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loved gardening quotes

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 21:28
Ah Wordsworth. Salino's quote. Might you be a fan?
A few years back There was a singer, Kathy Kirby. What a voice. The song that made her famouse inclued a line about golden daffodils. Anyone know what became of her?

Asthma and Gardening

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:56
I feel that we must listen to Punc Doc. Ok He's the pro. In my own rites I am a scientist, who once had designs on the medical world. As I have attempted to say in the past. Plants, medicine and life. Are all so closely related. I have a friend who is a Doctor. He's a nicro-biologist. Recently we were discussing the allied subjectsthat we study. He told me that, he became a Fellow of the ZSL. Zoological Sosy of London. He studied Botany, Physics and practically all the 'is-ics'. Times are changing, our vast enviroment is rapidly changing/

. For instance., I recieve daily pposts from all manner of conservation groups etc. To be honest. Evenn though I have all the time in the world. I just cannot answer all the questions.
So back to the original post. Sadly youhave found, or perhaps better spelled out. A factor of nature has found you and logged on... so asthma it isn't the end of the world. You, yourself have unwillilingly become a victim. So where do we go from here? Sit tight and think. Today when the affects seemed stronger. So. Today. Consider the climate, the dfay in general and.....most inportant. Try and recall just how your general feelings were. I hope my friend Punc Doc is tuned in. Sometimes a state of mind tends to play a hand. This I believe is under the heading. Psycosymatic. It is when something tends to asffect us, perhaps even a simple sneeze. The for some reason or other, the mind/brain gets to work. From my Med studies. For some reason or other. The brain when questioned, tends to go for the worst. So. Here we are in the garden. All of a sudden we start wheezing and sneezing. Hey man, hey lass. Stand aside.. If need be. Discontinue your present plans. Go on.. Pop inside and make a brew. Believe me. Many of these problems can at time be............self inflicted.

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:29
Sorry Dove. The 'TWIGS'?

Hey friends, perhaps tis might be a relief for some but. I really was looking forward so much to joining you all. As I say.. Members of this forum are truly great. My closet friend now tells me, he thinks it might be a bit too much for him. Sadly. The 11th is the first anniversary of him losing his wife. So, as Mike is a wee bit shaky at travelling too far alone. Sadly Mike will be left at home crying into his cuppa. Have a great time folks. Oh1 how I wish I could join you. Kisses and hugs to the ladies. To the guys. A strong hard handshake. Bless you all.


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.

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