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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?  


Posted: 10/06/2016 at 14:46

Quite possibly but sometimes clematis do just disappear for a year or two and even 3 and then pop back up again.  

They sometimes take their time to get their roots established before doing any growing above ground so be careful when hoeing and weeding where you've planted them so you don't decapitate new shoots.   If you know exactly where you planted them, give them an instant tonic of liquid tomato feed to encourage them and then a good dollop of slow release specialist clematis food.   Then cross your fingers and be patient.

Acer planted in sunny spot

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 14:15

Sorry - para 3 intended for moving garden thread.   Oops.

Monty Don's Rhubarb

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 14:14

Gunnera manicata is an ornamental rhubarb form South America.  It's leaves are tough and leathery and rough textured, like ornamental rheum and it needs to be grown where the soil is moist - pond margins and bogs - and where it is protected from heavy frosts.

The photo above is of edible rhubarb growing in his veggie plot.

Here is info with photos of ornamental rhubarb and gunnera so you can see the differences - http://www.rhubarb-central.com/ornamental-rhubarb.html

Acer planted in sunny spot

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 14:07

Shrub moving needs some forward planning and prep.  You can help it survive the shock by making it produce new fibrous roots within the root ball rather than crossing fingers and hoping you get enough by just digging it out for it to survive.

In spring, or preferably a  year ahead, take a sharp spade and push it in vertically as deep as you can all around the shrub using as wide a radius as poss from the trunk to make a circular slit.   Water well before and after.   The plant will respond by producing new fibrous roots within that slit that will sustain it.   Come autumn, prepare a hole slighter wider than that diametre and then remove your shrub and transplant it at the same depth as before.  Back fill with good soil.  Water well and mulch.  It should settle in over the winter while the top half is dormant.

Having said that, moving house and gardens should be about taking cuttings and divisions and seeds and not wholesale removal of plants which may not survive the move anyway.   Better to take offspring of treasures and lots of photos by which to remember the garden you have loved.  Then go and make another you will love as much if not more.  Look forwards, not back.

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