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Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 10:28

..the word 'scullery' is one I've not seen in a long time... we had one...larder would be another...where we kept butter, or more likely, something called Echo margarine.... the larder was our fridge in those times...  

...I don't believe totally in the good old days Mr Allen...I think back to often dirty, dull, dreary times... Britain always at war much as today... the Nuclear age...Kruschev promising to blow us all up at any moment....a young Kennedy..and he was quite young..lot on his shoulders... dubious love life.... we were at their mercy by and large...  fish and chips in filthy newspaper... no one knew any different...

...and there were just as many lazy good for nothings as there are today.... more today I think perhaps...since the welfare state particularly from the 1970's when it was easy to get yourself on the lifelong road to claiming benefits...and stay on them..
... I see so many older people claiming to be 'disabled' yet still digging their gardens and walking into town......I know people in their 60's who appear never to have done a days work in their lives... and so many young today follow suit...this is why I admire the the main...always bad eggs Mr Allen, but mostly hard working folk...doing long hours in factories.... I speak to lots of these people through work... I like many of them very much.. even with little English I find them mostly pleasant...and friendly...the children - now bilingual - seemingly more intelligent and often far, far more polite...

...I think as we get older it's important to keep in touch and not to lose it... I try to keep modern Mr Allen... I keep up to date with what's going on..once you lose touch life can start to slip away and you become isolated and insecure... don't you think...?

...however, these I can do without, and usually do...such as .... Jeremy Kyle... Kim Kardashian....Katie Price.... the Beckhams.... Islamic Jihad.... I'm sure you've heard of at least one of these.... it would be difficult not to wouldn't it Mr Allen. take care...

Specimen shrub for small North West facing town garden

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 09:13 are a few to start you off...

Arbutus unedo

Tamarix tentandra


Olearia Macrodonta

Phormium 'Yellow Wave'..

...lots of others but see what you think of those perhaps...

Can anyone ID this Plant Please?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 00:09

..I'm glad you like it... it's a plant I love to see from afar, but when I get close up, I keep asking myself why I've got it...  it's one of those plants for me.... but it's deservedly popular really... it should seed itself readily I think...

Can anyone ID this Plant Please?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 23:21

Verbena bonariensis.... everyone seems to be growing it these days....even I've got

Bamboo for a balcony screen, which can be kept below 150cm?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 14:55

..that's good... apart from 'nitida' that Bamboogie has highlighted... my favourite would be one of the Fargesia rufa' named 'Green Panda'.... I find it has luxuriant foliage that appeals to me..although they're all quite nice... see what you think...

Bamboo for a balcony screen, which can be kept below 150cm?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 14:48

..I think they die after flowering...but don't flower for a 100 years so don't worry about it... the problem with Fargesia's..much as I like that they are slow growing...which is a bonus in later years, but when you want something instant, you have to pay quite a bit to get a plant with immediate height...or place it in a tall container maybe... most plants will only be about  2 foot tall and in my experience take about 5 years to reach 6 foot...

...that's why, in some instances...I go with  pity you don't like them..but I fully understand...

Advice for Spreading Plant

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 14:38

..I think planters look nice using decorative chippings to cover the soil... I wonder why you need a fabric covering too...?  I don't use that personally but suppose it would be alright....I would find it a bit superfluous in this case...

..I have Geranium 'Rozanne' in containers on it's's too vigorous in the ground for me... but perhaps I wouldn't use it with another plant in the same pot...prefer to see it on it's own really....

...I also have a planter....a trough shape...but a good size... and in mine, instead of the Clematis you have...I've got a rose that I will use as a short climber..there is a frame behind it, attached to the trough... with this rose I have planted Deschampsia 'Tatra Gold'... an ornamental grass.. Uncinia rubra...another grass... 2 Iberis sempervirens 'Snowflake'.. at corner points, and 1 each of Helianthemum 'Ben Fhada' and Lithodora 'Grace Ward'...

...I have used decorative chippings 'Autumn Gold' to cover...

..I think that's enough...and it looks quite'll get better in time and if something takes over...then it will come out...

Bamboo for a balcony screen, which can be kept below 150cm?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 14:19

..agree about the Fargesia... but that's a very nice balcony you've got there.. I wonder how you protect the furniture from the elements...?

..if it was mine, and I could afford it and this isn't a cheap option, I would go for an artificial plant and place the pot in a container of my choice...propping it up if necessary to get the required height... one of these perhaps...  saves a lot of hassle..

Plant Hunters Fairs 2014

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:32

..I don't know that one, but I hope you have a lovely time... sometimes I get one of these Plant Fairs locally, which I think is similar.  This one won't be near me, but perhaps it is for you...?,-nr-abergavenny.aspx


Prevention Better than Cure

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 17:38

obelixx... what do you think of Benjamin Britten...? I've just planted it and I'm getting mixed reports...

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