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So upset

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:58
Losing a beloved pet is as hard, sometimes harder, as losing any other member of your family. They sometimes misbehave but, generally speaking, they offer unconditional love, companionship and a furry shoulder to cry into when the times get tough.
You know you looked after him well Grandma & he had a happy life with you. It won't harm your GC if they see how upset you are and you can say goodbye together as a family.
Looking after (& losing) pets is the perfect way to teach children about the ups, downs & responsibilties of life.
Best wishes at this painful time x

First Petrol Mower

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 21:17
I've read that too Hostafan - but have no experience of them myself.

First Petrol Mower

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:08

Personally I think it is worth investing a bit of money in a decent lawn mower. Mine is in use at least once a week from March to October cutting a fair sized garden.

A self propelling model will make the job easier. A larger grass collection bag will make it quicker (less time emptying). Cylinder mowers are only really suitable for flat lawns - rotary mowers are more forgiving of uneven ground. A rear roller will give you nice stripes and also make manoeuvring around tight corners and next to bed edges a bit easier (wheels tend to slip off the grass). The wider the cut the fewer times you need to walk up and down (the machines do get heavier and less easy to manoeuvre though so you need to strike the right balance for you).

I have just replaced my 19 year old Honda with ..... another Honda. Excellent machines but expensive if you go for all the bits I suggested. You might find a decent 2nd hand / refurbished one somewhere but people tend to hang onto them for years.

This is a bit of equipment you will be using week in week out for years - I really suggest you get the best you can possibly afford 


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:03

Love Scotland Fairygirl - & your pics remind me why

RB - that doesn't sound nice at all - hope you get it sorted today - I'm a bit funny about my eyes being messed with too.

Wonky - have you found a good nursery or GC in your neck of the woods? I have some favourites a bit further north from you but always pleased to hear of some new places to go and check out 

Gardening after stroke

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 11:20
Hello Horlicks
Have just picked up this thread. Sorry to hear of your (& all other peeps) health issues.
Would you find adapted tools a help? I found this website (dont know how good it is)
which seems to offer general advice & tools & I think there are several others out there if you Google 'disabled gardening' (sorry, I know that's not a very PC way of putting it )
Can your OT or The Stroke Association offer any helpful suggestions?

When to repot?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 09:39

Justin can you also clarify if we're talking about seedlings or cuttings / other vegetative propagation? 

I think Dove and I are both assuming seedlings....

Have I. Become a Victim?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 09:35

Everybody - please - just step away - now 


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 09:21
Dovefromabove wrote (see)


Looks like we're back to the 'good old days' elsewhere I've flagged stuff up to Daniel and the Mods - hopefully nothing will flare up too much before they've had time to have a look.


Well done Dove. I had a bet with myself  how long it would be before some of the old phrases & problems started cropping up. I won! I owe myself 10 bob 



Posted: 06/05/2015 at 08:35
Morning all - hope everyone's garden survives the 2nd battering forecast for today. One corner of my garden is windy at the best of time & I'm trying to grow some tougher evergreens there as windbreaks. They were nearly flat to the ground yesterday.
Today is recycling bin day - might give it a miss - can't see the bins staying upright for long if it's as bad as yesterday

Plant ID's

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 08:08
Sorry - can't help with 2nd ID DD but agree with Alchemilla.
I love this plant - lovely frothy flowers. I have to divide it to get more plants - it has rarely self seeded in my clay soil.

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