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Posted: 04/11/2014 at 02:27
RATS. Even the name sends a shiver down ones spine. Often these creatures go about their business totally out of sight, and thus, out of mind. Then suddenly a rat is seen in the garden. Jumping ahead, and inline with a members post recently. Yes we perhaps like to feed the birds. We also might be feeding the rats. If we accept the fact that all creatures great and small, have been created for a purpose, then perhaps we might begin to establish some kind of understanding. So from basics. Let's take it that Mr Rat was created as what we now clasify as a scavenger. One of natures cleaner-uppers. Just spare a thought. Try and imagine the situation. So! rats, foxes and other scavengers suddenly go on strike. Now I include here not just the four footed scavengers but also the slippery slimey types, It is fair to imagine that within a week, the world would be so diseased and infected, that life would hang in the balance. So fears over. The sigt of a rat or other rodent in the garden.. Don't panick.. Check out your garden. Are you inviting the visitor? So OK comes the point of time to kill. I realise that here, I am sticking my neck out.. So you go off to B&Q and get some rat bait. Yes. In time the bait will perhaps work. What I am trying to say is. What is available to the member of the community is so weak, compared to the commercial brand. So here we have a dilemma. Eventhough you dislike rats. You consider yourself a nature lover. So do you want to cause a long drawn out killing process. Now a change of direction. Scientist the world over are very concerned about the rat populations etc. From a control aspect. Rats are becoming more and more immune to modermkiller chemicals. So where do we go from here. The rat and the lab. As much hated as the rat is. Behind the scenes in the labs. The rat is a most valuable animal. Most experiments all geared for human benefit, are carried out , using rats. Take now experiments using rats. Time and again it has been proved that rats, are amongst the most intelligent of mammals. So! where do we go from here. Might I relate my experience with rats. Yes I find them fascinating but at the same time creepy. Some years back. I had my shed in the garden. Some late evenings I would stand inside with an air rifle. Just up the lane was a farm, and at times the area was overrun with rats. So this night there I was. I had stood a slice of bread up against a hand fork. A tiny glimmer of light was all that I needed. [not boasting but. at the time I was a police marksman]. In time the outline of the slice of bread started to move to the left. I took aim and fired. All movement stopped. Switching on a spot light. The slice of bread remained but no rat. So now it was a trial of wits. I had thoughtv that ratty had come along and grabbed the slice and ran foward.. Big mistake, Mike. Ratty had in fact sussedit out. He, or as it turned out to be, She. had come formthe other side, grabbed the slice and walked backwards with it. The next shot found it's mark. Believe me. Using a small coal shovel one handed. I could'mt lift this corpse. I had to use both hands, this ratty must have been the great grand ma of several generations.. In conclusion. No I don't like rats anymore than perhaps you. However they do in many rfespects deserve our respect.


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.


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