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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 23:03
Hey folks, what a mix up.

I really do hope and pray that things get sorted. Really! what is going on with our medical services. The media so often reports this and that. Down at our level. This is where things start to hurt. May I quote from my last op. I came around in the recovery area. My nurse was a young Finnish lass. Plain but an angel from heaven. As an oldie. My choppers are plastic.. In time these were found and plonked in mouth. I had had nowt to eat or drink from the previous day. I was parched. I request a drink. A drink of tepid water came forth. My glasses. Can someone get me my glasses. Just imagine it. Woozy etc and not being able to see crearly. In time the specs arrived. Then onto the day ward. Honet folks. The saga continued. Does anyone ever consider the patient. Fair do's I'm 75 and still have all...at the last count, all my marbles. What of the less fortunate?

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 23:31
Friends, Fishy and Lyn. Really sad distressing circumstanceses. Please lets not get carried away. I am relying somewhat upon Puncdok to join in. In such emergencies/traumas, it is so easy to venture off into what is nothing more than no mans land. So folks. At this point in time. Yes, of course our love and devotion for our family outrides all else. Friends members, of course we all wish to contribute butlet's be careful.. We are not medics. Can we perhaps offer our support to saying we wish all goes well. Now can we leave the technical side to the medics. Believe me I wish only the best.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 00:43
So sorry folks. I have not followed this thread. Bits and bobs. Basically. Should you suddenlystar showin blood inspit, urine, pee or bowel movements. don't waste time. Thankfully we have a NHS. Yes the investgations might be a bit uncomfotable. Her is the point of no return. If I may. I consider myself fairly educated etc.
Then I stared peeing red Honestly. I was frightened. Believe me. I have seen so much of the red stuff, Yet It frihtens me. My own cas. I suddenly began to pee blood. Yes I put up loads of excuses. Tomato soup etc. So a visit to the doc . Then a scan at the hospital. Confirmation of bladder cancer. A quick op and a few days in hospital. The second op or procedure. and Mike gets the all clear. Folks don't mess around. Go for it. You have a problem, get it sorted quickly.

The most surprising new plant in your garden

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 00:26
Hey folk, what a wonderful thread. Truly Cosmos are a very vdelightful flower. Easy to to grow and so rewarding. For the more poetic gardener. Wow, they offer so many sugestions.
From the musings of a man. I feel sure that our friend Fishy will instantly put this to verse. The advancing tall slender, but elegant main stems. Then the bursting out of side shoots, soon to become tables of elegance. Now at last reaching the hieight of perfection. The most delicate blooms. Thes larger than life daisy-like flowers, in mixed colours. Forgive me please, but in the horticultural world. I tend to classify plants in a similar way to which many class ships. That being in the feminine form.
now I tend to write with favour to the femimenf side.

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:30
If you can see seeds showing through a silvery like foil. Then it's an honesty. The variation in the leaves. Perhaps a violet but, the colour tends to be too light. The heart shape to pointed leaf. along with the scraggy gowth. How about one of the campanulas?

Mystery rose

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:22
Oh well. Tin helmet on, here goes. The main stem etc appears to be quite young and fresh. The blooms are, yes on weak droopy stems. This is a sad part of Ena Harkness. Ena by the way should have a real velvety texture and a realld deep rich scent. It is still considered the best red, even after all theses years. However the very thorned main stem. EH can be thorny but not like this. As I have so often stated before. To ID a flower from a piture, that's asking a lot. Take a look at the internet under. Rosa. Deep Secret. I am probably wrong but, give it a go.

Modern Technology

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:11
My friend and I set off for Rumwoods nursery and garden centre, Langley Kent. I've at last got him interested in gardening. Our first vist was aided by a few scribbled notes and map refs. The second. I used a sat nav. We really went around the garden of england. So much so. We ended up in a cul de sac. Today we set off. This time the sat nave took us on the A2. Then soon we realised. This is a repeat of last time. This time there was a young chap working on an engine. He checked the sat nav. Clicked this and that and said. It will work now. Yes! since the map was loaded. A great big new estate had sprung up. In time, we arrived at the destination. Thankfully, unlike most garden centres. This is basically plants only. Other franchises are out. Sadly at the tills, my charm failed this time. Perhaps just as well. It was two young lads taking the cash. I must go to specsavers. We stopped of close to home for fish and chips and a visit to Sainsbury's. Then home. Two coffees and snooze. My mate said. Next time we will use the map. Mike replied. Next time. You must be joking.

Turf or seeding

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:25
My dear friend. Usually bthe problem would be simple. In your case. You have a lawn witha gap through the middle. GHo ahead and order the turf.

Broken rose

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:20
Sadly. Should a stem become seperated from the graft base. Then that's it for tghat stem/shoot or whatever. However the rejuvinating aspect remains. When the rose was grafted/budded. A common wild rose or seedling stock was used. This simply provide some already established roots. The new buds or grafts were applied. Any existing growth from the rootstock is cut off. Now you have a brand spanikng new plant taking advantage of fine roots. Thankfully in your case. Only one stem was damaged. Who knows. It might rfegrow. Never mind. You say that there are other strong stems. Now is the time to cultvate them. Start low. four or five buds up. Cut. This will induce side shoots. Then depending upon the grafted species. Cut and come again. Please feel to PM me if required.

Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 23:35
Sorry folks. Why? Yes Why? To begin with. A Belfast sink weieghs a lot. Add soil and pl,ants, for what? One of my gowernments post was to the garden of the Garrison Commander. Fabulous family. He was interested in alpine gardens etc. He has a few sink gardens. Believe me. The weighed a ton. For those interested. Should you be limited to space etc. Container and snk....like gardens are good. Lets be honest. Most gardeners in general soon become adept tgo improvising. We build cold frames etc. So. A simple wooden box. Now mix up a cementlike substance known as tuffa. This is a mix of a bonding agent say cement. Plus peat and soil. The mix is plastered to the inner mould. The final outcome is. A kind of ruugged result. So much lighter etc.

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