Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:49

Rain has stopped, garden like a jungle, but too tired after yesterday to do any more today. My mibnd tells me I'm 27 but my body does not agree!

Glad you had a good time at Fernleigh, Mrs G. Visiting open gardens is my favourite weekend occupation and a whole open village is an absolute delight. What more could anybody ask than to have the chance to nose in other people's gardens?

It's a bit cold and windy for garden tours today, though. My triffid rose has blown down from the top of the pergola and I'm now wondering how I can get it back up there. The pergola has a corrugated plastic roof and I've been training it both over and under the roof to soften the ugliness of the plastic, tying it with cord. Obviously, the cord on top of the pergola was too weak to withstand the weather. The rose has lax stems and will always need some kind of tie. At least there are very few thorns! 


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 07:55

Morning, all. Over an hour after Dove, I'm second on the thread this morning! Only the A-Z of Gardening this morning - GW not scheduled AGAIN! 

We're supposed to be having a 'poverty week' this week to regain control of the finances after 2 weeks away with family (expensive!) So why have I just bought 2 books on Amazon and 2, er, items of underwear on ebay?

Wet here today! I'm shattered from yesterday's efforts, so I don't mind only looking at the garden today.

Have a good day, everyone!


clematis infected

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 21:53

It seems to me that the trouble with evergreen clematis is that they weren't really intended by nature to cope with our climate so we're always fighting their tenderness. Same with trachelospermum jasmines. I have two and they are both unhappy, although they have a relatively sheltered position. 

clematis infected

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 21:43

Armandii are not the hardiest of clematis and wind damage sounds a good possibility. They like good drainage and don't cope well with waterlogging, but if your is with a healthy rose, it can't be that. I have a small one that's been in the ground in a very sheltered position for a couple of years and it is still pretty small. They have been grown on in the nursery in near-perfect conditions and it is a shock when they have to cope with a real garden.

MOB rants

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 21:32

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 21:26

Is it fiction?

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 21:23

My MIL was a lovely lady, warm and kind. She had bad legs, an ample figure and long white hair in a bun and seemed old to me from the moment I met her (I was 16). She could not walk very well. My FIL built a pond and they had goldfish which she loved to watch and feed. Since they lived in the country, the pond atttracted frogs, however, and she hated and feared them. One day, as she hung out the washing, a frog suddenly hopped across her path. I haven't forgotten the sight of her  running back up the garden, getting up quite a turn of speed,  her knees almost touching her chin. Perhaps I should get a few frogs myself, to build up my fitness, since I'm now older than she was at the time. And I'm still a natural blonde! Well, sort of.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:59

I know its a TV prog!!! Never heard of it and wondered which channel it is on so I can be mystified by it, too. it'll make a change from being mystified by Wimbledon!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:52

What's The Americans?

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:45

I feel quite embarrassed as I read about all these virtuous pooches who respect the garden and stay off the borders. We have two bichons called Henry and Maisie and they are not like that at all. They do tend the follow the paths, but when they start to have a wrestling match they romp all over everything and plants just have to be tough enough to take it!   Gerald Durrell used to have two puppies called Widdle and Puke; mine should be called Widdle and Poo, both of which they do on the borders and preferable over a plant.



We had Henry as a puppy, bought from a farmer in West Wales. I now realise it was a puppy farm - I was too naive to understand this at the time. Maisie is rehomed, though she was treated well by her previous owners. She is sweet, feminine and loving. Henry is a neurotic idiot, utterly greedy and rather fat. He snarls at us and shows his teeth if we displease him, then lumbers onto OH's lap and wants to have his tummy tickled. He never bites but snarling isn't an attractive habit. He barks at visitors and at birds and at cats and at shadows and at his own reflection in the glass doors. Not sure why he lovable, but he is. He and Maisie are inseparable, even though he snarls at her, too. He is a dedicated gardener. I plant things, Henry digs them up! A fair division of labour, I suppose...

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