Gardening Grandma

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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 19:19

Evening all. Quick visit from childminding at son's for 3 days - utterly exhausting! Know just what you mean, Birdy, my dodgy cursor leaps about and the wierdest sentences appear. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:46

Evening forkers. Starting this thread early in order to greet everyone from sunny Hertfordshire (I wish) while I have internet access. How lovely that Bev and BL met up! I'm staying on a farm with fabulous views and its own coffee shop, but must admit I'm rather missing my garden and hoping my seedlings are not drowning in their trays outdoors in heavy rain. Spending time with the grandkids is great, though.  

I came away resolved to be good, but have had cake every single day so far. We have been conducting a tour of inspection of the village tea shops and can report that all proprietors so far make good cakes. No doubt the research will continue until we return home and I crawl into Fat Club to face the music. 

Happy gardening, everyone!



Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:36

A quiick good afternoon from me while I have internet access on my 'holiday' helping look after the grandkids. Have a good weekend everyone. Hope it does not rain too luch.


Posted: 15/06/2013 at 06:40

Morning Forkers! Up with the crack of dawn this morning to leave early for our childminding stint. About to leave now. Have a good couple of weeks everyone.

MOB rants

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 06:36

Makes you feel like going ex-directory, Jon. All one's friends have one's number anyway.

MOB rants

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 20:52

James, in Wales we get free subscriptions so the fees are all unfamiliar to me.

TT, I don't actually let them go out and yap! But if they see bigger birds in the garden - pigeons, magpies, seagulls - they have a whale of a time chasing them off and barking at them. Couldn't stop them barking at that time however hard I tried. There is a garden at the bottom of ours where a small dog is allowed to yap to his heart's content and I worry (a bit) that the other neighbours think it is my dogs.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 20:41

Evening all. Certainly didn't need to water plants today! TT - count the asterisks, it isn't the word you are thinking of!

FG, I read your posts about your argument with mothers who let their children invade your garden. I'm sorry you had that upset. I take it you have open plan front gardens in your street? I lived in a house like that once, and it certainly is a cause of discord among neighbours. We made our point by digging borders around the boundary and planting things tall enough to create a psychological barrier. If people are rude and crude enough to shoot their mouths off at you, they won't take much notice of Keep Off signs, unfortunately. We have very young schoolchildren walking to school past our garden every day and routinely I pick up the sweet and crisp packets they drop that get blown into my garden. Often - usually -  their parents are with them when they do it. It is just a casual attitude to good behaviour and they'd be indignant if they were criticised for it. Those women knew they were wrong, in my opinion, they just weren't going to admit it.

Matty, I'm very impressed that you can make a wedding cake. My limit is a lop-sided sponge! One of my SILs made my son's wedding cake and it was gorgeous.

We're away for a few days from tomorrow. Packed the caravan today, in the rain. We're visiting our son and staying on the vast lawn of one of son's church members, with a great view of his beautiful farmhouse. We don't make it past the kitchen door but they come out and drink tea with us on the lawn. It is another world from ours! Nice people, though.





MOB rants

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 08:48

I find two yappy little dogs a pretty good deterrent, but that may be too extreme a solution for most people!


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 08:45

Morning all. I hope the chemo goes OK, Andy.

Absokutely p*******g with rain here. Need to get things ready before I go away but no chance at the moment. Coffee with a good friend this morning, so hopefuly it will have stopped raining by the time I get home.

Verdun, you are absolutely right about getting involved and volunteering. 


Posted: 13/06/2013 at 22:48

I don't know if I am right about this, but it seems to me that species roses are much more resistant than hybrids. Also , really well-fed roses are more resistant to everything. Blaack spot is a curse here in Wales, and I'll remember the tip about copper and use it next year. I've been spraying with a systemic fungicide.

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