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Posted: 02/05/2014 at 21:37

Royal.  This must be proven that Royal consent has been given.  Society.  To be such.  The society has to be legally registered even if it is registered under the charities Act.

Where are YOU?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 23:23

Thanks for the respnse friends.  I wonder if I might chance my arm.  In your profile.  The majority of members simply quote.  More to follow.  Come on folks.  How abot C&P and adding your post to your profile?  It will make it much easier to give advice etc, once a location is know.  Have no fear.  Mike wont come a calling on Sunday, plate in hand, ready to sample your cooking

Hurry up Friday!

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 23:16

Hey Tracey.  All the best to the bride to be.xx

So has it been dark and miserable where you are?  Took a chance eventually and spent an hour or so in the greenhouse.  Even then, I had to switch the light on.  It was really chucking it down.  Stay Safe and well folks.  Enjoy the garden.

Just waiting.......

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 23:07

I'm waiting for the moment when.  I can shake hands with the medics and say.  No offence, but.  I hope we never meet again.

solar powered water feature

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 23:02

I have a tiny pond in my garden.  It's one of the pre-moulded ones.  We had a solar panel and fountain.  Actually it was a good one, cost around seventy quid.  Really powerful with changing led colours to the fountain.  Then one night one of our visint foxes decided to examine it more closely.  Little blighter hauld the fountain and submerged pump out.  Chewed it all up, and the probably wondered why the lights had gone out.

Lily.  I think that water in a garden really is a must.  It creates such a peaceful atmosphere.  When I lost Val. I purchased a bird bath in the shape of a boy and girl holding each other.  That had a solar pump etc.  Sadly within a couple of months.  It packed up.  Honestly Lily.  Go for mains electric.  I have electric in my workshop/shed, then from there to the greenhouse.  It all runs via a 13amp plug.  There are so many cables and weatherproof conduits etc.  PM if need be.  Mike.

What magazines/books do you read AND actually use

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:47

This is where Mike opens his mouth and somone is bound to fall in  I reall do have a very extensive library of gardening  and scientific reference books.  At one time, I was an avid reader, but as Solomon once wrote.  The windows onto the street mist up.  I don't buy any gardening papers or mags, [tight b*****]  I have some very old books, over a hundred years old.  It is interesting to note, how things come and go.   Basically like watch ing the wheel, reinvent itself.  Books such a Rix & Martin, Marjory Blamey, Fitter and Co These are written by serious authors.  So much so.  They have masses of data bank-like stock to pull out.  Time and again their works are used for refernce.  Sad to say.  IMHO.  The media tend to upset the balance nowadays with writers.  For so many.  Writing is a money-maker.  To be honest.  I get fed up seeing the faces of many celebs, everywhere you go.  Once upon a time.  I did used to buy, Gardeners Chronicle.  It was a very good journal..  Thr RHS-The Garden.  Very attractive and informative, however, it has become another monthly magazine.  It is too large and floppy to keep.  I am thinking about writing a book myself.  Sorry folks.  First signed copy is spoken for.  The problem is.  When it comes down to diagrams, charts, lists and for instance.  Leaf identification.  They appear in most books.  How on earth can you not encroach upon another's copyright.  I believe we have a writer on the forum.  Might we chat at some time?

True lute

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:10

Red Thread in Lawns

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:04

Patches of the lawn begin to look sick.  Closer exammination will reveal, [if it is Red Thread. Corticium disease]  Small red needlelike growths, standing up from the leaves. Red thread will not kill your grass.  However it can for a time, distract from the nice lush green.  Good lawn care is part of the answer.  Feed the lawn every spring or summer. Frequently spike the lawn.  You don't have to apply composts etc.  Feed with something like Toplawn.  Should your soil be on the sandy side.   Avoid really close mowing.  Sandy soils will dry out faster, and close mown grasses will suffer.  Benlate can also be applied.  The unsightly visitor will go away of it's own accord.

Cuttings from Lilac/Syringa

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 21:40

Usually cuttings 3-4 inches long of half-ripe shoots, in July - August.  Insert in compost of eaqual parts sand and peat.  Place in mist propagator or propagating frame with bottom heat 16 deg. C

S.vulgaris [the common white form.  Better results can be obtained by budding.

what type of plant is this please

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 23:54

Might I please draw everyones attentio to a certain book.  The book.  Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe by Marjorie Blamey, Richard Fitter & Alastair Fitter.  Under Medicos.  I refer to the edition pre 1980.  The balck Medico and it co-part.  The names are transposed.   I can reproduce the publishers letter of thanks and confirmation on this matter.


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Once again. SORRY.

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To cut everything down, or leave.

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Something of an apology.

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