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Once again. SORRY.

Posted: Yesterday at 23:28
Friends and fellow gardeners. So, Mike has fallen short once again. Various post migh suggest I pack it in. Friends please bare with me. OK I might at vtimes post in somewhat cryptic manner.. I am sorry.. For those who questionmy whereabouts during the day. I have vowed that the coputer and the net, in no way are to dominate my life. My day.Get outv of bed. Kettle on and a cuppa. Shower and get dressed. Two slices in the toaster. By now cuppa number three. Then Clear the sink. Folloewd by a clean vac of the flat. This also include the washing machine. Must have a clean bed and undies.. Zara, no, I haven't yet had probs with mixing coloureds. Then shopping. Thenevening dinner. A briefspell taking in the BBC news and NCSI on ch.31. The to thecomputer. I have to admit by this time Nine pm. M|ike enjoys a tipple, Then the world opens up.. Thee ar only two forum site I visit. A police site and this. As i have always posted. This forum is great. The members are great... Friends his is something special. I confide in you. This oldie is suddenly obsesed with having made friends.special friends with a forum member. So sad to say.. Our minds think alike, yet there is such adiference in our ages. She is such abeautiful lady. In adition. December tends to wake up so many sad memries for me. OK. I came along onthe 28th. Sad to say.. My mum and dd and much beloved sister died in December. However whatever this post might convey. At the moment Mike is very much dowm. Very sad and lonely.

Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:54
Well no so much considering a smallholding. Yours truly was medically retired from the MOD/Civil Service back in 1984. From then on I had to attend stateside medicals.. Each time I failed. Failed insasmuch, you are suffering from Generative disease of the spine. So in some ways this was a blessing. However to be truthful, I feel as fit as a fiddle. Thankfully,I got my government pension and a mobilty allowance to help get around. I felttah there was still life inme. Being skilled in proagation etc, i checked the market. Zilcc.. Thenabout starting up a nursery. No go. I attended an internation flower show/conference. Talking with a grower from Holland. It soon trasnpired that, so many of our garden centers and nurseries are in fact now owned and directected by the Dutch. So Mike continued to go along with what was on offer

Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: Yesterday at 22:35
Wowee! Dovefromabove, Gemma, Woodgreen wonderboy and Philippa. Fantastic posts.. I have to say that even being an oldie. Sorry Zara. I really appreciate the counsel given by you. Gemma, at last being able to converse with a similar minded person. Woody, So glad that you have found out about the Brig. Believe me. He really was a grand fellow. His family were fab. Val, my wife worked for the MOD and at the time did house care for John and family. It was Brig. John that pushed the admin at the Royal Herbert Hosp To request i take up a position. The whole family were so great and yet so humble. John's mum would often turn up at the hosp. and make a bee line for the greenhouses... She would make herself at home. Then a tour of the nursery area and then the grounds. Truly a great family. At one point, Mrs Waldron, Ann became an inpatient. The family pet was a Black Labradore call Bess. I recall that the ward sister who often called by my office for a smoke and a cuppa. She said. Mike, this is too much. The Brig bought the bloddy dog in to see Ann. Muddy pawprints all over the bed covers. My responce. Jane, you tell him. Sadly I presume this family apart from the two children are now no longer with us. Happy memories.
Dove. Why I know not but, somehow Mike has come to accept you as a second mum.....sorry. I seem to recall you once saying you were an academic, care to say in which field. Thanks Dove for your neverending words of advice.
Gemma. So you and I in some ways share a scientific interest. Feel free to pm me Philippa. Truly, I ahve always accepted and apreciated your posts.
Now Zara, no lass you are not going to escape. Zara, on the matter of chemicals use or no use. Zara. I have seen your garden.. Folks believe's a paradise. Might I be allowed to say. You are a landscape gardener. Zara your garden certainly throws min into touch. That lawn area, bright brilliant green. Now then. Tell me, confess to all. Do you not use chemicals in your garden? Now Mike is for it. Tin helmet on etc. Believe me Zara is just as much a pleasure to the eye as is her garden..

Enough is enough.

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 23:09
Friends and felow gardiners. Since subscribing tgo this website I have tried to share my knowledge with you, answering questions etc. However I am constantly verally abused. I do my best to assist each and everyone in their trials and tribulations. Yet still I get this hostility. Lokk I am retired. However I still continue my research etc. So I have vast profile, yet I post in the most simplistic manner. Honestly I am at a loss. Time and again members enjoy my threads and often much joy and learning is gained. Thankfuly I have made some friends on here, one in particular I share precious moments with Even this lady menber has been insulted by a silly post. Hey guys. We are considered to be grown up. Please try and act as so.

