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Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:42

Gemma..........been there before.........7 cats belonging to one neighbour.  After a couple of years, I suggested to my neighbour that if he would just keep his pets in overnight, I would deal with them during the daytime.  I thought that was a fair offer but he wasn't remotely interested.  In the end, I sold up....just couldn't take it any longer.  Beautiful acre of garden, big G/H 's, fantastic views but totally ruined by someone who had no conception of responsible pet keeping.  To add insult to injury, when I went back to visit another neighbour some 2 years later, I found the cat person had sold up and moved from the area !  Too late for me tho 

tlc to christmas cactus

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:14

Must be the season for giving away hopeless cases Billie  I was given an even worse specimen a couple of months ago but completely sodden compost and rotting stems as opposed to your rock hard compost.

I cleaned up, discarded all the rubbish and repotted in MPC mixed with Perlite and grit. Left in the g/h. Once the plant had dried out, it then produced a beautiful flush of flowers. I find if you keep them on the dry side , they seem happy in most aspects. Not too dissimilar from the larger "Orchid Cactus".

I'd imagine yours will welcome a change of compost after all those years and you will probably find it will flower better next year   


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 16:39

Well Gemma, you can't say I didn't warn you

IME of previous cat threads on this forum, it makes little or no difference to state the facts.  All the points you put have been made before   - politely, not so politely, with exasperation and eventually rather rudely.

What does seem to be a fact tho is that very often only the faeces problem is "discussed".  The depradation of wildlife is often overlooked by many ( or at least only used as a secondary argument ) and so I was very interested to read your comments about your powers under the Habitat Directive.  What a pity it relates only to new developments   

Kindle e readers

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 13:12

L Lass.......many thanks for your comments.  As said, I have decided to stick with the basic Kindle as the touch screen should be an improvement on my old one with the keypad.


The National Rose Society books. Need new home.

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 19:43

Edd..........that's a good ending  

Recommended Books

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 19:31

and anyway there was no there

Recommended Books

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 19:29

A bad case of anthropomorphism I'd wonder so many people have no real conception of nature.



Wildlife gardening -Month by Month.

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 19:15

"Perhaps another site "...........wishful thinking  Edd


Wildlife gardening -Month by Month.

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 17:08

I suggested a dedicated "book" thread ( tho obviously without as much clarity as I'd hoped ) so that Mike didn't need to start a new thread for each book every time he thought of one.

Other threads do sometimes include book titles when relevant but if this thread sticks just with gardening related books, it should make life easier for all of us .....that was the theory anyway

Talkback: How to apply mulch

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 17:47

Jocelyn.....All those plants you mention are hardy in this country.  If you are expecting severe frosts, it may be worth insulating your pots with something to protect the plant roots from freezing solid.  Just mulching the plants won't stop that problem

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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