Gardening Grandma

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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 22:18

Evening all. What a glorious day! Sounds as though lots has been done in the garden today!

My baby hellebores arrived from Hayloft today so I potted them up and carried on potting on my own seedlings. OH has finished taking up the lawn and digging over the area, so I broke up the clods and dug in rotted manure and started planting. Exciting! At last I have enough space to be able to try to create a proper herbaceous border! There are quite a lot of flowers in the garden now, but I was struck by one thing. No bees or hoverflies, not even one.

MOB rants

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 22:58

Well, I suppose if people work off their violent impulses here and then go away and behave themselves, it serves a purpose!

TT, well done for fighting back! I'm referring to the dog and hen situation, of course. I have heard that a loud blast on a whistle has a similar effect, but I imagine too much of that could really annoy the neighbours. Might try it with my @*%! dog, though!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 22:43

Glad you had a good time, Dove. I'm back online after recovering from the family visit this week. Washing and ironing now done and mess put away!! Son is coming again on Wednesday and rang to break gently to me the news that he will not be staying the night. Strangely, I thought about another load of washing and was not that disappointed! Grandkids gorgeous as ever, though they do know exactly how to extract money from me. In fact, they can play me like a violin.

We have continued to take up the lawn and plant flower beds, though I now have to wait for my seedlings to put on more beef before I plant them. Contacted Hayloft because a couple of their plants died on me  and got replacements with no problem at all. A most courteous and helpful response.

WW, I hope the open day goes well and the sun shines.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 20:50

Evening all! What a fabulous day it has been here! The sun came out and since I had arranged to meet a friend for coffee in her seaside town, I had a lovely look at the sea. Family gone home and peace reigns. Planted some of my bought plants and potted on my aquilegia Chocolate Soldier and aquilegia Green Shades seedlings. Did my regular job of tying up Lady Banks (the rose!) to the pergola - it's pretty rampant! I love it. I have now worked out that it flowers on old wood and I should not have pruned it in March, as I did this year and last year. I'll prune it when it has finished flowering next month and give it a chance to grow the wood on which it will flower next year.

MOB rants

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 20:36

Crikey! I think we should all remember that it is possible to sink to the same level as the abuser! We must be humane or we reduce our own humanity to a bestial level.

I do think there is an argument for castrating sexual abusers of children.They will not change - the connections are in their brain for good. The only possible alternatives are lifelong imprisonment or permanent supervision in the community, by electronic and other means. Why should people have the right to retain their sexuality when they use it only for destroying children emotionally and psychologically?


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:00

Come and tase mine into a good mood, Verdun. OH wiped dog's bottom today ( the runs, after too many treats while kids here!) Dog has been growling at him ever since and showing no sign of forgiving him.

MOB rants

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 19:55

CharlieN, I watched that link and knew I was old! Just didn't get it! Sorry!

Enjoyed reading all the stuff about books. Love whodunnits written by women myself, from Marjorie Allingham to the modern day, especially funny ones. (I just don't think like a man, I suppose.)

I see April Jones' alleged killer was convicted today. Such a sad story. Hope life improsonment really means life - these sexually-motivated people kill again too often. Now that so many psychiatric hospitals have closed down and personality disorders are regarded as untreatable, there are too many psychopaths free to kill, even though it is often clear that they are dangerous.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 19:08

Wow, FG, that's quite an achievement! Congratulations!

Family went home today and we went with them as far as an English Heritage castle on the Welsh borders and had a picnic in the cold, while rain threatened but did not fall. Them they departed, up England way, as we say around here, and we drove home. The sun even came out. It was sad to see them go - and a relief to get back to normal, all at the same time. We went straight to the nearest garden centre and had a decent cup of tea in peace!


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:43

Glad you had a good time, TT. DIL reading to grandkids so I have some peace and quiet. I love them to bits, but like you I'm not used to the noise and activity any more and find it exhausting. I'm a bit shocked by how exhausted I'm actually feeling. Could it be that I really am getting old and that old woman I see in the mirror really is me? I thought it was my mother! How will I survive two weeks of it in August?  Yet I'd hate not to see them, so I'd better just be thankful.

I do agree that the catalogues are a bit misleading, not just because of the perfect pictures of these plants in full bloom and expertly grown, but because the catalogues give inadequate information for anyone inexperienced to make a good decision.


MOB rants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:32

Where did you learn to train dogs, MMP?

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