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Posted: 08/12/2014 at 00:21
Thanks folks.

Cutting a conifer in winter

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 00:18
Thanks for the comments. If I may be allowed to say, without starting WW3 Joke. I have a small garden and over the years have propagated several conifers. I totally agree with Gemma regarding the sap/resin. I was working into one day and suddenly realised I had all this gluey resin on my bare arms. Of course I attempted to wipe it off... WRONG! I ended up with severely damage arms as the resin also took the skin off. Very painful etc. RE; My rambling remarks. I was attempting but obviously not to everyone's favour to briefly describe the general happenings of plants and trees. E.O.S


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 23:58
Thanks Verd. Yes I agree totally. A similar principle re preference to growing conditions also applies to many other plants. I am so pleased that so many members also grow these. Actually they make very interesting subjects for study. There is seller on Ebay.. BOB Todd. He offers a wide range of seed.

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 00:01
Windowsill plants are easy to contend with. Those stored away in an unheated greenhouse. Take each day as it comes. Even if the soil seems bone dry, how does the plant look. Let the plant be your guide.

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Posted: 06/12/2014 at 23:58
I seem to recall one of our forum members recentely posting, that she was finding a problem with posting her picture as an avatar. I understand Zara is using a Nokia mobile, Come on folks, give this member a hand.


Posted: 06/12/2014 at 23:53
Just a point. Have you noticed during your wanderings around the garden centers. Cranesbills are becoming more and more popular.

Cutting a conifer in winter

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 23:50
No disrespects to forum members. Cutting back, sawing off etc. Please believe me there are so many myths and legends. From a scientific aspect. Much really boils down to common sense. Botanically the outer covering of trees shrubs etc, acts as a protection throughout the lifetime of the subject. Crash course. Any plant tree, shrub or whatever. When cut, bleeds in it's own way, much like you and me. Just the same the body elements come to the rescue. and soon the moisture surface dries then in it's own way hardens off. So that is fine. Now then in the case of say winter cutting etc. The temperature and general perhaps frosty climate will allow the moisturised cut surface to virtually freeze over. Gradually the frozen surface will thaw out, but the process of freezing goes much further. The ice particle enter deeper into the core of the plant section, as they do, they also expand. Example. A hosepipe left exposed in extra cold/freezing temperatures. The water is still water but the ice particles expand and a burst pipe results, so like the cut branch etc. Truthfully I can't see a simple cut or perhaps a few resulting in such a death dealing blow, but at the end of the day. I would suggest. Be patient and wait a bit longer to say the spring.

What are good quality tools for beginners

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 23:31
Oh what a choice. Let's not embark on the gents versus the ladies. Gardening tools for a beginner. Might I suggest. A god garden fork, perhaps a border fork if need be. If you grow spuds then a lifting fork. A spade definitely is a must. Then as many have mentioned secateurs. In my case, Felco.. Why? I have two pair . The first I purchased my self some 35 yrs ago the second pair I managed to get the MOD to cough up for. When leaving the secs also left with me, no not pinching but as compensation for having used mine for so long. To end up where. There are obviously some basic tools etc required. The gradually one adopts a finer attitude and choice, I recall once when seeking out a new camera.. At the same time, a member of the RPS was in the shop and he said to me. Never mind the name make or model. Handle it, how does it feel. If it feels good and comfortable then go for it. With Felco. They used to offer a free service and refurb. I have bought new blades and fitted them myself. Others may find this not to their taste. However my friend, this is a good site and everyone will assist you.

Technical problem

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 00:21
Gran.. Stop worrying.

Lyn. Such a nice lass.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 00:18
Folks please believe me, I am a worrier etc and one who has great feeling toward fellowman. Over time I have read the messages of plight and worry of you my dearest friends. Please believe me. I offer my most sincere heartfelt thoughts and feeling toward you. Believe me. I am most concerned about my lady friend. She is very ill.

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