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Since joining GW forum,I have been overwhelmed with all the support & advise

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:35

I believe it perks everyone up, when reading kind and appreciative comments fom members.

Time passes so quickly.  To be honest, I have only been a subscriber on here, for a very short time. However.  I am so pleased that I signed up.  Truly a graet gathering of friends.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 17:02

I'm keeping quiet.. This kind of, 'propagation' is too much for my concern

New Allotment, advice please!!

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 23:15

First and foremost.  SLOW DOWN!  Sit down and let your thought s work this out.  So you have a plot.  All turned over, just waiting to be sown/planted up.  OK.  So! when you applied for the plot.  What did you have in mind?  Did you wish to extend your gasrden, did you have grand ideas of growing all your vegies etc.  Please friend.  Sit down.  Take a breather.  Time up!.  So what do you wish to grow?

Talkback: How to plant lily bulbs in a pot

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 23:08

I am a member of the RHS Lily Group.  Not that that means much. A couple of years ago, perhaps more....whose counting?  I lashed out.  At the end of the day, I had spent around one hundred and eighty pounds on lily bulbs.. I had a fine show.  Then disaster.  I lost the complete collection albiet but a couple.  No. Not that blighter the red devil, Lily Beetle.  No.  Mr slug.  Tiny slugs had entered the pots via the drainage holes.  I now use a piece of perforated zinc to cover the holes.  Even so. somee little 'Buggers get through.  So I find a frequent change of compost is good.  Our friend the author of tis thread I feel was asking how to plant. Firstly good drainage, Secondly.  Depending upon the types. Some liliums prefer alkaline compost.  Some acid.  then some will try and perform in basically any compost.  So check out, what your new baby prefers.  Then of course good drainage is of paramount impotance.  Sadly so many bulbs rot away in overwatered pots..  Then select you lilies.  Martagons in particular will rot in the dormant stage.  So be careful.  Might I advertise here.  will give you fuller details.   Bulb planting basics usually suggest plantin the bulb twice it's depth.  For many liliums, especially the much larger bulbs.  Plant them at six inches.


Hope this helps.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 22:47

OK.  Mike has donned his tin helmet.  Taken up the giant shield etc.  I hear a friend shouting.  Missiles approaching.  So Mike does his best to shrink into his anorak.  So what's the mystery?  So.  Out of the window goes all of my fan mail.  Fan mail.  I wish. All those lovely ladies etc etc. [Sorry.  I am dreaming again]  Mike loves enjoys most plants, trees and shrubs, but I have to confess.  Although local parks, gardens in fact everywhere, hellebores seem to be ruling the roost.  Sorry folks.  I don't find them in anyway attractive.  OUCH!.

A quick visit to Kew

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 22:36

Today proved to be, just what the doctor ordered.  Sunny, warm etc.  So different from what most of us on this tiny island have been confronted with over the past weeks.  As travelling to Kew, by car is such a bore.  I decided to go by train and underground.  Whoopie, it cost me nowt.  My freedom pass says it all.  I caught the 12.27 from Eltham to Victoria.  Then took the tube.  A steady stroll fro Kew Gardens station, then I was there going through Victoria Gate.  A pleasant greeting from a lady at the entrance.  Quick flash of my card.  Thank you sir, enjoy your visit.  I then made a bee line for thePrincess of Wales Conservatory where the annual orchid display was on.  I attended last year, but the schools were on holiday, and it really was too crowded.  Added to which.  I had inadvertently pressed a tiny button on my camera.  All the pictures came out silver coloured.  So I intended this year to get some good piccies.  I intend to put a selection on photobucket.  I will give details later.  I was delighted to exchange some conversation with an elderly lady.  We both agreed.  The display wasn't quite as good as last year.  I strolled the walkways, took my pictures and was home again by 5.15pm  Time now to put my beef joint in the oven for tea.

I do find it strange.  Perhaps you are like me.  When enjoying gardens, parks etc.  Seeing a member of the staff, toiling away.  I often pass some remark like.  You're doing a good job there.  Usually this wil give the worker a brief spell to straighten the back and share a word or two.  However.  I have found that at Kew and Wisley.  Groundstaff seem afraid to engage in conversation.  Surely, the 1984 concept doesn't linger in such surroundings.  Might I ask.  Are there any other members who visit such places as Kew.  Wisley?   I would love to meet up with fellow forum members.  What say you?

How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 00:53

Friends.  I beg you.  Don't believe all you read and hear.  I have to be very cautious here.  Look!. Basically plants need a balanced growing medium.  Probably way beyond the average gardener.  Soil composition contains so many elements.  Some in , shall we say, vast amounts.  Others far less. Unless you are a scientist.  Please stick to the basics.

Peter Beales

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 00:42

Thanks folks.   Dare I say.  But first.  I like monty, he does come over as a natural.  However.  Even though I have the habit of opening my mouth, and everyone falls into it.  Mike always tells the truth.  Perhaps to don! the advertising world.  Mike Allen .  Est. since. 1945.  What I post, is, what I have experienced.

best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 00:28

Hey Friend.  You do know how to get head scratching going


I have found that as modern technology has advanced.  Even for the so-called house plants.  Basic farmyard manure.  No smell.  I find it the best.


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:29

Thank you all so much, for your kind wishes.

This is certainly a wonderful community on this forum.

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