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Posted: 18/05/2016 at 16:15

anyone growing sanguisorba?  

not something I have grown or have any knowledge about.  Not that I would know where to put it ....I have a rodgersia that was recommended to me but not yet planted so.......

but advice, opinions, likes or dislikes please. 

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 16:10

If I recall, the prog was a Panorama special when migrants were asked where they wanted to go.  A week, two weeks ago.  Still on iplayer I guess.

philippa, thank goodness you had a laugh about that.  appreciated .  We can argue by text but still remain friends, can't we? 

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 14:48

When interviewed on a recent prog....forget the presenter but a week or so ago....migrants were asked two questions.  Where are you heading now?  Where do you want to go eventually?  The UK was the most popular answer to second question.  The prog must have been seen by many of us.

"denials" by politicians etc.  "Most eventually" the words of migrants interviewed 

honestly, Danae, who really knows anything?  Very few of us but shouldn't we at least voice our concerns? 

A week ago it was claimed migrant numbers had declined.  This week they are at their highest levels 

Hellebores - black spot?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 13:25

Cause unknown fidget. not sure if it is a specific aphid.  

purchase or acquire only healthy looking plants.  

I check pots and roots on everything for signs of pests for example.  If in doubt I discard them 

Caution! Virus

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 13:21

How "practical" is it to wash cutlery, clothes or take a bath?  Sensible at least.

fidget is absolutely spot on.......good garden hygiene is fast becoming vital.  It will not cure a virus but we can be aware of it and take appropriate measures.  With the world getting "smaller" and our gardens being populated regularly with plants from far away we can no longer be complacent if we want to keep them.

fishy, bubonic plague?  No but serious implications.  

I am aware of a possible virus on a hosta as well as on a canna.  The latter has already been removed. I will hang fire on the hosta just to be sure.

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 13:01

Featured on today's local news a debate this Friday at Falmouth Uni.   the panel though comprises only remain in EU supporters.

of our 6 MP's only one in cornwall wants to remain in the EU and, guess what, only she is invited on to this panel.  The out MP's were not.   

For sure, the powers that be are exerting great pressure to vote "remain"


I find myself in a very difficult situation here....I have blocked a member here who seems to want to fight with me.  I did so to put an end to it.  What else can I do?   Now Hollie is calling me "a self confessed stirrer" .   For reasons only she knows she wants me off the forum.  

I am not a "self confessed" anything.  I am not a stirrer. i see no purpose other than mischief-making why she should make such a comment like this about me.   

I make my views known about the EU because I feel strongly about the outcome of the referendum.  It does not make me a "stirrer" or give Hollie an opportunity to personally attack me.  

Sorry to those I have promised not to make a comment.  Even though I did not reply Hollie is ridiculing me for it.  

The forum for me is about fun.....enjoyment of a hobby,  of helping those with gardening matters (I feel I have a lot to give) as well as participating in more serious topical threads.  I should not be lambasted for it.

Hollie please lay off. 

Incidentally, is the irony of this thread not realised?  The author is a well known agitator supposedly banned but now using a new name yet I am attacked 

I hope I am not to be driven off the forum,,,,,,

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Caution! Virus

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:58

a thread today about helleborus black wont thank me for being botanically correct......made me check my cannas, hostas and hellebores today. Not pleasant in heavy rain 

viruses are now seen in more and more of our gardens.  They are affecting all kinds of plants from annuals to trees. From once being scarce only a few years back they are now commonplace.

No cure for them but we can be vigilant.  Regularly check the obvious foliage stuff and remove if viruses found.  they can be air borne, soil borne, transmitted by aphids, by us via our hands,tools and clothing.

we cannot cure an infected plant but we can be on our guard and remove them before they cause more problems 

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:24

The EU will break up anyway.  It is falling apart.  In the UK we are relatively passive but in France people will demand to leave.  Not sure we will be allowed to if the referendum is close.

what is happening now is nothing like previous times......we are facing an unprecedented endless march of people coming to europe and the UK from dozens of countries.  where will they all live and work!  For me it is a serious worry. 

I asked this before but who among is will take an immigrant family in permanently?  Into our own homes permanently?  I guess we should if we truly care and put our own needs last. Some will but most will not.  Where else will they go?  A local broadcaster said we should all do this yet she has not done it   

we need to be realistic even though the situation affects us all emotionally.  Who of us does not feel deeply for the desperate people coming our way?  Despite denials,  most want to eventually  come to the UK.  

This referendum is crucial ....we need to get it right 

Hellebores - black spot?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 10:53

Fidget, no cure so you did right thing.  

Feel sorry for chicky though 

Hellebores - black spot?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 10:45

I agree that it looks very much like black death....the giveaway is in the veins, isn't  it fidget?  Plus new leaves, in my experience, should be perfect/unblemished.   Black spot develops on older leaves.

Chicky, were the flowers affected too?  I mean were they black streaked and poor quality? 

Are all your plants the same?  

I think it IS black death.....

not much support now but I try to keep hostas apart, cannas, dahlias, salvias, hellebores, everything really so that should disease, pests, etc., occur it would be localised.  

I would dig up those plants and not plant hellebores there again

sorry chicky.  

Perhaps others have a different view? 

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