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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:39

Leave them.   They'll fade eventually when they've fed the roots and seeds.   I grow mine in a bed where they are eventually covered by hostas, astilbes and Japanese anemones so I leave them alone unless I want to collect seeds from the japonicas to sow fresh or split the ordinary ones to make more.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:31

I know Steve.   It's so obvious.

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 16:14

Crikey Busy.  You do live up to your name!

I need pics of the white bed DD.  Want one myself and am busy turning over ideas in the back of my mind.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 16:09

The amount of aid the British government gives is not decided at EU level.   

Housing is a national issue that has been underfunded for decades - again, not decided at EU level.

It is naive to think leaving the EU will reduce illegal immigration as it's too easy to disappear once in.

Continental EU countries have ID cards that have to be produced when you move house, claim housing support, receive health or unemployment benefits, schools, GPs, open a bank account, electricity, water and gas supplies, even collecting a parcel from the PO.  Even so, there are so many political and economic refugees in the world at the mo - often as a result of western action or inaction - that all of Europe is a a promised land by comparison.  

Did you see the story about Brits being arrested for helping Afghans cross the Channel a week or so ago?   Leaving the EU isn't going to fix that either.   It needs a joined up solution.

Last edited: 12 June 2016 16:09:30


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 15:50

I'm just a beginner Pat.   Joined a class 3 years ago to learn how to get triangle and square points to meet up properly after I decided to make a quilt for our bed.  Daft really.  I can sew curtains, cushion covers, sofa covers, coats, jackets, dresses, blouses, shirts, trousers and evening frocks but couldn't get small bits to meet where they should.   Teacher said I wasn't allowed to do a quilt of all one block and had to learn techniques for different blocks so out came all my scraps and blocks were born.

Then she got ill after a few months and I got busy for a couple of years so, since Feb I have a new teacher who does fabric crafts and has me back on track for doing blocks.   Here are some of them - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/Patchwork%20class?sort=4&page=1 

It's a slow process changing block every time and I decided my project may just take a lifetime to get enough blocks before I learned about batting and quilting and finishing so I've made 6 blue place mats and 2 deep red and cream cushion cover blocks.  New teacher has a project to learn a new technique every month and March was making fabric pictures - irises for me.  I was away most of April and refuse to do hand appliqué which was May's project as I find free hand sewing desperately tedious.

June is reverse appliqué which I can do with a machine.  Not finished yet.  I'm also mounting a piece of Chinese embroidery of a dragon for a wall hanging.   Pics will follow if you're interested.  It's a good hobby as I can do it at home on wet days and have something to show for my time.  I enjoy the classes too as the other ladies are good fun and some very advanced skills they're happy to share.

Any other crafty types out there?  We could start a new thread for swapping ideas.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 14:53

I agree Dove and Steve.  Public services are stretched from lack of funding but also because people don't take responsibility for their own lives and actions and think someone else will fix it. 

Immigration from other parts of the world was already out of control before there was any free movement of EU people.  Britain has a Commonwealth from which people have the right to come and then there are refugees from war zones for which we all have a moral duty to help.

Per head of population, immigration is higher in Switzerland (not EU but linked), Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands.    They also have a high percentage of non EU immigrants and all the problems of integration that that brings.

How you deal with it is down to the host countries and their own elected governments.

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 14:24

It's a pretty poor do isn't it?  Don't do soaps of any sort so will probably watch recorded programmes while himself watches football on the other telly.

It's gone very dark and grey here and the wind is picking up.   Not good.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 12:58

Sounds great but I do rosemary and garlic quite often so looking for a change.  Thinking of trying this one - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/slow-roasted-shoulder-lamb  No potatoes of any shape or form so it'll be Yorkshire puds and asparagus and broccoli and baked red onions with thyme.    

Dishing up at 8pm our time - he's playing golf today and then has to go back for prize giving, even if he wins nowt.    Fathers' day here so I shall make his favourite rhubarb crumble ad maybe some proper custard.  

Hope your tum is all cleared up now.   We have a large slab under part of our garden - and probably more we don't know about - but it's way too big to shift by hand so we just leave it.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 12:31

The clue is in the name - hydra meaning water.  They don't like to be dry so water them regularly, especially those in pots and give them a mulch to help retain moisture.   If you can, move them to a less well drained bed in the autumn.

Plant ID please

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 12:26

I think it's a white form of Jacob's Ladder which is a perennial whose original blue form has a habit of seeding freely.   Lucky you to have the white form.

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