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48 perennial plant offer

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 23:21

Orchid Lady.  See! I can spell correctly at times  Why didn't you name yourself.  Lady Orchid?  Slightly off subject.  Our last dog was a Border Collie.  We had her for fourteen years.  Her name was Lady.  So at the vets, it was great, to see the faces of other pet lovers.  The nurse would come out and call.  Lady Allen.  Believe it or not, Lady would get up and trot of on her own.  So henceforth. Mike will address you as Lady Orchid.  OK...Maam?

It's amazing.  My ousehold can remain void of vistitors.  However.  There come that seasonal time.  The doorbell would sound out.  Val was still with us then.   Hi Val Hi Mike.  Just couldn't pass the door without popping in to see how you both are.  Tea and biccies, then.  Mike.  Still got the old garden going, and the greenhouse.  I bet it's all looking good.  At that point ESP clicked in with me.  Yes.  Before you go, you must have a peek at the greenhouse.  OH! Mike.  how wonderful.  Oh thats nice blah blah.  In time our friends would say their goodbyes. This big softie would even be conned into carrying armfulls of plants to their cars.  In the end.  Isn't this the case.  For doggie walkers.  Love me, love my dog.  For gardeners.  Love me, love my plants.

Kew Garden job cuts

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 23:04

C'mon mateys.  Help this old beggar out.  I fill in the details, Name.  Address.  Email. etc.  Then I add my comment.  Then click Sign. The screen then indicates, Signing.  Then the error message.

I wonder.  Would it be down to my computer.  Would it be possible for a good friend on the forum, to submit my whatever.  I am prepared to give my details via a private message.

Any offers.?

id the plants in my garden!

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 22:42

I think I'd best go away and hide.  By the time I have looked at each one.  Everyone else has posted their answers.

Kew Garden job cuts

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 22:34

I've tried several times to sign.  Each time I get an error message.  Might be, my computer is running very slow.

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 15:55

Like your 'tact' O/L.  I was chucked on the scrap heap when I was just four years older than you now are.

How to propagate Rhododendron

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 15:45

The typical woodland variety, purple flower, speads like wildfire. That is R.ponticum.  Considered to be the the gandpa of them all. If cared for, ponticum can be managed.  In some woodlands one might find the odd hybrid variety.  Usually these have been especially plant by the owner or carer of the woodland.

Sad to say, as with most shrubs.  Individuals often seem afraid to attempt to have a go at cutting and shaping.  Early action is required as even with the hybrids, new growth can run away with itself.  In that case, one ends up with long straggly branches which leave the center of the shrub bare.  Remember Rhododendrons are very shallow rooting, so don't go loosening the soil around them of hoeing any weeds.  Hope this helps.

Where are YOU?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:44

So.  Who an I?


Hey Mark.. Great idea, starting this thread.  Now we are all crawling out of our shelves.  Apart from the majority of gardening fiends.  I find that I have joined a circle of friends.  Dave for instance.  A former London cop.  I'm sure we can find much to mull over together.  Then there is our Vicar.   Nice to have on board  an individual who has a faith, in this sad world.  Then all of my crazy friends, yet believe it or not.  Such wonderful friends.  Believe me.  If only we could at some time, all meet up.

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:31

Oh Tracey! no pics.  How about via private email?  So you are an Aussie.  I have some longtime friends who emigrated out there.  As Dave another forum member.  I was once a London traffic cop.  When any of the Roayal Prks formed part of my patrol.  It was aregular sight, to see groups of medels out on a photo shoot.  At times I had to laugh.  These slinky femmes, dressed up.  Taking a look behind them.   No, behind them, not at their behinds.  So often their dresses would be held together by loads of clothes pegs.  What a laugh.

Soil PH Meters

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:19

Hi.  Rapitest used to do a good meter.  Please don't get too involved with pH testing.  Thankfully most plants will do well on this island of ours.

Belfast Sink Ideas

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:14

Tracey.  That last picture such an improvement. Can Mike suggest something, without offending YOU or anyone else.  The idea of a sink or trough garden. Is to attempt to recreate in minature an aspect of the natural world.  Imagin you have come back from your hols in  an alpine area.  In their natural habitat, one can find so many what we term, rare plants, all growing together.  Now here we are, back home, and you,you lucky lady have obtained three Belfasts.  OK.  Fill with compost.  Select your plants.  Now then.  Cast your mind back to the hols.  Perhaps you ventured up a mountainside or across some steppes. What did you REALLY see? Yes many different plants. How were they growing.  Were they all in  straight lines.  Did you notce  Hidden behind a stone or two, some tiny little plant was growing away happily.  Was the terrain level?  Not just you fair lady, but other members who might be attracted to alpines etc.  Try and create in that sink, a tiny portion of that mounten area.  A few bits of slate, undulating surface.  Believe me.  In now ay do I wish to offend anyone.  Please. Give it a try.

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