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Posted: 05/11/2014 at 20:04

Interesting that it grows in alkaline soil.  Maybe I will grow it after all 

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Posted: 05/11/2014 at 20:00

Very angry....again!  My mum, in her care home, was in poor shape last evening when I called on her.  Several reasons why but because of not receiving the best care.  angry last night with the staff and again this morning.  Rang social services and asked for spot  check.  Spoke to manageress at home.  wrote letters to officially record my complaint.  Since then a cousin...mum's niece.....called on her and was shocked.  Amongst other things my mum was in some pain and asked for a doctor, her "lunch" turned out to be cold porridge from breakfast ( it was not removed) and she had no tissues to wipe her mouth ( she has an infection).  The Home has again become complacent.  The Home tried to defend itself again this evening but had to admit to several disconcerting ongoing issues.  Finally told her the Home is accountable and its quality of care is unacceptable 

Care staff have a difficult job but my mum's care comes first to me.  Dementia, or on the road to it as my mum is, is difficult to fully accept.  At least I will get things changed for her but most of the residents there have no family visitors.  What happens to them?


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:41

Yes fidget I would cut all leaves from hellebores now

Cold here but dry.   Not a bad day at all


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 08:43

Been tempted by this plant myself but it ideally needs acidic soil to berry well.  Most of Cornwall is acidic but on the coast here the soil is neutral


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 08:28

If I hear/see fireworks tonight I'll know now it's to celebrate Dove's retirement anniversary.  Never knew she was so well known 

terrorist scare yesterday in my local sleepy town.  A guy was arrested for offences relating to activities in Syria etc.  too close for comfort 

weather is dry...actually sunny.  Good conditions for work in the garden


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 23:33

Am I the only one not convinced by the need to have a dahlia frosted?  Down here frost is not too common, certainly not a severe one, yet dahlias prosper here.  

i cut back, dig up, divide dahlias when I feel like I want to.  had a dahlia badly atracked by snails and slugs in the summer so I dug it up in September, divided it and potted the (3) pieces up.  They grew well without much delay and they will produce fine plants next year.  They will not taste frost at all.  

Sometimes I feel there is too much (over) fussiness about plants when common sense  should dictate how we treat them 

Talkback: Protect cordyline for winter

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 22:16

It's the wet too though.  Cold and wet is potentially fatal to cordylines over winter


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:48

Makes sense Vic.    have lost count of number of hellebores I have but includes doubles and singles and some quite special named varieties.  Make sure the soil is enriched....mushroom compost is ideal.  


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:44

Yes keep totally dry now Allotmentmad.  I've divided a couple of dahlias today.....put them in pots of dry compost.  Won't start watering until early spring when I see shoots.

Talkback: Protect cordyline for winter

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:37

Hello Diane

Your Cordyline should be ok in the garage.....does it have a window?  won't need watering.

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