Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Too many trees?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 18:09

I'd keep the holly and clip it into a decent pyramid shape, and I'd keep the one on the left - looks like a pear - and get rid of the rather mediocre prunus-looking red leaved one in the middle. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 17:52

Hello folks

I can still do the hands flat on the floor thing - GP was flabbergasted when I could do it a couple of years ago - just did it again

I was going to try the crossed leg sitting down standing up thing but I stood there with my legs crossed and OH looked at me severely and said 'Don't!'   You'll do something to your bad knee and we'll spend hours in A&E ... so Please Miss, I'm excused

Hosta's OH had better write him a note too.

OH has just given me a glass of Gardener's Rest brewed by the Staffordshire Brewery.  Not as good as Adnams, but a pleasant beer all the same.  Love the pic on the label  

rose bushes/tree

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 17:39

So sorry you've lost Rio.

If you can't find one with Rio in the name, you might find one on this page suitable

- there's a lovely rose called Friends Forever, and another called Special Friend.

Laurus Nobillis

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 16:26

I find that it's best to leave it on its own and just top-dress the container with grit. 

Plants around the edges just disturb the roots causing suckering and also compete for water and nutrition, and bays are quite hungry and thirsty trees, although they do like the soil to be well drained. 

Have my apple tree cuttings rooted?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 16:21

I wait until I can see white roots at the bottom of the pot before I assume they've rooted. 


Hello little weedy thing

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 09:48

Do they look anything like this?

 If so they're sweet pea seedlings that need more light.

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 09:35

Tetley - it takes two to make an agreement.  If a country wants to trade with the EU it has to abide by their rules whether it is part of the EU or not.

The Schengen area is a group of countries within Europe who have agreed to have unrestricted travel within those countries for its Nationals.  The UK has chosen not to be part of that area and we control our own borders. 

Part of the price Norway pay for their trade agreement with the EU is that they have to be part of the Schengen area of unrestricted travel.  This is the same for any European country wanting to trade on equal terms with the EU.  They also have to share similar employment law.

Another consequence of the trade agreement with the EU is that Norway is subject to 21% of EU laws, but have no voting rights.

As it appears that the two of the big complaints in the UK about the EU are to do with unrestricted travel within the EU, despite the UK not being in Schengen, and also a lack of power when EU laws are being made, I really can't see how a trade agreement would improve things.

Yes, back in the old days we manufactured more of our own stuff - the cotton you worked with was grown in India and other countries and we brought it here to turn into clothes etc.  Now India keeps it's cotton and makes the goods themselves, at far lower cost than workers in the UK would accept.  If the UK bought cotton and made clothes here I doubt if you and I could afford them.

Mrs T was happy to get rid of our manufacturing industries as she wanted to remove the power of the unions - she believed the UK could exist on money made by the Service Industries e.g. banking and insurance.  What she didn't realise was that they don't make money, they just move it about and charge for doing so.  They get rich but the rest of us don't.  Remember she talked about the Trickle Down Economy - well, money doesn't 'trickle down' - sticky fingers put it in off-shore accounts in order to avoid the tax that should be contributing to this country's well-being.  Unfortunately the Blair government was so enamoured of the financial sector that he carried on where she left off.

Also back in the old days Australia, New Zealand and Canada produced far more food than they could consume - now their populations are growing and they have far less to export.  Also, have you any idea how much it costs to transport food from Australia and New Zealand to the UK, compared with putting it in a lorry and coming through the Channel Tunnel or on a Cross Channel ferry?   

You can't turn the clock back ... it doesn't work.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:15

Not yet Pat - Wonky and her Lovely Hub (the IT tech) had to cancel their visit here because of their 'flu ... we'll rearrange then when they come he can do what is necessary and we'll watch it together

Talkback: Willowherb

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:07

I've used to grow fuchsias more than I do now - a neighbour showed his quite successfully.  We lived in a rural area where there was a great deal of wild willowherb around.

He always said that fuchsia rust was a hygiene problem - remove affected leaves, clear away all fallen leaves and burn them.  Make sure the plant wasn't too congested by thinning the centre much as you do for gooseberries. 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:00
Verdun wrote (see)

....We need to consider how we will benefit and not dwell on posible negatives.  ....

And you've spoken about others having their heads in the sand???

And Punkdoc is right - the Official Policy of HM Government is to remain in the EU - it says so on their website

Also, we do have control of our own borders at the moment.  The UK is not part of the Schengen area. 

Norway is not part of the EU but has negotiated a trade agreement - the primary condition of that trade agreement is that Norway had to become part of the Schengen area in order to trade with the EU. 

If we left and wanted to trade with the EU we would have to do the same so our control over our own border security would be reduced. 


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