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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:31

Mike, sure do have lots of listening friends here. Don't worry about posting how you feel

We have all commented on the forum about things not connected to's become that sort of forum and it's all the better for it.

Loss of loved ones is devastating.  ESP when that loss is of the younger ones.  Not sure time does heal........however, a faith must help Mike 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:17

Hello everybody 

Bright and sunny.  Nice  Royal Cornwall Show today and until Saturday.  Might visit on sarurday.

Ditto Fairyl re cosmos.  First year not growing them ...they are attractive, etc., ESP the white, but I have so many perennials.  Very little spaces and still plenty of potted beauties.  And a sedum Abbeydore on its way.....Dove made me buy this 

Re dividing Phormiums, I do it usually in May but even now too and it doesn't seem to affect flowering.  Divided plants often flower same season.  Only losses have been when dividing in autumn

All the big lupins in flower are blue.  Ok, gives continuity I guess.  However, yellow, pink amd white spikes are now emerging.  

Had delicious porridge with cream, raspberries and bananas.  Now tucking ravenously into whole meal toast.....jealous?  


Is it just me?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:01


Aint we funny?

We all have odd phobias. Illogical thoughts, random ideas, irrational fears.  All of us.  When things are going well I expect things to go wrong.  I am riddled with self doubts even though I know, deep down, I am good at certain things.  

Not madness Edd.  Human beings think too much ...over think.  It's ironic that the very dirt that provides your living also provides your fears.  I used to do door to door sales....for a short time in my youth....but the thought of making my first call was debilitating.  Often I would get back into my car and drive off. I still am like that to an extent.  Maybe it's the same with you....the fear of dirt on your hands until you actually, physically get your hands dirty.  

As a Samaritan I took so many calls from people with all sorts of emotional issues that were often helped by talking/ listening.  

The "experts" have to label everything, to identify "disorders" and to describe as normal or abnormal so I am sure someone out there will love to give a name to your "condition" Edd.  

Just keep reading this thread Edd.......we will all post oddities about ourselves.  We are ALL  a little odd   It's normal Edd


Onions problem

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:54

Onion fly?  Growing sideways? 

couch grass

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:44

Ian...and wolfiewolf...that gel will kill your lawn as well as couch grass.  Fact.  Don't do it.

Regular mowing  with blades set fairly low, following regular raking to lift the couch stems will control couch grass.  It simply cannot tolerate this regime.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:39

Been another lovely day sunshine all day.  Got grass cut.  Still,the best smell, freshly cut grass. 

One container of begonia firecracker ...the only begonia I will grow.....has simply refused to grow.  The other is now starting to flower.  I checked the compost, examined the pot but could find no pest no reason for corms not growimg.  Then, convinced they were being eaten at ground level, I checked another pot alongside ....a  slug.  Removed if two days or so ago and now my begonias are growing.  These critters are getting damn clever .....but I am cleverer 

My mum constantly complains she gets no visitors...usually to those currently visiting her!  It's cringingly embarrassing cos she gets loads of visitors.  ,!!  Well, bless her she is 141.  (seems like that )

Agastaches starring to flower but will wait a couple of weeks before posting pics because they are growing fast now 


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 08:55

I will, .....keep an eye on that curry for you Dove 

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 08:52

I must admit if my neighbour threw pellets .....or anything.....into my garden I would be very annoyed.

Actually, I'm getting a regular supply of snails.....most of them in my garden......from over my neighbour's wall.  I have a feeling he has stopped using pellets.  Not masses, I guess, but I just pop them in my salt solition.  I would not throw pellets over the wall though


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 08:44


Domt really know.  Only thing that occurs to me is sun scorch.  Did you buy it growimg outside?  Or was it protected inside?

Often plants, even at this time of year, need to be hardened get used to outside comditions like wind, sun, rain, pest etc.  

You dont say which variety you have Jem but I think your plant will outgrow this comdition.  

Black polythene

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 08:38

To be honest, the fosters, if mine I would simply spray glyphosate on any new growth during the summer.  By September the ground would be clear and I would then dig in compost and prepare the ground for autumn planting.  

I hate the idea of covering ground with plastic, fabric, carpet etc.  it makes for a "dead"  soil and looks awful.  It is also a haven for soil nasties.  Glyphosate is quick, easy and effective.

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