Mike Allen

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Good News for Mike

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 22:28
Thank you so much friends. Despite what has been sain in the past, re; this is an open forum. It is a great forum. There is a lot of compassion amongst members. To answer the question. Will I continue with my writing. Yes of course. I'd like to apologise here and now, if some of my posts tend to spread out, but. Get me talking about the love of my life and...that's it. I am still plodding along with my book. Also the topic about our trees etc. Believe me. I am so shocked by my research. It's unbelieveable just how devasting the future our native trees is. I think I might have to ask Editor for a page in the GW Magazine. Once again friends. Thank you.

Sweet Pea flower no bloom yet

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 22:55
My Friend.
Sad to say but. From time to time strange things take place in the garden that in all honesty, even the best brains can't explain.. I fear that, unless we get a prolonged summer spell. Your sweet peas have missed the boat. Might I suggest. Leave them to die down. When tidying up the garden. Yes cut down and dispose of the growth. Come the new season, spare an eye to the spot. Usually most sweetpeas tend to be a single season only. However ther does now and again come forth traites of the everlasting sweet pea. Latherus latisfolia.. I can't csay this is correct, but at least it is better than nothing.

Good News for Mike

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 22:41
Might I suggest. The past...Water under the bridge. OK. Yes. I consider ALL forum members, my friends. Yesterday. I attended the local hospital for the results of my second cancer op. It's strange but true. One Doc and I have become great friends. Yesterday , he was in the chair. Hi Mike, god to see you again buddy. Turning to a young lady doc in the room. He introduced us and said. Mike and I are old friends. Honestly, such a grand greeting. More wa sto follow. Mike. Good news my friend. The last op showed the cancer completely gone. Truthfully nobody can imagine how I felt. The ongoing program was set out. Every six months. I would have a flexi scope exam. This would continue for ten years. I explained my side of events. The infections following the ops, really did cause problems. I becam depressed, short tempered even with myself. You name it. I had it. High temperatures etc, bad dreams. In all honesty. What I experienced was so far from the truth about me. Perhaps my frind Punkdoc can shed some light here. Although of course I would have loved to have had my mate beside me, However in all honesty, As it might seem. being there and yet at the same time, being an observer. I was frightened and terrified. Then part of me wa sdisgusted at whtaever I represented. Typical nightmare. As a stronghold. I had my faith. I still had my great love and devotion to my family and my scienific interests. But it was all so mixed up. Talk about ,'Alice through the looking glass'. Now thankfully. It seems that the eagle has landed. So Strange how events can take over ones mind etc, So friends. Will you raise a glass with me and say. Thanks that Mike has got the all clear and hopefully can re-enter the real world.

day lilies

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 00:40
Lyn offers some valid points. Day lilies have really come on over the years, such a variety of colours etc. Sadly and often very disappointing for growers, there are increasing concerns regarding performance etc. Whether we like it or not, agree or disagree. Yes! Climate change is making it's mark, Sad to say. Not always to our favour. IMHO Might I suggest vthat each and everyone of us, keep a record and share that with each other. Cast aside fearsthat you might be laughed at foryour experiences. This is a very trying time for all of us. Post your high points and your lows. Believe me this is important. We are entering a new era of gardening.

Soil type?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 00:29

In short. The general theory, of good or suitable loam is this. Take a handful of soli/loam etc. Squeeze it gently, release the presure. The content should remain somewaht compact. In scientific reality this holds fast to the fact that the substance contains sufficient moisture so enabling it to temororarily bond together. In reallity most compounds will do this. It relies upon a fomulae of mass plus moisture etc. However when considering the benefits of soil, dirt earth or whatever you wish to call it. For the pupose of growing plants in it, more is required. Here we enter the area of pH. This is a scientific grading of acidity and alkalinity values. Often rough soil will over time be affected by natural elements etc and thus become viable planting media for various subjects. I'd best leave it there.


Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:59
I have been retired for quite some time now. I note that some other members have bowling green experience etc. I have to support their suggestions. The product you mention. In all honesty this is a new one for me. Your comment that somewhat negative reviews etc are listed. This to me tends to send out signals of perhaps adverse side effects. In what I might call, my day. Especially on bowling greens. Mowran meal was the product of the day. The problem that eventually came to lite was. Yes. It stopped the casts. WHY? Because it killed the worms. Taking into account the general makeup of the bowling green. This was a kind of holier than thou area. Compacted soil due to constant rolling. Grass virtually shaved. Good old Ransomed Certise, 16 bladed mower. So my friend. Alas. I feel that it is back to the drawing board on this one. I wish you well and hope you find an answer.


Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:37
I must admit. Not all replies have been read by me. Speaking as a Pro. Bowing greens seem to be a target for worms and thier casts. The swishing sticks that we used were about twelve feet long and very fine and flexible toward the end. I doubt if these are still available. To get to the point. Don't try and dispose of the casts whilst they are wet. Let them dry out then even with a shorter cane, a quick decisive swish and the job is done. Please avoid using a broom etc.

Makes you Wonder!

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:32
So there you are in the garden, planting out bulbs and corms. As far as you are concerned. You are alone. However for those gardeners who fall victim of wild life. Are you really alone? Even a bit of digging. Stand the fork in the ground and retire. Robin redbreast soon perches and then surveys the fresh soil. Plant a shrub or even a border plant. Stand back and observe. Suddenly Toby decends from the tree top and sniffs around the site. Likewise but less obvious to us. Mr Mole and co, have picked up the vibes and have raced forward. Thanks Fishy 65. An underground feast of crocus. Likewise Toby from above says thanks. Just the right size to take back to the drey. So, what can be done. This might seem OTT but it works. Especially when one has spent out of some prized bulbs etc. Get yourself some half inch chicken wire. Make a ball shaped cage like thingy. Put some soil/compost in it and the include the bulbs/corms etc. Due to the size of the wire mesh,m only slugs and the like will be able to reach your valuable bulbs. Bury the the lot. In time the bulbs etc will sprout and flower. As my friend. Grandpa Meerkat would say. Simples.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:13
FOA Bob the gardener. Nice planters Bob. Clean and tidy. Did you make them yourself? I imagine you to be somewhat like myself. A dab hand at DIIY in the garden.

Dying variegated tree.

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:36
David. Might I say, I share your dilemma. Actually I am at present engaged in researching and compiling data of tree disasters etc. In short, many strange things are happening to, not only british trees, but trees across the world. I am wondering just how my item will be met with the forum members.

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