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Posted: 30/10/2012 at 12:18

Ah, but now there would be no policeman, except if you are very very lucky driving past cocooned in the safety of a metal box. And the most likely thing would be that he/she would use a Taser on you (but only if you waved a white stick). Then of course you would sue for massive compensation from the Police force and from the old lady for allowing the police to behave like that.

Having grown up in an area where the only greenery was the grass growing in the cracks of the cobbles in the back alleys, scrumping apples was not an option.

To go back to the original posting, I am very lucky in that I have a large collection of Gardening books ranging in age from the later 1800's up to modern Timber Press Monographs on various plants. I enjoy them as Books not just for the information they contain. Sadly we have a problem now in that I have run out of space for more and many of the books I would love to own are way beyond my pocket. And none of this type ever appear in Charity shops these days. They have become very much more aware of the value of books than they used to be.




Posted: 30/10/2012 at 10:23

Very true.

I am told that the modern book with the copied passage was one of the ones sent to the Charity shop as being less than useful.

I am trying to find a passage in one very old book. The gentleman writes that he caught a group of youngsters stealing apples from his orchard. He rounded them up and CANED them, girls and all. Imagine what would happen if one did that now!


Posted: 29/10/2012 at 12:33

There is a difference between learning from the experience of others and wholesale copying of material and presenting it as ones own. That is what I was commenting on. To prove it to myself once, I found the passge in a modern book and found exactly, word for word, the same passage in a book from the early 1900's. How is that learning from the past? Actually the reason why I looked was that the info was wrong in 1901 too.


Posted: 29/10/2012 at 10:45

II have a reasonable memory and have read a lot of the old gardening books, It is amusing to see the same old passages being written in modern books where the new author has just lifted passages from the old books. Ask yourself, how can someone of the age of the modern author have been around gardening long enough to have the experience they claim when writing their books? I often wonder how much of their 'knowledge' is book learning.

where to keep dianthus

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 10:41

When you do come to repot them in bigger pots in Spring then all you need to do is to mix 5mm. grit in with a soil based compost, about  half and half. That would give them the  good drainage and pooer soil they like. If you could get hold of the small grit they use on roads that would be perfect. It is limestone and Dianthus love limestone.

Stony Patch

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 17:53

You can still have poor drainage even with stony soil so check that before planting anything.

If well drained then almost any alpine plant would grow there. Campanulas, Silverf Saxifrages, Sedums, Dianthus and dozens more. Just keep them watered until the roots have managed to spread out under the stones.

Cutting back ferns

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 17:48

Bit early yet. I do not do our deciduous ones until the fronds have completely died down. The evergreen ones I remove one old frond for each new frond that appears, in Spring.

Absolutely enormous slug

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 20:39

Glad to say they were  down the Lane, not sure I would like to tread on one in the garden in the dark!

Absolutely enormous slug

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 09:32

After the nonsense about the Spanish slugs (and the article was about as scientifically stupid as one can get) I looked at the slugs which I often see on my early morning walks. I found at least a dozen longer than 6 inches and one which was 8 inches long. These were all the brown/black (same species by the way) ones. As said they are carnivorous. they eat other slugs. I think the British record is 16 inches long by the way, but not sure about that.

Help needed........

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:53

Typical mistake in having the path going right down the middle of the plot.

Still, what you need to ask yourself is what you really want in your outdoor space, before doing anything to it. Make a list of things first, then see if you can fit them in and where.

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