Dave Morgan

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Can someone tell me what this is please?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:18

Parthenocissus, although which one is another matter. Several varieties some called Boston ivy or Virginia creeper, the most common is the latter.


Posted: 06/10/2016 at 19:38

History makes some way in marking the events we as a species create. There's no doubt that history is written by the victor. Most of what is taught in schools is biased in one way or another, sometimes by the collators of events, sometimes by the national curriculum and those who set it. However the information age has enabled us to freely seek differing interpretations of especially relatively recent events. This can only be a good thing for the independently minded, leaving it up to those who seek answers to find them. There is no doubt that history has lessons for all, and especially for governments who deign to take note, or those who choose to ignore it. Personal history is however exactly that, a very personal thing. My Grandfather would readily tell me all the things he got up to as a boy, teenager and adult. It was awe inspiring as a small boy. He made it fun as well, something I've been so grateful for as it was and remains my second favourite subject. But I have something bigger to thank him for in that as a boy he got me to sow a tomato seed in his greenhouse. Just a few days later I watched as it germinated and over the next few weeks I watched it grow. It was late July, too late to fully fruit, but as his GH was already full of of tomatoes at various stages he allowed me to eat a ripe fruit, straight from the vine. I still have that memory and the flavour in my history. I've tried to pass that on to my children with varying degrees of success, but they know the story so it will become their history. So history IS important. It defines who we are, and what we are as a species. Hopefully with increased environmental responsibility we can pass on a healthier environment to our children and their children. Although as a species I think we make the same mistakes time and time again, hopefully one day, and one day soon we take those mistakes, and finally learn from them. Thankfully I learned to be a gardener via my Grandfather, something I am forever in his debt for. Maybe one day, if I am lucky enough, I can maybe pass that love of gardening onto my grandchildren. If I can, then I will have made, and been part of history.

Last edited: 06 October 2016 19:42:54

grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:27

Rosemummy the tender fuchsia are starting to go over now, the hardy are still going strong. Glad your drainage is better although as Verdun says it's a bit late now. I can't understand why your patch magic didn't work, it's usually pretty foolproof, but we had a strange growing year so it !ay just be down to timing. I know you're on heavy clay, I remember from previous posts, so prior to trying to reseed next year I'd try some slightly deeper aereating. Sticking in the fork and lifting patches which lets air in and breaks up the hard pan that clay can suffer from. It looks a bit weird, like mini mole hills, but it helps dry the clay which breaks it up and creates a better seed bed. I'm not sure where you are but Mid April and early September are the best times for grass seed and I'd leave anything till then.

Plant Id help

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:13

Well the first is a salvia although which one is another matter. Hopefully someone will ID the shrub for you.


Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:08

Julie, pelargoniums don't need a heated GH. If it gets cold cover them with fleece and keep them dry as a bone. I don't grow them for myself but I have to look after several hundred for a client. They survive perfectly happy in dry compost and I take cuttings when they come into the GH and pop the cuttings into compost straight from the bag and leave them too it. The GH only gets heated when temps go below -2 or 3 and by the time spring comes I've got extra plants and suffer very few losses. They don't get any water till about mid March.

roses that hold their leaves

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:00

Mdm Alfred Carrie hold its leaves for a long time as well. But it's a huge climber, 20ft plus.

The media

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 09:17

In my experience, people are morbidly fascinated by graphic image's and awful scene's. People will stand and watch whilst accident victims are rescued from cars and treated at the road side. Death and anothers misfortune fascinates us. People take joy at people's misfortune, a case in point is the stream of TV programmes highlighting people having accidents. It is only when the image's become explicit that the human body reacts with revulsion. Explicit and raw reality drive the human emotions to actually object to what they are seeing. It is that objection that moves people to act and make a difference. 

Those who feel powerless to instigate change only need to look at events in their own lives which have caused them to act in a different way and change what has or is about to happen to them. 

Instigating change is a mindset, and the world is full of examples of people acting to make that change and sometimes change the course of human history. Sitting back and saying I can't see the point, I can't make a difference is a cop out. Everyone can make a difference and even a small contribution can change the course of events.

Last edited: 05 October 2016 09:21:46

Id and advice please

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 08:57

You can't hard prune Cistus, they really don't like it and will more often than not die. HC's advice is spot on.

The media

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 19:54

This may upset a few but, War and its consequences, the visual images especially are very powerful images. No doubt many have seen the images from WW1and the images from the liberation of the concentration camps of WW2. Those images have shaped the history of Europe ever since they were aired. The full horror of those images has helped keep the peace for so many years and we should be grateful that they were shown to our parents and grandparents. Is it not the right of those war torn countries to have the same good fortune in turning public opinion against acts which they currently endure. War is part of the human condition, and until we as a species find other ways to resolve our conflicts in better ways it will continue in many parts of the world. The News channels need to show graphic images if thing are to change for the better. Graphic images change public opinion and are powerful tools if waring parties are to be brought to the peace talks. Sanitising the news does no one any favours and a picture paints a thousand words. If ISIS videos can disgust us and motivate us to fight an evil ideology, then graphic images of the events in Syria need equal if not more and more graphic publication. 

Diseased Magnolia and Oak leaves

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 15:24

I think that's scale insect damage. I've seen more and more of it in recent years. The RHS doesn't list it as a problem for magnolia but they're about. Have a look under the leaves. You can spray again them.

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