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Posted: 08/07/2016 at 10:16

Punkdoc - make sure the police are informed and also your doctor knows why you are stressed and ill.  Maybe also consult with the Citizens Advice Bureau?

GWRS - will you use you bus pass much?  Our local service doesn't go where I need to go or even when I need to go anywhere so utterly useless.  It assumes we want to go to school or the station so nowhere near bank, post office, shops, services....  Trains are good though, and cheap.

Hosta - I had Hampton Court on TV last night but was distracted by a hamamelis catalogue...   Will watch it again later with my finger on the FF button.

Clari - has the choke button found a home?  What does it belong to?

Pat - mission accomplished?  Early days for i-pad sketching so don't give up.

IKEA - good for cotton bedding and tall storage jars for linguine but I'm never again buying any of their furniture.  

It's a middling sort of day here.  Bits of sun, lots of cloud but dry.  Damp bit of attic now liberated and airing.  I have to spend today gathering plants in pots together for easy watering, packing a holiday bag for the dogs, a holiday kitchen/picnic bag for us and some clothes then do a quick clean round and a pedicure.  OH and I are off to the Vendée for a week.  Possum is working her first proper holiday job so staying here with Pusscat.

I hope it's dry where you all are.   Did that garden sell plants or just lunches and cake?


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:48

Sorry you're having a hard week.   Hope the weekend does you good, and the Pilates.

Our second dog has had to learn about being a dog - Labrador kept cooped up in a terraced house with a teeny courtyard for the first 3 years of his life.  Came to us and knew nothing - how to sit, how to pee, how to sniff, not house trained, doesn't know how to gret other dogs, frightened of anything and anyone new.......  He's learned loads from Rasta but is still a nervous bit of a bozo and so soppy.

None of our cats has ever respected personal space if they wanted a fuss or a cuddle.........

Hope tomorrow is calmer for you so you're not frazzled for the weekend.

Gardening woes

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:19

Lena - Clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants so yes, feed it to help it recover.  Check the bottom of its pot and if you can see roots, pot it into a bigger one.  Either way, check the compost is slug free and then put the pot up somewhere away from slugs.

Posy - what you need is a dry winter.  We get much colder ones here as a rule than in the UK and we still get slugs.  They just burrow deeper to avoid the frosted layers of soil.

What's wrong with my hydrangea?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:15

Is it thirsty?  They do like a lot of water but don't want to be drowning.

Have you fed it with a high potassium fertiliser that promotes flowers?  That might help.   They don't like high nitrogen feeds.


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:09

That's such a shame Liri.   Never understood why people let cats have kittens and don't do their jabs.  I'm sure she's very happy being well looked after.

Hamamelis x int. 'Frederic', Hamamelis 'Rochester', Hamamelis x int. 'Rubin' kalm, Hamamelis x int. 'Vesna' - all perfumed.   Having a bit of a splurge....

Forkers Helmingham Hall garden visit

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:03

FG I like formal gardens but no longer want one with hedges.   I have a "formal" bed at the front - box hedge round 3 sides and trellis on the 4th with roses and clems in diagonal rows and underplanted with heuchera, hardy geranium, alliums and so on.   

My electric hedge trimmers don't cut well any more so OH insists on doing the box by hand but doesn't understand about neat, right angle edges and corners so it's a bit of a wavy mess.   I give in and, don't want to be bending down to clip more formal shapes and knots as my back and knees get older and knotted themselves.

Gardening woes

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 21:56

It's been a dreadful year for slugs.   If you can, dig it all up with as much root as possible and put it in a pot with good John Innes 3 compost and nurture it.    Check its soil for hidden slugs and use slug pellets to protect it form new ones.

If you can't dig it up , feed it again with liquid tomato food.   Mulch it with a deep layer of coffee grounds if you can or sharp sand and sharp grit.   Don't use slates as slugs and snails will hide there and come out when you're not looking.


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 21:46

I hope she does OK Liri.  Our cats have always lost weight in summer and shed fur and looked a bit tatty till we could give them a good scragging with their brush, which they love.  

First time in over 30 years we've only had the one cat.  Always had strays turning up regularly before - like Lesley.

No tennis here, gorgeous umpires or not.   Been perusing nursery catalogues and ordering hamamelis for autumn............

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Forkers Helmingham Hall garden visit

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:35

Lovely photos Wonky and a very interesting looking garden.   Not sure I'll ever lust after a knot garden but those mixed borders are gorgeous and so are the roses.

The pussycat and the stagbeetle

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:31

How lucky to have stag beetles.   And a gorgeous cat!

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