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Impressions of the posters here

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 22:12
Gran. Thanks.

Pauline 7. Out of the two. Brian Blessed and me. I have a much softer voice.

hornbeam hedge questions

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 00:42
My dear friend Dovefrom above has most respectfully reminded me of a few points. As a Gent. May I offer my apologies respecting my advice etc. I had not fully read the deatils etc. So perhaps the scoreboard might read. Experts. 0 Team 1

So sorry.. Mike.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 00:33
Great thread. Thank you.
Well Mike called in at the medical center today. Hi, are my blood test reprts in plese. Mike Allen.. Yes Mike. Good news. The doctor has read the report and marked it as no further action . Wowee. As usual this old fella had to have a joke. So sweet receptionist. This, sadly means. We wont be seeing each other for a while. Thank you so much. Take care ladies, keep smiling. Following my cancer ops. The GP had noticed abnormal ferrins in my blood. Too much Iron. He thought at the time it might be due to the upset and inbalance of the cancer. Thankfully I have the all clear, not only on the cancer but also the blood problems.

Impressions of the posters here

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 00:23
Becs. The purpose of a beard is to.. Save some for later. wink.

YOUR view of music over the years.

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 00:16
Thanks to the author of the books thread, well done. This is what we need more of. Each getting involved. So friends. How a bout this thread. Perhaps we might include our favourite tunes. The time period, our choice of music and how it affected us, then and now. So be it. Crying into your pillow or dancing the night away. Using a pop star of whenever to convey your thoughts and feelings to a loved one. C'mon, let's talk.

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 00:10

I still have some of my childhood day's books. Those writers of yesteryear. Ballantyne. RL. Stevenson. Orczy and Marryat.
It was Capt Marryat, author of. Children of the New Forest, that first introduced me to that great forest. A place that I still love so much today. Strange that he wrote so well of a land area, when in fact. He was a sea captain. Then Stevenson with his Coral Island. Truly a master of boys immagination. All good books and authors.

Impressions of the posters here

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 00:00
Dove....Very much the motherly type. A great one for comforting others and often going to great lengths to help out.

O/L. Age around 30-36. Natural Blonde, Blue eyes probably about 5'6 tall. Good with kids and a great homemaker.

Busy. Very pleasant person. Say about 5'3 Probably naving the same name as my late wife

How long does Roundup last in the soil?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 00:09
Thanks petervanh. Thank you so much.

I have tended to hold back from posting much about glysophate. Since joining this forum, I have constanly read time and again. Glysophate.. The last thing I wanted or wish is to offend any members. From what you say peter, the full circle has come about. Some years back, actually soon after the start of the EU & Common Market. That glysophate was banned from public use. Only professional bodies could obtain and use it. Eventually a modified form hit thye market. To be honest, a very watered down variant of glysophate. That is why in most cases, a single spraying will not do the trick. Were you to be in the commercial world, then. A small drop of the real stuff, would clear the average garden in one go. Most of us prefer not to use chemcals in the garden, for fear of harming wildlife etc. As most agree, certain invasive plants, docks, bindweed, ground elder and many more. For the average gardener they are a pest. As Bob said. Even leaving behind a tiny piece of root etc. From a scientific point. Gardeners will never be able to go out and buy a can of whatsit and rid the garden of weeds etc. Today there are so many conservation groupes etc, and thankfully many including scientists have realised that in their attempts to solve some of these problems. We have taken one step forward and two back.

I need my avocado stone to sprout in order to prove a friend wrong

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 23:47
I have to admit. I have never attempted to grow Persea americana. Avocado. However I am with you in your, can we say, 'traumatic dilemma'.

You couls well have a dud or blind pit, seed-stone etc. The main consideration is to keep the water tepid. You say that you have your subject, duly spiked to keep it just above the water. That's good. So setting aside my suggestions above. A sunny windowsill really is not needed. I would imagine even total darkness would still allow for the basic sprouting. So. Assuming the pt is OK, then the water mst be the problem. What is it usually, four to six weeks before growth starts. Yes. I think that changing the water is incorrect. Let's face it. In the wild, the boggy water isn't going to be changed. Try and keep the water tepid. There are many ways of doing this. Should you be limited then. Don't change the water, but top it up with tepid water. I do hope you win your tenner. All the best with your studies.

How Would You Over-Winter These?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 23:13
Apart from just keeping the corms. In an unheated greenhouse, and in fact, even in the home. These will often simply die back. It's not just the cold or frost and wintery atmosphere. Light also plays an important part. Plus of course the plant's natural make-up and life pattern.
As the stems are of a succulent nature. Cuttings will root very fast and easily. Why not take as many cuttings as possible, keep them on the short side. Then if you can, overwinter them in a close frame within the greenhouse. Even if, come spring and perhaps the tops have died. More than likely a tiny corm would have grown. Although most begonias including the sempervirens are easy from seed, even the latter can be overwintered in this way.

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