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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.

fig tree

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:48

Figs appear to be victims of geographical temperaments etc.  Here in the South.  I have only ever seen them grown close to walls, plenty of fruit and leaves.  In other areas they are grown as trees.  Should you have any difficulty in researching this subject.  Please get back to me.  I will help you.

Paeonia Tenuifolia Crimea

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:38

My dear friend nut beat me to it again, re; plant finder.

Folks.  When out and about at these great gardens.  Don't be afraid to get chatting with the garden staff.  Some of us have noticed that the staff at Kew and Wisley seem to be afraid to stop and chat.  However staff at some of these great places of interest simply love to chat accept words of thanks etc.  I forget where it was.  I was out with my daughter and grandchildren.  There was a small area where you could sit and enjoy a cuppa.  It was close to the greenhouses.  Grandson Josh and Grampa, showed interest in the cacti.  Within seconds.  A couple of garden staff came up to us.  It concluded with Josh shaking hands with the staff, and loads of thank you's.  I had to build a green house to house the many cuttings the staff had there and then taken and given to Josh.

Jack.  Check out plantfinder.  If not, lets face it.  Your'e not all that far from Lullingstone, like me.  Pop back and try a bit of chat and charm

Plants for bathrooms

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:24

Hoya bella.

A quick tip.  Any plant in the bathroom will be a magnet for dust.  NO.  I am not saying  you don't do the dusting etc.  My reference is to such things as talcum powder, als if the wc is situated in the bathroom.  It's amazing the amount of dust that is dispersed into the air, everytime the toilet roll is used.   So special TLC for the bathroom garden.  Keep the plants well spruced up.

Basal cutting delphiniums

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:15

Usually the cutting will take three to eight weeks to root.  Then they should be roved from the close protection.  In your case, the polythene bag.  The cuttings should still be afforded good protection, ideally in a close frame.  Returning to your venture, and a tip for other gardeners.  When using polythene bags or cut down plastic bottles.   I would be inclined to each day, when the protection shows signs of steaming up, just raise the bottom of the protector enough to allow some fresh air in.  This will prevent the cuttings from basically damping off.

Also when dealing with cuttings, those of a slightly firmer/woody texture.  These should be placed in water until you have taken all you need.  Then apply a rooting medium, plant and follow up with a fungicide spray.

'With added John Innes'

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 19:41

John Innes . B 20 January 1829.  Died 8 August 1904.  He was a Justice of the Peace English property developer,philanthrapist  and benefactor.  He left a bequest for a horticultural research establishment to be set up, for the development and furtherance of scientific studies.  That institute still exists today, as the John Innes Institute.

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