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Soil of the ancients

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 23:52
Count me out. I am confused


Posted: 09/07/2014 at 23:47
Rosemummy. Hi! Whitefly is usually associated with greenhouses. So having outdoor plants such as Lonicera covered with them, proves a point. You mention your plant has not/is not flowering. Loniceras do tend to have a varied flowering period. Is this unusual for your variety. Your idea of cutting the whole lot back. Well to be honest. I'd tend to wait until more into the autumn. The whitefly will perhaps help feed the birds. Despite the fact they will damage the foliage, the plant in general won't suffer. As things die down, then cut back. Once again the degree to cut back to, depends upon the variety. Forget chemical sprays. Mix up some washing-up liquid and water. That will do the trick. I will try and post a few notes later.

Great revival of British Gardens

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:49
To continue.
I have noticed recently that one or two of my manuscripts have ony partly appeared on the forum. I am back at the hospital on the 31st. I wish that I could go in the night before, then they wouldn't have to wake me up. My appointment is for 07.31 That time of the morning. Nowt to eat or drink for six hours before. When it comes to waking up. I think I will survey the scene through slitted eyes. If she is a good looking nurse, I will need a lot of waking up. However in all honesty. Talking this over with Amanda, my youngest. I might well decide to make this my last investigation. I still have another blood test to go for. Mind you. I have become so used to these now. Mind you. Let the reader use discernment. Those words of the plebotomist, just a tiny scratch. One or two say. Just a little prick. That's it. All done. Oh! the story of my life. Back to the garden. I have so much on. I must get out and take more photos for the book. I must stop growing so much. I must convince myself that, even though I don't feel a day over twenty-one, I am not getting younger. So a quick look at the tiny garden. Roses plenty of blooms, fantastic scents. Lilys as mentioned. Fuchsias, some just starting to move. Within the next month, I will probably take around a hundred cuttings, also of the geraniums, and to be honest. Anything else that takes my fancy. The syriga bloomed well this year, but most of it overhangs next doors garden so chop chop. Philadelphus has to move again. Cornus, Buddleja, Vibernum etc will have to come down lower. Penstemons are offering plenty of cuttings. Water lilies will have to raised and chopped about a bit. In the greenhouse. Primula seedlings slow but geting there. Alostrameria have been good. Benefit here of gowing in pots on a soil based staging. Seeds become available so do tubers, Thes form from roots that exit the pots into the soil bench, and then swell. What else? Yes, Cannas have done pretty well. Dahlias seem to have emmigrated to Oz. That's it for now. Enjoy.

Great revival of British Gardens

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:23
I had an email today from Rebecca. The lady in charge of the BBC 2 program. It seems I had posted somewhere, that I was a Lily enthusiast and was adding to my collection. OK True. However as like most gardeners. This year must now hold the record for slug and snail invasions. Believe me. We Brits are not the only ones to have suffered. I am also into other scientfic fields, and reports being circulated, don't paint a rosy picture. Back to the email. Rebecca, has asked me how I have got on this year. If only we could talk face to face. Rebecca, it has been a ghastly year. I spent a small fortune purchasing fresh lily bulbs. Planting and labelling etc. All of a sudden everything started to grow. Bulbs sprouting, seeds germinating here there and everywhere. Roses needing pruning etc, shrubs just going mad. Then Bang! Mike ends up in hospital. Not for long, but the after effects have lingered on. Despite all attempts. Messres slug, snail and partners, really attend to my lilies. Some had barely poked through the compost, and, gotcha. Not always by the firm, Slug, snail and co, but soilborne insects. So a lesson to be learned. When spraying the plant. DON'T forget the soil/compost. To be honest, and as a pro. I have to admit. I hang my head low. In all honesty. My lilies were a disaster. I belong to the RHS Lily group, so perhaps I might rake out the old begging bowl, who knows.

