Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:15

Happy birthday to your daughter, FG. Took caravan for repair this morning and sun only now coming out, so no gardening today. A day of visiting elderly relatives and having a few chuckles with them.

We took a picnic with us this morning but it was so wet that we came home and ate it at the kitchen table! The weather forecast is coming true so far- now quite sunny, thogh still pretty breezy. At least the washing is dry.


Anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 16:16

You could try closing down your browser and then opening it up again - this simply solution often sorts out gremlins.

MOB rants

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 15:45

OH dear, poor Verdun!  And you such a kind, inoffensive chap!  Well, you are, actually.

We, although of course, upper crust ourselves, live in quite an ordinary area and there's a difficult estate not too far away. We don't  get much trouble at all, but there are difficult people everywhere - they just use different tactics, according to class. I have had occasion to mix with the nobs  and I have found that restrained and extremely polite people of that class can give you a major put-down and be extremely rude. They just do it with icy politeness, superiority and finesse.



Herbaceous Peony bot growing

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 15:22

Clare Austin says that she has moved thousands of paeonies over the years with no problem. Planting shallowly is important and so is patience. They take their time to mature and begin to produce flowers, putting their energies into making a good root system. I sometimes wonder whether they are really worth the garden space, because they are all over in a very short time, but get quite large.  I realise that is blasphemy to many people.

I think the issue with whether you put the buds slightly underground may have to do with winter protection, but that can be overcome with a winter covering of straw or mulch, as long as it is removed the following spring. Not that I bother and they seem pretty indestructible. Even the one I tried to dig up and get rid of is coming up, albeit small and without flowers.


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 15:11

Have to agree with DHC, Fidget. I think I understand why you are not doing so and there is kindness and restraint in your response, but YOU NEED AN INCIDENT NUMBER if any problems arise in the future. None of my business really, though, so I'll try to drop it now.

TT, think Brumbull must be feeling like a break. Hopefully, he'll come back to the forum refreshed and raring to go. 

I did contribute earlier but then discovered that I wasn't signed in and then my message was lost, so I gave up in disgust. A very belated good day to everyone.

MOB rants

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 22:22

Not a lot, I suspect, FG.


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 22:18

Hhow lovely! I dream of a winter place in Tenerife, preferably in Los Gigantes. Summers are lovely in good old GB, despite the vagaries of the weather, because of the wonderful gardens. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 22:14

Nice to hear from you, Blackest. Bet the garden is looking good.

TT, you runbled me.

Verd, I enjoyed AT, too, for all the reasons you mentioned. TT has a good point about maintenance though. I just enjoyed the fact that it was about a garden and the way the garden was designed - even though it wasn't really the kind of garden I aspire to. I did like the way AT designed the pergola as a calm and private sitting area.


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 21:06

According to Verdun (unless he was joking) Brumbull may be at his place in Spain.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 21:05

I have a friend to whom the same thing happened, Dove. What's more, there is a cheap test for hypothyroidism and a more expensive one (she tells me) and the cheaper test did not show up her problem, and she had to fight to get the other test. Only then did she get the treatment she needed. Not that I'm trying the depress you, TT.  

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