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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 00:01

Getting mum moved.  .  Think my aggression upsets the officials but I really don't care.  

Doc called me yesterday and suspects a pain patch the hospital applied as causing problems and today we tallied times etc and think this is the case of mum's confusion.  At last her  glasses were found.  Her hearing aid will be replaced ...the home will pay as I insisted they are responsible.  

Had a meeting there again this morning ...where one official got right up my nose to,the extent we had a mini spat.  As we parted and shook hands I gave him a strong squeeze that made his eyes water.  Very satisfying.  Why do officials think they understand everything better than we do?

I have  logged the incidents at the home and will send a formal complaint ....the management is poor, communication with the staff is not good, and the staff need proper training. The home is far too big and noisy....oh, the issues are too many to list. 

Bamboo or tree screening? Suitable bamboos?

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 23:41

I have a couple of,hollies.  Golden king is about 12' high and as much across .  I prune only to maintain its natural conical shape as I am rather proud of it.    No great pruNing required Really though.  The other is Handsworth  New Silver.....silvery green with white edges...again it's comical shape is maintained.  Cotinus royal purple contrasts well with this one in my garden


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:51

Hope you and Apricot have lots of fun Busy.  He looks content 


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:47

I have purchased some named variety beauties in flower from Ashwoods over the years .  Some expensive but we'll worth it.  Would never buy hellebores as plugs .....too long to wait and not always that much cheaper  

Talkback: How to choose slug-resistant plants - part two

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:43

Funny isn't it?  Our experiences on slug resistant plants differs.  In fact very few plants are truly unaffected by slugs and snails I think during the season 

Slugs and snails will seek out what they want and any "sacrificial" plamts will simply attract them to,the area.  Pellets, nematodes or hand picking at night are the only solutions. 

Tomato gro-bag compost

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:37

Use the compost as a mulch somewhere.

Best year ever for tomatoes for me many.  Healthy fruit and foliage and no issues of any kind.  Boy!  Am I a tomato expert or what?  (at least until next year when  no doubt I will be a tomato failure again )

Bamboo or tree screening? Suitable bamboos?

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:31

Prunus royal burgundy is a lovely tree.  A couple of those  and ilex golden king would look great there.  Holly is quicker growing than generally thought.


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 08:50

Morning folks.  Looks like the last summer day    Supposed to be pretty good I think.  All change though from late tonight and probably forever   Hate the end of summer 

Oooooo, Miscanthus  gold Bar is flowering !  Just noticed it ....nice   It's behind a tall salvia uliginosa (that has been floweriNg  all,summer) so the even taller flowers are displayed.



Posted: 03/10/2014 at 08:45

I grew a few geraniums...pelargoniums.  

F1hybrid seeds will not reproduce those plants you are so,fond of DimWit.

Ok, mild here so,works for me, but I will cut back all pelargoniums during the next  week or so.  I will then use some of the cut material for cuttings.  They remain in small trays or pots until early spring and then they are potted on.  Growth is rapid.  They remain in an unheated conservatory.  Kept dryish over winter 

Have never done seeds but occasionally purchase plugs of anything special or different and, of course, during the season I can propagate from these plants time and time again thus becoming increasingly good value purchases.

During the  growimg season I tend to cut back vigorous pelargoniums to both provide cuttings and keep plamts compact 


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 00:21

My fuschias are as floriferous as they were in summer.  Down here they will flower for good while yet.  However, I agree with Lyn to a point...enjoy the flowers whilst you can but I also like to tidy up during this month so reducing the workload next spring. 

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hardy geraniums pictures

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Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

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