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Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:08

Can I help with the Ark Punkdoc?  

I take my,old mum for regular pain injections and her doctor is a laugh.  He always strikes me as being a bit "odd" but everyone likes him. Refreshingly puts his patients at ease though 

Plant Indentification

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:00

Can't tell until it leafs up.  A photo then will confirm. 

I would do it as Busy suggests.  If its a spirea Anthony waterer, for example.....I would cut it hard back to the ground after flowering.  It will quickly send up fresh growth for summer and flower again.  If its a potentilla I would tidy it up in late summer. Whatever the plant is it will look better and be far more compact.  

Large bird of prey

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 18:35

Hiya Jim

No, sometimes they fly from Paradise famous for parrots, eagles, etc etc....and simply perch on high trees, pylons, etc.  they are huge.  Not common, just happens on odd occasions. Paradise Park is about 1mile away as the crow....eagle...flies 

Me too Jim....wish I knew more about birds but wildlife too.  I live where there are many rare wild plants yet know nothing of them.  That's sad and I need to rectify that.  


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 18:22

All calm now folks.  Not for long though methinks.

Actually quite sunny albeit windy at times. 

So it's the jet  stream that's to blame. Won't move.  Stuck.  Just sucking and blowing wind and rain at Cornwall and england. 

How can people strike at times like these?  They have a right to but surely a bit of common care should kick in for those needing to get home as quickly amd as safely as poss.



Posted: 05/02/2014 at 16:13

This is fast becoming my favourite thread Marion.  Always popping in to check your news 


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 16:10

Glad,ma is fine Dove...son too.  

Reassurance is so important isn't it?  We all need it occasionally. 


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 16:06

Hiya KEVD9T3

Warm welcome.  Nice to have ??ou here.

I think Salino is right on both counts.  It does seem an odd plant to try and shape and it will naturally try to grow as it wants to now.  However, maybe to look at shortening some branches initially to get a semblance of a natural shape.  Would do this when growth can be seen in early spring to avoid any dieback. 

I do like topiary to a "natural" shape though.  Far from being ghastly I think many people like it.  Often makes plants more tactile.  Same with yellow or variegated adds another dimension to the garden, a sparkle, an edge a boost.  I topiarise a lot of shrubs like this to create a nice rounded or conical shape when not in flower. 


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 15:40

Punkdoc, I know where you're at.    I'm a hyper guy given to impromptu and spur of the moment decisions.  Can veer between high and low quite quickly.  But at least I'm,not,boring.  

Always felt spike Milligan wrote funnier stuff when he was hospitalised and that I understood him better then too.

Due respect to your profession Punkdoc but doctors do seem to need to label behaviour don't they.?  Sometimes these labels can persuade people that they are "mad".   

I think two things....firstly it's good to talk.  People need to do that.  Secondly to try and see the glass half full.....see the positive side.....and it can lift the emotions 

The bulletins are announcing more and more damage down here.  A clock tower is in danger of collapse; a hotel has had its windows blown in and severely damaged; More trees down.  And bigger storms to come on Friday and Monday. 


GardenIng jokes

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 13:33

Fairy, don't know why but I find that joke so funny 


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 13:31

Well done clueless.

 I can tell you they look just as good in the garden, if not better esp when the sun is shining.  The hotter the weather the more these "smile". 

Can I suggest you delay plantIng until early spring?  And they like it dry and in as much sun as possible but water in well initially. Some people think such hot plants don't  need watering but they do need to be to get established quickly.  

Love most  of the osteospermums.

Cuttings are very, very easy too.  I take them from spring to autumn but if you take them early they will root and make good size plants by autumn.  

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