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The English Forest
What we are doing with forests is that we are eliminating many non-native conifer plantations in favour of native British species. Conifer acidifies the soil quite badly and is bad for life at ground level.
frankbeswick, 6 days ago
The English Forest
Acid rain is not as large a problem as it was, due to a general decline in coal usage in favour of gas and green power. Sulphur dioxide emissions are down 74% since 1970 and nitrogen oxides down 37% in the same period. Upland streams, which ...
frankbeswick, 6 days ago
The English Forest
Clever writing to bring Robin back and compare his forest then and now. I do tend to think of England as rolling green hills, but of course you do have beautiful forests. Once the trees are gone all that can be done is to plant again, as you ...
dustytoes, 7 days ago
Desert Rose Adenium for Gardening and Bonsai
Can the poison accidentally be taken in by humans or animals?
blackspanielgallery, 7 days ago
Desert Rose Adenium for Gardening and Bonsai
I do have a desert rose! It was given to me as a gift and I was told it was a Plumeria, but I knew it was not. I live in Florida, so I was worried that a desert plant would find it too wet here, but my plant is doing very well. So it seems ...
dustytoes, 7 days ago
The English Forest
Considering England's geographical position with the prevailing wind, hence weather, coming off the Atlantic, perhaps acid rain is not doing as much damage as elsewhere. I noticed you mention a thinning due to humans, but no mention of such ...
blackspanielgallery, 7 days ago
The English Forest
Sadly our forests are not massive, but they survive. Some oak trees survive from ancient times,one being the Major Oak in Sherwood. But what excites me is the Red Rose Forest, a new project in my native Lancashire, whose emblem is the red rose. ...
frankbeswick, 7 days ago
The English Forest
The massive woodlands of English terrain and the majestic Oak gives a picture of what it would be in the ancient days of Robin Hood. It is good to hear that some part of forest reserves are untouched and wild life rampant in the remains. ...
WriterArtist, 7 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
@ DerdriuMarriner - My potted hydrangea is a sapling from the nursery. I like your idea of remembering the blue vs pink blooms with respect to the acidity vs alkaline soils. Limestone and Wood ash will neutralize the acidity of soil organically ...
WriterArtist, 7 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
@Tolovaj - I have tried growing hydrangeas in the open outdoors and not have been successful. But I agree they are quite popular due to the dramatic change in colours.
WriterArtist, 7 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
Francis - That's right acidic soil with a pH lower than 6 (to be on the safe side) will give blue or lavender blooms and soil that has pH value greater than 7 will produce pink and pinkish-red flowers.White hydrangeas will not change colour no ...
WriterArtist, 7 days ago
The Legend of The Croglin Grange Vampire
Vampires, in my view, don't exist. It is perverted humans who bite necks, which is why I think that this was a human attack. As for ghosts! They occur/exist, whatever word you choose to use, but when I meet one that can hit as hard as a ...
frankbeswick, 8 days ago
The Legend of The Croglin Grange Vampire
Although I am afraid of ghosts and vampires, I really enjoyed the story. I wonder why did the creature chose Amelia every time. Perhaps the Dead prefer some people from others, the delicate or fragile ones. The scientific deduction in the end ...
WriterArtist, 8 days ago
Relaxing with Song Birds Beats and Mimicry
@Dustytoes - I envy that you can watch so many birds in your backyard itself in Florida. Alas, in a city filled with so much commotion and population, I can only hope for some chance of seeing any rare birds.
WriterArtist, 8 days ago
Relaxing with Song Birds Beats and Mimicry
@ MBC - I can see that you love birds and Nature as well. I hope there were more Environmentalists and wish they were powerful enough to stop extinction of Birds, Animals and precious remains of Rainforests.
WriterArtist, 8 days ago

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