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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 14:41

First! I know its a bit early to be posting on here but i really wanted to talk about something Verdun mentioned yesterday.

It is no great secret that the reason I retired early was after a long battle against depression which after several years I lost. It is my belief that gardening was the main reason that I repaired my life and that this may be applicable to many sufferers.

I think that there are several reasons for its beneficial effects: firstly the exercise and fresh air, then there seems to be some sort of reconnection to a more primitive way of life which seems to be good for us. Also seeing new life whenever we grow things from scratch seems to produce an effect a bit like the bringing of new human life.

Also I think that when depressed so much in life seems to give you negative feedback but, the garden always seemed to be telling me that I was good at something.

Sorry to be so serious but, talking about it is a great help to me. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 22:44

fidget. Having been in medicine racket you must get checked out properly with early orthopaedic referral. Whiplash is real.

On another tack I went to harlow Carr gardens today. Very dissapointing really nothing worth reporting on this site except...........really good cakes at Bettys.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 22:24

The future ability of the world to feed itself tomorrow depends on todays kids being interested in gardening and all the things that go with it. More bees.


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 10:19

Cold and wet in sheffield today. Will probably pot on some seedlings later but, first the OH says Ive beengood [ seems unlikely ] so we are going to GC and she will buy me a present.

Really looking forward to a busy weekend watching the Lions play and some late nights watching Glastonbury.

have a great day everyone.

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 12:44

My forum name was originally my real name but, on seeing all the great names on the site i felt i needed to change. Doc becuse I am / was one and punk because at 55 it is still my favourite musical genre.

I also feel maybe wrongly that Christo Lloyd the gardener I most admire was a bit of a punk in his amazing colour schemes.

Anyone know what it is ?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 21:46

There are some heucheras with small green leaves and 6 to 8 inch spikes of vivid red flowers flamethrower is one of the modern cultivars but the ones i know are older.

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 18:48

I was a late convert and had no interest at all until my mid 30s. I didnt think that gardening was very rock and roll.

My interest really started when we bought our current house which had large gardens but was a right mess. At first I just hacked things and mowed the lawn.

The next step was buying plants not knowing what they liked or what looked good together.

Then slowly started to see that some things looked better in combination than others and that some grew better in some places than others.

It grew and grew and when  my first plants from seeds flowered and then i started dividing plants and taking cuttings, I was hooked. Now it is a passion that I cant imagine being without, but I still love the rock and roll.

A miracle, well I think so.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 17:07

Great post. I am sure there is a message in there. Maybe life will allways find a way

Rozanne geranium problem

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 13:48

It is quite natural for many species of geranium to develop red leaves and is nothing to worry about.


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 09:19

Morning everyone

After very hot day yesterday it is raining for which I am grateful as everthing is so dry. Who would hve thought that might be the case a few months ago.

yesterday as i ambled around "planning" I thought how odd; although some things are still about a month behind other plants seem actually to be ahead of time. Has anyone else noticed this.

All cannas and dahlias now out and some more of my worst chore [ staking ] done.

No high culture for me, off to see Bruce Springstein tonight. He is the OHs favourite having seen him about 20 times. My tastes fairly obvious from forum name.

Have fun everyone and as Verdun said, Seize the day in case its your last.

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