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Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:18
Once again this old gent has to admit. I haven't read all the replies. The old windows are gettingtired.

Firstly. Did you know. The orchid is part of the largest family of plants?
Then did you know that the Royal Botanic Garden Kew. Each year put on such a fantastic display of most of the orchids.
The Orchid Socy usually puts on a display at the RHS Halls in London and RHS Wisley do similar.

Bird Lady. Love your avitar. I have had two GS both from rescue cenetre. graet animals. In my book. GS and Border Collies. The most loyal and cleverist of the dog family. Now, how about a piccy of you. ooops!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:07
Well apart from admiring my reflection in the pond. At the moment. I have the following roses in bloom yet again. Dark Secret. Remember Me. Iceberg. Gertrude Jekyll. Dorothy Perkins plus a couple of others including, My Valentine. Believe me friends. I have been growing roses for over sixty years. At one time. Ena Harkenes was considered the best. My Valentine. Strong grower. Blooms strong, firm and a beautiful scent. The blooms last from nineteen to trwntythree days, on the plant or in the vase.

Talkback: Leatherjackets in lawns

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:59
In the past. I have had so much damage caused to the potato crop by leatherjackets. Then when Val and I took up caravanning, our first van only had gas lighting. Come the autumn evenings it was a regular night show. The Craneflies, daddy long legs would enter the van, drive you mad for a while and then make for the gas lights. Talk about, sizz, snap crackle and pop.

Sorry happy memories. At the top of the page. Click on Blog. There is a blog by Philppa Greenwood on this very topic.

Lavender cuttings

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:47
Valid answers.. Yes it would perhaps have been better to hang on. However. The soil is still pretty warm, so the tiny roots will get a start. Then as the weather changes. Supply some protection either chlches or even plastic bottles cut dow. Then when the cold reallt sets in, either cover up with horticultural fleece or even old curtaining. Once protected, don't forget to give an eye to the.

loved gardening quotes

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 23:14
Sorry. Lost the plot!

Strictly 2014

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 23:11
Just how I wish I could even do the waltz. The progarm has always attraced my attention.. Val and I loved our meagre effots at dancint. Val was a real Top lass. Her favourite was the quick step. Boy o boy, it was magic to watch her doing the Charlston. Poor old Mike. Typical cop on point duty. Two left feet and tats it. IMHO. All this chucking ones partner up and down. I suppose I am an oldie, but in general. I/we used to enjoy watching come dancing. Nop wto bw honest. This strictly program. Why I don't know, but at times I call it the soft porn program. The skille etc are great, but the captures of the camaraman. Those closeups. To me so often invade and tresspas on the womans form. It so often seems that the camera is al but getting inside the lasses knickers. Too much. The skills and rythem, great. Hey lasses out there. Any offer to teach Mike to dance?

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:09
I really do think, that at times we can be our own worst enemy. Yes naturally we all have that inbuilt feeling of empathy, compassion and love. It IS very difficult to stay on top, when you see a loved one suffering, and to us as individuals. The medics could do more. Every aspect of daily life, we question it. Believe me. I share your thoughts and feelings. I really do. Do we not sometimes feel like flipping our lid, when the very one we are trying to help, gets their back up and won't budge. My old mum lived to the age of 90 and a half. For several years her eyesight became affected. In the end, the opthalmic surgeons stepped in. The consultant surgeon told me. We have fitted complete new lens in her eyes. As far as we can tell, the operation was a complete success. Mum claimed that she was still blind. The local council had fitted controlled locking system to her front door. Mum lived in a grounfloor flat just across the green from Val and I. It was not possible to be with her 24/7 In the end local nursing staff would visit twice a day. Problem. Sometimes the first vistit would be delayed so mum would be gotten up, washed dressed etc sometimes around two in the afternoon. Of course she was by this time incontinent etc. So for hours she had had to lie there in a wet bed. Then a couple of hours later, two more nurses would turn up to put mum to bed. At one point. I really did have a go. One supervisor slated me. Michael. You could change your mum, wash and care for her needs. In my book. No way. My mum was my mum. To even think about seeing her nakedness. NO. Then one halloween night. To young boys knocked on my door. Scuse me Sir. That old lady over there. We knocked at her door and she let us in. She is sitting there playing with a keyboard. Thanks lads. I'll take care of it. Over I goes and fair enough. Mum is siting there, telly on and listening. On the table was the door control gadget. Fingers poised. I had a good chat to her. Believe me, my heart was in my mouth. How come. Why is this happening to my mum? I once again tried to explain how and when to click which button. It got to the point where I grabbed her hand and pressed down hard on the buttons. To sum up. Although my memories are many. The saddest one is. What a beast I must have been. Just at that single moment. I lost control. Whatever we do, however much we love our parents or others. It seems to be a wheight/problem where we need help.

What to grow with bluebells?

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 00:00
Winter aconite and wood anemones.

Veg trig

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 23:57
Sound advice Dove.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 23:54
Topbird. Thank you so much. You appear to be so understanding. This lass now aged around 52/3. She is as she terms it Black.. Jamaican roots but fro Kennington London. She often would call around and Val my late wife , her and my self had many interesting chats togeter. Val once said to me. Mick.. Please be careful. Why I would ask. Mick, Yvonne fancies you. She hangs on every word you say. Truthfully I hadn't spotted this. Val and I had what must have been the perfect marriage. It was love at first sigt and we spent the next 48 yrs together. We raise dto wonderful daughtes and unbelievably. We never had a row. Then when sadly Val died. Yvonne began texting/phoning etc my youngest, Amanda. Mandy, how's your dad. In the end Amanda said. Phone him talk to him. Yes Yvonne and I belong to the same belief. There are strict biblical based rules etc. To be honest. I say this. Hand on heart. Truthfully I don't know why I am interested in this lady. I was invited out for an evening meal by her. I had to decline. I had arrranged to to take Amanda and the gradchildren out. Yvonne pleaded. So I asked my friends Robin and Sue to come along. We had a great meal, and Sadly Sue was somewhat disabled. She winked at me and I cottoned on. So Yvonne and I existed. Why is still the mystery. At the table. Y was a real bute such a gem. Then back at my flat. We chated all four of us. Turned out. Y and me had worked for the same city solicitors. Y sugested we go places, museums art galleries and flower shows etc. Then oput of the blue she asks. Where are we going to live? Sorry babe? When we are maried. Bloddy hell. Mike is close to 75, Y is 52/3. Then for the time being. I want a close friend. Counting up the points. I at my stage of life have bugger all to offer a girl.. Then it all fell flat. I might be a horticulturist and a scientist, but. I am not a psycologist. This lady openly told me that she had been married and also had had a relationship, which way around, who cares. It now seems so clear to me. She continues to tell me. Mike. You have done nothing wrong. Mike you are one in a million. Yet she is reluctant even to meet in the High St. and have a coffee. As the gent that I am. I am constantly saying sorry. I fell thatshe has in the past sufferred two blows to her life. Despite her attempting to distance herself. Our text messages always end with XX. My daiugter Amanda considers she , Y, has treated me badly. Look I am a silly old begar and just want a bit of frienship. No back row snugles etc. Just friendship. There now. The lady author in Pink needs to watch out.

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Tree problems.

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Fantastic site.

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Talk about daylight robbery!

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Makes you Wonder!

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A Wee Bit Cooler

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