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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 11:07

I have a cousin whose ex used to play games. He would never have the money for child maintenance, but always have money to spoil the kids with presents, games, clothes, that their mother could not afford. She was working full time to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. It only got sorted when the courts put an attachment on his earnings. Then he turned really nasty and started badmouthing her to the kids. Kids are cleverer than you think. They now have no contact with their father as adults, but lots with their mother.

very old rose

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:59

Use a few ripe stems as hardwood cuttings when you prune it. You can just stick them into free draining soil where you want them. Around 50%take for me like that. The beauty is, they are on their own roots, so do not sucker.

Sweet pea threads

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:54

David k has left the forum and asked for all of his posts to be removed.

Strange Flower on Banana plant

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:44


Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:36

You can grow from seed but it will take you three years to a flowering plant.

Hayloft sell seedlings , they will take two years of growing on to flowering size.

The best way to do it is buy plants in flower in large pots in January, or February. As they are variable from seed, that way you know exactly what you are getting. Some exceptional plants are micropropagated, expect to pay £30upwards a plant.

In my opinion , the best plants for gardens are Ashwood hybrids. If you can get to their nursery near kingswinford in the west midlands on their open days in February, you get to pick the cream of the crop.

Look on Ashwood nursery website for more details.

Cold Calling Experiences

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:35

You're lucky, AYM. I get called most days at least once by PPI, and one from some asian wanting to put a virus on my computer and empty my bank account.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 22:06

Some more photos of the Roscoeas. The last one is the first flower on "Vannin" from Crug farm. The next to last is also from Crug farm,it just has a collection number. They are both still in pots,as I haven't made the   home for them  yet.Ricinus impala

Eucomis , Sparkling burgundy, but it decided to flop and then grow straight again.

Replanting cactus

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 21:45

 10 months after repotting.

Replanting cactus

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 21:40

Prickly corner.

Replanting cactus

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 21:22

It needs really gritty soil. it has to be free draining or the plant will rot. I repotted a load that got dumped on me last year. They were in pure builders sand, with no drainage. I put them in clay pots with gritty compost, fed them and watered in summer. In winter they went into a cold conservatory, and kept almost dry. Three of them flowered this Spring. They are currently out for the summer. They will come in soon before the frosts .

 To handle, make a collar around it with several layers of newspaper, and wear thick leather gauntlets.

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