Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:49

T and M have plugs of perennial foxgloves.

MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:45

Me, irritating? Moi? I'm the only one with any sense in the entire street! Nobody speaks to me but it isn't because I'm a pain! It is entirely their own poor taste.

Isn't it....?

Things you did in the garden as a kid which were extremely bad!

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:40

Reached through the fence and picked and ate ALL my neighbour's raspberries.

MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:36

My gardening shoes are awaiting cleaning at this very moment!  Think I may feel more up to the job in the morning. Or after the weekend...

Those lovely 'perenial' foxgloves being touted

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:32

Digitalis grandiflora and digitalis lutea are short-lived perennials that can be propagated from seed. Newer hybrid  foxgloves tend to be sterile but apparently not all of them are, for example Polkadot Polly.

Those lovely 'perenial' foxgloves being touted

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:11

British foxgloves, of course, are biennial, flowering in the second year and then dying. Perennial foxgloves can be grown from seed, too. I have looked for a method of taking cuttings, but perhaps these do not succeed.

MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 19:59

Artjac, if only people looked after their gardens the whole environment would be different for us all. Also, working in the garden you get to meet and talk to your neighbours and maybe swap a plant or two. I don't understand people who are oblivious to the environment and don't seem affected by whether it is beautiful or ugly. I'll bet it is the same people who don't pick up after their dogs (actually, I first wrote this as 'don't lick up after their dogs' but I suppose that is asking a bit too much!) To me, it is a sign of ignorance and utter selfishness. Rant over.

 Derek, I hope the fine is for not picking up poo rather than letting your dog poo, or I'd be down thousands. Mine usually do two poos each on a walk and I'm to be seen with a couple of well-filled black plastic bags dangling from my fingers. I used to have to go to a bin a couple of streets away but the council have now put one near my house. Perhaps they have heard about my dogs and their excessive poo production! I also have to garden in poo-proof gloves.

MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 19:28

He typifies Welsh humour. I once travelled in a car with two Irish guys, playing a Max Boyce tape. I fell about laughing and they did not crack a smile. Perhaps they did not understand his accent, but it is probably regional humour.

A chapter of a book

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 19:14

That sounds ineresting, Busy. Can you get the plants? What are the garden centres like?

MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 19:11

I have a rugby-obsessed grandson, too, aged 12. He lives in England but was born in Wales and feels Welsh, so he has a real problem when Wales play England. In Wales, this particular rivalry takes on an importance somewhere between a war and a religion! This song from Max Boyce sums it up.

We paid our weekly shilling for that January trip

A long weekend in London, aye, without a bit of kip

There's a seat reserved for beer by the boys from Abercarn

There's beer, pontoon, crisps and fags and a croakin 'Calon Lan'.

And we were singing hymns and arias, 'Land of my Fathers', 'Ar hyd y nos'.

Into Paddington we did roll with an empty crate of ale

Will had lost at cards and now his Western Mail's for sale

But Will is very happy though his money all has gone

He swapped five photos of his wife for one of Barry John!

And we were singing hymns and arias, 'Land of my Fathers', 'Ar hyd y nos.'

We told the guard that we're from Wales, and asked 'Is Twickers far?'

He said "Man you can catch a 48, but it isn't very far."

On the bus were boys from Blaina who'd been to see the Queen

So we had a quick Gymanfa, aye, it was the greatest London's seen.

'cause we were singing hymns and arias, 'Land of my Fathers', 'Ar hyd y nos'.

We got to Twickers early and were jostled in the crowd

Planted leeks and dragons, looked for toilets all around

So many there we couldn't budge -twisted legs and pale

I'm ashamed we used a bottle that once held bitter ale!

And we were singing hymns and arias, 'Land of my Fathers', 'Ar hyd y nos.'

Wales defeated England in a fast and open game

We sang 'Cwm Rhondda' and 'Delilah' damn, they sounded both the same

We sympathised with an Englishman whose team was doomed to fail

So we gave him that old bottle, that once held bitter ale!

He started singing hymns and arias, 'Land of my Fathers', 'Ar hyd y nos'.

There is a bit more, but it is not very politically correct! The Welsh adore that song.

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