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mystery indoor tree

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:16

Hi Jen.

I have to admit.  This one stumps me. The leaves look very strange and there appears to be a covering of farinos to the stems.  Might I suggest googling  some Dutch nurseries with your pictures.  Most continetals speak english.  Plus there are a few online translation sites. Hope this helps.

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:08

So Michael.  As one Mike to another.  A very big welcome to you. Have you ever heard the saying.  Most Mike's think alike?  Well I was toying with the idea of compiling a list of poisonous plants.  So perhaps I can sit back and watch, and learn

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:42

Orkid lady and friends.  Please be honest and frank.  Do I in my posts/replies, talk too much?  Believe me.  I also subscribe to the RHS forum.  By far. This frum is the liveliest.  In all honesty. As perhaps most have gathered.  I hate to ofend anyone.  I love horticulture, and I am so pleaseed to be ale to share myknowoledge with others.  Plese, pease tell me.  If at any time I am comming over a bit too heavey.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:19

Re your dianthus. Might I suggest pinching out.  Go down to the first pair of leaves. Pinch out.. The go a furthe three set of leaves, pinch out

Plant I-D please.

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:16

Beaten ob the post

Help Identifying Lawn Invader!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:05

Believe me.  Dove always sems to be on tghe ball.  By the way Dove.  Thanks for the pint.  Went down well. xx

Tree Peony Seedlings

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:59

Rebecca.  Lovely to hear from you.  Please don't go down that road of criticising yourself.  Beccy.  Mike is coming upto 75.  Believe me.  I am still learning.  In brief.  Gather up the seedlings.  Pot them up and grow them on.  Some plants will produce seed taht is identical to tghe parents.  Some seed, known as hybrids such as F1 hybrids.  These seed will not come true to the parentage DNA.  They will in most case germinate, but tey will revert to the grand parents.  Nevertheless.  Whatever sprouts up.  please grow it on.  Perhaps at the end of the day, you might conclude.  What a waste of time.  Please.  STOP. THINK.  What have I learned from this experience.  Gardening even in it's most simplist of forms, raelly does open up the natural world for you.  Enjoy your garden.  Mike.

Growing in tea bags

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:47

I have just read this post on the RHS forum.  I feel that I can refer to the member as my friend.  The senario is this.  Apparently, B&Q have or are marketing a new idea in plant propagation.  Namely.  On what I would call.  A micro grow bag.  The basic principal as I understand is.  An ordinarry everyday tea bag is used just like a grow bag.  Althoughof course, grow bags as such are used as a receptical for already growing flourishing plants, er; tomatoes.  To be honest.  I am a mazed that this idea hasn't come to the fore sooner.  Please bare with me. Back in our infant classrooms.  An amazing bit of science took place.  A piece of blotting paper, or a wad of cotton wool.  Moisten it, then sprinke some mustard and cress seed over it.  Keep it moist.  Bingo.  Soon yhou were rewarded with some mustard and cress to go with that lamb chop etc.  So.  Yes! this is quite feasable.  However, I am wondering about using tea.  The bag part is accepted.  The tea, though.  Tea produces tanic acid.  Although for the majority of us.  So often our life depends upon that special cuppa.  From a medical point of study.  Too much tanic acid is not good for us.  Actually I was speaking with a friend, just yesterday.  He is, I believe a Prof of microbiology at one of London's main hospitals. He related how in past times, his tsudies include zoololgy.  Basically many life attributes are much the same regarding human and animal make-up.  Likewise, I mentioned my new line of study.  Plant pathology.  He agreed taht in fact.  All three sciences are so closely related.  Hence my thoughts regarding tanic acid and the plant kingdom.  Mike has a new challenge. Orchid Lady. Your recent post was underlined, scientists and biologist.  ?????  Friends.  It will be good to hear your comments and observations.

In the theater

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:19

The under manager of this posh theater, walked down the aisle.  He notices a guy stretched out along four seats.

Scuse me Sir.  This is a respectible establishment.  Please move ans sit properly.  No response.  Several more tries but the guy stayed put.  Well then Sir.  I will have to fetch the manager.  This he did.  The Manager, speaks to the man, repeating what his under-study had said.  No response.   Well then Sir.  I will have to call the police.  PC. Plod arrives.  OK matey, now move.  No respnse.  Last time buddy, otherwise I will arrest you.  Where are you from.


THE BALCONY, mutters the guy!!!!!!!!!!!!


Friends.  What say we adopt this place for some humour?

Spinach pest or disease

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:55

More than likely the secretion of greenfly.  Either remove contaminated leaves, or wash them off.  My advice.  Don't spray with insecticide.

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