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Offline NbSukama  
#1 Posted : 28 November 2018 09:50:02(UTC)
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Good morning folks, a day to stay indoors today i think, grey and wet, or at least it is now.

Sorry not been about much the last few days i got rather down after finding fuchsia gall mite in the greenhouse, they are so tiny you cant see them but they ruin plants! No idea if i will have any plants left to grow and take cuttings from next year and that was how i was hoping to raise/make money to pay for the flights and our visit out to Canada. I have removed all infected plants i can see for now and have left outside but i am not holding my breath as they have decemated my mums fuchsias and as yet there is no known control. Upset is an understatement.

Need to finish stepmums birthday card and get it posted and i have a kiddies jumper to finish; knit and natter tonight will be the easy option of a monkey or doggy scarf as so simple to do while not paying much attention to it, that will be something else done and out of the way for xmas.

If you habe the bad weather thats forecast, try and stay in and stay dry and warm. Have a good day all.
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#2 Posted : 28 November 2018 10:05:31(UTC)
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Good morning Jacqui and all who follow.

Wet and windy again here today, was quite bad yesterday afternoon too. The guttering was resembling Niagara Falls at one point so hope it's not as bad today.

Joe got appt yesterday and the Doc has signed him off for another two weeks because of the pain. She is also trying to organise some other stuff to help him as it seems he has bad PTSD and other things, so he's in a bad way at the moment. I'm quite worried and stressed, but trying to stay calm to help him as much as I can.

Putting our tree and decorations up this afternoon. Joe asked yesterday evening if we could put them up, so if that can help brighten him a little then that's what I will do, so by tonight, I am hoping it will be all twinkly and festive here.


Jacqui - so sorry to hear of the issues regarding the mite problem in the greenhouse, that's awful and I can see why you are down and worried. I do hope things will be okay now you have moved most of the affected ones out. Keeping everything crossed.

Hope you all have a good day and take care if out and about in this bad weather.

Alison x
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#3 Posted : 28 November 2018 11:07:12(UTC)
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Good morning Jacqui and Alison and all who follow, from a wet grey SE that is enough to make anyone feel miserable.

Sorry to hear of your problem with the mite you have in the greenhouse Jacqui do you think it may have come in the compost you used? I do hope you are able to find something to use to kill it.

Alison I hope the doctor will soon get the prescription made up for Joe and that it will soon give his some relief to all the pain he is suffering. Good luck with all your Christmas decorating this afternoon and I hope it cheers Joe and brings a smile to his face.

I am okay and not taking any tablets for high BP and the readings I am taking are all show low BP so I will just keep recording the readings for the doctor and I will ask the nurse to take a reading when I go for a blood test next week.

I hope the weather is not too severe where ever all the other members are living and they are all keeping warm and well.

Bye for now …

Berniece
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#4 Posted : 28 November 2018 13:17:54(UTC)
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Pleased that Joe is getting help Alison, there really should be more help for veterans.

Berniece the mite wont have come in the compost, its either come in on new plants or just in the air. They are tiny mites that sap suck, but can get blown by the wind too. They have been in the uk since 2007 and have been moving progressively further north, guess its reached here now. Sadly there is nothing on the market yet that kills it, so will habe to try all options that can help. Dunking in jeyes fluid is one option but its not exactly the best time of year for that as frantically trying to keep the greenhouse as dry as possible as it is to stave off botritis which also kills the plants! Just going to habe to keep everything crossed and hope for the best i guess.
Pleased to hear you have stopped the bp tablets now Berniece, hopefully the readings will sort themselves or you can have meds to raise it a bit. Docs are keen to hand out the meds for high bp but then keep dishing them out rather than checking to see if the underlying problem/issue still applies or if bp would be ok without them or at a lower dose. I know its no help or comfort to you but you are not alone i knoe of several people who have had the same or very similar.

Well have had haircut, so feel better and almost finished stepmums card, just need to do the decoupage and add peeloffs and insert.

Must get back to it, have a good day all.
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#5 Posted : 28 November 2018 15:54:02(UTC)
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Thank you Jacqui for that information, it is nice to know that others are dealing with the same thing and I am not alone and good luck to them and I hope they get settled down.

Berniece
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#6 Posted : 28 November 2018 23:18:22(UTC)
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Oh! Jacqui. I feel for you after all your hard work on the fuschias.. Jeyes fluid sounds a good option. Has anybody tried a companion plant like tagetes to deter the mites? It's worked wonders for me with aphids. Not the same, but ... A new night beetle that is virtually invisibleR. destroyed 90% of my brassicas this last summer. My son's FIL, a retired landscape gardener, reckons they came in on some plug plants I got from DT Brown. I have 3 left out of 15 sprouting broccoli, no swedes, no kale and no winter cabbages. His advice was don't buy in plants, grow your own from seed. Good advice, but those beasties spread to my seedlings from the But I can buy brassicas to eat from the markets. I surely hope you can save most of your fuschias.
I welcome dull, grey days at the moment as I can see much better than I can with the low bright sun. But dry and grey please!
Hope all ills will soon be sorted.
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#7 Posted : 29 November 2018 00:18:03(UTC)
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Thanks Margaret, sadly at the moment even the rhs have no sure treatment for this fuchsia gall mite, its amazing that its been known about for over a decade and yet no surefire solution has been found. This mite literally only feasts on fuchsias from what i have read, so surely something has to be found sooner or later.
Mum said today that roseclear ultra has been said to work in some instances, so i will have fo try this too.
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