Posted: 03/11/2014 at 23:29
Stinging nettles? Washing hands in very hot water and dettol asap seems to work. has to be done almost immediately.
I will deliberately pull up stinging nettles rather than get gloves etc. I try to minimise the effect by squeezing the base of the stem and trying to pull that way thereby stinging only my fingers. I often pre empt the sting by thinking it won't.
I remember cultivating a cutting of a special agastache and being rather proud of its subsequent lush growth......leaves very similar. Only when it began to fill the pot did I realise it was, yes you got it, a stinging nettle. Luckily I didnt put it to my face to smell its (aromatic) foliage.
Loads more cutting back and wallflower planting today......putting in groups of 3 (same colour) generally. Always keep some dahlias in but dug some up today and divided them. And I labelled them right away ....have a habit of leaving this to later. Cut lawns too. The odd fleeting shower but plenty of sun too.....not a bad day