Tree Branch Lopper Research

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 22:42
Taking it all in line.
Scissor Mech.
Not too long.
Yes & no.

Entomosporium leaf spot

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 22:30
Hi Young Jo.

To be honest, first tgime I've heard the problem.. Please help me. At this time of year your tree should be shedding it's leaves. As a basic precaution it is considered best to burn infected leave rather than compost, I have mixed feelings on this. Jo, is this the norm with your tree, that is, does it crop up every year. Does it in anyway affect the fruit. Please respond. I will help in any way.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 22:23
Cangrandmafixit. Dear Grandma. I think that I am the toy/effigy that certain members just simply love to sit and stick pins into. Why I don't know. I do my best to answer questions. I am thankful that I have made good use of my life with learning and research that I enjoy sharing, yet I am constantly stonned for it. Sad to say also. A male member of our forum recently posted a query relating to a new member, such as. No problem Mike. Why is it that amongst what is usually accepted a community of peaceful gardeners, why are there those who simply can't grow up? Truly I fail to see the point. Grandma, I hope at least we are still friends. This attitude really does get to me. I love people and go to lengths to help then on here, I get insulted. I am begining tgo think that Digger was right. I do wish that the Mods would intervene at times.

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 22:01
Friends fellow gardeners. Might I suggest, without getting my head blown off. Look we are in general a great bunch. If you are like me. I really hate disposing of anything. So what say we start a thread indicating waht we no longer require? Let's face it we get so many new to gardening joining us. A new home and garden. What can I fill the garden with. Please don't simply dump plants.

Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 21:55
To save space can I respond to three members posts.
Woodgreen Wonderboy. I first became interested in the NF back in the mid 1950's As a lad I had read RM Ballantyne's book. 'Children of the New Forest' That did it for me, from then on up until the death of my wife in 2010 I/we spent many happy weeks etc in the forest. I carried out quite a bit of research there and at time would bump into some proffesors, on holiday but still studying. My eldest daught lives in East Boldre. For students and the like, it offers so much. Like you said wildlife is sparse. Thanks for you imput.

Dove and Gemma, so nice to be able to converse with those in the 'know'. Actually however hard I have tried, at the end of the day papers relating to GM's seem to be in short supply. Thankfully I have access to Wiley Library, as being of the Linnean Socy. and the BSPP.
True I have no concrete proof of GM's being related to obesity. However, as I am also interested in medicine, and reading various journals etc. I have discovered that shortly following the introduction of GM's and the feeding of carnivor remains etc to herbivours, the setting that alongside the medica revelations pointing to obesity. That started to ring bells. To be honest I have to admit, due to the lack of written documentation relating to GM's viz exactly what the GM contains etc. Then in my own way testing out various formulations. Finally I concluded that. The chemical makeup of various GM's = rapid growth and greater productivity. So for the less minded. Crops suddeny produced more. Animals grew so much faster so as to provide a quicker route to the table etc. So asks Mike. All this has come about so fast. Yes across the world there were protests, but the world needs feeding. So we have a substance that can work magic. OK for the vegative crop, it is sown, grows and is harvested. Then The Allen family do the weekly shop. Yes a nice joint of beef and plenty of veg. We digest. Big question mark.. What have we done? Back to basics and simple questions. So a great advancement in science. The supermarket are full as never before. However. Can anyone come up with an answer to this question. When at what point or tgime period, does the GM's stop working? On the basis of this. Is it at all possible that once digested, that despite our human makeup, so we all have to get reid of our waste. By that time the natural goings on inside of us have acted like the tax man, and taken out so much. I am of the thinking that. Those GM thingies continue to work within us. Givce it some serious thought. Obesity is not just rife in Britain. It is in fact a serious problem worldwide.

Once again Dove and Gemma for your imput.

Eucalyptus trees & Paropsisterna selmani

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 21:07
The December issue of The Garden, the RHS Journal.A bug that is quoted as being a serious pest. This red backed little fellow along with offspring will completely rid eucalyptus trees of their foliage in next to no time. It appeared in Ireland in 2007. Then in 2012 it was found in a London garden. RHS members can read it in their magazine, non members can check it out on the RHS website.
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