Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Pulmonaria problems

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 14:15

Looks to me as if it's died down for autumn ... it should reappear in the spring 

Urgent Advice, Dracaena Marginata

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 14:11

Hi Peachcake 

To upload photos click on the camera icon and follow the instructions ... if the photos don't upload within a minute or two try reducing the size ... that usually works 

New hedge after conifer removal

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:47

Life is full of coincidences ... Essex isn't known for its mountain ranges, but it does seem that there are two Alps there 

What sort of plants are you planning for your mixed wildlife hedge? 

May tree

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:34

Don't worry about the photo being upside down ... there's a glitch on the forum and that sometimes happens to all of us.

I don't think I'd do much to the tree other than take out any branches that are crossing and rubbing on each other .... cut them back close to but not quite flush with the trunk.  

Otherwise I'd leave it alone ... 'tidying' it could result in a sort of 'lollipop effect' which would look unnatural and a bit odd.

Just make sure that the ties around the trunk and stake are loosened regularly and not rubbing on the bark.  

You have a lovely garden 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:19

Just another thought ... maybe your father would have been a nicer man had he not been riddled with unacknowledged guilt over his treatment of his first family  

He sounds a very unhappy man.

Last edited: 18 September 2017 13:21:43

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:18

There's a lot to be said for having a 'quiet family' .... that leaves us free to be the ones who provide just a little bit of excitement from time to time 

simple Questions

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:15

That's very good advice Lyn 

simple Questions

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:05

Some things I want to know are

1.  whether a plant is an annual or a biennial or perennial ... that is, will it come back again next year?

2. does the plant need ericaceous or alkaline soil or isn't it fussy?

3. does the plant do best in sun, semi shade or deep shade?

4. is the plant attractive to slugs and snails or do they usually leave it alone?

5.  is it an easy plant to grow and suitable for beginners or does it need someone with more experience?

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:39
punkdoc says:

.... I spent half my young adult days hoping, I would not turn out like him. ...

 Don't worry ... I'm pretty certain that you didn't ((hugs)) 

A lass I knew became pregnant at 16 by her boyfriend ... but her parents had already forbidden her to see him as he was a bad lot, and her father had been trying to set her up with his younger work colleague who was a few pence short of a shilling but a 'steady type'.  

When the lass (we'll call her S) realised she was expecting she hid it from her parents and went out with the second chap (we'll call him J) and accepted his almost immediate proposal of marriage and they were married before you could blink.  A 'premature' son was swiftly followed by a couple of daughters  but the marriage broke down unsurprisingly given J's 'limitations'.

Years down the line one of the daughters became ill and it was discovered she had an inherited condition which turned out to be from her father J's family  and that his increasing 'limitations' were the result of the same condition ... before long he became very ill and needed full time care.  The son became his carer .... some years later son was about to marry and start a family he asked for testing to see if he carried the faulty gene ... only to discover that the man who had brought him up and that he had given up his job to become carer for wasn't his father at all ... he demanded the truth from his mother S who told him that his father was actually a chap who had 'done time' for armed robbery and who was a thoroughly bad lot.  The son went totally off the rails and much sadness ensued .... 

Parents should not try to hide things from their children ............ it rarely turns out well.  

Last edited: 18 September 2017 12:40:31


Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:01

There may be lots of  reasons for someone mis-pronouncing something ... but there is only one reason for embarrassing someone about it ... and that is sheer bad manners 

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