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Posted: 20/06/2016 at 21:09

Yes they can still spray Roundup.  Just do it on a fairly still day to avoid the risk of the weedkiller drifting where it isn't wanted, and keep the spray head close to the weeds.

Something eating hydrangea

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 21:02

I'll let you know the outcome once I've shown the evidence to the GC staff.

Something eating hydrangea

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:28

Oddly enough, I had problems with one in the back garden for a couple of years but that one hasn't been touched this year.  The problem one is in the front garden, but is one of three out there and the others haven't been touched.  I think I'll take a couple of leaves into our local GC and see if they can help.

double headed rake

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:02

That looks like to me.

Something eating hydrangea

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:00

Just one of my hydrangeas is being eaten by something, but I can't see what.  Nothing obvious on the leaves.  Some circular holes, and elsewhere the leaves are being stripped down to ribs.  Any suggestions on likely cause and solutions?

Have you had Garden melt down before?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 08:05

I'm going into melt down through not being able to get on with the garden.  We went away for a week and came back 10 days ago.  The weeds had obviously waited until I turned my back and then invited all their mates over  It's hardly stopped raining since we got back so the opportunity to get the borders cleared has been very limited.  It's driving me nuts.

Weather forecasts don't help either.  Look in the morning and it's going to improve tomorrow, look again in the evening and it's rain tomorrow, improving the day after.  Repeat as necessary.

Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:13

Hour long programmes will be great, as long as they don't just pad it out with more film of the dogs!  Nothing against the dogs, but the show is supposed to be Gardeners World, not Crufts Goes Wild.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:11
Liriodendron says:

Yes, I did, Dove.  Revealing indeed how "tied in knots" Brexit spokespeople get when challenged...  not that Bremain "facts" are necessarily free from exaggeration.  

I'm afraid I'm a bit suspicious of people who've made up their minds based on "gut feeling" alone.

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 If we could collect all the bull**** being spouted by both sides we wouldn't need to buy any fertiliser for our gardens for many years.

Also, if we were actually being provided with facts rather than a level of spin which would have made Tony Blair dizzy, we might have something other than gut feeling to go by.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 16:00
Doghouse Riley says:

Hostafan1 says:

I for one, do not think " the NHS has gone to the dogs" I'm  a huge fan.

Yes there are problems, yes there is waste, and yes, we could, and some would argue , should spent more money on it. But I've never come across a system I'd like to see replace it.

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Well, I speak from personal experience, that of our son's partner's, a career nurse at the MRI, our daughter's,  a nurse first at GOS and later St Mary's Paddington and that of my wife's,  a long term sufferer of MS and cancer. They all think the NHS has gone to the dogs.

Unfortunately, there's generations who have no experience of how much better was the care,  (not necessarily the cures) in past decades,  when the service wasn't as over-stretched..

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 I don't think you need to go back decades to see a deterioration in the NHS.  With my GP, just a few years ago, you could get a non-urgent appointment within a couple of days.  Now you will have to wait 2 or 3 weeks.  In fact just looking at the surgery's on-line booking system they have appointments on 4th of July and then nothing until the 18th of July.  Even non-urgent could become very urgent in that timescale.  It is massively over stretched, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's gone to the dogs - YET.

Karen Carpenter goodbye to love

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 12:33
Logan says:

Hi all,i'm a carpenter fan got all the albums.I know how Karen died,but watching the documentary I didn't realise how bad she was.Richard Carpenter would have to agree to be shown so it must be true.What do you all think about it?

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 I haven't seen the programme, but to assume every part of the content must be true because her brother contributed to it isn't necessarily true.  Unless he commissioned the programme I very much doubt he had editorial control over it.

It's very rare for any programme to have access to all the facts, or to be totally unbiased in the presentatation of the facts they do have.  From the programmes I have seen she does seem to have had a pretty rough time of it.

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