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Ornamental Bark

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:50

Go ahead Mikey.

fig tree

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:48

Figs appear to be victims of geographical temperaments etc.  Here in the South.  I have only ever seen them grown close to walls, plenty of fruit and leaves.  In other areas they are grown as trees.  Should you have any difficulty in researching this subject.  Please get back to me.  I will help you.

Paeonia Tenuifolia Crimea

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:38

My dear friend nut beat me to it again, re; plant finder.

Folks.  When out and about at these great gardens.  Don't be afraid to get chatting with the garden staff.  Some of us have noticed that the staff at Kew and Wisley seem to be afraid to stop and chat.  However staff at some of these great places of interest simply love to chat accept words of thanks etc.  I forget where it was.  I was out with my daughter and grandchildren.  There was a small area where you could sit and enjoy a cuppa.  It was close to the greenhouses.  Grandson Josh and Grampa, showed interest in the cacti.  Within seconds.  A couple of garden staff came up to us.  It concluded with Josh shaking hands with the staff, and loads of thank you's.  I had to build a green house to house the many cuttings the staff had there and then taken and given to Josh.

Jack.  Check out plantfinder.  If not, lets face it.  Your'e not all that far from Lullingstone, like me.  Pop back and try a bit of chat and charm

Plants for bathrooms

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:24

Hoya bella.

A quick tip.  Any plant in the bathroom will be a magnet for dust.  NO.  I am not saying  you don't do the dusting etc.  My reference is to such things as talcum powder, als if the wc is situated in the bathroom.  It's amazing the amount of dust that is dispersed into the air, everytime the toilet roll is used.   So special TLC for the bathroom garden.  Keep the plants well spruced up.

Basal cutting delphiniums

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:15

Usually the cutting will take three to eight weeks to root.  Then they should be roved from the close protection.  In your case, the polythene bag.  The cuttings should still be afforded good protection, ideally in a close frame.  Returning to your venture, and a tip for other gardeners.  When using polythene bags or cut down plastic bottles.   I would be inclined to each day, when the protection shows signs of steaming up, just raise the bottom of the protector enough to allow some fresh air in.  This will prevent the cuttings from basically damping off.

Also when dealing with cuttings, those of a slightly firmer/woody texture.  These should be placed in water until you have taken all you need.  Then apply a rooting medium, plant and follow up with a fungicide spray.

'With added John Innes'

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 19:41

John Innes . B 20 January 1829.  Died 8 August 1904.  He was a Justice of the Peace English property developer,philanthrapist  and benefactor.  He left a bequest for a horticultural research establishment to be set up, for the development and furtherance of scientific studies.  That institute still exists today, as the John Innes Institute.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 00:12

Honestly and truthfully.  What can I say. Fair do's  for anyone. The thought of surgery.  OH No! Then the pronouncement...cancer.  Friends, may I be permitted, countless girl friends on this site. Mike has decided to go for it.  I have great faith and trust in my maker.  As my lovely ever loving Amanda says.  Dad.  The actual op, won't be any longer than the investigations already done.  This time. You wil be out cold.  Dad. Whatever you decide. I am with you all the way.

Hey all you lovely ladies. Hugs and kisses. I am all in favour of that. Please friends. Please don't wory about me. Truthfully. I did start to think.  Here I am. 75 this year. Free TV licence in the coming. Then all the chat, that this cancer is not a killer etc. Lets get on with it.  Actually the other night.  I dreamed that I had had the surgery, the results.  We couldnt find any cancerouse cells etc. Court case etc. No. These people are trying to help us.  Yes at the mo.  Amanda's probs are becoming a bit too much, but.  I am confidant that the good Lord will sort it out. Dear friends.  Once again . Thank you so much for all your support. Much sinsere love tgo you all.  Mike.xxxx

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 23:49

Mike is about to set the cat amongst the pidgeons.  At this point in time.  I am not going to tell of my qualifications etc.  Well perhaps a little. Long time ago.  London had an aurthority known as the LCC, and later the GLC.  I joined the parks dept.  Within five years, I rose to the rank of Dep. Supt.  I passed my first class gardening with them.  I also passed my first class groundsmanship, with the aid of the Ntional Groundsmens Association and UCL. I hold certs for science and practice of turf culture.  Athletic stadium and sports ground management, plus various other bits and bobs.  Whilst working on the parks.  From time to time, folks would turn up for the summer period.  I have had med students, horticultural college studendts.  Believe me.  The worst were the hortico's. Believe me.  This is 100 per cent true. Those who came to me. They didn't even know the names of many tools.. Take them out or partener them with a member of staff.  Simple tasks like. Mowing and edging.  Believe me. The poor beggars had no Idea.  On the other hand.  This guy and his wife became great friends of ours.  He was totally illiterate, almost to the point of signing himself.  X.  However. Ask him a question about horticulture etc. Bits of paper. Big question.

Garden hose

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 23:13

I live in an upstairs flat/ maisonette.  I took a supply from the wc cistern.  Thankfully, the young fellow who converted the bathroom, plumbed the cistern into the mains, at my request. So my fixed copper pipe goes through the bathroom wall, and down outside.  Well lagged. I fitted a none return valved tap with  hose fiiting.  To use a garden hose.  It must be connected to a non-return valved tap.  Why?  I don't know.  Permanantley I have a yellow half inch bore hose, bought from Lidle. This remains on the ground to the greenhouse.  Inside the GH. I fitted another non retun tap, to this, a duel connection. One for filling a watering can and/or to connect my made up timed spray system.  The other outlet, is to the garden hose.  I did have to join/extend this hose.  I spotted in Wilkinsons.  Dirt cheap.  This section always brings out the best in me.  Where I learned this new language from, I don't know, but.  This cheapy kinks so easily.  So perhaps the old saying still applies.  Penny wise and pound foolish.

What is this larvae?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 22:57

Reason I said cutworms, is because this is the time for them to show up.  There are insect sprays etc.  Thankfully, you have come across them in a small way.  Other less fortunates can have vast areas infested by them.  No.  You probably won't find anything on the plants themselves.  What you are likely to find, if these little beggars are allowed to live etc.  These are basically soil borne grubs. The will ravish themselves on the tender roots of plants.  The 'Cutworms' are the offspring of a variety of moths.  Their territory is worldwide.  Sometimes they can be mistaken for Leatherjackets, the soil dwelling grubs of the Cranefly or daddy long legs.  However.  The leatherjacket will show up when veggie gardener's spuds start to swell.  They are the biggest ground living pest for the spud grower.

When compost is being made.  This include the common garden compost bin etc.  All manner of creepy crawlies find their way into the mire.  That is why so many gardeners are shocked when turning over the heap.  Althogh heat generates within the compost.  It isn't enough to destroy unwanted guests and seeds.  That is why, compost making firms and large institusions such a Kew, daily turn and saturate the compost heap.  The heat become so intense.  So much so.  Were you to stand in it.  Within seconds, you would have been boiled alive.  For the likes of us. We pop down to the garden centre and purchas the odd bag of compost. For many st-ups that are producing plug plants and the like.  They are probably attempting to keep costs down by making their own compost.  Sadly, time, expertise is not on their side.Hence the compost still is home for many aliens.  You might like to Google Cutworms.  I took a peek at it after my first post.  I think it confirmed my post.  However.  I could be wrong.  I did check the RHS book by Andrew Halstead.  Chief entomologist at Wisley.  I do hope that this information helps.

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