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RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 22:11
There is a Ltin saying that basically translates. You pays your money and you takes your chance.
Let's please come down to earth. The RHS is an organisation. It continues to hold sway over any and every other horticultural organisation. So in all fairness etc. It is good. But for heavens sake. Just because a product is dubbed with the RHS logo That does not mean it is the greatest. For goodnes sake friends. The RHS despite parading as the worlds leadiny authority on horticulture. Let's leave it there. To purcahse from the advertisers etc. Be wise. Deep within many of these well known organisations the satan of commercialism lurks. Be warned.


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 21:58
Hopefully. Mike will not get hate mail for being or parading as a know it all. Here I set aside the text books etc. As a Rosearian Might I add my two pennarth. As with this years plants, shrubs etc in general. So many strange things have taken place. In all honesty. I urge everyone, not to blame themselves for underwatering , under feeding etc. At this juncture. I do honestly believe that mots forum members do go a bit too far with feeding. Never mind. Back to Roses. As most members are aware. I have forked out a small fortune on roses. Believe it or not. I feel that I could very easily convince myself, thgat I am an amateure. In the front row. I have Rosa. My Valentine. I think I have given due credence to my choice here. My Valentine was my Valerie. Born on 14 Feb 1944 so how could I not include this rose in her memorial garden. It is HT and the catalogue details are correct. However, perhaps something to do with my health probs etc. I was unable to prune. Now this particular rose is about eigt feet tall. One mass of blooms. To be honest. I am thinking about insertin a stron stake/pole and allowing at least part of the subjet to grow into a pillar. Lokk to be honest. So many new, never before things are taking place. Go for it, take a chance, test it out, experiment.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:20
Hello! is there anyone there. Seems as though wires have bcome twisted. We were talking about Bracken Now we ar onto trees. Sort it out please.

Crossing Roses advice needdd

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:11
Kribon. I admire your task. To be honest. I have to admit, batanically etc . Once a flower has had it's prospecive seeds fertilized, what takes place next. To be on the safe side. I would go down the road to isolation. That being. Bye the bye I take it that you are talking about hand pollinating. Now then. To do this. You really are setting up a min lab. So everything has to be kept sterile. In all honesty. I have to admit. I don't know if a fertilized seed pod can now be re-fertilized. However to be on the safe side. Might I state my process. So. Plant produces flower. Fine anthers and peds are there. Now, hopefully before any creepy crawly enters the scene. Cover the flower with a bag. Thenat your leisure. Take some brushings of pollen and transfer onto the victim. Once again enclose the flower. In time nature takes it's course. The flower wilts and dies. Also the whole plant begins to recede back to the roots or bulb. Let the plant die down. A whole amount of nutriments will return to th root source. By this time. The seed pods should have swollen. Give them chance to ripen. This will be obvious when the oute shell/encasement begins to split open. Collect the seeds, Keep them dry and airy. Perhaps a quick spray of som insecticide might kill off parasites etc.

Nasal Polyp OP

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:43
Thanks Andy. Hope Beth has a sweet tooth.


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.

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