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An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 22:47

OK.  Mike has donned his tin helmet.  Taken up the giant shield etc.  I hear a friend shouting.  Missiles approaching.  So Mike does his best to shrink into his anorak.  So what's the mystery?  So.  Out of the window goes all of my fan mail.  Fan mail.  I wish. All those lovely ladies etc etc. [Sorry.  I am dreaming again]  Mike loves enjoys most plants, trees and shrubs, but I have to confess.  Although local parks, gardens in fact everywhere, hellebores seem to be ruling the roost.  Sorry folks.  I don't find them in anyway attractive.  OUCH!.

A quick visit to Kew

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 22:36

Today proved to be, just what the doctor ordered.  Sunny, warm etc.  So different from what most of us on this tiny island have been confronted with over the past weeks.  As travelling to Kew, by car is such a bore.  I decided to go by train and underground.  Whoopie, it cost me nowt.  My freedom pass says it all.  I caught the 12.27 from Eltham to Victoria.  Then took the tube.  A steady stroll fro Kew Gardens station, then I was there going through Victoria Gate.  A pleasant greeting from a lady at the entrance.  Quick flash of my card.  Thank you sir, enjoy your visit.  I then made a bee line for thePrincess of Wales Conservatory where the annual orchid display was on.  I attended last year, but the schools were on holiday, and it really was too crowded.  Added to which.  I had inadvertently pressed a tiny button on my camera.  All the pictures came out silver coloured.  So I intended this year to get some good piccies.  I intend to put a selection on photobucket.  I will give details later.  I was delighted to exchange some conversation with an elderly lady.  We both agreed.  The display wasn't quite as good as last year.  I strolled the walkways, took my pictures and was home again by 5.15pm  Time now to put my beef joint in the oven for tea.

I do find it strange.  Perhaps you are like me.  When enjoying gardens, parks etc.  Seeing a member of the staff, toiling away.  I often pass some remark like.  You're doing a good job there.  Usually this wil give the worker a brief spell to straighten the back and share a word or two.  However.  I have found that at Kew and Wisley.  Groundstaff seem afraid to engage in conversation.  Surely, the 1984 concept doesn't linger in such surroundings.  Might I ask.  Are there any other members who visit such places as Kew.  Wisley?   I would love to meet up with fellow forum members.  What say you?

How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 00:53

Friends.  I beg you.  Don't believe all you read and hear.  I have to be very cautious here.  Look!. Basically plants need a balanced growing medium.  Probably way beyond the average gardener.  Soil composition contains so many elements.  Some in , shall we say, vast amounts.  Others far less. Unless you are a scientist.  Please stick to the basics.

Peter Beales

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 00:42

Thanks folks.   Dare I say.  But first.  I like monty, he does come over as a natural.  However.  Even though I have the habit of opening my mouth, and everyone falls into it.  Mike always tells the truth.  Perhaps to don! the advertising world.  Mike Allen .  Est. since. 1945.  What I post, is, what I have experienced.

best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 00:28

Hey Friend.  You do know how to get head scratching going


I have found that as modern technology has advanced.  Even for the so-called house plants.  Basic farmyard manure.  No smell.  I find it the best.


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:29

Thank you all so much, for your kind wishes.

This is certainly a wonderful community on this forum.

Peter Beales

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:15

Great firm.  Never any quibbles should a custommer not be satisfied.  Sadly  Peter lost his wife, and soon afterwards he passed away.  Then to top it all, their daughter Amanda also died.  I think that just leaves Peter's son to carry on the business.

Those Irises look good.  My dear wife bought some Irises from, Gardens 4you.  She never did see them grow and flower.  That was four years ago.  I am still waiting.

Just a tip.  Don't bury the rhizome.


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 23:51

Sorry folks.  Mike as you know is a very keen horticulturist, always ready to share advice etc.  My brain is full of so much info.  Sadly.  Mike has been told via the medics, that there is the sad chance that the windows to life, the outside world, might suddenly become darkened.  Although according to recent eye tests.  My vision is fantastic, however the pressure within the eyes is at a critical stage.  Basically, should treatment fail, then it's lights out, goodnight vienna.  Believe me it is a terrifying spot to be in.  Once again.  I say sorry for my blunt post.  Lets be honest. When faced with a problem.  It is always the most closest you take it out upon.


Once again friends.  Mike apologises for his post.


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 21:09

Apologies to one and all.


Posted: 03/03/2014 at 23:14

Hey folks.  Not that it really is anything to do with you, my friends.  However I will enlighten you.  Despite my speedy rise to fame, if that's waht it is called.  As a joke.  My old mum always said.  When you grow up, you will be  aclever littloe 'B*****''  Some how that has proved true.  In the realms of horticulture.  I quickly rose through the ranks, form bein a police traffic offcer to what my profile records.  Then sadly I was chucked on the scrapheap.  Not pleading poverty.  I am greatfulm for my CS pension.  I am registered disabled.  I have what is termed something of a gross degenerative disease of the spine.  For those who may think that Mike spends his time in the garden.  Sorry.  In all honesty and truthfullness.  If I manage to spend in excess of one hour in the garden or greenhouse, I thank my grand creator.  The spinal pain tends to get the better of me.  Regarding, keeping the flat clean and tidy.  No I am not a fastidious individual.  But I like a clean and tidy home.  For any friends etc visiting.  They would probabl think that Val, had just popped out to the shops.  I live on a bus route.  I love to have the windows open, even in the coldest of times.  The dust etc from the street outside, soon settles on the furniture etc.  Added to that. For the past fifty years.  I have suffered from scoriorsis. I tend to give off a constant dust storm and leave atrail of scales etc.  Believe me.  Mike is not a great lover of himself.  So friends.  Please try and not come down too hard on Mike.

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