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Latest posts by Mike Allen

What am I?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 20:03

Please don't go tasting the seeds.  They are poisonous.

Plant ID

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 19:54

Easy enough from seed.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 00:07

I was hoping that this thread would rest until my ordeal. Hey! what a great host of friends you are.  A small piont in this scenario.  All the TV and other advertising about cancer.  'Noone should be alone when told of cancer'   To be honst.  Having just had a cystcopy. fibreoptic camera passed up my spout.  OK. All done. Yes.  You have bladder cancer.  Please forgive the terminology, but bloody hell.  There I stood still feeling the affects of thye scan and test.  The like in a court of law. being told.  You will now be taken to a place of execution.  Believe me. Mike simply had tis suddenly dropped from on high.  Now my GP has also had the results of blood tests.  Seems that my liver has a few probs, also my spleen. This seems to be enlarged.. Oh why did I ever get involve with the medics? At the mo. I am doing my best at fighting off a cold. I want the gloriouse twelthto come and go. This intervention realy is a  bane,

Today. Iwent for a blood test.  It was twofold.  Part for surgery admin. Secondly  my GP is searching. I am fighting ohh a cold.  I do hope that come Monday.  I can have the op and reeturn to normal life.

World Naked Gardening Day

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:39

Dove.  Nautghy naughty.  Given time.  You will be as bad as me..  Matron.  Can someone please iron my birthday suit?

Mrs Fish

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:35

Fishy.. Love and kisses for your wife.  I am sure she will be OK.  I will PM you later.  Chin up matey.  Lots of love to you both.  Mike.

Best place to buy Dahlias online?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:31

To be honest.  IMO there is nos uch place as the best.  Dahlias are amongst the many plants that can suddenly just flop out.  To be honest, the reason for this, I don't know.  Perhaps it is because Dahlias are part of the hollow stemmed plants. Honestly at the moment, that is all I can offer.

Rose pruning

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:24

Unless I have missed out.  A name would have been helpful.  Nevertheless all is not lost.  Regardless of the recognised type of rose.  Let's be realistic.  A rambler will just go on and me to the point where the roots are in your garden and a neighbour two blocks away are seeing the flowers.  This IMHO is where reallity steps in.  Forget the text books.   Be drastic.  From the pictures it appears that the flowers are way up top.. Whether ramblers or climbers. You, the gardener want to see the blooms.  I would seriously suggest getting rid of much of the top growth.  Cut it way back.  Then with what is left.  Take time and trouble to shorten most laterals.

Holes on Rhododendron leaves

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:13

Victoria.  You are probably correct.  However might I suggest.  Yes! damaged leaves can spoil the looks of a plant, but no leaves will be worse.  Chompings from leaves are not all that fateful.  OK for the fastiious gardener, you can wander around all day with the insecticde spray to hand.  The majority of gardeners are also wildlife and nature lovers.  Look.  So a few leaves get the love bite form some crazy bug.  On the food scale.  Some feathery winged bird, is searching fo a meal, perhaps many meals to raise a family.  Might I respectfully suggest.  Leave the bugs alone.  Be more interested in the viral diseases that can attack your plants.  Next year.  New leaves.  Life threatening viral infections.  Perhaps, next year.  No plant.  No offence meant by this post. Kindest regards.  Mike

Mysterious yellow spots!

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 22:51

Greetings Meredith, welcome to Gardeners world.  Dovefromabove really has said it all.  Yes, your plants look very good.  As a beginner can I give  abit of advice.  In short.  Enjoy your gardening and ples, do not allow yourself to get into a proverbial flap, because prhaps your leaves are spotted and next door's aren't  Please continue to post.  Kindest regards.

I need hugs too....

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 22:28

Sorry folks. Mike thinks that footie has gone too fare.  OOPs there goes Mike fan club.  Mike being an ex bobby.  Rugger was my game.  Mind you, in all honesty.  I never really understood it all.

Discussions started by Mike Allen

Wildlife gardening -Month by Month.

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Memories of Yesteryear.

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Posting an Avitar

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Last Post: 02/12/2014 at 02:42

Once again. SORRY.

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Last Post: 29/11/2014 at 10:11

Enough is enough.

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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 18:09

Eucalyptus trees & Paropsisterna selmani

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Last Post: 26/11/2014 at 21:07

Orchid Lady

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Last Post: 26/11/2014 at 06:15

A Special day.

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Last Post: 28/11/2014 at 01:42

Help Please.

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Last Post: 24/11/2014 at 06:31

To cut everything down, or leave.

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Last Post: 01/12/2014 at 09:47

Something of an apology.

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Last Post: 25/11/2014 at 08:57

RHS Lily Group Bulb Auction.

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Computer problems

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