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Do cameilla's actually grow?????

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 22:16

Similar to other evergreens, and much enjoying almost identical growing styles to rhododendrons.  Yes.  Camelias do grow.  Much I supose depends on the planting area.  I have a tiny garden, typical council estate type.  I have one border about ten feet in width or depth.  At the back.  A close boarded fence,  Then a row of lilac, ribes, vibernum opulas, philadelphus.  In front. A selection of camelias. Then in front of them, HT roses.  I find that, the protection afforded by other shrubs, actually assist the camelias.  As we all know.  Our diverse weather conditions do not help camelias.  I find that my plantings afford good protection.  Just as the camelias are begining to tire out, the roses take over, in the meantime the ribes and other shrubs have displayed their best. So yes my friend.  Camelias do grow, but somewhat slow at times.

Strange behaviour

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 21:59

Might I suggest.  Swapping the pots/containers over.  Just for a week.  This should give an indication asto whetherornot, it's down to sighting.  Your conifers.  Are they both the same species?  Conifers be they large or small.  Their roots go deep.  They will draw out all the moisture.  Can you carry out a few more tests and come back to me.



I need hugs too....

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 21:40

Hey David.  Why hello there sailor.  Do you remember Dick Emery?  Hey mate.  Mike will give you a hug.  Provided we don't get talked about.

What do I grow?

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 21:36

I have to admit.  At times Mike does tend to enter the land of fantacy. No to boast or anythying like that, but because I really am interested in the world around me.  Sadly now I that I spend so much time alone.  I find that.  Yes!  I can go for a wander in never-never land.  I simply love researching.  Thanks to my computer, even though I admit, I understand very little of the workings of it.  For me.  It is like a compact filing cabinet.  With the aid of the internet, so much of the world has been opened up in my study.  Oh yes.  Mike has got a study.  The larger of my two bedrooms, Val often called it the junk room.  I have to admit.  I do like to keep records etc.  Each plant in our/my tiny garden is listed on the pc.  So when my tiny friends the foxes vist and decide to wander off with the labels.  I have it all on disc.  I have just finished c&p the list of plants you friends have graceousley provided.  Yes as our friend and forum member sussed.  I was intending to research and write up, abot poisonous plants.  As I have always claimed.  All plants and trees are poisonous.  Who hasn't at some time, whilst gardening.  Popped another sweet into the mouth.  Or got the faggies out and lit up, even rolling your own.  Then as tghe years roll by, certain inner body changes take place.  I don't wish to burden you with my medical history, but.  Seems my GP has spotted something in a blood test. Seems now my liver is showing a few if's and but's.  Also my spleen is s bit on the large size.  Amand my youngest actually has a medical degree. She want's to kow the ins and outs of everything.  To be honest.  I am interested but then on the otherhand.  I'd rather not know.  So along these lines.  I have been searching the dictionaries etc on the subject of poisonous plants. I come to the conclusion that all plants can harm us.  So back to that point, of the sweet or the ciggy.  Thankfully I gave the latter up over thirty years ago, strange though, after a meal.  I still reach for me fags.  I now wonder how many of us are, may I use the term, innocently suffering fom the minute intakes of various poisons and toxins, whilst enjoying our hobby and everyday life.  For instance.  We are daily bombarded with new warnings etc.  Let's be honest.  Medics and scientist change their minds faster than perhaps some of us change our socks.  To follow all the guidelines you may as well give up.  For instance.  Five a day.  Eat more beans etc.  Did you know that, most beans are highly toxic.  Failure to cook properly.....well over to you.  So friends.  I do hope that you don't take me as being an old bore.  OK perhaps I have left it a bit late.  Just imagine it 75 almost and studying plant pathology etc.  Oh if only we could get rid of aging and dying and live forever.  Never running out of time.

Hey folks.  Lots of love to one and all.

World Naked Gardening Day

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 20:15

Bit risky with some members leaving their secateus open.


In Lymington, New forest.  Most of the shops display notices.  Men are required to wear shirts.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 22:38

Hey you lot. You are suffercating me.  All these kisses and hugs. Naugty but nice, Truthfully how mike misses all those hugs and kisses from Val. Thanks friends. Rememeber Mikes bottom stamp.  Made by Dunlop. I always bounce back.  Much love to all. Mike.xx

What do I grow?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 22:23

Thank friends. Truthfully, I just wanthe 12th to come and go.  It is like a thorn in the side.  Not wishing to sound morbid, but. Yes I have a caring two daugters and grand kids of a family.   However most of my time is spent alone.  That is why I enjoy vthe forum so much.  I do my best at all times not to offend anyone.  I also try not to impose my learning etc upon others.  We each follow such a wonderful pastime/occupation.  Please continue to enjoy.  Thasnks for the good wishes for the 12th.  From what the op or procedure entails.  Mike is glad that he will be out cold.  From what I have learned.  From knock out to finish.  20 minutes. Bring it on. Beam me up Scotty.  Fishy 65.  Hey mate.  Please give wifey a big hug and kiss from me.,  We all pray that everything goes well.  Stay strong Fishy. Keep us updated.  We are a great family.

ID plants please

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:57

Might be wrong.  Go on.  Gloat.   Vinca Major.  Cornus. Ilex, probably Ilex varigata.  Kerrier japonica, soldiers buttons.

Naughty Frost!

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:50

Sad that we all suffer from these freak frosts.  The big nursery boys just love this.  Not just with the tatties.  But all of a sudden garden centers and other outlets become full of summer bedding plants and veggies.  Talk about Lambs to the Slaughter.  Suddenly everyone is buying, and planting.  Then along comes that sudden frost.  Perhaps the most important rule of gardening is.  PATIENCE. Keep calm and wait.  There must be a moral to this post.    DOVE.... where are you??

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:42

Swedboy.  Practically all of the Primulacea family can be temperental at times. Perhaps that is part of the challenge set before spcialist growers. To be honest my friend.  Basically as all you can do is. Provide a damp, not soggy growing base.  For some reason, perhaps not yet discovered.  This family does what it likes.  Failures are not always the fault of the owner/grower.

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