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Posted: 04/11/2014 at 01:41
Hey Dove. Potash nursery. Jim and I were good friends. Then he sold out.
Back to the question. As others have already posted. There are several hardy types. I started off with, Mrs Popple. Margaret, and Beacon. I found that both Mrs Popple and Margaret [check out my thread on Margaret] These two stalwarts have proved to be favourites of mine. Depending much upon, just how much you wish to get involved. These two ladies always have provided me with many cuttings that in general terms, root easily. Then advancing further. Should you desire standards or half or even quarter standards. These ladies will not fail you...why? To ttempt to grow/produce a standard fuchsia. You will need a cutting that has three terminal leaves. Yes I am aware that many fuchsias tend to have such terminals, but. So many are actually trailers, that is bsket types etc. At the end of the day. You will get many replies on this forum. Then as always. It is up to you. Please keep in touch with us. All the best.

Friend or foe

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 01:27
Truly, I feel for you. I used to have lots of birds visit my garden. Now due to the increased cat population, basically nil.
I do hope that you will soon find some kind of remedy.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 00:13
I wonder what it is about Teddy Bears? Years ago before the political correct era. The favourites were, Teddy and Golly.

I have to admit. Val had a teddy that when making the bed, the beadspread would be set in place and then, Teddy would sit or lie-back between two seperate cushions. Even now, four and a half years of me having to make the bed. There he is placed. Sitting between his two cushions. Michael. You sad old so and so.!

Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 00:03
Well thanks friends. Thankfully these scammers never got as far as my computer. As I said. They always phoned at the wrong time, and I wasn't at the PC.
I have a new Acer PC complete with Win 7. Actaually I've had it some time now, but I am a creature of habit and preferred the old box with XP Pro.
Today has been spent transferring data from the oldie to my seperate HDD. Then I will attempt to load it all to the Acer.

Once again. Thanks for your advice.


Winter Readings

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 00:30
Oh Dove. To be honest. And you will find this very bland to say the least. In general.......very few. Yes! I admit in previous forum answers, I have stated that I have many books on the sam subject. Why?. Simply once having studied the works of our peers etc, it is refershing to read what other like minded ones have discovered. So in short. I have passed through the pages of the basics and the profesionals, the nurserymen etc.. I have to admit in all honesty. When watching TV etc. Such personalities as Carol Klien etc TV has really bust this all apart. One minute you have shall we say. Alan Titchmarsh. Gardener. Now autortor mow TV presenster. Sorry to me these ones have become personalaities. So ove in short. Whe it come to reading about plants, horticulture etc. I now find myself engulfed in the more scientic fields. Sad to say. I wish I had had the chance in earier years to study the sciences more fully. Dove to be honest, Yes today my horticultural raedings by-pass the GW and such like. I am well provide for by means of scientific organisations. I am constantly looking toward solutions etc regarding climate change etc and plant sciences. I do hope this answers your question. Please ask more if required..


Posted: 03/11/2014 at 00:01
Now then. I have learned that some of our forum members are also RHS members. Now then. Within the RHS organisation there are so many other individual groups. The Lily Group is the oldest, going back to the 1930's. Now I am a member of cthat group, and I have some good news. The group has recently obtained a full set of, 'Lillies and related plants' right back to 1932. Having done this. With the aid of modern technology they have produced a DVD of the whole series of publications in PDF format. Yes it is really worth looking at/into, if you are a lily fan. Mind you. Now is the shock. The cost is around ??30.00 Contact me for more details.

Always read the label!

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 23:44
Oh! go on say it. Know it al is here.
So as we all are so friendly on this forum.. Verdun, please stop prodding me with that pitch fork...ouch!

Jokes aside.Thankfully we share our knowledge etc. So here is some of mine. As soon as I recieve my seeds. I enter them on my data base on the computer. No good me simply writing it all down in a book. My handwriting so resembles the old style GP. Then I write out a label for each, actually I put the technical name one side of the label and the common name etc onthe reverse. This I have done from years back. It proved to be a great learning factor to me. Especially when learning the botanical names. So then to the seed sowing. Most packets also have a number so I include that as well. So the sowing takes place, and even if the seeds are sown in the open ground, the same applies. My PC Data base is not much more than a diagram of the garden etc. Mike is not a IT Guru. I simply set out to place on the page a section of the garden. Then I number each space, starting with the back row. This enables me to identify any plant shrub rose etc. I have some friendly foxes taht find peace and security in my garden. Trouble is. The little blighters tend to pull up th labels and cart them off.

I have noticed of late, that many garden centeres now have the names and details actually printed on the pots in addition to the labels.

At first reading the title of this thread. I thought it might apply to chemicals.

I will start a new thread as such.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 23:22
IMHO. I am pleased to see that the camera teams have re-set their lens'. I will explain if required.
Don't get me wrong. I admire the hard work the couples put into their routines, but. I find so much of the dancing more representative of gymnastics.
That youngest looking chap...don't ask me his name. Sometimes he is shown wearing glasses. Now, I do think he is very good.
Then the picking and choosing of the competitors. I suspect it comes under the heading of, 'family entertainment' So each season we get individuals such as the latest, tennis star's mum. Then in the past Ann Widecombe and others. Usually scuse the term, mutton dressed as lamb. Surely these ones mustat times feel a bit out of place, despite the fact that dancing is for all and is so enjoyed by many, but as TV entertainment?

Perhaps going back a bit. I used to enjoy watching the ballroom dancing that used to be televised.
Nevertheless it does tend to while away the time.

Perhaps we might start a thread on. TV Preferences.

Cutting wet lawns?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 23:03
Not too sure regarding the response you have received from emails etc. In the past, I have not been on the best of terms with B&Q. Might I suggest, contacting the head office at Chandlers Ford. In the long run, they are more concerned regarding thier reputation. No doubt they will provide you with a new mower, and deliver it. Probably not wishing to even see the broken one. Otherwise perhaps a forum member can help you out. What is your location? Any follow-up can be arranged via PM thus keeping your address private.

Fianlly. Sincere best wishe for the happy event.


Can plants grow back their roots?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 00:47
I have to agree with Dovefromabove and Philippa.
Especially in the area of the pot size. There is a big difference between a plant growing in the open ground and one confined to a pot. In short. In the open ground the natural elemnts are so active. In a pot. The outside world for the plant is very much reduced. So the basic remedy is. Yes, repot as required but, don't over pot. Why? The roots tend to grow and travel in a clockwise direction, and being restricted to the inner circumference of the pot/contaiiner, soon develop into a patern. That is why when repotting or even planting out from pots. It is wise to carefully tease apart the outermost roots. Strangly if you don't. You will find that later when once again potting on. Your original root system will be exactly the same as it was when you last repotted. Whereas, if you had teased away the roots. then, the fresh new ompost would now be inhabited by fresh new roots. In theory it's like danggling the carrot before the donkey.
In your case. Take time to allow the plant to get used to the new enviroment. Keep a check on the watering and feeding. Sadly so many prized plants are lost at this stage.

Kindest regards, and I hope this helps.

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