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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.

London AGS show.

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 22:55

Mike, being a member of the AGS.  I started out to the RHS Lindley Hall for the London show.  At the local rail station.  Eltham.  Next trainin half an hour.  London Cannon St.  Next train, same destination.  I wanted Lodon Victoria..  Eventually I boarde the next Cannon St train, intending to change at London Bridge. On route, I realised. I had left my AGS membership card behind. Thankkfully,all my memberships are listed in my diary. Ariving at LondonBridge. Train after train.  All goingto Cannon St.  So, Mike decides to take the underground.  Wow!   Down and down into th depths of the earth. I was begining to think I was i Dantes inferno. Down and down.  Boarding the tube, it raced so fast under the streets of London.  Come Westminster station.  I decided to exit.  Changing lines, I could have gone onto Victoria. But I got out at Westminster.  Then the walk to Vincent Sq.  To be honest.  I was very disapointed.  Yes a good show, but not anything I have seen within the RHS shows.  To be honest.  I was most disappointed.  Leaving the show.  Bye the bye, Being able to give my membership number, I got in free.

Then the trek bach home. Victoria was the closest. So of Mike walks.  Surveying the indicator borads, time for a snck.   Cheesburger and fries well digested. Still no trains for My station.  Scuse me.  Blah blah.  No. this service doesent operate at weekends.  You need Cannon St  or London Bridge.  Thank you.  So Mike starts waking.  Please folks bear with me.  I have a gross degenative disease of the spine.  I love  walking, but walking does't love me.  So back I go.  Onec again mending my way between th the tourist. Big Ben strikes. Then I am on the undergraound.  So fast. Thes old legs ar given a bit of respite.  London Bridge.  Next tain. HOME. Honest friends.  Mike is now knackered.  Te train services failed to inform passengers of the changes.

At the show.  Cetainly some fine exhibits. However I have seen better..  Sadly.  Disapapointed. and very tired.

New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 22:25

Hi Folks.  I just love that TV Program.  Countryfile.  So interesting.  Todays showing..  Adam the farmer, spoke to a fellow farmer on the agricultural side.  This chap,was growing various new forms of carrots.  What I like is. Adam will, given the chance. Bite off a chunk.   Let's be honest. This really is the moment when the full flavour can be experienced. I remeber very much.  Sundays. As all you could smell was, the Sunday dinner roasting away along with the fragrance of over boild cabbage etc.  Thank goodness for steamers in the kitchen. Back to Adam and the farmer.  This chap has ventured forth.  He is growing black/red  and yellow carrots.. When next I visit the suremarket, I will look out for these, and give them a try.  Also.  This tiny island of ours, now is home for so many mixed immigrants.  Most high streets are full of eateries. IMHO good.  These folk are in most cases, very hard workers. The menues, wow. Give the a go.


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 22:09

Dove and others.  You leave me standing.  On the RHS forum.  I have a friend. 'Silver Surfer'  Truly it makes me wonder.  Do some people sit there with fingers on the keys just waiting?  In all honesty.  This has to be the creme de la creme of gardening forums. There is such an abundance of knowledge.  I reckon there should be a kind of TV program, similar to University Challenge.  Gardeners World Forum  Challenge.  What say you?

Human irrigation system

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 23:41

Oh you lovely people.  To be honest.  This sad old git, really misses hugs and kisses.  Thanks folks for all your good wishes.  At one point.  Mike was prepared to say. Stuff it.  I'm 75 this year.  I miss my mate so much.  Yes. I am so lonely.  Thankfully Amanda cares so much for me, yet she has her own problems.  To be honest. Taking everything into account.  Bladder cancer is not a killer, my age, the ever mounting family problems. Friends. I am sure you suss me out.  Then my faith kicked in. I exist in a body that has been given me.  I have a responsibility of taking care of it.  My faith offers me a grand future.  Lets be honest.  The in-built theme of life is there.  So friends. Thank you so very much for all the love and kisses.  Mike has decided to go ahead.  I have an assessment do dar on May 2.  To see if I am fit enough for the op.  If al goes well. Mike is knocked out onthe 12th of May.  Overnight saty in hosp.  Then by the grace of my GOD. back home. Kettle on and perhaps a day in bed, and a bloody good cry. Honestly.  That is what this silly big B***** wants to do. Oh you gorgious lasses and friends.  Can we leave it there for the moment. If all goes well then I will post on the 13th of May.  Much love to you all and cartloads of hugs and kisses.   Mike. xxx


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 23:13

Tasty, tasty, very very tasty.  It is so sad at times.  Most gardeners are also nature lovers.  Generally we do our best to, live and let live.  However thyere are times such as this.  Sad to say.  Most times we blame nature, God etc.  Actually.  We are the ones to blame.  Who got rid of the predators. Who upset the apple cart?

can I prune my primroses

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 23:07

B3.  Have you given thought to, donating some of the plants.  Due to the sudden interest in climate change etc. and the need to preserve.  Across the country, more and more groups are setting up.  The local library can advise you of such also in fact the local council's parks and gardens dept.  Whatever you do.  Please don't just destroy them.

Basal cutting delphiniums

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:56

So sorry my friend.  I omitted to say.  With Delphiniums, the practice generally is to go further up the stem etc, and more orless take tip cuttings.  Usually  3-4 inches long.  As the plant isnt of the bulous or corm type, it can sometimes mean.  Taking basal cuttings, then no further shoot will appear.  With the greatest respect.  Taking cuttings, it is always wise to do a bit of checking first, before brandishing the surgeons scalpel.

Ornamental Bark

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:50

Go ahead Mikey.

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