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Is it too late to prune shrubs?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 23:16
Jack and everyone else.

Mike at one time was a Dep/Supt of GLC Parks. I knew my stuff etc. Please believe me. Had we followed the books so close. Then the members of the public would have hounded us. Let's try and come to grips with this pruning bit. Basically it is. Cutting out unwanted shoots branches etc. Time and tide waits for no man. Basically when you see that a branch or spuris in th wrong place. Cut it out. The perfect example here has to be the tree surgeon. Does he have to work all the hours during a set period. NO. So pruning in some respects might have a prominance. Be wise. Take a chance.

Advice on Fuschia, please.

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 23:04
Lyn. So at last I have found a member who shares asimilar interest. You mention Mrs Popple. Honestly. tghis has got to be the easiest to proporgate. Also Margaret. Have you grown that one. This has been a favourite of mine for many years. When staring out to colect and build a collection of fuchsias. I was at the time a member of the BFS. One day I ventured forth and arrived at the growers home of Margaret. Margaret was the daughter of a vicar, These men of the cloth feature so much in horticulture. Arriving at the address in East London. I was afforded the most welcoming experience. Then we went out back to the greenhouse. To be honest even though some time in the world of horticulture, Mike had never seen this before. The back garden, to be honest was a mess. The greenhouse was something different. In fact I ask myself. Is this a greenhouse or a gigantic cloche. There I was confronted with yes, a giant cloche. The ground had neen excavated to form a deepen walkway. Either side allowed a bench or stageing.. The glass area simply was, the roof. This sat astride the area. No heating etc. But loads of newspaper. Then the plants. Hundres of tiny thumb pots, each containing a rooted cutting.. Talking to Margaret. Yes mike. Fuchias reall ask for very little. Much like geraniums. They will suffer, endure hard waterless times and then, suddenly bounce back. I remained a member of the BFS. I spent a small fortune on the annual update indeices. Even to me. Never could I conclude. all thes new varieties. Nevertheless. The fuchsia still remains a great favourite.


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 22:41
If I may!

So, back to the books and the drawing board. Take your pick. When to scarify in Mike's book might well suggest. Take a look at your lawn. Listen to it, symbolically of course. What is it saying to you? Oh, I am feeling so tired and worn out. Look at me. Not long ago, I was the belle of the ball. Neatly mowed, trim well presented and yes.. So So Lush. Now look nat me. Patchy as if I have some dreaded infection. Look th balding spots etc. Please, Please someone. Pledase comb my hair, pleas give me some, well, loads of TLC. Make me look good again.
Fishy mate. You're not th only poet on here. Joke.

Having spent much time with sports fields and areas such a bowling greens. Believe me. As soon as your lawn, grass area starts to look sad. Forget the books. Scarify, top dress plus seeding. Even with todays most modern mowers. There still remains so much cut grass. In time this thatches and can become home to various fungi and pest etc. So for those who are old enough to remember the nit-nurse at school. Keep the hair mwell combed.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 22:24
Alan 4711

I remember so well. Val, my late wife and I attended a Met. Police Dance at the Lyceum Ballroom in the Alderwych. London. A yound PC who had transferred from Hampshire Constab, had joined us. I had done a round or two with Val, and Dave had asked my OK to have a dance with Val. Then two mature ladies came across. No will you or would you like. No. Dave and I were litterally pulled to our feet. These ladies were quite large and etc. It seemed that my feet never touched the floor. This lady practically had me astride her thigh. To be honest. Mike left that dance in a very uncomfortible situation.

Why am I so special,to,the forum?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 22:07
I agree with Busy Liz.

Actually matey. I always thought of you as being a Yorkie.

Monty Don

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 22:04
Once again.. The choice is yours. In the meantime remember. For these celebs. Each and every time they featurs a product. Then they get paid extra. I rest my case.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 20:50
Thanks Dove.

Folk-lore. Any truth in it?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:43
Strange how fables and facts are passed down through the ages. A Crow's Court. I and my family actuall stood looking out of the window, and we were totally amazed. There was so much scauking going on outside. We teh saw the cause. Must have been a flock of forty to fifty crows. They seemed to be jumping on the spot. They had formed a large circle. There in the middle was a solitary crow. Truly looking afraid. The circle of crows suddenly stopped the racket, and one by one seemed to step forward and utter some craoks etc. Then stepping back. Then the next in line, did the same. This continued until every crow had spoken up. Then suddenly they all hopped forward and attacked the crow in tghe middle. We were fearful that the prisoner in the dock would be killed. Then suddenly all went quiet. The prisoner suddenly took to flight. So I wonder. Is this where folk lore came in. Another strange incident. Out front there used to be a green. In the center stood a large Black Poplar. For all the years I had lived here, it hadn't been attended to. Then, the council's tree surgeons turned up and started cutting here and there. To be honest. IMO they made a right 'B' mess of it. In time. A group of council experts? arrive, clip boards etc. My eldest daughter Kerry went out and aked questions. She came back in, in tears. Dad, Dad, they are going to cut the tree down. I will go out there and tie myself to it. Val and I calmed her down, but to be honest. Both of us were finding it difficult to hold back the tears. With my knowledge etc. I would have said the tree was three hundred years old. Now at this time. My old mum lived in a groundfloor flat diagonally across the green from us. Each night I would before locking up, go across to make sure she was safe etc. This particular night, mI cross the green, passing beneath the tree. It hadn't rained for some time, yet. I got wet. Yes the tree was transpiring, and this was at night time. Huge droplets of water were coming down. I never mentioned this to Kerry but I said to Val. That tree is crying, some how it appears that it knows it's end is close. Two days later the sound of chain saws and the majestic tree was no more. No shame. Val and I did shed some tears. So once again. Folk lore.. true or false?

Talkback: Magpies

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:16
I have a family, perhaps several generations living in my tall conifer. It is so interesting to watch them and hear them. Yes, sadly they do steal from nest. They are of the crow family, and the Jays that visit the garden also take young birds. To us. Nature is cruel, but over the years. Man has intervened and made the situation worse. Most annoying about cats. They are so unlike the bigger cats. Who hunt and kill for survival. Domestic cats play and kill just for the fun of it. Since losing my dog. Cats use my garden as a short cut. My neighbour's three cats have taken charge of my garden so at least there are not so many short cutters. However the smaller birds that once filled the garden now bypass it.

over winter succulent

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 22:58
I have just planted up an alpine garden at home. All succulents need some winter protection. Even in a cold greenhouse. Due to the texture of their makup, fleshy stems and leaves. Even holding back watering, a frost can easily freeze the natural juices in the plant. To completely stop watering isn't a wise move. Keep the compost just on the moist side, otherwise the the plant will actually go through a state equal to dehydration. Once the fleshy texture dries out. That part will die. Might I suggest taking a peep at the Alpine Garden Socy. Website. Regards.

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