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What would you plant here?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:46

Does it have to be a shrub?   How about some perennials such as hardy geranium macrorhizum underplanted with creamy coloured spring daffs and autumn crocus to extend the season of interest.  It has scented foliage that turns red for winter and then pale, medium or purply pink flowers in May/June.   Easy to care for.  Just pull of tatty foliage with your hands in late winter/early spring.

Sedum spectabile would be good too and great nectar for bees and other insects.   Flower heads look good through winter when frosted.    Just need to cut back old stems at the beginning of spring to let the new foliage through.

All sorts of other possibilities.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:39

It is over run because people go to A&E for colds, flu, splinters instead of using their noggin and taking an aspirin or going to their pharmacy or GP and leaving A&E to deal withreal accidents and emergencies.  

It is over run on the wards because of so many avoidable illnesses resulting from smoking, obesity, bad nutrition.   If you buy a car and fill it with the wrong fuel the engine seizes up.  If you don't change the oil and air filter regularly the motor doesn't work properly.   Same with the human body - it needs regular maintenance and correct fuel.   Better education and more personal responsibility would solve a lot of that waste of both lives and NHS resources.

There are also beds blocked because people can't go home because there aren't the people to care for them - meals, dressing changes, physio.....   In the UK that is deemed to be social care and is run by local councils who are strapped for cash and close them down.   Needs to be joined up and made efficient.

You go to an NHS hospital and no-one asks if you're costs will be covered by the fact that you are a UK citizen with right of residence and thus free care, or an EU citizen whose costs will be reimbursed by their health system or a rich foreigner whose private insurance should pay.   The NHS could recover millions every year from health tourists but doesn't even try.   

Medicine is evolving all the time and more and more can be done to enhance and/or prolong life but all that technology and pharmaceutical advances comes at great expense.  When the NHS was born barely anyone dreamed of such things as heart transplants, knee replacements and all those other revolutionary procedures we now take for granted.  

It's a shame that NHS management and delivery systems haven't evolved at the same pace - but that's nothing to do with being in our out of the EU..


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 02:08

I take it he means Osmanthus so you will at least get scented flowers - when it's big enough and as long as you don't clip back the flowering shoots each year........

My osmanthus has been in 5 years, is very slow to grow and has not yet flowered.   Expecting better things now we've put windbreak fabric on the perimeter wire mesh fencing.

I like Red Robin hedges.   They go red again after being clipped.

Small agricultural paddock

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 01:45

Planning rules indicate that you need to apply for change of use to make a garden out of former agricultural land - http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/planning_portal/lpg_notes/lpg14.htm 

I suggest that you first have a chat with the planning officer at the local council about your paddock becoming a wildlife reserve.   Assuming it's OK, you then need to make sure you control harmful weeds such as Japanese knotweed, ragwort, thistle and a couple more - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prevent-the-spread-of-harmful-invasive-and-non-native-plants 

In order to attract wildlife you need to provide food and shelter so nectar, pollen, berries, seeds and foliage that insects, other invertebrates, birds and small mammals can feed on plus piles of logs, shrubs, trees for shelter and water for them to drink and to attract amphibians.

The RHS has a list of plants for pollinators - https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/pdf/conservation-and-biodiversity/wildlife/rhs_perfectforpollinators_plantlist-jan15 and the RSPB and local wildlife trusts will be happy to advise about your local area.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 01:17

The NHS is the 5th largest employer in the world.  It is unable to recruit the staff it needs from within the UK.

Do you know that 10% of NHS doctors and 4% of NHS nurses are from the EU?   Do you seriously think waiting times will reduce if they all have to go home?


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:47

Me either.  A gardening friend and keen flower arranger was horrified when I took the scissors to all those nasty yellow flowers when she was here once.   Now I have more and more proper plants to fill the spaces the mollies are getting weeded to extinction in my garden.


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:45



Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:27

Many moons ago after a tour of the garden OH promised me that when he retired he'd learn the proper names of plants.  

I retorted that that wouldn't be necessary but it would be really good if he could learn to identify creeping buttercup, thistle, couch grass, sticky bud and nettle so that when I asked him to weed a bed he would no longer just blitz the lot.  His habit of removing absolutely everything meant that for some years we had the most expensive compost heaps in Belgium! 

These days I take him with me to plant fairs so he can treat me to treasures - and carry them - and he's become a lot more discriminating.


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:11

Glad you're home safe Dove and have had a good time.

Chicky - I think Monty has help and probably does take all day, or a large part of it, to do pots but it gets edited out for a 30 minute programme - not sexy to see him emptying and cleaning pots and then fetching crocks and compost and the new plants.

Don't do jigs but we do an Irish Lord of the Dance line dance and some that are a bit more jiggy and a Greek one that requires a few knee flexes and ballroom tango is all done with flexed knees for good posture so yes Hosta, try dance classes.   We have members with new hips, new knees, new shoulders, a prosthetic foot......tho he doesn't do jive.   I have new feet but that's reconstruction, not spare parts.

For the book sale today we took boxes of old books.   Found one which also had old games - jigsaws, dominoes, Chinese chess,draughts, magnetic travel scrabble and, from my dim and distant youf, a leather pouch of Jacks.   I used to be very good at those but can't remember how to play.   Possum now 21 and a late baby - is bemused.   Anyone else remember Jacks?


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 00:22

Oops Hosta.  Sorry. I didn't mean you'd been rude.  That other person was and shouldn't have been.

Just in from the dance club AGM and waiting for coffee to brew - decaf - before heading for bed.   Cream crackered and aching feet.

English book sale tomorrow for charity tomorrow and we have books to donate and then some gardening if the weather holds.

Liri - isn't there a Scottish isle that's relocating hedgehogs?  

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