Mike Allen

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gardeners world

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 20:35



However.  Yes Dove.  I remember seeing Percy once.  Pipe in mouth as usual.  Someone had obviously rattled his cage.  He was potting-up.  It all went wrong, and he mumbled.  Ah! bugger it, poked his index finger into the compost, plonked the tiny plant in and almost crushed it out of existance.

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 22:39

Oh you lucky people who have suc spaces.


OK.  Pernit me please, to walk along your garden path.. bye the bye.  Nice to meet you.  So here we go.  Sadly no insight has been provided reagrding the backdrop.  So here goes.  A firm favourite of garden paths is.  Lavenders and sweet smelling favourites.  As you strol along, it is so refreshing to brush against various plants and shrubs that instantly waft out such satisfying scents,  So.  Go for highly scented plants etc.  Remember that.  Here we are like explorers, wending our wy betwen mountains of plants and vegitation.  S we expect to be able to look over and above the closet plants.  No Mike is not going to take over the planning of your graden.  Just stop and thin.  Imagine.  Lose yourself in wonderland..  Forget the books and the profesionals. Be yourself.


Apple trees & Veg Combo?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 22:24

Nice to see you using the Malling refs. Might I suggest.   Depending on how you wish to grow your trees,  I presume you intend to have the standin open.  Not trained as cordons etc.  So here we go.  Consider the top growth.  How wide all around is the tree going to be allowed to grow?  Immaginary marking out.  Add a few feet.  Then why not plant, sow your veg.

Talkback: Planting daffodils late

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 22:17

Bulbs are so wonderful.  Regardless of what species they are.  They will tell YOU when they should be safely tucked away in the soil/compost.  Each bulb is in itself a store hous of knowledge.  It is a wealth of DNA, plus, it is equipped with sufficient food store to see it on it's way.  As soon as you see the tiniest of signs of life, a green tip or a fresh looking strand of root.  The bulb is in effect crying out to you, to plant it.  OK, perhaps you have missed the printed text of when, where and how to plant.  Don't dispair.  Perhaps somewhat drastic.  Say that you have a hundredweight of daffs still to plant.  If need be, for whatever reason time is running out. Just tip them out, cover them over with soil and they will do the rest. Re; Tracey's pics.  Should you have any bulbs already showing top growth. Plant them straight awar, but unlike the basic ideal of, planting bulbs twice their depth.  Now you have to adjust. With such advanced growth as T's bulbs, you now have to plant no dfeeper than the bulb itself.  Thus leaving the top growth above soil level.

Here we go again.

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:58


We live fairly close.  Pop around sometime. It'll be nice to have a chat.  I have pm'd my address etc.

plants and container for small rockery

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:55

Great pics.


I grow some alpines in addition to many other plants.  Basically for me, the attraction mus be.  In most cases.  These tiny plants.  How marvellous to be able view close up, all the minutest of details.  My friend.  Have you perhaps considered joining the Alpine Garden Socy?  I am sure you will not be dissappointed.

Mixing lilys bulbs

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 23:20

Perhaps we as forum members could, some how, set out to share with our friends, just what our likes amd dislikes re?

Indoor Watering at Height

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 23:12

Have you tried ebay?  Try typing in, Overhead watering of houseplants.

New perrenials... Should i protect?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 23:10

Sadly the weather pattern has become so unreliable.  I can see that the text books will soon have to be revised.

My friend.  Let's face it.  You have spent out, you have planted etc.  Yes,  Go ahead and afford your plants some TLC.

gardening and mental health

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 23:01

Truly such fine and encouraging comments.  Lets be honest. Down in the dumps, depression call it what you like.  Hands up anyone who hasn't ben down this path.  'fibber' We all become victims at some time or other.

I remember when I was a traffic cop, recenty married etc.  Stress entered my life.  My GP at the time was an oldie wartime type, a police surgeon.  He said to me once, and he really was the family doctor and friend.  Mike, he said.  All the pills under the sun will never cure your problem. You yourself hold the cure.  Take up fishing.  Even if you sit there all day and catch bugger all, you wil learn to relax, and to be patient, or, like your dad.  Get a plot and grow things.  These are two of the most natural ways of life.  I think he had something there.

For those who have tried these methods, and obviously wish to help others.  Kindness, tact, compassion and a deep love for fellow man has to be cultivated.  Believe me.  As in various cases of assisting mentally problemed persons.  Great patience is called for.  Very good thread IMO  thank you.

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