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    • We now have two Rhodes but they are very small, more the size of a house plant.  I spoke with one of the gardeners and she has had quite good success with her present one but lost a previous one.  She has to wrap it in burlap for the winter because of the cold we get.  May just leave it in the container for now as it really doesn't look like the rhododendrons I have seen back in the UK. It's by way of being an experiment to see if we can keep it alive.  I have the Internet instructions for planting if we decide to move it.    The lavender which I potted in vermiculite may or may not grow, the seeds were like ground pepper, very tiny, will be interesting to see if they germinate.  I love the scent of lavender.    The heather he brought home looks healthy, we don't have a problem with it.  All we need now is to locate our watering cans which we think are in the shed.🙄
    • rhododendrond like acid soil, so you could be on a hiding to nothing if yours is alkaline - which it probably is if rhodos are generally difficult in your area. I doubt if they would thrive in pots, either, as they are big sprawling beasts in the wild.   What about their daintier cousins, azaleas? They can be grown in pots of ericaceous compost. You'll need that for your heather, too.
    • Not a rant, more of a depressing complaint.  Seems like each day I wake up and think, please God, no problems today please.  Since Dave was in hospital I find myself on edge that no further episodes arrive and now that Sheila is back at work I'm nervous that the medicine is now capable of preventing more seizure activity.  Each time the neurologist has to adjust the doseage I pray that this time it's sufficient to do the job.   The only time I can escape the thinking is if my book takes me away.  Thank the Lord for books.   Also find a bit of homesickness creeps in and today when I saw a nursery ad for rhododendrons, which are really difficult to grow in our region I thought I'd give it another try, they grow so well in the UK, and just to really get in the spirit I'll get some purple heather.  Amazing how yearning for how things used to be pops up in troubling times.   And the terrible fire in Notre Dame added a lot of sadness, hopefully as work to rebuild starts the mood in Paris will pick up greatly, such a marvellous structure which to this point has stood the test of time.    
    • More Victorian Gothic from Laura Purcell.  This is a very clever story about a young girl and her life and about another slightly older girl (she's 24) and her life.  The chapters alternate from one main character to another.  The younger girl is a seamstress and has a very difficult life, the other is a lady of leisure and adopts her mother's religion and charitable works.  The older woman meets the younger one while the younger one is in jail, at the age of sixteen, and the younger one tells her story.  The older one finds it difficult to believe but also finds it fascinating so keeps visiting. The older one also incurs her father's displeasure by studying phrenology which was popular amongst the Victorians, I believe.   Loved this story, it has more bite to it than The Silent Companions (one of Purcell's other books) and the twist at the end was not what I anticipated.  The prose is good, the characters rounded and the story believable. There are descriptions of physical cruelty in this book that should be noted if the reader isn't keen on that but other than that I highly recommend this.
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