Nasal Polyp OP

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 20:58
WOOF, woof! So glad that things went well. Just my little way of helping out. The drawing of the donkeys are actually notelets I get from the donkey sanctuary in Devon. Val and I have supported it for several years. When holidaying in the New Forest, we used to muke a lot of fuss over these animals. It really is so sad that these animals are so abused. In the forest. All the ponies and mokes are owned by commoners. Soon after my eldest daughter took up residence there. Sounds, posher than, 'moved there'. She helps out at a rescue center. Soon after arriving she was so saddened by the lack of care and feeling toward animal life in general. Ponies and mokes getting killed on the roads. She suggested luminous collars for the animals. I'm sure her efforts have saved many lives and suffering.
Thanks O/L for the compliment. Strange really. No offence etc. but I have always dreaded being given anything. Mind you having said that. A hug and a smacker, goes down well. No. My problem has always been. I just can't show emotion. The appreciation is there though. Anyway. So glad that faces are looking that bit brighter. Andy all the best to the family.

Talkback: How to improve your lawn

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 20:39
Amusing to say the least

Just my luck

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 22:42
Thanks folks for your input. Verd. I am an ex traffic cop. I know thye ropes and cases like tis. Go fly your kite. Thanks anyway.

Glass cutter

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 22:25
Diamond. Glass can so often be likened to people. Old glass. The oldies. Please try and captivate the reallity and the humour. Oldies, full and at times overloaded with knowledge etc. Catch them at the wrong moment and. Whey ho. They will explode. Just the same as a pane of glass. Glass, especially old glass. It can become very tough and also brittle at times. How, why? to be honest I don't know. What I have learned is, and I hope no do gooders wil shout me down. Some very strange things happen with glass. Let's skip the science etc. But as many may have found. To cut a pane of glass takes skill. Add to this, to cut old glass. However steady your hand might be. Reaching breaking point. That straight line suddenly bursts into a spiders web. Tip. Old panes of glass. Thoroughly clean them. Then keep them in a close enviroment for a few days. Then place upon a firm base. Take just one strike/stroke of the cutter. Bend and break. Please try and avoid constant scribing with the glass cutter.

Just my luck

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 21:39
Actually I don't believe in luck. Mind you according to common sayings. I have in the past trod in so called good luck. NO. This morning my neighbour gave me a knock...on the door bell. Hi Mick. Bad news mate. I wsuddenly found myself imagining some one had died etc. What is it Mark. About one o'clock this morning, someone crashed the back of your car, and drove off. 'fraid I didn't get their number. I have a Nissan Almera Tino 04 Reg less than 30K on the clock. It was a motorbility car so serviced from new. Our previous car a Primera had been stolen soon after we had a recon engine fitted cost 1K. I keep it regularly serviced, even though I do under 2K a year. Unfortunately they don't hold their value. In my case, I hope this car serves me to the last. The damage. Off-side rear quarter panel badly damaged and plastic bumper dislodged. A few paint grazes. I used to do a bit of auto repairs in the past, to put an extra crust on the table. Now I don't seem to have the get up and go anymore. Still, I probably will get some isopon etc and fill it in etc. I am fully comp insured etc, but due to the cost of repairs nowadays, most insurances go for write offs. I love my car as such. So No to the insurance. I will test it out for under body damage and if OK, out comes the pollyfiller. Since moving into my flat, I have had over eight cars damaged /written off. Still thankfully nobody was in my car. From the skid marks. It is evident that the nearside front of the other car was defective. Still no good contacting the police.

Nasal Polyp OP

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 21:20
This is IMHO why this forum is so well supported. As one member recently pointed out. Mike also subscribes to another garden forum. It is so bland, so much so, that regular contributors can be counted on one hand. I have made many new friends since joining and have truly appreciated the love and concern by members in my time of need.
Sadly though. I would like to see individuals now and then saying, 'SORRY' when they have offended others. A simple saying like those three little words. However those words mean so much.
Fishy. Weather too hot for chocs. The card etc is in the post.

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