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Lily of the Valley

Posted: Yesterday at 07:14

They certainly are temperamental. Mine grow in damp shade and are very invasive, growing through and over everything else. I have to weed them out to check their advance.

Where have the April showers gone?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 22:10

I'm on the IW, too, Madpenguin. I don't remember a Spring as dry as this since 1989 when we moved to our present house. It was followed by a very dry summer and we didn't get back to normal until the winter.

Whats Next?

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:30

You should certainly water when they are dry. Mornings and evenings are good times to do it. Yes, you can transplant more than once but it is better avoided. Potted plants can be repotted or planted out as you wish. Some are more sensitive than others so look up the individual needs first.

Whats Next?

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 07:13

Why don't you put up some shading? You will still have to water but your plants will be healthier and happier.

Rhododendron Problems

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 07:15

When plants become sticky they usually have a pest that sucks the sap, such as aphid or scale. It has been too cold for these things where I live, but it is well worth a really close examination to make sure.

Dobies email

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 15:53

I am dismayed that so many think that these things are no longer taught, but touched by the implication that if they were, people would use correct English. Pupils and, sometimes parents, have told me,  "I don't do it like that." They feel that the rules we know are restrictive, snobby, effete. Street English is vibrant and creative, an expression of individuality as well as social context.

Does it matter? Compared to the horrors of the Middle East; the uncertainty of Trump and the chaos of Brexit, it probably doesn't. And yet... English is a language of poets, scientists, philosophers. There is great prose, oratory and drama. Many devotional works are inspiring because of the language. It has to change and develop to reflect the lives we live now, but not to be down-graded, I hope, to satisfy those who have not learned to appreciate what they wish to change.

Dobies email

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 20:41

The English language has developed over hundreds of years and is uniquely capable of variety of meaning and expression. It is also continuing to develop. I do believe in the value of preserving its better features but not to the point of pedantry. It is absurd and insulting to suggest you cannot be friends with someone whose grammar is unconventional and I wouldn't waste a moment on such people. Clarity of meaning is the key issue; I believe we should work towards expressing our meaning and not assuming that the reader will guess correctly.

Dobies email

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 09:59

Well, yes, they DO teach this stuff in schools but nobody regards it. I remember being told that three basic spelling or grammar mistakes would result in an automatic Fail in my O Levels - whether true or not I can't say - and all our class work in all subjects was marked down for such errors, so it was worth making an effort. These days, markers are required to look for 'positive' features of the work and literacy only counts in the English papers because bad spelling doesn't mean you cannot understand History or Science. There is good and bad in this: some very bright children were persecuted for poor spelling, which is a test of memory, not intelligence, but it has made many very careless, and uncaring when it comes to speaking and writing English.

New pond

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 22:00

Impressive! It looks great. Certainly worth all the hard work. What a lovely place to sit and enjoy it, too - if you ever get the time to sit!

Children & Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Firethorn etc

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 17:07

Suckers grow out from the roots, sometimes from the base of the plant but sometimes popping up at some distance. They can be a real nuisance because they appear in all sorts of places and are hard to remove.

Tiny children should always be supervised when they play in a garden but they learn quickly to avoid spiky  bushes, bees and wasps. I am sure they learn much more and enjoy much more in a proper garden than  they suffer from a few scratches .

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