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help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:24

I once grew a batch of catmint (nepeta 6 hills giant) from seed and gave half a dozen sturdy plants to an eccentric cat rescue lady.

After a week she complained that she could not find them - she thought that cats were supposed to love rolling in the foliage.  That was when I disciovered that they also eat it!

jo47 - online? why waste a perfectly good excuse for a day out to a plant nursery or two!


If you have an interest in autism

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:16

16....never realised that an old obsessive like me might actually be normal!  I endorse all that's been said about people being individuals, not the labels society, or worst of all the medical profession, hang around their necks.  I think you need a lot of patience to work with/understand aspergers and autistic children.  Sadly many adults just don't understand that it's not an illness, or abnormality that needs to be avoided.  Time and patience are in short supply these days.

When I worked with special needs children of all descriptions in the "normal" system, it was just time and patience and that was needed to establish how best to help a child fit in to what is often an uncompromising situation.  The children often knew how they could be helped and it just needed somebody to explain the why and wherefore to all those staff (and class members) around them. 

But it's not just autism - my grandson has cerebral palsy and his mother has fought tooth and nail to get him accepted as "just another child" whilst the medical profession refer endlessly to "a special needs child" and what he can't do.  Delighted to say he actually can do considerably more than they predicted, mainly because he has been allowed to "just get on with it" in normal situations.

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:50

Thanks jo47 - the alstromeria looks beautiful and I like the ophopogon too.  Time to consult the family and then maybe have a trip out to a nursery soon.

The nepeta amused me - Matilda used to eat the young shoots as they came through so we had to put a little plastic fence around it so that she could only trim off the bits that poked through!

maybe I should have the lily surrounded by the nepeta.....

Hellebores my little prettys first flowers from sowing

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 09:37

Such a fabulous selection - I love the ruffles - makes them special.

My double lavender one is in flower now but I'm still waiting to see the offspring of a yellow one I have.

amused to see an advert for half price Hellebores from T and M pop up alongside this post!

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 09:30

I want to plant an "in memoriam" pot for my 20 year old tabby cat, Matilda.

She was  a very personable cat who insisted on welcoming everybody to our house, and got very irritated if they refused to stop for a chat with her. 

I need a plant or very small shrub with some reference to Matilda or to tabbiness as a just memorial to a much loved and much missed member of the family.

Any suggestions?

Can anyone help identify these shrubs/bushes?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:13

I think I'd be inclined to have a word with neighbours and suggest they watch the growth as you do not wish it to make your parents bungalow walls damp.  That way, if there is an issue later on you will already have suggested they needed vigilance on this point.

If you have an interest in autism

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:09

Absolutely, Dove.

Plus the sense of humour surrounding the horrors of our help system makes me wanrt to do something.....not sure what....

Phlox - subulata as ground cover ?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 13:06

I know periwinkle (vinca) can be invasive, but I have several different types (no idea of names) but there is a lovely double one as well as "major" with big flowers and "minor" with smaller ones - lavenders, and puce purple, and white.  They are great for covering a bank quickly and are evergreen and seem to flower all year round.  There is also one with variegated leaves.  I find them easy to remove when they exceed the limits I have in mind for them.  You should be able to find somebody local to start you off with a few making them cheap (well free!) as well.

Greenhouse seeds

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 12:57

I have two "tools" for seedlings of all kinds.

Ist is the bottle top waterer - a tiny watering rose (available cheaply in packs of 2 or 3 from the garden centre).  You fit in on the top of a plastic bottle filled with water and it then gives a delicate spray either to souil or new seedlings.

2nd is the seedtray base with no holes in - water into that and then stand the seed tray in it to absorb water.  The beauty of this is that new roots are drawn down into the soil to weather the dampness is.


BUT as others have already said the greatest danger to seeds/seedlings is too much water so make sure the soil is barely damp or you'll have problems.

good luck - I'm sure you'll have a garden full of colour in the coming year.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 21:53

Thank you all for your encouraging words - I'm beginning to look forward to re-arranging the garden into a more manageable formula...but I still need a veg patch....somewhere.  Life would be unthinkable without fresh runner beans. 

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