Gardening Grandma

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MOB rants

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 17:57

Well, children and teens do shout, competing with each other to be heard, and that is uunavoidable. I found that if I allowed a class to talk, the noise was unbelievable. If I told them to whisper, they talked aloud. If I told them to be silent and gave them the evil eye, they whispered. Guess what I did! I'm just so glad I don't have to do it any longer!!!!! I'm finding that I like peace and quiet in my own home. Could it be because I am now edging towards 28?



Posted: 01/07/2013 at 17:49

I have the same problem with smilies, TT, so I'm being cautious about which ones I use. The reason my house needs cleaning, apart from the fact that two humans and two dogs tread dirt in, is that I didn't clean it before I went! Just a hasty whizz around so I wouldn't be embarrassed when my friend let herself in to water the plants.

Just planted some things in the old lawn, now a flowerbed - lupins, echinaceas and nemesias I grew from seed, so I was pretty chuffed, as well as some I bought. Just hope I put them in the right places. The echinaceas have been pretty well chewed by something while I was away, so I've used the dreaded slug pellets.

On the subject of chewing, one of the hydrangeas had a lot of holes in its leaves, so I investigated and found some athletic slugs had actually climbed up it. I killed about half a dozen!


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 14:45

So sorry about the fish, TT.  We get protective over creatures we care for and the waste of life seems so sad.

Spent the morning cleaning (ugh!) and am about to plant some more pot-grown plants. Have sent OH to bank and supermarket - so don't have to go myself.

It is still pretty cool here, with a strong breeze. How I'd love some sunshine, but the forecost is not very good.

BL, you're right about the roses, of course, but three or four roses, my loveliest, have already had their first and most beautiful flush and are looking a bit sad as the roses go over. There's be another flush in a few weeks when I've deadheaded them, but I regret missing their most beautiful moment. And I've missed the rambler altogether, really. I'm amazed they went over so quickly when it really hasn't been that warm. I've photographed what are left and no doubt will be boring everyone with yet more shots of my minute patch before long.







Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:10

So you really are 27, then, FG!

MOB rants

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:08

having read a thread about problem neighbours, I would like to rant about People With Loud Voices. We were in a fairly posh restaurant once to celebrate our werdding anniversary. It was full but one man with an enormously loud voice dominated the whole room because everyone else was forced to listen to his conversation. He was quite self-important and quite oblivious to the fact that everyone else could hear him. We all learnt that he was a Judge and was having dinner with a family member. The family member told him about various mutual acquaintances and, because none of us could hold a conversation of our own, we heard what she said, too. Eventually, she told him about someone who had just divorced her husband because he had a gay lover.

'GOOD GOD,' expostulated the Judge, 'DIDN'T SHE KNOW?'

At this point, there was a muffled, united laugh from the entire restaurant. Our evening was not exactly enhanced by this experience, though.

Worse are the people who not only talk loudly but use foul language, effing about this and b-ing about that - and women who shriek with raucous laughter, especially after a glass or two.  

Feel better now!



MOB rants

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 07:41


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 07:37

Morning, Dove. Weetabix not from the garden here.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 07:20

Morning everyone!  I expect DHC has left the forum by now, but I enjoyed the tour of her garden. I won't go away for 2 weeks in June again - when i came back, I'd missed the best of some of the roses, the paeony was virtually over (although it was only just starting to flower when we left), the herbaceous clematis was sprawling all over the path (should have tied it up before we went) and the whole place was a bit of a jungle. Pink geranium spreading all over everything  - I'll have to be vicious with it.

I was amazed by how much the buddlaea had grown! I grew it from a seed some years ago, when I knew even less about gardening than I do now, and it grew too big for its position, so I tried to train it into a tree with a trunk. I took the straightest branch and fastened it to a stake, cut off everything else and only allowed foliage to grow at the top of the vertical branch. When I left, 2 weeks ago, it had a short fuzz growing rather hideously from there. Now, there is quite a lot, developing into new, longish branches of a taller, slimmer tree - and I think I have got away with it. I'm glad, because I hate killing plants, and that would have had to be my next move. (That must be why I have so many weeds!)

The weather is better than yesterday, so maybe I'll get that clematis tied up. I used to have it trailing from a pot on a wall, and it looked great. Maybe I'll put it back into a pot at the end of the season.

Well, end of epistle. Hope everyone has a good day!


MOB rants

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:06

Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:00


We have a friend who is a handyman. Another friend calls him 'Bodge-it-and-run'! He laid a patio in our garden, on a Saturday, and was obviously in trouble with his wife for neglecting her on the weekend. Desite my OH's best efforts at persuasion, he refused to use a spirit level or guide cords and slapped the slabs on top of heaps of concrete, too far apart. At 6 o'clock, his wife showed up and glared at him through the glass doors until he gave up and OH had to finish off after he had left. Five years later, we are still wondering what we can do to put the whole thing right. We are considering decking or simply putting sand and cement on top of them and laying another patio on top of that.

Just to add insult to injury, we paid him!

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