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Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 18:44

   But this is not a gardening thread 

perhaps you should look at latest posts and comment only on those threads that interest you November member. 

as mentioned before, the forum embraces much more than garden issues 

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' pruning

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:58

Hostafan, I am tempted by some relatively tender varieties available down here.  A renowned local nursery supplies them.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:56

Mum today was seemingly even smaller.

got a lovely long lingering smile from her when I kissed her and said "love you mum".  I was almost embarrassed by it.  Dementia doesn't mean the sufferers are unaware of things...they just cannot communicate it.  

Its been a massive eye opener going to the care home.  I now see the residents as individuals ...some with amusing characteristics too....and I respect each and every one of them.  


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:50

Handsome snow figures 

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:48

We have just had a new supermarket opened up here.  Everybody has complained about it, that they won't support it (because it will affect local shops, etc.) but boy!  It is sooooooo busy.  Nothing wrong with that but people generally vote with their wallets.  I am honest about it.....I go if prices are less for the same product. 

it's straightforward and applies to everything.."....

Whenever Garden centres have a sale we all comment about it and urge others to go asap. But there  are loads of nurseries and front garden sales people who will miss out if we take advantage too often of gc sales.  Shouldnt we boycott those bargains? 

Plants with balls

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:39

Hmmm!  Dwarf hebes?  Depends where you are Tingly but hardy for me here.

sarcoccoca can be shaped into a ball and produce flowers at this time of year.  

Santolinas will produce grey mounds for most of the year and then produce yellow flowers in summer.  

If on acid soil many dwarf rhododendrons/azaleas are naturally rounded and flower in spring.

without flowering there are dwarf euonymous varieties.  Check out conifers like blue star which has striking blue foliage all year round and easily kept to small mound.  Alternate with yellow bushes or purple Berbersis atro nana.  No flowers there but what colour.  Pittosporum Tom Thumb is a purple black dwarf shrub.......very hardy for me

How to remove HUGE shrub

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:29

Ah!  Busy has just beaten me to it....yes, leave some trunk for leverage.  I have dug out MASSIVE shrubs and trees including sycamores,,Laylandii, etc.  All by HAND, swearing, cursing,grunting and manic power.

the hardest part sometimes has  been removing it from the soil even though it ihas been dug up.  You could, if it's so big, clear away the soil and when plant is separated from the soil, burn it.  However, these things are often easier than anticipated.  ........and the satisfaction when you've won the battle!  

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:20

Garden lady a handful of ericaceous compost in the planting hole is not going to make a difference to your soil.  What do you want to plant and where?

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 11:15

Knew a local guy who supplied "organic" veg.   However, he used artificial fertilisers, slug pellets and the like.  Who checks ?  Who really knows? 

I garden as organically as possible, esp in veg and fruit patches and I think it all tastes pretty good.  However, a lot of organic produce I buy is not great tasting


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 11:04

Lyn yes, it is a sad post.  Just wish you well that's all.  

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