Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 30/07/2013 at 07:39

It would if I were doing it, FG. What is it about reading and doing paperwork that just cries out for a cup of tea and at least a biscuit within reach?



Posted: 30/07/2013 at 07:30

Hi, Chicky. Have a lovely peaceful day!

Your message made me think of my teaching days. Now there was a job that would have been improved by working from home.  Providing the dear children remained in school, that is!

Well, there's one thing certain, today. No gardening. And remind me NEVER to plant a wisteria in my garden!

Fat club this morning. KFC last night won't have helped.... Something has ripped a couple of young branches from my buddleia. Must have been a jolly heavy crow!

Have a good day, everyone.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 19:56

And its 7.45 and I'm second! Where is everyone?

Went to bro's to do garden. Thought it would not take long. Was I ever wrong!! We took down two shrubs at the back of the house and Mr GG took them to the tip. I went to the front of the house and had a look at the mystery plant. It's a wisteria, all right! The main stem, 6" thick, had obviously been there a long time and ran along the ground for several feet. The roots had spread a lot further and there were whips coming up along the entire boundary of the front lawn. I cut and pulled and tugged and went head first into a horrid mahonia (deliberately ) trying to get at all the new stems and cut them off. Eventually, I disentangled and pulled out all the growth and cut it up and OH took it to the tip. Then I found some more, growing through the stems of another rampant shrub that I couldn't identify and eventually found and cut them out. Now, how do I kill the b******s?

By now entirely exhausted, we raked up all the mess, bagged it, put it in the car and took it home, their dump now being closed, and called at our local dump. Then I broke both my budget and my diet when we bought Kentucky fried chicken, much too shattered to cook. I'm now slumped on the sofa, ankles painfully stiffened and back aching. OH appears to have energy still and is doing something or other outside. Couldn't care less if he is attacking the borders with a flame thrower. Ah, perhaps that's the answer to the wisteria problem!!!


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 19:36

Thanks, Fidgetbones. The trouble is, it is planted against a 3' wall! Actually, I've just come back from working in bro's garden and found that the bit I saw the other day was not the main stem. That is near the gate and has a stem 6" thick. The roots have spread all along the bounday wall with the road and also along the dividing wall between his garden and the next house and there are lots of subsidiary stems. I spent two hours cutting them back, pulling whips from other shrubs, including a very prickly mahonia, and cutting the stems back as far as I could. I now have to work out how to kill the roots!


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 11:17

Hi. I have taken on the task of sorting out my brother's new garden and have found a plant that looks like a wisteria, growing among shrubs in a border. It is fairly rampant, growing over the nearby shrubs, but hasn't flowered, presumably because it hasn't been pruned. It looks to be maybe just a few years old, although that could be because it has been cut back to the ground at some point. The garden belonged to an elderly gent who didn't actually live there and has just been kep tidy in a rudimentary sort of way. Lots of chippings.

Before I dig it out, I want to check that there is no other plant that I could have mistaken for a wisteria, since there are plenty of holes in my gardening knowledge. Any suggestions, anyone? Thanks.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 11:11

Glad to hear it, Puncdoc. Hope the ear improves, TT.

Off to bro's garden soon. Just remembered that one of the plants in his front garden looks remarkably like a wisteria, planted in a shrub border. Before I (or rather, OH!) dig/s it out, can anyone think of another plant that I might have mistaken for a wisteria? It is spreading over other shrubs and looking fairly rampant, but there are no blooms, probably because it hasn't been pruned. I might put this on another thread, actually.  


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:08

Morning all.

Wot? Not much rain in the Gower???? And I only live 25 miles away! That's it! I'm moving house! Glad you had a good time, Dove. it is a beautiful place, eh?

 Been to Touchwood. Eccentric garden but rather charming and a nice lady. Had my own guided tour when I went to buy some bare root plants and aquilegia seeds early this year. Didn't manage to get there when the aquilegias were in flower, though.

We've had sudden, intense showers and the heavy sky seems to promise more. I've put out the washing, in hope, though - the triumph of hope over experience, I expect.

A bit of stingy shopping, this morning (self-imposed economy drive to pay for house improvements) and then (if the Swansea area is still dry) bro's garden this afternoon and evening. The dogs have a pre-booked haircut this morning, so can't go earlier. Then, probably, a day of sheer exhaustion tomorrow. And me only 27....

Glad you had a good time, Andy. My garden seems to have escaped being flattened, as yet - sorry to hear about yours.

Chicky, you'll have to try to get old a bit faster, that's all. It's worth it, honest, not to have to go to work. Not that I know much about that, of course, being 27.

Next week,more of bro's furniture arrives from Israel, where he's been teaching. More hard effort! His grandchildren, whom he and his OH are bringing up, will be there and I'll finally be able to get to know them properly. They are 2 and 5. I'm really looking forward to that and hope to be wearing a groove along the motorway between here and Swansea, as the weeks go by.

FG, will you please stop working!!! You are making me feel tired!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:04

Just bumping up this thread before it goes onto the second page.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:04



The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 20:44

I like GW for its keeping us in touch with the gentle constants of nature and gardening. I'm not fond of pretentiousness and sometimes I think the way Monty talks is a bit pretentious.  Perhaps I still feel sorry for Toby, who was not pretentious and got humiliated for not being exciting enough. However, I see that Monty has real strengths and I like him well enough.

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