Gardening Grandma

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Penstemon seedlings

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 15:06

There's really good advice about how to grow penstemon seedlings on ehow.

Penstemons need light, free-draning soil and should not be watered much, although not allowed to dry out. I just wonder whether the heat from the lights, together with the water in the compost, made it too warm and humid for them.

Clematis nelly moser

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 14:59

If it is to live in the pot for years, then it needs more than potting compost. Asking advice at the garden centre is a very good idea.

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 06:29

Also  borage

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 06:22

Most plants with the world 'Japanese' as part of their comon name .Apart from the obvious Japanese knotweed (which invaded one garden I had),  Japanese honeysuckle (lonicera japonica) and Japanese anemones come to mind. Yet they are beautiful plants and Japanese anemones were recently recommended by Carol Klein as her plant of the week. i still grow J anemones and love them.There is also a beautiful fuchsia-like plant whose name I can't remember at the moment but is Japanese something.It was stunning for a couple of years then began to spread like mad and became straggly and invasive and almost impossible to remove. Really, anything that spreads by underground runner or that will grow from a little bit of root left in the ground. False nettle (lamium) is a complete pest in my garden. I introduced it when I knew virtually nothing about gardening (not long ago, then). All these plants seem to be particularly valued by herbalists, though.I once had a garden where lily of the valley had virtually taken over and I pulled them out like weeds.

hydrangea in or out

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 20:36

Hydrangeas root pretty easily and can make roots in 2 or 3 weeks.

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 20:26

Nutcutlet, you said very little, and nothing inflammatory at all.

 Some people did make points that I could not, in conscience, allow to pass without comment and for that, I cannot and do not apologise.However, we're all gardeners and we value each other and the support we give each other.An interesting discussion is no bad thing, after all.

Edging for bed

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 18:22

They also bleed on your clothes if you are tempted to sit on them. You can buy new, untreated ones, though.

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 17:30

You are absolutely right, Alan. you made no comments that were in bad taste, and if my words seemed like an attack on you, they were not. Unlike you, I was never sent to Sunday School or any church. I arrived at my views as an adult. I hope the Pope is able to enjoy some retirement and peace before he dies and that he gets joy from gardens. He has said that he is mentally and physically too weak to do the job properly and this makes me wonder whether he has been diagnosed with alzheimers or a similar disorder - I hope not.But if so, then at least he has faith that he will go to a better place when he dies.   

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 16:28

May I also comment that where Christian 'superstition' has been done away with, something worse has followed it. The history of the twentieth century was not a story of moral advance! It did bring increased liberalism. Being liberal and tolerant, while very good in some respects, is not good if it means tolerating morally murky acts as equal with good ones and simply resorting to 'everyone has their own  beliefs' as if all beliefs were equal. For example, Stalin believed that he had the right to kill millions of his own countrymen and Hitler, whose symbol (the swastika) was a broken cross, believed that Dionysian strength was paramount, and that it did not matter who suffered in the process.He followed the philosopher Nietzsche. Bad beliefs bring bad actions. Bigoted beliefs bring words and acts of prejudice and persecution.

Also, I notice that liberal toleration only extends so far and - if some comments on this forum are any indication - are being less and less extended to Christians. We need to reach out for the highest and the best ideals and to live by them. These ideals go beyond ourselves and are much greater than ourselves. We may not be able to live up to them, but we can at least commit ourselves to try. Catholics respect the Pope beca\use, to them, he represents the highest and best ideals that they know.  


Posted: 12/02/2013 at 16:03

We had flying ants in our bathroom every summer and eventually dicovered that they had a big nest under the floor. We destroyed it, but they built it again the following year. I found piles of dust un the corner of the sitting room (next to the bathroom in our bungalow) and realised that these were carpenter ants. Our home remedies - ant powder and spray - did not work and we had to call in the professionals. At a price (around £100) they got rid of them, but if it had not worked, we would have needed a second visit and a second £100. We also had to repair cracks in the exterior render that made it possible for them to enter along the bathroom pipes.

Years ago, we also had a problem with garden ants coming in from the garden in ranks, like the Roman army. After a few years of this, we got a company to spray around the house, only £10 in those days. It worked like magic. We did not see another ant (in the house, anyway).

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