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Where's Mike?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 21:51
Verdum. Back on form!.. To be honest. NO. This hot weather is doing me in. Today it was just over 34 deg C My friend and I had planned to visit the Garden of The Rose Nr. St Albans. Due to the heat, we plumped for Greenwich Park, very close to home. I wanted more photos for the book. Sadly the park has changed so much, since my days as a foot copper. The roses beds left a lot to be desired. The flower gardens are home to a wide collections of Cedus. There is a Sweet Chestnut there believed to be over four hundred years old. In passing, I said to my friend Rob. Good job trees can't speak. Why's that, he asks. Val and I did most of our courting in here. I got a strange look from him. Honest folks. Even in those days. Mike was respectful. The question. Why am I writing a book on gardening. Well despite the fact that. Yes, I have read many publications etc. As I admit. I don't always stick to the rules. Theory is good, but practice is better. I have in the past attempted a book about police life. I have a mate. Ex CID from Merseyside. He did his 30. We both got as far as chapter four and that was it. Writing about a much loved topic has really taken me. As I have mentioned in past posts. I would have loved to have been a doctor. Sadly education let me down. Although my final school report read something like. Maths. 98per cent. English 92 per cent. Geography 84 per cent. Tech/Drawing 82 per cent Science also was a good mark, but at the time the studies went under the names. Engineering science and atomic science. Now at this late stage in my life. To attempt to lighten the feeling of loneliness, I have turned back to the natural love of my life. Horticulture. My studies have revealed just how close, human biology is related to plant botany and, as being my latest interest, plant pathology. Strewth. There I go again, boring everyone. Our main bedroom, the larger of the two. Once the girls left home. It becam a study, music room etc including junk. Many features remain, however it is now home to two microscopes, one biological the other a disecting one. Loads and loads of books. To be honest. I amaze myself. Nearing the latter days, and I find myself so involved in scientific activities, sorry couldn't spell pursuits. Something I have realized and must accept. This year has to be my last, for sowing and growing seeds. It really breaks my heart when I see the two gardens next to mine. What I would give for more ground. However due to various reasons. New plants will be buy-ins. I do hope that I haven't hugged the forum. Who else can I share my thoughts with?

Where's Mike?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 21:13
Edd, are you a M/C enthusiaste then? Bye the bye. I missed a bit out with that previous tale. Returning to work after the bike fire. I was using another bike. Whilst making out a Memo, to advise a the owner of a parked car, to get the audible alarm fixed. [It sounded each time a car passed it] The bike was across the road. Suddenly some kind woman driver spotted me. Paying more attention to me and what I was doing. She gave the bike an almighty ram up the back, knocking it under the rear of a parked car. Got to give it to lady drivers, they don't do things by halves.

Pauline7. How sweet. Thank you.

Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:51
Edd. Actually we had all types of M/C's. Nortons were heavey and at times could be buggers at kick starting. Remeber in those days, electric straters were not in. I had, jobwise. A Triumph Thunderbird 650, bathtub version. One day en route to court, having just filled up with fuel. In a oneway system just off Marylebone Rd. NW1, the engine petered out. Thinking I hadn't turned the fuel tap on. I parted my knees so as to reach down and turn on. The flames just shot up. Most of the fleet bikes had been converted from coil ignition to Mag. Mine was still coil. A leaky fuel tap had allowed fuel to drip down onto the coil and hey ho. The bike burned out. My Inspector who hated my guts, indirectly told me to take a few days off. The left side of my face had been scortched. Back at work. I took delivery of a 6T. This was a Triumph 650 but of the Bikini class. The rea end was cut away. No radio etc, even dual seat. Fantastic machine. 0-70 in first in no time. We had Triumph Trophies etc but the thunderbird ruled the road. One evening. Whilst talking with the owner of a Rover 105R, on the Outer Circle of Regents Park. A motorist blasted past on the otherside of the road. I kicked the engine over and that was that. Google the map. Northgate Bridge to Marylebone Rd. I clocked this car at 89plus MPH Booked him for speed dangeraous. Turned out. He'd only just that day got his license back. Banned again.

Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:05
Now then Children. No sweeties if you argue.

Oh Pauline, if only we had Virtual posting or whatever. Thank you so much. Truly, I never realized I had a fan club. [Notes for book. Ch. 7. How freindships are made]. Verdun, thanks for sticking up for me, my friend. This is the second time that you have mentioned, that you don't always agree with me. Likewise, Philippa seems to share that point. Both of you and everyone else. Please come out with it. This is an area where we really can learn. There is, well in my book anyway. No problem with a difference of opinion. However let's not become abusive as some might do, in our controvercial points etc. Philippa, I have sensed at times a wee bit of difference. I put this down to our means of communication, even using smilies, it is so easy to bite the bullet. Philippa, as far as I am concerned, speak your mind. So we have a new friend, Biker. So you ask. Who is Mike? Welcome. My profile is listed. Are you a Biker? I used to be in my younger days. The late 50's/60's found me riding Triumphs etc including unmarked police bikes in London, plus driving fast cars. Then I took up horticulture to the full.
So back to the forum. Apart from anything else. This hot weather drains me completely. I do look in each evening. I also have feared that, I might be becoming a PIA. I just like sharing my experience with others.

