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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:22

Mum was in good spirits today.  A pain patch was removed yesterday that was suspected of causing her confusion, etc.  Her glasses have been found too ..I guess my persistent fussing paid off.  And the residents are all getting water and encouraged to drink last.  

She knows she is not really in the  right place 


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:17

Hiya Jo.  Good to  see you back

Been a lovely sunny very warm day after rain last night.

Runner beans taken down but not touching anything else for a while ....enjoy the colour for as long  as poss 

End of the season thoughts

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:08

No....this time of year not for me.  Wanting the summer to go on and on and on

My thoughts?  Been a great colourful, fruitful and bountiful summer.  Not yet ready to dismantle much but I did take down the runner beans today.

Its been another very warm summer's day to enjoy 


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 08:41

Hello Forkers 

Heavy rain overnight but looking brighter now. However, summer is over   Hate it when summer ends 

Will take down runner beans in next couple of days ....another acceptance summer is over herald in ever increasing cutting down.  It's when I find missing trowels, secateurs, etc  


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 08:32

Do you know the variety?  Some are tough and hardy and some are not.  Some are temperamental and unreliable.

The old varieties can safely remain in the ground.  Remove faded flowered stems and allow the foliage to,die down naturally.  

I find the newer varieties to vary in their robustness even here where is mild. Wet conditions over winter don't suit them.  I hedge my bets .....some are lifted and potted up and some left in the ground.  I divide some too.....better done in early September I think


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. 

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