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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 17:50

Care home rang.  My mum is coughing up "quite heavy" blood.  Doctor going tomorrow morning.  Saw her today and she was mentally alert and talkative but not eating much.  I thought then she had difficulty swallowing.

dont like going to the care home really.  Increasingly though it is humbling.  I am now seeing the residents there as quite "normal" even  endearing. Sad but dementia seems to allow some contentment for the sufferers???  I take some sweets and chocs and share them out and can share conversation with some of them.  It's a shake up to the system though and never would imagine my own mother being in a place like that.  The Home is very good now....excellent care etc......but not great end of life is it? 

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 17:37


Oh deer, oh deer oh deer 

attractive plant? 


cornus dogwood cuttings

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 17:35

Yes John,is prob all due to the season. dogwoods do lose their leaves now to show off those red srems.  

I would just assume your dogwood is fine and take some hardwood cuttings .....either in pots or in the ground.  I find they root very easily and form a decent shrub in 2 years.  

out  of interest what weed killer did you use?  If it was glyphosate it will have no affect at this time of year.

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 17:28

Thanks garden girl a foliage plant do you like it?  I have a feeling it doesn't flower profusely?  What was it like when you bought it?

Room 101

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:31

No, Dove's ok 

Seaside Home

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:10

Could write a very long list here Barney.  Need to know if you're in the south west or on the east coast .....makes a difference 

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:07

Thanks Obelixx.  yes, it does seem to be a little on the tender side but prob ok here.  Charity at the moment  has masses of flowers but not sure if Soft Caress is so prolific.

Help with Foxgloves please.

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:01

The colder weather is yet to come Pfuk.  I suspect snails are nibbling there so watch out for,them in the spring when new growth appears.  No, I wouldn't cut any leaves off right now.

Cutting Back Hebe

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:58

too big to really control it now I think Jimboss007 although I have done it to a white flowered variety.  It did respond but took a couple of years.  They are so easy from cuttings but I would wait a few weeks yet to do that.

however, if mine I would remove it now.  Plant something more to your own liking.  its a good time of year to clear it away and replenish the soil there then decide what you really want instead 

Onion weed

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:52

Thanks Marion.  Pretty comprehensive info there 

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