Mike Allen

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Plant I-D please.

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:16

Beaten ob the post

Help Identifying Lawn Invader!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:05

Believe me.  Dove always sems to be on tghe ball.  By the way Dove.  Thanks for the pint.  Went down well. xx

Tree Peony Seedlings

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:59

Rebecca.  Lovely to hear from you.  Please don't go down that road of criticising yourself.  Beccy.  Mike is coming upto 75.  Believe me.  I am still learning.  In brief.  Gather up the seedlings.  Pot them up and grow them on.  Some plants will produce seed taht is identical to tghe parents.  Some seed, known as hybrids such as F1 hybrids.  These seed will not come true to the parentage DNA.  They will in most case germinate, but tey will revert to the grand parents.  Nevertheless.  Whatever sprouts up.  please grow it on.  Perhaps at the end of the day, you might conclude.  What a waste of time.  Please.  STOP. THINK.  What have I learned from this experience.  Gardening even in it's most simplist of forms, raelly does open up the natural world for you.  Enjoy your garden.  Mike.

Growing in tea bags

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:47

I have just read this post on the RHS forum.  I feel that I can refer to the member as my friend.  The senario is this.  Apparently, B&Q have or are marketing a new idea in plant propagation.  Namely.  On what I would call.  A micro grow bag.  The basic principal as I understand is.  An ordinarry everyday tea bag is used just like a grow bag.  Althoughof course, grow bags as such are used as a receptical for already growing flourishing plants, er; tomatoes.  To be honest.  I am a mazed that this idea hasn't come to the fore sooner.  Please bare with me. Back in our infant classrooms.  An amazing bit of science took place.  A piece of blotting paper, or a wad of cotton wool.  Moisten it, then sprinke some mustard and cress seed over it.  Keep it moist.  Bingo.  Soon yhou were rewarded with some mustard and cress to go with that lamb chop etc.  So.  Yes! this is quite feasable.  However, I am wondering about using tea.  The bag part is accepted.  The tea, though.  Tea produces tanic acid.  Although for the majority of us.  So often our life depends upon that special cuppa.  From a medical point of study.  Too much tanic acid is not good for us.  Actually I was speaking with a friend, just yesterday.  He is, I believe a Prof of microbiology at one of London's main hospitals. He related how in past times, his tsudies include zoololgy.  Basically many life attributes are much the same regarding human and animal make-up.  Likewise, I mentioned my new line of study.  Plant pathology.  He agreed taht in fact.  All three sciences are so closely related.  Hence my thoughts regarding tanic acid and the plant kingdom.  Mike has a new challenge. Orchid Lady. Your recent post was underlined, scientists and biologist.  ?????  Friends.  It will be good to hear your comments and observations.

In the theater

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:19

The under manager of this posh theater, walked down the aisle.  He notices a guy stretched out along four seats.

Scuse me Sir.  This is a respectible establishment.  Please move ans sit properly.  No response.  Several more tries but the guy stayed put.  Well then Sir.  I will have to fetch the manager.  This he did.  The Manager, speaks to the man, repeating what his under-study had said.  No response.   Well then Sir.  I will have to call the police.  PC. Plod arrives.  OK matey, now move.  No respnse.  Last time buddy, otherwise I will arrest you.  Where are you from.


THE BALCONY, mutters the guy!!!!!!!!!!!!


Friends.  What say we adopt this place for some humour?

Spinach pest or disease

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:55

More than likely the secretion of greenfly.  Either remove contaminated leaves, or wash them off.  My advice.  Don't spray with insecticide.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:48

History lesson, especially for O/L.  Crimean war fought about 1854.  Florence Nightingale.  The lady with the lamp?  I was asked by the MOD to take charge of the gardens of the Royal Herbert Hospital.  Woolwich.  The staircase was adorned by various plaques etc relating to Florence.  She was from the Army Medical Services of the day.  Plus in and around Woolwich, there were several streets etc name in memory.

Please don't ask me to write a book on history.  My exam marks only amounted to around 78per cent.  I always consider that mankind never learned the results of history.  We still fight wars and kill each other.

Plant ID please

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:31

Wasn't a forum member saying, they'd like some in their garden?  I can supply seeds later in the year or even some roots.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:22

Don't look at me.  I never said a word




Now I will.

I can see myself now, as if it were yesterday.  At the end of the war. WW2 Tracey not the Crimean!  My dad would always leave a few veg in place.  Then as our friends have said. The flower stalks would come along, then the seeds.  Similar with beans and peas.  Save a few pods, let them dry out.  The pods will eventually wither and you have next years beans and peas.  Then the good old spud.  Save spending out each year.  Save enough to plant.  Gradually lay them out on a bench or in shallow trays.  When the time is right.  They will begin to shoot/sprout.  If you are short.  Cut the spud in half or even more parts.  Make sure each part has a good 'eye'  that's the spot from which the shoot will appear.

OK. So whose turn to put kettle on?

Gardening Book

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 18:17

Clarington.  Thank you so much for your comment.

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