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Yesterday at 20:09
I think Dickens’ Artful Dodger was all that and also loyal to the leader of his "party" and “colleagues”.
3 days ago at 23:09
Not really patriotic though, Danae, is it? But, Banksy's creation says it all...See original post
So, Kitchener's "Your Country Needs You" has been supplanted by Boris' "WANTS". Rather telling! Never mind the attire!
09 Oct 2017 22:01
You must have a band of Body Snatchers in your garden who, obviously have no use for fingers. As for wellies and foxes, I learnt a long time ago to lock my wellies in the shed.
However, when I was tidying it up last July,my 9 year-old grandson decided to give me a hand. He found my old wellies and turned them in to flower pots!
09 Oct 2017 21:07
Hi Alex, it's been a rather busy day. Very! To top it all, in the afternoon I decided to empty one of the compost bins, as it was quite ready. Back breaking work. However, I was quite pleasantly surprised to find in the bin a garden glove that I had lost early in spring and my favourite secateurs, lost on the August bank- holiday week-end! They were uncle Edward's and I'm very happy to have them back. As you can see, horribly rusty though.
I think, when I get very tired, I don't just throw my garden waste in the bin but everything else that's also in my bucket!
09 Oct 2017 19:06
It's been a bit of a day but then someone sent me this picture of Britain First's leaders on a European tour and it's rather...cheered me up.
06 Oct 2017 23:03
I'll risk a guess, the artist was a boy?
05 Oct 2017 22:33
Ishiguro is certainly an impressive author. I found The Remains of the Day truly thought provoking.
05 Oct 2017 20:20
Hi Alex, I remember reading about this method of "rooting" trees in water in the Which? magazine a long time ago. I think it was in the late 90s.
I believe they took lots of them and kept them in a bucket with a little water over many weeks. Most of them grew those odd looking white things, which were, apparently, an indication that when planted, these cuttings would actually grow roots.
So, I don't think yours have mould, either; plant them up, and as Borderline suggests, keep them warm and moist.
I will my fingers crossed for you!
03 Oct 2017 22:10
Let's have something really sweet. My neighbour's nephew is almost 4 years old. He spends one afternoon a week with her, which they both love.
Today, she and I were in her garden, when she asked the child to run in to the kitchen, look at the clock and then tell her where its hands were.
He hopped in and when he came out explained: one hand looks this way and the other the other way!
29 Sep 2017 19:31
Hi Mike, so unfortunate that the cancer has returned, yet that needn't be absolutely terrible. Good results are achieved often and we all hope, I'm sure, that will prove to be the case with you.
I'm not a psychotherapist, but I think positive thinking, expressing your feelings or verbally "attacking" your enemy might well make you feel stronger.
Keep your thoughts positive and remember we are all thinking of you.
19 Sep 2017 21:45
I'm glad you got rid of it. Looking at its base, it was probably going to fall down very soon. Lucky you discovered its problem when you did!
What to replace it with? I'm hoping to get a quince for my birthday. Is a quince something you might like?
11 Sep 2017 21:35
I have to go for a scan on my heart next Tuesday as i have been getting very breathless of late so am taking it easy in the garden till then. Quite wet today and forecast morerain for the weekend too so perhaps just as well.See original post
Hi Marion, I hope your scan is fine and they sort out your shortness of breath soon.
I've just read your Biography. You're amazing. I love you!
11 Sep 2017 21:10
I wouldn't know anything about keeping a wisteria in a pot but I always thought you could transplant potted plants at any time of the year, if you didn' disturb the roots. I was under the impression that winter time was ideal for trees/shrubs withe bare roots.
I allow plenty of side shoots
There are plenty of beautiful and huge wisterias climbing up walls of many pubs near where I live. They're lovely to look at but not to have in my garden! I suffer from vertigo.
I like keeping her round-ish. When one side of my shrub grows a little taller than the rest, and I don't like it, I prune it straight after flowering. That's what my secateurs are for! I prune her when I think she needs it. I couldn't possibly treat her like a prima donna!
08 Sep 2017 12:24
Now, how many of us are REALLY surprised?
07 Sep 2017 20:56
I trained my wisteria just over 30 years ago. I was very young and fearless, so I tried things out. I knew very few basic things, so I started removing anything I didn't like! She didn't object and rather flourished. Miraculously!
When I had bought her, she was the smallest and cheapest wisteria the little garden centre had. As I didn't have many pennies to spare (I was a student) she was just right for me. She was about 40cm tall, in a very small pot, tied to a thin bamboo stick.
I took her out of the pot- retaining the stick, dug a whole in the garden and put her in. All I did was water and...prune her. After 3 or 4 years, she started flowering and has become better with age.
I'm not a wise gardener; I just do things and, some times, they work!
06 Sep 2017 22:13
I'm sorry to hear that your tree is looking not too great.
I do expect the hopeful comments, above, are right but I remember my father in law had 2 cherry trees that had something similar. It was called heartwood decay, I think. He discovered it when a storm brought one of them down. About 10 years later the same thing happened to the other tree. I think the condition was caused by fungi.
Hopefully this is not the case with your tree.
05 Sep 2017 20:42
I always prefer my plants to be reached without ladders, so when my wisteria reached the height I liked, I cut off her top, kept pruning anything that grew longer than I liked at any time of the year. New shoots growing next to the main stem, I wound around it, thus looking as if there was just one stem. After a few years, I had more than I liked, so I removed some of the older shoots. My wisteria is self-supporting.
So, Sam, it's really simple but keep your secateurs sharp!
I wish I knew how to cut the grass.
04 Sep 2017 21:18
And here is mine. She's over 30 years old.
04 Sep 2017 15:41
It's not that uncommon to find racists, xenophobes and bigots of all kinds camouflaging their hatred as "patriotism" by draping it in the flag or any such other symbol or emblem. Love of one's own country is natural, right and worthy; what's unworthy is claiming that hatred is in any way patriotic.
I have been informed that those who are ashamed of the self-harm that Brexit is causing us, have created a new passport cover, as an... apology to EU citizens when they find themselves at their airports or hotels! Tongue in cheek, no doubt!
03 Sep 2017 19:45
I must've really loved it, I can see that I even used 2 punctuation marks together!