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Posted: 31/03/2015 at 08:39

Well said Edd

my mum was a Jehovah's witness.  Not my cup of tea really but they do know how to present a funeral service

a Witness least all I have been hopeful, happy, sincere and embracing.  Comforting too.  No chanting, cliches, hypocrisy, or over religious hype.  They talk of friends, of family (they are brothers and sisters) and many friends and neighbours commented to me of their pleasant surprise at the relaxed and friendly service.

Lyn will have our united virtual support today and I'm sure tomorrow or in a day or two she will feel more comforted by today's events.

Dahlia tubers

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 08:30

Morning Edd 


Posted: 31/03/2015 at 08:28

Hello forkers 

not too bad here.....actually sunny and dry.   Windy but again doesn't seem too bad....will know more when I get out with Spike.

hostas today.  A text to say abutilon  has been dispatched.  Buddleia buzz Magenta and Dicentra too today or tomorrow.  So double checking planting sites soon.  Will be good weather for planting.

Checked too to see onions now growing away and lettuce just about ready to eat.....slug free so far !

clari, that car incident is alarming.  Surely this is something needing urgent attention

keep good folks 


mushy peas!

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 00:24

Thelma, why not buy a packet of peas that you really want?  Hit and miss and a season is gone.  A packet is cheap....

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 00:22

Lyn, forget the crowd on Wednesday.  Just focus on thinking how your mum would feel at such a good turn out for her.  It will be just fine, you'll see.

For me, I just went into auto pilot and took it all as it came.  I'm not religious but always felt slightly unworthy at my mum's church and with her congregation so the funeral service at her Kingdom Hall was a little daunting.  However, it went well.  

I think you will find it easier than you might imagine.  It's not your role, or is expected of you, to be "sociable".  Just be as you feel you want to be.  Nobody will be judging you 

Dahlia tubers

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 00:10

I think splitting hostas can be done at any time really.  Even in summer.  The advantage of this is that new spring foliage occurs in summer....ok no flowers then.  Lift a hosta in summer, divide it and replant it.  It will provide pristine foliage, slugs permitting, to outperform the original plant.  

Dahlia tubers

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 23:50

Dahlias emerging in the open ground......some of them. some dahlias too in the gh but others not. depends on variety I think.

watering?   if mild Little more than damping the pots for me But more when shoots emerging.  For pots to still feel light I feel.  

Hostas?  again,,some are shooting others not but another week or so and they will all be noticeable. 

a good turn needs to be considered......

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 23:43

Ha ha Fishy ......maybe..............   No fooling the fish ?  

Agastache Blue Boa

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 23:41

Yviestevie, just rub the leaves.  They are are all agastaches.  (That's the    other feature of agastaches....their scent can be minty, orangey, liquorcy, etc)

Brunnera macrophyla 'Jack Frost'.

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 23:36


best in dappled shade.  I grow hadspen cream, a variegated (beautiful) variety esp in spring.   Too much shade and fewer flowers.  reasonable moisture especially if grown in sun.

leaf size? for me brunneras are far more attractive in spring when their leaves are in fact smaller.  They become larger in summer after flowering.

justin, they will be sending out fresh growth now with flowers soon

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