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How do trees come into your life?

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 16:25

I remember asking on the forum earlier this year about the tradition of planting Yews in churchyards and how and when it originated.

I received a very interesting and concise "history" lesson more or less as Dove describes above but can't recall now who posted it.  When spelled out, it is quite logical and you wonder why you didn't work it out for yourself.

That's one of the best things about this particular forum...........whatever your question and however obscure the subject, there is always someone to enlighten you and add to your knowledge.  Long may it continue   

Vegetable Seed Swop

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 14:46

Yes, I mustn't forget the netting next time.......I ended up with mostly just ribs of Kale this year so thanks for the timely reminder

No need to fault for a late request.

Perhaps a Survey worth doing...

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 14:37

A sort of Christmas Quiz you mean ?  Could become rather rude I think

Vegetable Seed Swop

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 14:29

Thanks Lynn.....I had just assumed because I posted rather late that you had found homes for all the Durham Early seeds.

I did actually buy some a couple of weeks ago as I was ordering other seeds too.  It may well have been a recommendation from you that prompted me to try them next year.

Perhaps a Survey worth doing...

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 14:16

Definitely has a certain cachet  Ms. N. C. Let

And you could quite legitimately have some letters after your name too.....MGWF.....

no training needed AND completely free as well

Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 19:03

Thanks Verdun.......admittedly I was leaning towards the south facing site so maybe confirmed.

I was surprised to find it listed as "new" but in fact goes back to 1992.......a lot of variation on the "striping" apparently but sounds ideal for what I want 


Posted: 21/12/2014 at 18:50

There have been people posting on the various "cat"  threads who would harm cats if and when given the chance.  They see them as vermin and therefore see no distinction between "offing" cats as they would  rats or pigeons. There are times when I can see their point but the kindest way is to take the animal to a vet and have it euthanased properly. 

No one would deliberately do this to someone's much loved pet ( well, I'd hope not anyway ) but the number of free ranging cats without an obvious owner ( or with an owner who won't take responsibility )........what is the point of just letting these creatures roam free and breed continuously.  Cat sanctuaries are well meaning but why rehome these animals when people are incapable of looking after them ?  Even neutered cats can be a danger to wildlife.

There has been a free or cheap spaying and neutering programme run by the PDSA since at least the early 1970's so there is no excuse for owning a fertile cat of either sex. 

Cats are NOT part of UK native wildlife...take your choice...either they are a wild species and need to be licensed as such or they are domestic pets and need to be treated as such. 

Believe it or not, you can train a cat to walk out with you on a lead.....much the same as a dog.  It is simply the age old  thinking that a cat is a "wild" animal that stops you doing this.  Make the effort, think of others and what is around you.

The more you discuss deterrents ( the majority of which don't work ) the more you allow cat owners to think they are on a cushy else is always going to have to deal with the problem.

The very fact that there are so many "Cat" threads leads you to believe that they are a problem......not just imagination




Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:48

Daffs just about showing their heads in my garden.  Do still have Calendula, Nicotiana and Lobelia flowering .......not quite the same tho is it ?

Cestrum parquii still flowering away like mad ......for a supposedly tender shrub, it certainly seems to be taking the mick this year.

See you later work, two weeks off!

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:41

Hells Bells Edd..........I've not long come in from putting my Chickens to bed and I didn't see anything.  If I didn't know you better, I'd be tempted to go back out with my torch just to check.  Fortunately, I DO know you better

Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:30

Recently bought one of the above.  Bit messy and soggy but now cleaned up and re potted in decent compost/grit until Spring.

I have 2 sites in mind........either fully south facing in a 50/50 soil ( broken up/improved  clay and imported top soil ) and grit  OR a not so clever clay/manure/grit sloping site south/east.  I know for most of my grasses that the drainage is vital but unless I am unlucky, neither intended site will be flooded.  My Carex flagelliffera will take quite a bit of damp but the other Carex often resent it.

I wondered whether anyone was growing this specific plant and found it did better in one situation or another ?



Discussions started by philippa smith2

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 19:15


Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 22:49

Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 16:33

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 13:29

Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Last Post: 01/12/2014 at 18:33

Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:54

Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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