Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:44

Anyone ever tried using it for headaches or as an insect repellent? Apparently it tastes horrible!


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:37

I stick them in the greenhouse (or did, before OH sold it!) and forget them til spring. They survive, I have found. Another method is to keep them growing them all winter in the house and use them to take cuttings ready for next year. I think this gives better results, because they do not get woody as second-year geraniums do. Cuttings will grow any old time, I have found.

Confession- slug olympics

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:32

Golly! Is there a nice way of getting rid of them? I admit to feeling sorry for the poor things, but I still cut them in half and stamp on the snails. I suppose the kindest way is a beer trap. I did get some beer to do this but OH drank it!

Dying plants

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:27

Boundaries cause such problems. In our case, our neighbour used to be friendly but for some unfathomable reason is now hostile and rude. We've done him a few favours - he's old and has only one arm - and don't know why he has changed. Could be his medication, I think. No point in getting angry. I feel sorry for him, really. Anyway, there's no proof it was him, though he did accuse me of killing his roses when I was spraying mine with Roseclear, so it could be revenge. 

I'd say that, if possible, a high fence is a good solution. We haven't done it, because the boundary is at the front of our house and also because we haven't quite got the heart to blank him out - he could need help one day and we'll be old ourselves in time (though only 27 at the moment, of course). I'm not a saint, believe me, it is just good to have a sense of proportion.

Help My Hydrangeas are not looking good

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 14:53

Hi. Hydrangeas are pretty tough, though, and can hold their own against other other plants. It isn't underneath a tree or anything, is it? If it is getting light and air, I'd give it a good feed and a mulch with rotted manure. Yellowing leaves are a sign of nutrient deficiency or maybe lack of water - they like plenty to drink. Also, does it have enough depth of soil for its roots to spread? it looks as though it might be next to a drive or something, where maybe a smaller plant might do better. Obviously, there's soil under a drive, so it isn't impossible to grow it there.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 14:43

Didn't go to open garden. In fact, sitting inside with tennis on. Me! Must be the heat! Well, in fact, it is the heat - OH is outside trying to get his wonky circular lawn ... er ... more circular, but it is too hot for me. Since the triffid rose blew down from the pergola, there isn't much shade in the garden and its too hot to tie it back up. I'm thinking of wetting the dogs to cool them off. Thinking being the operative word - would have to force myself to move.

Lunch was the remains of yesterday's cottage pie (not from the garden, thank goodness), garden veg (not from my garden), followed by banana pancakes (not from - well, you get my drift...) No super-efficiency - or self-sufficiency - here, sadly, just muddling through. Story of my life!



Posted: 07/07/2013 at 07:32

Morning, forkers. Those gardens sound fascinating, Andy. We've been working so hard in ours that we've neglected open gardens this year, sadly. Next year, hopefully, it will be just maintenance for a while, so we can do other things. Don't work too hard today!

Having said that, we're off again in our caravan next week! We work like mad for three weeks and then crash out for a week on holiday somewhere. Not a bad life, really!

Was looking at the front garden yesterday, thinking how lovely it looks with soft shades of  pink and blue and the occasional splash of yellow to give it life. It is all so transient that one feels one wants to capture it, in memory and in photographs.

Church this morning and then - now i've been made a little envious - maybe I'll have a look whether there are open gardens in our area. Have a good day, everyone.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 21:55

Night FG and everyone.

Dying plants

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 21:37

A rose and two clematis growing over an arch near the boundary with next door have all died and i have a similar suspicion about deliberate vandalism. Silly old man! No, not you, Verdun.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 21:31

Looking forward to lunch tomorrow, Dove.  I'll bring a couple of bottles. Red OK? I make a not-bad coffee and walnut cake, maybe I should bring that, since FG ate today's cake.

Nice day here but not debilitatingly so - was able to work in the sun. Its getting hotter tomorrow, apparently. OH cut the square front lawn into a rather wonky circle to match the one on the other side pof the path. I put in about fifteen plants  grown from seed, to fill the new borders he made. I'm beginning to think I should just put the rest on the wall for people to help themselves!

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