Mike Allen

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Gardening contract

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:36
Dave Morgan sums it up. I agree one hundred per cent with him. From the outside, looking in. What a fantastic opening for one such as yourself. I feel that we must be honest with ourselves in these situations. I have several friends in the building industry and of course gardening. They are not greedy etc. A good days work for a fair days pay. So often this is where it all falls down. In time the work is done, but the cash is still in cyberspace. Many small firms go under due to this. It really does look like a good prospect for you. Firstly, fork out a bit and get a good solicitor to draw up contracts etc. Take real advice. Yes we on the forum do our best to help and advise, but your prospect run high. Please seek out the very best advice. I sincerely wish you all the very best. Mike.

cancer has meant I can't manage my garden

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:17
Hello Trudi.
I can really understand your plight. It is true what the TV ads say, relating to cancer. We shouldn't have to face it alone. A shoulder to cry on and a little bit of help, but at the same time, not to the extent of having control of ourselves taken away. Our friend on the forum have mentioned some fine points. Please don't turn your back on benefits, whether they be of financial help or otherwise. As Dove mentions. Help is out there. Believe me, I am fighting hard to come to grips with the disease, but we must go on. Pleas PM me if you think we might have a chat. Chin up Trudi. We are all here to help. Mike.xx

Would members be interested?

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:04
How things deviate!

OK a Joke.

A chap asks his wife. What would you like for your birthday.

Oh! Something shiny and fast. Nought to 160 in two seconds.

So he handed her a set of bathroom scales.

That's when the fight started.

Why are my Conifers dying from the bottom up

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 22:45
Forgive me, but I am sure I vhave mentioed this before. Conifers are in a world of their own. Many of the world natural forests are made up of conifers. Perhaps our attention toward them is the fact theyare evergreens. They provide height in the garden, privacy etc. They are in fact a very special breed of plant/tree. Avoiding lengthy accounts etc. The conifers are probsably the hardiest of all creations. Sadly. We trot off to the garden center and choose a good looking conifer. Unaware that this plant migh well be dying. It looks good, plenty of branches and foliage, good shape etc. In fact. The kingdom of the conifer gives way to a sad story. No. I am not going down the paths of evolution. I believe in creation. However. Our conifer can live and survive for hundreds of years. Then on the other hand. The nursery plant you buy, could well be ten, fifteen twenty years oir more years old. Through no fault of it's own. It , sadly is on it's way out. So to keep this post brief. Conifers require deep rooting space. Yes the old idea does exist. Judge the depth by the spead.

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 22:26
Not having read all the posts. IMHO Dave the Gardener has provided the most reliable answer. If I may. I speak from experience. I have over a hundred different roses in my postage stamp sized garde, I have plenty of black spot etc. How come, if you are an expert? As with so many gardeners, I tend to follow on. So at the start of the season all looks good. Flower buds develope and in time present a grand array of colour. Then the weather takes it's toll. Wet days, scorching days. Yes these elements do play havoc with our gardens. At the end of the day however who is most at blame. SIR, Me Sir. I failed to spray and protect in advance. Agreed the labels on the chemicals usually say. As soon as you notice, TOO late. Try and develop a kind of schedule. Early spring. Liven up the soil around the plant base, add a good quality rose feed. Top Rose is fine. Keep weeds well away from the rootbase. Like going to the doctors. Why have you left it so long? Thankfully 'Black spot seldom infects the main structure of the plant. It attacks the leaves, which in turn really do spoil the appearance of the plant. The disease after contacting the outermost point of the leaf, it the rapidly travels along the leaf stalk, then spreads outwards to infect the secondary and following leaflets. Even without your intervention. As soonas the infection reaches the main or semi main stem. It's had enough. One might say. Mission accomplished. It has played it's role in defoliation. So in conclusion. Don't wait until you see black spot, or for that matter anything else. Especially with roses. Your are after all dealing with 'Hybrids' Much weaker than natural forms. So act fast. As soon as growth starts, get spraying.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:59
Like Dove. There is so much conflicting opinions over this plant. Over the years it has become very popular. Generally the plant will flower per stem. As puncdoc says, the fading flowerheads offer a special image. So to deadhead or not. If you deadhead. You may as well cut the stem down to almost ground level. That way, provide the season is still good, replacement shoots will rise up and fresh flowers. I agree with Lyn. I used to keep and breed british finches etc. I never saw them eating collected seed from this plant. In the open once again NO. For seed heads that seem to be nibbled, I would suggest mice. So Dove. It's back to you. To deadhead or not. Best wishes.

Plants that like shade

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:42
As our forum friends have already suggested. There are loads to choose form. Even then, there is the chance, as always with gardening. What works for one, fails for another. Might I recommend a book by Philps & Rix. It costs less than a fiver and really is a gem It's called. Plants for Shade. ISBN. 0-330-35548-1

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:23
Have to admit. I don't grow veg anymore. It is good though, that new varieties are developed just as with flowers. Sadly in many cases the final item may look good but so often flavour and fragrance is sadly lost. So back to. You pays your money and you take a chance.

Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 23:46
Yes. A very toxic plant for horses in particular. In the New Forest volunteers will go out and patrol the highways etc. It is in fact a very attractive wild plant displaying it's yellow flowers. On the other hand. It can mean death to a pony of horse. Likewise also. Docks, this plant is also very toxic. Where I live. We have areas that have been given over to horse grazing. Forgive me for saying so, but the local stables are home to many ponies. Their owners ,mostly are on benefits. Concil tax and housing. Yet they have horses. Recently, well within the past ten years. A once allotment area was given over to horses,m by the local council.. Last time I viewed it, at least half the firld was covered in Docks. I have chatted to the horsy fraternity. No point.

Reliable website for ordering bulbs

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 23:28
This is a tricky one. Sadly in the British Isles, most of our native nurseries and growers, have been gobbled up bt the Dutch. Hence when you and I send off for a selection of bulbs and even plants. More likely than not, we are in fact trading with a Dutch firm. It is very much the old saying. You pays the price and you take a chance. IMHO. If you tend to specialise in certain plants. Take the time to visit a local nursery/garden center. There you can pick up and handle this and that. Then it's up to you. My friend I can't be more honest than that.

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Pernission to speak SIR!

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