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Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:49

Me too.  Floating between sofa and PC and kitchen and patchwork where my brain is boggled with calculations.  Can't think straight when coughing and wheezing.


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:33

Persicaria bistorta in my garden does best in moist soil in sun or dappled shade and spreads slowly over time.   I love it.   The clump I have in a dryer spot seems more static.

I also have forms with finer spikes of deep red flowers which are also well behaved in full sun.   I have the low, ground cover form persicaria affinis which makes a carpet and seems to prefer dry places.  Then there are the spotted and V marked variegated forms for shade which I also love.   Pesicarias are attractive and versatile plants and not thuggish.

Red Dragon is another good one if you don't suffer from very cold winters.   Too cold for white flowered forms too.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:24

Not just that but Europe as a whole is richer than when it was just individual countries.  Greece, Spain and Italy have had to improve their systems and standards of employment and industry and law to do it which is a good thing and so will the east European countries in time.

Meanwhile it's still apparently OK for companies like Primark and Benetton and others to export misery and take advantage of non existent labour protection in Bangladesh and other Asian countries to make clothes on the cheap using women and children with no health and safety or minimum wage protection. 

I know which system I prefer.


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 13:05

No.  It's buried under the plants.


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:35

There's an old trick of putting banana skins in planting holes for flowering shrubs, especially roses.   We just put ours on the compost heap but yes, it would work as a liquid feed and no, don't dry them first.  Easier to blitz when fresh.   You do need to add some water or you'll knacker your machine.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:27

I've never been a knitter and find knitted clothes make me itchy anyway but your pocket dolls and trews look like fun.   I have taken to knitting scarves in winter for OH and Possum, just for something to do when watching TV since my eyesight is no longer good enough for small gauge cross stitch.   

OH is a tiger (Chinese horoscope) so, many years ago I did him this

He's from Worcester so I did this

My patchwork projects started as a quilt for our bedroom using the Contrary Wife block but I couldn't get the points to match so took myself off to classes to learn the trick and there I've been required to different blocks to practise piecing - some are here along with one of the blue place mats, a red and cream block for a cushion cover and a crafty fabric picture of irises.


I have another 4 of the pinkish blocks to do to make a wall hanging - and this month's class project is reverse appliqué which I can do by machine.  I'll let you know how that works out.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:02

I think you're absolutely right Posy.   Not gloomy - unless of course the leavers win in which case, good luck to the poor, the less able, the less the less mobile, the less articulate.......

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:53

BLT - if you have the appropriate forms you should be treated in the EU.

As ever, repatriation is an administrative/government policy thing.  Belgium runs its NHS differently and that includes repatriation within the EU but you are expected to take out medical insurance for holidays - common sense - because they found that providing repatriation by medical plane or helicopter for things like skiing accidents was getting too expensive.  

Waiting lists are kept down by a) clearing beds of people whose post-op care can be done at home with dressing changes, injections etc from specialist nurses and b) more doctors per head of population than in the UK.  15 years ago my OH had to have a cataract operation (not age related but the result of an earlier accident to his eye) and the surgeon apologised because he's have to wait 10 days! 

Posy - you're absolutely right.   We have to ask what we can give as well as receive.   There is much we can learn from how others in the EU do things and much the UK can offer but, hitherto, I get the distinct feeling that British functionaries at the EU haven't grasped this and don't do as much as they could to make EU systems better.

As for immigration - there are far greater numbers from outside the EU which the UK has the right to control without reference to EU freedom of movement.   Leaving the EU won't make border controls any more efficient or stop the human traffickers or make local councils cleverer at providing school places or housing for those already here whether British or not.



Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:28

Train strike today so no people watching.  OH drove Possum to Namur for her Dutch exam and is parked on the citadel with views of the Meuse valley - very fuzzy in heavy rain - reading his book.  He'll fetch me some expectorant on the way home as my chest is still very tight too.  

Discovered on the tube when in London that people watching on trains is no fun anymore.  They all have their heads down in mobile devices.  Lots of gardens and a few allotments between west Ealing and the first tunnels though.

Paperwork and patchwork homework today.  Much too wet for gardening.

I hope you get your flights OK Busy.   Pat E - I shall go and investigate your new crafty thread.

Last edited: 13 June 2016 09:29:03

How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:18

My garden is far too big to mess with beer traps and there are too many hostas and other susceptible plants anyway.    I don't do slug patrols any more as, in spring, I'm out most evenings at dancing and I don't use scissors.

I do use the wildlife friendly slug pellets to great effect although 10 straight days of rain means I now have a few holes in my otherwise pristine hostas.  I also have lots of birds, frogs and toads and no harm comes to them.

Start scattering the pellets very thinly from St Valentine's Day (easy to remember) and continue weekly around susceptible plants only - do not turn the borders blue.    This system gets them as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they start to munch and breed.

You need some slugs to recuycle dead matter and feed your frogs and toads so do be careful just to use protective measures around the plants that need it and not as a general blitz.

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