw. The other possibility is that it just hasn'tr finished decomposing and maybe needs turning, or is a bit too big and hasn't managed to heat through.

Depression and how gardening saved me

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 08:30

I'm thinking of vlunteering as a gardener at a local National Trust house. (I go away a lot so am hesitating). I should think the learning curve, the contact with plants and the earth and the social contact would all be healthful.


Posted: 02/03/2013 at 08:27

I'm no expert and sometimes wonder how I have the cheek to post on this forum, but I'm interested in flowering plants and have learnt a bit. Paeonies planted in full sun will flower earlier but in more shade will get fewer, longer-lasting flowers. They need some sun every day. They need a low-nitrogen, high potash fertiliser. they are supposed to be drought tolerant and can rot if they are too wet, but in my limited experience they do better if they are fairly well-watered. Otherwise there wouldn't be any in Wales!!

MOB rants

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 08:17

Here's a rant.

Class doesn't make you a better person, but it makes a difference to the privileges and oppportunities you get - and allows you to be rude to people of a different perceived class! I've seen very posh people being icily and very politely rude to someone who is not 'one of us' and I've seen and probably practiced inverted snobbery against those who appeared to condescend to me. Human pride has many expressions!

Obviously, it is what a person is that counts, but many of us will have experienced snobbery and exclusion from others on the basis of class, which actually no--one can choose and nobody earns. Even those who appear to change class through education or achievement only end up wondering which class they belong to and feeling a bit anchorless.

Pride being what it is, class will not be eradicated, though it may be changed. In America, they have supposedly abolished the old class system, but they have one, based on money and achievement, a meritocracy. Communist countries tried to abolish class distinctions by asserting that only the working classes mattered, but they soon got class distinctions again based on sheer power - and the bottom class was always the religious.

Class isn't really the problem. The problem is human pursuit of the great gods money, status, sex and power.

So there!


Posted: 02/03/2013 at 08:00

Hi Dave.The usual reason that they don't flower is that they are planted too deep or have been mulched so that light does not get to the crown. They like fertile, moist soil and I should have thought that being under trees would mean that they did not get enough of either and you'll have to make it up to them with feeding and watering. They don't flower for long and although the flowers are gorgeous, I sometimes wonder if they are worth it. As with most other things, I'm probably wrong!!!

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