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searching for unusual plants

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 00:09
Salino Slightly off course as usual. As most are aware I am especially interested in rosa. Strange as it may be. Communication with continental growers and breeders have proved a no go. Whereas, contacting the US. They really bend over backwards to help and share their interest.
Regards. Mike.


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 23:58
My two daughters were once asked, when they were school kids. Don't you feel left out, not getting xmas presents. No they replied. Mum and dad treat us all through the year and their love for us is forever not just christmas. Even now, and they were children of the 60's They still have many of their toys.

Tree being cut in half by a tree tie

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 23:45
Shame when ties are left unchecked. Local council planted many Maples as street trees. A few years later, the ties were cutting in. Outside my home and around the green I took it upon myself and cut the ties then asked the council to remove the stakes. No problems. In most cases trees etc will grow over and totally engulf ties and even chainlink fencing

Go on brag about your Autumn Foliage!!!!

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 23:34
Forester, great woodland shot. Apart from the fact I love trees so much, to see those shafts of sunlight filtering through the canopy. That really makes the scene. Bye the bye, what woodland is it?

Daffodil Bulbs

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 00:40
In all honesty. What many call Mother Nature. Here lies the answer. Bulbs, corms tubers. If in doubt they will themselves tell you nwhen to plant. As soon as they start to come alive//plant/

Go on brag about your Autumn Foliage!!!!

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 00:04
IMHO each season has it's delights. Autumn in particular. Forgive me for saying so, but I often consider the autumnal colours t o surpass even the most cultivated floral garden. Perhaps in the garden. The Virginia Creeper takes a lot of beating. Then the kaliedscope of colours with the trees and shrubs. Thankfully our motorways are edged with trees etc so making our journeys that much more colourful. Truly. The natural world provides us with so much.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 00:20
Sorry but computer , haven't read all posts. Sadly man's intervention in culling the raprtors, this shows our mistakes. In the natural world,things usually balance themselves out. Here we have man versus nature. As usual man has cocked it up. So in short, the Sparrohawk along with other birds of prey, have been encouraged to establish themselves once again. So, watchingiolent an wildlife films etc. The natural world at time appears to be a very cruel place. So the predators have been encouraged to breed and once again take to skies. Now the belly cries hunger. The countryside offers little, but hey ho. That kind gardener. Hanging menues. Why not. So in all honesty. Can you blame me for dropping in for lunch?

RHS Lily Group Bulb Auction.

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 21:52
Off to Wisley tomorrow for the bulb auction. If any forum members are likely to be there also. Please say hello. It would be nice to meet friends. I am taking a friend with me. I'm really trying hard to get him interested in gardening. He is a retired self employed electrician. Lost his wife a year back. Problem is, he has been diagnosed with Parkinsons. Five minutes after telling him something and he's forgotten it. Yet mention the telly. He will quote what was on ten years ago. Stil he's a mate and a good friend. Hard to find such nowadays.

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 21:44
I have spent the past few days trying to sort out my Acer desktop. As my oldie has totally died. I use AVG internet security, but as always, I get confused with downloading. I have ended up being billed just over ??100.00 for the wrong programs. I managed to write AVG via their website, then my laptop starts playing up. It is a Dell Inspiron 1720. Very seldom used. I had no replies from Dell. The keyboard is so sensitive. Suddenly the type will go back to the start etc. I had a local shop tend to it, but it's playing up again. Technology and Mike...don't mix.

Building a garden bed over cement plzzzz help

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 22:55
Hi my friend. Plants have will and a way. Take for example bindweed. It will root in the minimal particle of soil. Then it can traverse roads and whatever.
In the garden, there might be covered paths etcfor most the excavations are a no go. Try and crack the concrete using a sledgehammer. The roots will soon find a way out. Adding a reasonable depth of fresh topsoil wil give added depth. Just remember. When crashing down the spade or fork then suddenly a jar to your wrist.

Discussions started by Mike Allen

Once again. SORRY.

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Enough is enough.

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Eucalyptus trees & Paropsisterna selmani

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Orchid Lady

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A Special day.

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Help Please.

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Last Post: 24/11/2014 at 06:31

To cut everything down, or leave.

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Something of an apology.

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RHS Lily Group Bulb Auction.

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Computer problems

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Back to the Lecture Hall.

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Hidden treasures.

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Modern Technology etc.

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