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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:37
Pauline old luv.
Please forget al the technical bits and bobs. You have been given a load of seeds bulbs etc. Take a chance sweetie. Stick them in the ground or pot etc. Take a chance. Just think about it. So you go and buy some bulbs. You perhaps hhave no idea when to plant them. Then without any soil etc. The wee bulb starts to sprout. The bulb is asking you to stickito some soil and help it to grow. Nothing more. Nothing less. Kindest regards lass.

How the NHS has changed

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 00:15
Wow, how things have changed. At one time. You paid a visit to your GP. He bundled you off to hospital. There. All dignity is thrown to the wind. Yes we will have you in for some tests. So in you went. You were then subjected to all manner of tests and pullings and pokings etc. Did you notice. At no point were you asked. We thimk you might be suffering from XYZ. We believe we can help you. What say you? Most of us just sat back and said. Get on with it. Now. It is just a month ago, I had surgery for bladder cancer. All the tests were done and dusted. OK I ended up with an infection, that in all honesty, caused me more problems than the cancer itself. Now just the other day. I had to go through the same build up. Fill in the four or six page questionaire. Pee into the bottle. Hey love, don't put it on the top shelf. Then another ECG. Chech weight and BMI etc. Have you ever had this? Bloddy hell I answered all these questions before. Now swabs. Are you a MRSA carrier? What size stockings wil you need. Oh! finest fishnet darling of course. How many pillows do you use. Do you realize the risk you face of having a GA. Then of developing DVT etc. By this time Mike is wondering. Hey! you guys are the experts. You suggested all of this. Now. It seems you are trying to ward me off. So, at the end of the day. Do we really need all of this. To be honest. In my own case. I am close to 75. Yes I love life. NO I am not rejoicing at todays way of life. YES, I do often ask in my end of day prayers. Please don't let me wake up. So just as a sample. I wonder. All these questions and answers. In all honesty. Do they tell a story?

Urgent advise required regarding seeding a lawn now!!

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 23:38
What can I say. Sadly I have been critisized for, 'boasting of my attributes'. Re-seeding, patching up the lawn etc. It can be done at any time of the year. Common sense dictates. In the depths of winter. NO. All other times it is open season.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 23:25
With due respects to everyone. Are you quite sure about Bracken. Often called Hard Fern. I spent years working in ancient woodlands, and holidaying and roaming the New Forest. Bracken was rife. I have a couple of this fern, whatever it might be called, in my garden. It's a real show stopper. I have to admit. Ferns are not one of my specialities, however my plants look very similar to those pictured, and nothing like bracken. I stand corrected if need be.

seeds in compost

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 23:11
There is some truth in what you say about your compost not being hot enough. Even with commercially produced compost, often seedlings will appear Compost needs to be turned if possible each day, plus it requires loads of watering. Without going into great detail. It is not always seeds that produce top-growth. What heat is generated even in your compost, can usually be enough to cause even the tiniest bit of vegitation to sprout. Perhaps in future. Fill your container etc with soil and compost. Leave it for about a week. This will give time for most seeds to germinate. Clear the growth. If you can, wait a bit longer. Then sow your seeds. A tip on seed sowing. Try and use a pattern of sowing. This makes for easier identification and ease of pricking out.

Nasal Polyp OP

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:57
I can well understand your feelings Andy. Please give her a big hug from me.
Bye the bye. What's her name?
Take care. Love to all the family.

powdery mildew on polemonium

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 23:50
I will not contradict other members posts. I have addmitted long ago that, I do not always stick to the straight and narrow. At the first signs of any misfits, 'fungal viral or otherwise'. Remove offending section. Thenif it reappears,m then perhaps resort to chemical reaction.

planting between shaped bushes on a fence (tall structural plant ideas please)

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 23:43
No problem. Just keep in mind. How is the intermediary going to perform. Is it likely to out grow it's neighbour etc. My advice is. Space permitting. Plant/sow a bit forward. In time this will afford you the chance to, as it were, to get behind plants shrubs etc and crop etc.

Discount supermarkets

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 23:39
Oh Dear!
Here we go again. The Dutch people are very nice in all aspects. OK perhaps this thread is not directed at the Dutch, but Germany. Trust me. Most european countries obtain their plant stocks from Holland. As I have probably quoted before. Most of our better known british based nurseries etc, are in fact owned or partly owned by the giants of Holland. The Dutch are very fortunate when it comes to horticulture. Yes, they are amongst the lowlands of Europe, but they enjoy so much of the good weather. Then there is the space vs population. Greenhouses etc are perhaps more widespread than housing estates are are here in GB. There is also a special if not a basic attitude. Britain is on it's own in many respects in certain areas. Here. We have many of the greates brains and means of technology. However, just as I am doing at this moment. We waffle on and on. Other countries come up with and idea and go ahead with it. The Dutch took advantage here. A boom suddenly hit Britain. Greenhouses were going up everywhere. Then the slump. Fuel cost. Tour around our beautiful countryside. Look at all those derilect glasshouses. The Dutch moved in and acted like heaven sent saviours. Just a guess. You or I pop down to the local supermarket, or garden center. We might pay anything from 99p per plant to several pounds per tree or shrub. That establishment where you are buying from. 99p each to you. The shop probably paid about that for 100 plants. Couple that up to todays employment. You might have as your check out member of staff at Sainsbury's a uni graduate. That is how bad things are. So when it comes down to the humble yet majestic plant. Who cares?

More good guys

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 23:14
Sorry friend. Anything IT related. Mike is OUT.

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