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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:53

Think am beyond help Becks!

No, you. Does your local college/council ( latter probably unlikely these cash-strapped days, thinking about it) do courses for PC use etc? Age UK, the charity, may be one place to try as I think they do basic computer courses for oldies. Bet there'd always be someone around to keep Jess occupied too. You never know, by vounteering your services could lead to all sorts of contacts & even a total new career direction. J.

Slug resistant plants

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:45

Not Agastaches & even the Aceas this year in my garden, sorry. The latter are still reasonable, but look worse for wear.

Yes all these fine for me- Japanese anemones, Eryngiums, Euphorbias, hardy geraniums, Agapanthus, Erysmums, Alliums, some campanulas, Crocosmias, Penstemons, Antirrhinums, Fuschias, Veronicastrums, Verbena Bonariensis, Scabious, Calendulas, Phlox, Sidalcea, Violas, Sedums, Schizostylis, Day lily, Roses, Chelone (Turtlehead), Chocolate Cosmos, Heucheras, Dicentras, Thalictrums, Clematis, Ornamental Poppies, Mecanopsis, Lily of the valley.

The Rudbekias are just about hanging on, but not a single dahlia has survived, nor the Morning Glory & Black eyed susan.

Abandoned the sweetpeas & runnerbeans & salad crops- ha, forget it, but courgettes are fine, unlike last couple of years!

By growing my Cosmos this year in big pots I've not lost as many & at least have a reasonable show of flowers this year. Bedding- mixed colour Lobelia & Nastursiums are also untouched.

Oh well, have already got ideas for next year & need to source new Dahlias tubers. J.


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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:08

Becks, bless you, but am a real duffer with computers. Honestly, one day I may grasp the way of doing more complicated things, but dont hold your breath. Few brain cells missing.

BTW with those skills of yours in explaining 'how to do' any chance of say doing voluntary work to help with CV etc? You may yell loudly at me if have offended.J.


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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:34

Geoff- those instructions between you & Becks! Double Dutch to me!

Wont have any dahlias to store this winter. Slugs have really taken their toll. Ok a couple, in the pots, are sort of retrying, but dont hold out much hope for flowers. Doubt that the tubers will have enough 'energy' to survive & regrow next year. Is it worth trying? Have kept the names/varieties of the ones I'll want for next year. New beginnings & all that. J.

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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:12

At least you HAVE Dahlias Geoff.

That's a smasher- name? J.

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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:11

Drr, can that be spelt out v e  r  y  s l  o  w  l  y for us duffers out here?

Seriously, have read that through a couple of times &, big pause, absolutely no chance of comprehension. bad brain day here!

The sun has come out now, but wind still strong. Hoovering going very slowly too, but is getting done! J.

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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 11:19

Our rain has stopped, only for a while I suspect. No movement on chores yet....

Kate- no chance of any moss on your roof is there? Seem to remember you're in a newish build, so probably unlikely. Birds round here hammer away at ours, above my head, sometimes at very early hours in the morning in high summer. J.


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 11:14

Hebes. Some can get quite big, but you can prune them back to a better size. However, better to plant one of the smaller varieties in the first place. They will flower all summer long & can be smothered in bees. Their foliage is evergeen. They wont appreciate a frost pocket in the North of UK, but otherwise trouble free. J.



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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 10:06

Dont panic Jean, easily done. How many genuine garden worthy plants have we got that are also 'thugs'?

Right, hoovering & oops, my ear drops....... J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 10:02

It was dry very early on this morning, but it has started raining. Not too heavy so far, but wasnt planning anything outside today should it get worse. J.

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