Childbirth at 65

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:35
Childbirth at 65 Too good not to pass on, Enjoy!! With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, I went to visit. 'May I see the new baby?' I asked. 'Not yet,' she said 'I'll make coffee and we can talk for a while first.' Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, 'May I see the new baby now?' 'No, not yet,' She said. After another few minutes had elapsed, I asked again, 'May I see the baby now?' 'No, not yet,' replied my friend. Growing very impatient, I asked, 'Well, when can I see the baby?' 'WHEN HE CRIES!' she told me. 'WHEN HE CRIES?' I demanded. 'Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?' 'BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM, OK?!'

Rose Health

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 23:12
Looking at the photos. Am I right in assuming that all the foligae pictured, is in fact on the same plant. If so. Then not all the leaves asre affected. To be short and to the point. There is no way that the damaged, infected leaves will ever recover. The damage is done. The natural method by which the leaves are fed etc, has closed down due to the infections. In a short while these leaves will fall. To avoid further infection to the plant. Remove the infected leaves and burn them. Then you can resort to Rose Clear etc.


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:59
For the less scientific. Not some new cultivar of a bean or pea. No this is the scentific classification of our now, well known garden helper, or destroyer. Depens which way one looks at it. So this friend/enemy, the gastropod? Let me introduce the Hon Mr Slug and Snail. Let's be honest. Even amongst the dedicated naturalist, the past two years have been HELL, in the garden. As so many of my forum friends have posted. 'I waited so long for the seeds to sprout, and befoer I could blink, a slug or snail had chomped it away. So in attemptes to help and advise, as well as offer some kind thoughts, feelings and suggestetions. Many of us added our meagre two pennarth. I for one so often said. Kill them. Then arose debates regarding ways and means. Some kind persons said. I collect them up and chuck them over the fence. From me. They will come back. Then the squeamish would say. I just can't kill anything. Believe me. I do not wish to offend anyone. However there come the time when you must act. Or might you be one of the idle rich. Pay out for seeds and plants and sit there and watch them being eaten up. Apart from my usual grab and squash. I have used slug and snail pellets. Some claim that there is a risk to wildlife. I can't say yes or no to that. I have found them to be beneficial. However. Especially in the greenhouse. After a while the pellets go all furry and are unsightly. Then although wishing to destroy. I have stood and watch as a snail or slug has come into contact with the pellets. Even I have to admit. It's not a pretty sight. A slight digession. Every living thing on this beautiful planet, is here for a purpose. IMHO mankind has yet, once again cocked everything up. The gastropods were content for however length of time, to forage and clean up fallen debris. Then something went wrong. Now they will eat anything in their path. I have used chemical spray solutions. When I say spray. Actually the directions for use, usually refer to watering via a can. I found that using a spry, less waste and soil pollution, plus, fences and containers can also be sprayed. However whetherornot these methods worked, there was always many if's and but's. The various chemicals in pellets sprays etc, in most cases are neutralised after a down pour. Some have suggested garlic etc. Give it a go. Now from a scientific angle. The gastropod is made up mostly of water/moisture/mucous. Much more than any of us humans. Now. There is a process known as, 'Osmosis' This is where the natural balance is intervened/violated. Common table salt, will in fact prove to be gastros' worst enemy. It immediatedly causes the moisture to dry up. THe victim become toatally dehydrated in seconds. No frothing up etc. A light sprinkling of salt around your favourites, or a light spraying of salt water. Following a rain fall. The salt remains. Answers on a post card.

rose tree help

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 22:22
Might you please, take a picture of the label. I note it says in part. atio. followed by a second line. As it is a laminated commercial label, I would have thought a bit more detail might be available.

Slug and Snail slime

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 00:21
Following on. Tell me please. What has this all got to do with, slug and snail slime. I have already posted on this matter. Science has discoverd that within the slime, there is a message to othres of the species. Just like a dog or cat marking it's territory.

Slug and Snail slime

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 00:18
Hey folks. This thread seems to have wandered everywhere. Swarfega. I have used loads of it. Nowadaysm mechanics, fitters etc................Sorry, motor technicians. Most now use rubber gloves. In so many daily trades etc. Hand cleansers have been and gone. Rubber gloves are the rule of the day. In my owncase. My GP is doing his best at tracing a possible medical problem I have. It could be inherited. Then it could be related to horticultural chemicals. Having been involved in mechanics, oil grease etc might have played a part. Hygene such as swarfega and other hand washes etc, could also be a bit responsible. Who knows. I once posted on this forum. Gloves. Never use them. Believe me. Since my latest blood tests etc. I enter th garden/greenhouse more like a surgeon. Gloves and all.

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