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Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 22:00

I may be wrong but.  I was of the opinion that it was to delay flowering.  It was a method adopted years ago by nurserymen and growers, to slow down flower production for the big shows, hence it's name.  Nowadays there are many other methods used.

Silver Birch Catkins

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:32

Hey Edd.  You been at my whiskey bottle?


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:28

Hi Folks.  Someone mentioned Mike.  If that refers to me.  Then this is the solution.  Taking a peek at Mr Don's rake.  No it doesn't look the same.  Might I suggest this.  Google.  True-Lute.


Believe me.  It really does do the job.  More intended for specialised lawns and running tracks.  Very pricey.  However a chap handy in the shed could make one up.

Silver Birch Catkins

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:20

The Poplars also have catkins.  Yes very attractive too.  Having mentioned the Poplars, some also shed their seeds via loads of cottonwool like stuff. Then there is the sycamore and Ash with their winged like seeds.  So, so many.  Believe it or not.  Practically all will germinate.  Crossing to the bird world.  Several of our tinier birds, the tits for instance.  Several broods each year, loads of babies.  Sadly.  Few survive.  Likewise with the baby trees.  Few survive.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:11

'Evnin all'  I take it we are talking about Policemans helmet.  I rather like it.  Believe it or not. I once collected a few seed pods and stuck them in the garden.  In time I  realised my folly.  So each year, up would sprout the plants.  I'd let them flower, then just as the seed pods were forming.  I'd enter never never land.  There I would be, the great plant hunter come explorer.  Fistly I would cut them down, then I found that they could easily be pulled out.

Now friends, go on and have a hearty laugh on Mike.

Direct sow seeds

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:29

Totally agree with nutcutlet.  Mulching would be far to heavy.  Adam.  Don't be afraid to ask plenty of questions here.  Great name you have.  The first man Adam started out as a gardener.

Some useful info and some good for a laugh!!

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:19

NO COMMENT! about watering the garden.


MATRON!  What happened to my little green pills?

London AGS show.

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:04

Hi Lyn.

I have my own car, that costs me nowt road tax, or the London congestion charge.  I am registered disabled.  As Tesco says.  Every little helps.  In addition, I have my old folks travel card, free trains and tube in a wide area, plus total free travel on mainland buses.  These benfits are a gosend thiving in London.  More often than not.  Traffic is so jammed, you calculate gallons per mile instead of MPG.


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 20:57

Hi Lisa.

Do you leave the Auricula's out all year?  I have always found, in my area, they tend to do better in the GH during winter.

English bluebell,Spanish bluebell,scilla is it me or are these plants confusing

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 23:00

My friend.  Sit back and enjoy. Who knows. Perhaps us sientific bods might have lots to answer for, who knows. Horticultu. gardening, botany biology and plant pathoogy. We are al there to share our expertise.  Sit back an enjoy.

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Tree problems.

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Talk about daylight robbery!

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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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