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Shrubs in containers

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 22:03

The advantage of container grown subjects is.  Provided the ground conditions are right.  Not frozen etc. Then basically dig the hole, soak it then also give the container a drink.  Then plant.  Firm in and water.  You may notice a slight setback for a day or two.  Don't worry.

have you

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:58

Send the whole lot back.  Hollyhocks are so easy to grow from seed.  Well worth the effort.

What is this larvae?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:54

Check out.  Cutworms.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 23:46

Thanks friends.

Oh Dove. Hug me a bit tighter please  It's now four years since I hads such a hug.


Busy Bee2.  Hi Val. Thanks so much for your post.  Sweetheart, Mike shares your loss.  My Val also died from Mital valve diseas. plus other probs. It is strange.  Val was allowed home for about a week before her op. Sorry but to describe our feelings.  Mike is lost for words. We both shared the same faith, and knew that this life wasn't the end of things. Duringthose few last days together.  Val wa sso weak. The downstairs neighbour, was toatally unaware of the seriousness of Vl'a codition. Door slamming etc.  Amanda had a word with her and her bed mate, both rael were, are as thick as two planks. That last evening together at home.  We chatted. With our christian belief. We believe that this world system is soon to end. That a brand new world will be ushered in.  Both Val and I, realised. This op was a one way ticket. Kerry and Amanda were at the hospital when their mum was wheeled downto theatre. From what was said.  Val said. Kerry, Mandy. Well this is it.  Take care of Dad please.   Goodbye. Love you lots. The whole day passed.  The girls were getting worried. Numorous calls to the hospital. Sory we can't fin Valerie please call again.  Thankfully my GOD was with me. I didn't panic.  Then  the phone rang.  The girls were out shopping.   Dad put your coat on quick.  We have got to get to the hospital.Urgent.  The way Amanda drove though rush hour traffic.  Had I still have been a trafic cop.  I would have given her an advanced driver's pass.  Despite all the urgency etc. We were kept waiting so long..  The surgeonturned up ful of regerets and praises respecting Val.  Turns out. She had such a tiny heart. The mitral vales were in a way, so corroded etc.  New entry holes had to be made in the heart wall.  In the end.  my lifelong mate, never woke up.  Now today. I am faced with Amandas problems. Hey this kid has had nowt but bad luck all her life. Disabled due to medical negligence.  Mum of two of the finest kids ever.  Now she is faced with being homeless.  Her house is owned by a local church.  The church now want to sell the house to rais money fo a building a social center. Folks.  Mike has no one to turn .  No shoulder to cry on.  Thank mateys for being there.  Truly.  Much love to all.  Mike xx

saw my first swallow today

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 23:06

Must be due to climate change.  My final establishment of work.  There was a laborour older than me. During our tea break we often chatted about the world around us.  There was another labourour, a youngster.  Sadly this poor lad was partiall deaf, and equally sad. The lift hadn't reached the top floor.  Mush worse. His family real abused his deficiency.  However. My elderly mate so often remarked about the swalows, swifts and martins. At this time of year. He would say.  Mick.  There're back. Sorry Den, whose back?  The Martins.  The Martins!?  Neighbours of yours?  NO you silly arse   No, the house martins.  Bang on time. You could set your watch by them.  Now Mike had got it.   My mate Dennis actually had outside his bedroom window, a house martins nest, glued to the under eaves.  Then a good discussion developed.  Apart from being a horticulturist, I am also a keen naturalist and a firm believer in a creator rather than evolution.  Believe me. Dennis was on cloud nine.  There we would sit, oblivious of time, chatting away abvout thhese tiny birds.  Mick, he would say.  These litle birds fly six thousand miles to come home.  What is it with them. Let's face it.  We need an A_Z to get across London.  Believe me,  areally grand debate took place.  Hey Den.   Put ketlte on. It's lunch time.  It des appear that our tiny friends might be a bit early.  So. Could this be something of a warning.  Is the earths changes taking affect. Look at the recent floodes etc. Then the gales etc. Then for those interested in the scriptures. Friends. Is there something, more than meets the eye , behind all these changes.?

Gardening courses

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:54

Much depends upon you.  Do you intend to pursue gardening to higher realms, or get a bit of grounding [no pun] and learn as you go?

Should you plump for certificated courses, then you are looking at probably four to six years, depending on the grade.

Correspondence courses  can go on forever, plus your finals exams probably would involve attending a uni or such-like whilst actually taking the exams. Thes if conducted correctly would inclued,written, oral, practical and forms of identification.

Quite often.  Local councils and education authorities can offer evening classes, and day release studies.

Best of luck.


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:31

Dicentra.  No cuttings.  Propagate by seeds or root division.between October and March.  Sow seeds in March in pans or boxes germinate at 15 deg C.

When I said no cuttings.  I was refering to stem or tip cuttings.  However root cuttings can be taken.   3-4 inches long.Insert in equal parts peat and sand.  Place in cold frame.

Cutting Sweet Williams

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 12:11

One of the Dianthus family.  They easily snap off at the joints.  Well worth growing.

Kew Garden job cuts

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 12:06

Thanks very much nut.

What is this Plant?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 01:51


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