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Posted: 21/12/2014 at 18:50

There have been people posting on the various "cat"  threads who would harm cats if and when given the chance.  They see them as vermin and therefore see no distinction between "offing" cats as they would  rats or pigeons. There are times when I can see their point but the kindest way is to take the animal to a vet and have it euthanased properly. 

No one would deliberately do this to someone's much loved pet ( well, I'd hope not anyway ) but the number of free ranging cats without an obvious owner ( or with an owner who won't take responsibility )........what is the point of just letting these creatures roam free and breed continuously.  Cat sanctuaries are well meaning but why rehome these animals when people are incapable of looking after them ?  Even neutered cats can be a danger to wildlife.

There has been a free or cheap spaying and neutering programme run by the PDSA since at least the early 1970's so there is no excuse for owning a fertile cat of either sex. 

Cats are NOT part of UK native wildlife...take your choice...either they are a wild species and need to be licensed as such or they are domestic pets and need to be treated as such. 

Believe it or not, you can train a cat to walk out with you on a lead.....much the same as a dog.  It is simply the age old  thinking that a cat is a "wild" animal that stops you doing this.  Make the effort, think of others and what is around you.

The more you discuss deterrents ( the majority of which don't work ) the more you allow cat owners to think they are on a cushy else is always going to have to deal with the problem.

The very fact that there are so many "Cat" threads leads you to believe that they are a problem......not just imagination




Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:48

Daffs just about showing their heads in my garden.  Do still have Calendula, Nicotiana and Lobelia flowering .......not quite the same tho is it ?

Cestrum parquii still flowering away like mad ......for a supposedly tender shrub, it certainly seems to be taking the mick this year.

See you later work, two weeks off!

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:41

Hells Bells Edd..........I've not long come in from putting my Chickens to bed and I didn't see anything.  If I didn't know you better, I'd be tempted to go back out with my torch just to check.  Fortunately, I DO know you better

Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:30

Recently bought one of the above.  Bit messy and soggy but now cleaned up and re potted in decent compost/grit until Spring.

I have 2 sites in mind........either fully south facing in a 50/50 soil ( broken up/improved  clay and imported top soil ) and grit  OR a not so clever clay/manure/grit sloping site south/east.  I know for most of my grasses that the drainage is vital but unless I am unlucky, neither intended site will be flooded.  My Carex flagelliffera will take quite a bit of damp but the other Carex often resent it.

I wondered whether anyone was growing this specific plant and found it did better in one situation or another ?



See you later work, two weeks off!

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:00

  What happened to Spring then ???  Are you saying all my Spring bulbs will be up/ flowered and over by tomorrow morning ? 

Hmph  I think I want my money back

christmas has come for me too.

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 16:42

Not ridiculous at all Runnybeak is nice that you have gained ( and given ) so much.

See you later work, two weeks off!

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 16:17

That's true enough Edd but, like you, I much prefer Mark's optimistic outlook

Been a beautiful day here despite the wind.  Is it true that if the shortest day is nice and sunny, we are in for excellent weather for the next 12 months ?  No ?  Worth a try tho

tropical garden scheme

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 16:00

Thanks for posting that Hostafan.  The only other amusing catalogues I've come across were the old Chiltern Seeds ones. Full of funny asides and weird information. Since passing to a new generation, these are nothing like as entertaining as they used to be. 

Since most gardeners ( judging by this forum anyway ) seem to have a weird sense of humour, it is good to know someone out there is carrying the banner

Growing True Potato Seed

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:21

Chit as used for young girl is another usage.  As far as I know, it can also be rather in a couple of old biddies talking about a young girl who is deemed to be rather more self confident than is decent....."Oh, she's just a chit of a girl.....".

I think you will find tho that chit also means a shoot or sprout ( NOT Brussels  ).

Language and it's origins is an endlessly fascinating subject


Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:09

Berghill.......thanks for that.  I've only harvested 3 seeds tho so I don't think I'll have too much of a problem pricking out

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