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Advice on Fuschia, please.

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 22:50
Hi Jack. Long time no talk. Once again I think this is a matter of choice. Reference books will say one thing, and there will always be a grower to comment otherwise. A picture would help or even more detail of the flower. On the off chance. If it is a hardy type. Then I would go along the lines of pruning a climbing rose. Reduce the height, then cut back the horizontal growth. Even if a hardy type. Winter protection would not go amiss. Please request more if needed.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 22:42
Fishy65. You know my door is always open to everyone. When I was a kid. The festive season was celebrated in our home. Having been born on the 28th of December. Presents were few. Plus my mum always told me in advance what I was to expect. Also my uncle and aunt from three doors away, would come in. The piano always got a good bashing etc. The adults would be doing knees up mother brown and all that. Soon as I started jumping about, I get a clip round the ear, be told to behave.Looking back I strongly believe that such events in my early life, is the root cause for me now, not being able to show expected joy when recieving a present. Also. To get up and dance. I still have that embedded feeling that, I am making prat of myself.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 22:10
Well as most understand. Mike doesn't celebrate the holiday. Howeever [there said it again] Surely this must once again show, just how commercial the festive season has become. Be honest please. Christmas is or was at one time. A time of Christian celebration. Look around the world. Where is the love that was supossed to come from the virgin birth etc. Now it is all down to makiny a fast buck. Next the instore music. Ugggghhhhhh!

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 22:04
Lyn. Please accept my warmest best wishes. I do hope that things pan out well for Mum and you. This is a great thread where we can speak openly and get lots of TLC.

Fishy..Andy. Mike is so sorry to hear that T, Mrs Fishy has had such a bad day etc. I know none of us have ever met but. Please give her a very big hug ffrom Mike. PS. Do you think one of Mikes pick me ups might help?

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:56
I agree with Philippa and co. The half moon is and has been used by professionals fo ages. Using a spade. Some spades tend to have a slight curve in the width, on a long edge this will show up. When using long-handled edging shears. Try and keep the lower blade still, and only operate the upper blade. This avoids more or less the chopping movements and provides a better finish.

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:27

Very descriptivef me.

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:35
May I respectfullly ask. Digger. Do you also post on the RHS' My Garden forum under the same name?

New Weeding Tool

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:26
To be perfectly honest. Mike is lost. I support our friends tudies etc to the full, but. A weeding tool. This immediately suggest to me, some kind of hand tool. Search the market. There are weed grubbers and many more. Perhaps we might delve into the basics. So first and foremost. What weed are we talking about. So sorry , but surely this is the kind of question your uni lecturer might ask. In the real world. We constantly aply the term, 'weed' to anything growing that we dislike. That must include simple mosses and liverworts to tap-rooting enemies such as doks and cow parsley. So my dear frienf can you, might you elaborate.. Please believe me. I am not here to destroy your quest. I will help all I can. Perhaps to assist you. I have a string of letters after my name.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:11
Cut them back.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:09
Sound advice by my friends. Perhaps for others. If and when becoming the grand owner of a shrub. If it looks, sad, tired, worn out. Prune it back as close as possible to the ground. Proving the roots are strong and healthy. Given time, you will be rewarded with fresh new growth. Then you can dictate just how you want the shrub to perform.

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YOUR view of music over the years.

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Folk-lore. Any truth in it?

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Tree problems.

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Fantastic site.

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Modern Technology

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More about using Coir

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Talk about daylight robbery!

Plant prices. 
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Have I overdone it?

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Growing with Coir

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List of members.

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Concern over conifers.

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Good News for Mike

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Makes you Wonder!

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A Wee Bit Cooler

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