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Posted: 10/12/2014 at 18:26

Fidget - so sorry to hear your news.

Families....... not going there .....

Verdun - this magpie man probably doesn't know he's stealing - but it doesn't make it any less irritating to deal with.

Would it help to get your mum a spectacles chain and ask the staff to put them round her neck when she gets up and leave them there until she gets undressed at night? Might be fewer opportunities for them to go walk about and she would always have them with her when she needs them. Just an idea...

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 08:59

I've got mine in an unheated potting shed on the potting bench. The window faces due south so they get a lot of sun. I cut them very hard back in September and they are now nice compact plants but with quite a lot of leaves and some flowers. I intend to keep mine really quite dry. This weekend the temp in the shed fell to -2C but the plants are ok.

It's a new shed and it's all a bit of an experiment really. Last year the pelargoniums stayed out all winter in pots but in a very sheltered south facing position. I didn't water them at all - they just had whatever rain water reached the pots. The winter was very mild (only a few nights at or below freezing) and they all survived - I gave them a good feed & cut them really hard back in April - and they were the biggest, best flowering pelargoniums I've ever had.

I'm hoping to sort of replicate these conditions in the shed 

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Posted: 07/12/2014 at 09:51
Best wishes Matty - so glad the horrible 'not knowing' & 'wondering what will happen' phase is over and I'm sure you'll make the right decision tomorrow.

I know the next few weeks won't be much fun but it sounds as though your prognosis is excellent and you'll be out enjoying your garden again as normal next summer.

Good luck & hope all goes well for you x.

Catch up next year.

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 09:16
Seasons greetings to you too Zara & hope the move goes smoothly. It is always sad to leave a garden you've spent so much time, effort & money creating - but a house move is a great opportunity to leave any mistakes behind (don't we all have a few of those?) and start afresh with a new plot.

....and I can't think of a nicer place to move to - see you there when OH retires

Grass still growing

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 21:28
I was very naughty.... it was a nice day today so I cut my grass even though it was way too wet & there is a frost forecast for tonight. Breaking all the rules - but the whole garden looks soooo much better. I'll consider myself b*ll*cked!!

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Posted: 05/12/2014 at 09:19

I do feel for you Lyn - the unwillingness to cooperate is (in so many ways) much more difficult to cope with than physical incapacity. It's so much worse if 'others' (thinking here of the medical team perhaps) start implying that dehydration etc etc is your fault for not making sure she drinks enough, gets enough exercise etc. I do hope they are being supportive and understanding that you cannot force feed her or force her out of bed.

I hope you also know that your friends on here understand your predicament and are only full of admiration for your hard work and caring.

Best wishes - hope today is an easier day 

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Posted: 04/12/2014 at 19:07

Lyn - would a hoist help with getting mum out of bed (or lifting her away from the bed while you change it)? An OT assessment might identify this as equipment which would allow you to continue to look after her without the need for additional carers visiting - and would enable you to do so without the risk of damaging your back.

It is a good idea to ask Social Services if such an assessment can be done but it is also a good idea to have an idea of what equipment you might find useful so you can suggest it (and also remind them that the loan of a hoist is cheaper than paying for carers - especially in a rural location)

Best wishes to you and all the rest of you struggling to cope with the demands of caring - it's hard work and emotionally very, very draining. My thoughts are with you. 

poisonous courgettes

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 18:37

What an interesting thread - didn't see it when it was first started in the summer.

I really like courgettes and usually grow a couple of different varieties. I had never heard of this problem - so thank you for the heads-up 

I know they always used to say that you should salt courgettes & aubergines before cooking them to draw out the bitter juices, but I don't find it is necessary to do this with modern strains. I wonder if the 'bitter' juices they were drawing off would have contained the chemicals which cause the unpleasant side effects?

Not nice - but it is nice to learn something new 

Bonfire ash

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 18:28

I would also add it to the compost bin - but I would only add it a couple of shovel fuels at a time. A thick layer of ash in the bin is likely to form a compacted, alkaline layer in the bin which does not break down.

For this reason I store my log burner ash in a covered bucket & just add a few scoops as I'm layering the compost. 

Grass still growing

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 19:24

Mine needs a haircut too but it's positively squelchy underfoot 

I do leave mine longer in the winter Fishy but it's probably 3 weeks since I last cut it & it looks quite untidy - especially as the last of the copper beech leaves seem to have come down in the last week. Might try to get out there with the mower if we have a dry 2- 3 days - otherwise it will be lawn rake & edging shears just to make it look a bit better 

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