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Meany or being careful !

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 13:05

I have always been a haggler.  Whilst at school, aged 13 or so, I haggled for a new bike.  Now I argue for discounts for insurance, cars, well everything possible. I save chunks of cash,   I get half price pasties and other tasties, claim compensation for service companies falling short, etc. etc., claim on meal offers and the rest and always ask for money off for purchasing there and then.

however, my "meanness" ......prob my boasting about the above on a daily basis......is attracting comment.  I'm being careful. sensible and practical I say.  I do delight in saving money, feel proud of it even if savings are small but I do worry (ha ha not really) if I am becoming mean.

so folks!  I'm not mean, am I?  (Meanwhile I'll tuck into my half price rye whilst quietly chuckling  at my half price meal last night )

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 12:51

Gnomes????   Not really Fairy.  However, I do have a "classy" gnome that an old lady gave me and a painted mushroom ( this has sentimental value so essential)  looking for a store mannequin though to "personalise" 

vaccuum wouldnt "suck" properly earlier.  I cleaned every filter, separated the hose (not meant to be separated) and analysed every conceivable issue.  Read and re read the ha shook, googled possible reasons.    Still wouldn't "suck".  Then I realised the dirtbin was not clicked in properly. Who would have thought of that?   Works fine now but annoyed at the wasted time.  Still, vaccuum is in pristine condition now 

 warm and sunny then a heavy shower from nowhere.  

My new iPad is still a novelty for me........now installed electronic newspapers to save money.  

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 12:37

I grow a few aconitums.  My feeling is that, if the culprit is aconitum, that it must have been ingested.  I don't wear gloves when I cut aconitums back.   I grow them well away from pathways, etc. and surrounded by other plants

However, I will look into aconitum now and make a decision about them

so many plants are toxic, caustic and dangerously spiny.  I will not grow yuccas or  pyracanthas because of their vicious foliage.  

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 08:48

Sundance  for me too. Heucheras like plum pudding, berry Smoothie and Obsidion will  look good there too. And go for white hellebore ....in shade it will lighten the area.  Not really high maintenance though.  Pop in some white daffodils too 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 08:41

Feeling slightly warmer today.  Lovely sunshine then sharp shower.

during the tidy up I'm getting a few ".lateral thinking" ideas for the garden.  

Morning folks.  

moving snapdragons

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 00:42

Go by your judgement Mark.  A grouping sounds good 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 00:40

Sorry Matty you are having such a bad time.    Good times will come though 

been a wet, wet wet day.  Cut the grass, weeded the garden and generally tidied up 

Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:14

If you can get a good rootball and your camellis is not too big you can move it now.  If it has a lot of flower buds and you don't want to jeopardise the flowers then wait until flowering is over.

out of early morning sun is a priority.....early morning sun will damage frosted flowers. Get some ericaceous compost in the mix......camellias prefer acidic soil but will tolerate a neutral soil if it's in good heart.  Dappled shade is ideal but I grow them in full sun.

Heather

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:03

A traditional method is to plant deep.  Remove heather from pot, loosen roots if pot bound, mix in mpc with the soil and plant deep just the top inch or so of foliage is above soil level.  Water well and leave until early summer and check for layered shoots 

moving snapdragons

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 18:44

Mark, i do occasionally move them with great success.  If they are looking good foliage wise right now the chances are they will flower next year.  Dig up with good rootball.  Many are annuals but those would be showing signs of dying off now.  

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